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Harold Pinter


Harold Pinter, CH, CBE, Nobel Laureate (10 October 1930 – 24 December 2008), was a renowned English playwright, screenwriter, actor, director, poet, political activist, and president of the Central School of Speech and Drama.[1][2] After publishing poetry as a teenager and acting in school plays, Pinter began his theatrical career in the mid-1950s as a rep actor using the stage name David Baron. During a writing career spanning over half a century, beginning with his first play, The Room (1957), Pinter wrote 29 stage plays; 26 screenplays; many dramatic sketches, radio and TV plays; poetry; some short fiction; a novel; and essays, speeches, and letters.

He is best known as a playwright and screenwriter, especially for The Birthday Party (1957), The Caretaker (1959), The Homecoming (1964), and Betrayal (1978), all of which he adapted to film, and for his screenplay adaptations of others’ works, such as The Servant (1963), The Go-Between (1970), The French Lieutenant’s Woman (1981), The Trial (1993), and Sleuth (2007). He also directed almost 50 stage, TV, and film productions of his own and others’ works.[3] Despite frail health since 2001, he continued to act on stage and screen, the last being the critically-acclaimed October 2006 production of Samuel Beckett‘s Krapp’s Last Tape, during the 50th anniversary season of the Royal Court. In addition to continuing to write (mostly poetry), give interviews, speak about political issues, and attend theatrical and cinematic premieres of his own and others’ works, he accepted the presidency of the Central School of Speech and Drama in October 2008.[1][2]

Pinter’s dramas often involve strong conflicts among ambivalent characters fighting for verbal and territorial dominance and for their own remembered versions of the past; stylistically, they are marked by theatrical pauses and silences, comedic timing, provocative imagery, witty dialogue, ambiguity, irony, and menace (“Biobibliographical Notes”). Thematically ambiguous, they raise complex issues of individual human identity oppressed by social forces, the power of language, and vicissitudes of memory.[4] Like his work, Pinter has been considered complex and contradictory (Billington, Harold Pinter 388). Although Pinter publicly eschewed applying the term “political theatre” to his own work in 1981, he began writing overtly political plays in the mid-1980s, reflecting his own heightening political interests and changes in his personal life.[5] This “new direction” in his work and his “Leftist” political activism stimulated additional critical debate about Pinter’s politics.[5] Pinter, his work, and his politics have been the subject of voluminous critical commentary (“Biobibliographical Notes”; Merritt, Pinter in Play; Grimes).

Pinter was the recipient of nineteen honorary degrees and numerous other honors and awards, including the Nobel Prize in Literature and the French Légion d’honneur. Academic institutions and performing arts organizations have devoted symposia, festivals, and celebrations to honouring him and his work, in recognition of his cultural influence and achievements across genres and media. In awarding Pinter the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2005, instigating some public controversy and criticism, the Swedish Academy cited him for being “generally regarded as the foremost representative of British drama in the second half of the 20th century.”[6] He received his nineteenth honorary degree from the Central School of Speech and Drama in absentia due to illness on 10 December 2008.[7] On 25 December, his wife, Lady Antonia Fraser, announced that he had died, from cancer, on 24 December 2008.[8][9][10][11]

Creative Life

THE ROOM (1957); THE BIRTHDAY PARTY (1957); THE DUMB WAITER (1957); A SLIGHT ACHE (1958); THE HOTHOUSE (1958); THE CARETAKER (1959); SKETCHES: The Black and White; Trouble in the Works (1959); Last to Go; Request Stop; Special Offer (1960); That’s Your Trouble; That’s All; Interview(1964); A NIGHT OUT (1959); NIGHT SCHOOL (1960); THE DWARFS (1960); THE COLLECTION (1961); THE LOVER (1962); TEA PARTY (1964); THE HOMECOMING (1964); THE BASEMENT (1966); LANDSCAPE (1967); SILENCE (1968); SKETCH Night (1969); OLD TIMES (1970); MONOLOGUE (1972); NO MAN’S LAND (1974); BETRAYAL (1978); FAMILY VOICES (1980); and with VICTORIA STATION and A KIND OF ALASKA under the title OTHER PLACES (1982); SKETCH Precisely (1983); ONE FOR THE ROAD (1984); MOUNTAIN LANGUAGE (1988); THE NEW WORLD ORDER (1991); PARTY TIME (1991); MOONLIGHT (1993); ASHES TO ASHES (1996); CELEBRATION (1999); SKETCH Press Conference (2002); SKETCH Apart From That (2006).
VOICES (2005).
THE COLLECTION (with Peter Hall) (1962); THE LOVER and THE DWARFS (1963); THE BIRTHDAY PARTY (1964); Robert Shaw’s THE MAN IN THE GLASS BOOTH London (1967) and New York (1968); James Joyce’s EXILES (1970); Simon Gray ‘s BUTLEY (1971); John Hopkin’s NEXT OF KIN (1974); Simon Gray ‘s OTHERWISE ENGAGED London (1975) and New York (1977); William Archibald’s THE INNOCENTS New York (1976); Noel Coward’s BLITHE SPIRIT (1976); Simon Gray ‘s THE REAR COLUMN (1978); Simon Gray ‘s CLOSE OF PLAY (1979); THE HOTHOUSE (1980); Simon Gray ‘s QUARTERMAINE’S TERMS (1981); Robert East’s INCIDENT AT TULSE HILL (1981); Jean Giraudoux’s THE TROJAN WAR WILL NOT TAKE PLACE (1983); Simon Gray ‘s THE COMMON PURSUIT (1984); ONE FOR THE ROAD (1984); Tennessee Williams’ SWEET BIRD OF YOUTH (1985); Donald Freed’s CIRCE AND BRAVO (1986); Jane Stanton Hitchcock’s VANILLA (1990); PARTY TIME and MOUNTAIN LANGUAGE (1991); THE NEW WORLD ORDER (1991); David Mamet’s OLEANNA (1993); LANDSCAPE (1994); Ronald Harwood ‘s TAKING SIDES (1995); Reginald Rose’s TWELVE ANGRY MEN (1996); ASHES TO ASHES 1996; Simon Gray ‘s LIFE SUPPORT 1997; ASHES TO ASHES in Italy (1997); ASHES TO ASHES in France (1998); Simon Gray ‘s THE LATE MIDDLE CLASSES (1999); CELEBRATION and THE ROOM (2000); NO MAN’S LAND (2001); Simon Gray ‘s THE OLD MASTERS (2004)


BUTLEY (1974)


Simon Gray’s THE REAR COLUMN (1980); THE HOTHOUSE (1982); MOUNTAIN LANGUAGE (1988); PARTY TIME (1992); LANDSCAPE (1995); ASHES TO ASHES Italy (1998).
Toured Ireland with Anew McMaster repertory company (1951-52) Donald Wolfit Company, King’s Theatre, Hammersmith (1953-54) Rep at Chesterfield, Whitby, Huddersfield, Colchester, Bournemouth, Torquay, Birmingham, Palmers Green, Worthing, Richmond (1953-59) THE CARETAKER – Mick Duchess Theatre (1960) THE HOMECOMING – Lenny Watford Theatre (1969) OLD TIMES – Deeley Los Angeles (1985) NO MAN’S LAND – Hirst Almeida & Comedy Theatre (1992-3) THE HOTHOUSE – Roote Chichester Festival Theatre, Comedy Theatre (1995) LOOK EUROPE! – Tramp, Almeida Theatre (1997) THE COLLECTION – Harry, Gate Theatre, Dublin (1997) & Donmar Warehouse (1998), ONE FOR THE ROAD – Nicolas, New Ambassadors Theatre, London (2001) & Lincoln Center Festival, New York, USA (2001), SKETCH Press Conference, Royal National Theatre (2002)
THE SERVANT – Society Man (1964) ACCIDENT – Bell (1967) THE RISE AND RISE OF MICHAEL RIMMER – Steven Hench (1970) TURTLE DIARY – Man in Bookshop (1985) MOJO – Sam Ross (1997) MANSFIELD PARK – Sir Thomas (1998) THE TAILOR OF PANAMA – Uncle Benny (2000)
A NIGHT OUT – Seeley (1960) HUIS CLOS by Jean Paul Sartre – Garcia (1965) THE BASEMENT – Stott (1967) ROGUE MALE by Clive Donner – Lawyer (1976) LANGRISHE, GO DOWN – Shannon (1978) THE BIRTHDAY PARTY – Goldberg (1987) BREAKING THE CODE by Hugh Whitemore – John Smith (1997) CATASTROPHE by Samuel Beckett – Director (2000) WIT by Margaret Edson – Father (2000)
PLAYERS – Narrated by Harold Pinter with Edward de Souza FOCUS ON FOOTBALL POOLS and FOCUS ON LIBRARIES (1951) HENRY VIII – Abergevenny (1951) MR PUNCH PASSES – Narrator (1951) A NIGHT OUT – Seeley (1960) THE EXAMINATION – Reading (1962) TEA PARTY – Reading (1964) MONOLOGUE – Man (1975) ROUGH FOR RADIO by Samuel Beckett – Man (1976) BETRAYAL – Robert (1990) THE PROUST SCREENPLAY – The voice of the Screenplay (1995) I HAD TO GO SICK by Julian McLaren Ross – Reading (1998) MOONLIGHT – Andy (2000) A SLIGHT ACHE – Edward (2000)
CBE, 1966; Shakespeare Prize (Hamburg) 1970; European Prize for Literature (Vienna) 1973; Pirandello Prize (Palermo) 1980; Chilean Order of Merit, 1992; The David Cohen British Literature Prize 1995; Honorary fellow of Queen Mary College, London; Laurence Olivier Special Award 1996; Molire d’Honneur, Paris in recognition of his life’s work, 1997; Sunday Times Award for Literary Excellence 1997; BAFTA Fellowship 1997; Companion of Literature, RSL 1998; The Critics’ Circle Award for Distinguished Service to the Arts 2000; Brianza Poetry Prize, Italy 2000; South Bank Show Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts, 2001; S.T. Dupont Golden Pen Award 2001 for a Lifetime’s Distinguished Service to Literature; ‘Premio Fiesole ai Maestri del Cinema’, Italy, 2001; World Leaders Award, Toronto, Canada, 2001; Hermann Kesten Medallion for outstanding commitment on behalf of persecuted and imprisoned writers, awarded by German P.E.N., Berlin, Germany, 2001; Companion of Honour for services to Literature, 2002; Diploma “ad Honorem”, Teatro Filodrammatici, Milan , Italy 2004; Evening Standard Theatre Awards, 50th Anniversary – Special Award, 2004; Wilfred Owen Poetry Prize, 2005; Frank Kafka Prize, 2005; Nobel Prize for Literature, 2005; European Theatre Prize, 2006; Serbian Foundation Prize, 2006; St George Plaque of the City of Kragujevac, 2006; Legion d’Honneur, 2007

Honorary degrees from the Universities of Reading 1970; Birmingham 1971; Glasgow 1974; East Anglia 1974; Stirling 1979; Brown (Rhode Island) 1982; Hull 1986; Sussex 1990; East London 1994; Sofia (Bulgaria) 1995; Bristol 1998; Goldmiths, University of London 1999; University of Aristotle, Thessaloniki 2000; University of Florence, Italy, 2001; University of Turin, Italy, 2002 and National University of Ireland, Dublin 2004; University of Leeds 2007.

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A Christmas Carol By Charles Dickens: E-Book and Review


A Christmas Carol


Charles Dickens:

The Timelessness of Charles Dickens’ Christmas Story Classic

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A Christmas Carol in Prose, Being a Ghost Story of Christmas (commonly known as A Christmas Carol) is what Charles Dickens described as his “little Christmas Book”[1] and was first published on December 19, 1843 with illustrations by John Leech.[2] The first of the author’s five “Christmas books”, the story was instantly successful, selling over six thousand copies in one week. Although originally written under financial duress to help Dickens to pay off a debt, the tale has become one of the most popular and enduring Christmas stories of all time.[3]

Contemporaries noted that the story’s popularity played a critical role in redefining the importance of Christmas and the major sentiments associated with the holiday. A Christmas Carol was written during a time of decline in the old Christmas traditions.[4] “If Christmas, with its ancient and hospitable customs, its social and charitable observances, were in danger of decay, this is the book that would give them a new lease”, said English poet Thomas Hood.[5]

A Christmas Carol is a Victorian morality tale of an old and bitter miser, Ebenezer Scrooge, who undergoes a profound experience of redemption over the course of one night. If the experience doesn’t change Scrooge’s ways, he will end up walking the Earth forever being nothing but invisible and lonely, like his friend Jacob Marley. Mr. Scrooge is a financier/money-changer who has devoted his life to the accumulation of wealth. He holds anything other than money in contempt, including friendship, love and the Christmas season.

Stave I: Marley’s Ghost

The Ghost of Jacob Marley visits Scrooge

Christmas Eve, seven years to the day after the death of his business partner Jacob Marley, Ebenezer Scrooge and his downtrodden clerk Bob Cratchit are at work in Scrooge’s counting-house. Scrooge’s nephew, Fred, arrives with seasonal greetings and an invitation to Christmas dinner, but Scrooge dismisses him with “Bah! Humbug!”, declaring that Christmas is a fraud. Two gentlemen collecting charitable donations for the poor are likewise rebuffed by Scrooge, who insists that the poor laws and workhouses are sufficient to care for the poor, and that “If they would rather die [than go there], they had better do it, and decrease the surplus population”. As he and his clerk prepare to leave, he grudgingly permits Cratchit one day’s paid holiday the following day, but the morning after Christmas he must be there on time, otherwise there will be a deduction from his wages.

Scrooge returns home to his cheerless rooms in an otherwise deserted building, and a series of supernatural experiences begins. His doorknocker appears to transform into Marley’s face; a “locomotive hearse” seems to mount the dark stairs ahead of him; the pictures on the tiles in his fireplace transform into images of Marley’s face. Finally all the bells in the house ring loudly, there is a clanking of chains in the bed and on the floor, and the ghost of Marley passes through the closed door into the room.

The ghost warns Scrooge that if he does not change his ways, he will suffer Marley’s fate, but Scrooge’s fate would be even worse. He will walk the earth eternally after death, invisible among his fellow men, burdened with chains, seeing the misery and suffering he could have alleviated in his life but now powerless to intervene. Marley has arranged Scrooge’s only chance of redemption: three spirits will visit him on successive hours that night, and they may help change him and save him from his fate. As Marley leaves, Scrooge gets a nightmare glimpse of the tormented spectres who drift unseen among the living, and now shattered, he falls into bed.

Stave II: The First of the Three Spirits

Scrooge extinguishes the Ghost of Christmas Past

The Ghost of Christmas Past, a strange mixture of young and old, male and female, with a light shining from the crown of its head, appears at the stroke of one. It leads Scrooge on a journey to some of his past Christmases, where events shaped his life and character. He sees his late sister Fan, who intervened to rescue him from lonely exile at boarding school, and, recalling his recent treatment of Fan’s son Fred, Scrooge feels the first stirrings of regret. They revisit a merry Christmas party given by Fezziwig, Scrooge’s kind apprentice-master, and Scrooge thinks guiltily of his own behaviour toward Bob Cratchit. Finally, he is reminded how his love of money lost him the love of his life, Belle, and the happiness this cost him. Furious, Scrooge turns on the spirit, snuffs it like a candle with its cap, and finds himself crumpling up in his bed sheets and wakes up and feels remorseful.

Stave III: The Second of the Three Spirits

The Ghost of Christmas Present with Ebenezer Scrooge

Scrooge wakes at the stroke of one, confused to find it is still night. After a time he rises and finds the second spirit, the Ghost of Christmas Present, in an adjoining room, on a throne made of Christmas food and drink. This spirit, a great genial man in a green coat lined with fur, takes him through the bustling streets of London on the current Christmas morning, sprinkling the essence of Christmas onto the happy populace. They observe the meagre but happy Christmas celebrations of the Cratchit family and the sweet nature of their “forgotten” son Tiny Tim, and when the Spirit foretells an early death for the child if things remain unchanged, Scrooge is distraught. He is shown what others think of him: the Cratchits toast him, but reluctantly, and “a shadow was cast over the party for a full five minutes”. Scrooge’s nephew and his friends gently mock his miserly behaviour at their Christmas party, but Fred maintains his uncle’s potential for change, and Scrooge demonstrates a childlike enjoyment of the celebrations.

They travel far and wide, and see how even the most wretched of people mark Christmas in some way, whatever their circumstances. The Ghost, however, grows visibly older, and explains he must die that night. He shows Scrooge two pitiful children huddled under his robes who personify the major causes of suffering in the world, “Ignorance” and “Want”, with a grim warning that the former is especially harmful. At the end of the visitation, the bell strikes twelve. The Ghost of Christmas Present vanishes and the third spirit appears to Scrooge.

Stave IV: The Last of the Three Spirits

Scrooge and the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come

The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come takes the form of a grim spectre, robed in black, who does not speak and whose body is entirely hidden except for one pointing hand. This spirit frightens Scrooge more than the others, and harrows him with a vision of a future Christmas with the Cratchit family bereft of Tiny Tim. A rich miser, whose death saddens nobody and whose home and corpse have been robbed by ghoulish attendants, is revealed to be Scrooge himself: this is the fate that awaits him. Without it explicitly being said, Scrooge learns that he can avoid the future he has been shown and alter the fate of Tiny Tim, but only if he changes. Weeping, he swears to do so, and awakes to find that all three spirits have visited in just one night, and that it is the Christmas morning.

Stave V: The End of It

Scrooge changes his life and reverts to the generous, kind-hearted soul he was in his youth before the death of Fan. He anonymously sends the Cratchits the biggest turkey in the butcher shop, meets the charity workers to pledge an unspecified but impressive amount of money, and spends Christmas Day with Fred and his wife.

The next day Scrooge catches his clerk arriving late and pretends to be his old miserly self, before revealing his new person to an astonished Cratchit. He assists Bob and his family, becomes an adopted uncle to Tiny Tim, and gains a reputation as a kind and generous man who embodies the spirit of Christmas in his life.


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Hungry Tide by Amitav Ghosh



Hungry Tide

by Amitav Ghosh

The archipelago known as the Sundarbans is not so much the setting of The Hungry Tide, Amitav Ghosh’s complex new book, as it is a co-author. Located in the southeast corner of India, at the mouth of the Ganges River, these chimerical islands—shifting, melting, and reappearing as they do, in a kind of eternal evanescence—so suffuse this book that the narrative itself comes to seem like something that has emerged for the moment but could once again submerge. The book’s movement, unusually, is not linear, but tidal, with the first half of the book titled “The Ebb: Bhata,” and the second half, “The Flood: Jowar.” And, intriguingly, nothing in the book happens but that the Sundarbans make it possible—indeed, almost make it happen—with their mangroves, and tigers, and crocodiles, and dolphins, and cyclones, and culture, and history.

Into their transformative sphere venture two very different individuals, Piya Roy, a Bengali-American cetologist, and Kanai Dutt, owner of a translation business in Delhi. Piya is drawn by the tidal water: she has come to study a rare freshwater dolphin that negotiates the mix of fresh and saltwater. Kanai, on the other hand, has been summoned to the land: he comes to the island of Lusibari on account of a posthumously discovered manuscript, written by his late uncle. When Piya and Kanai first meet—in classic fashion, on a train—Kanai is reading a xerox; Piya, jostled, splashes water on his page. For unlike this hyperliterate man who has turned words into a commodity, Piya has learned to see speech as “a bag of tricks that fooled you into thinking you could see through the eyes of another being.” Though she reads too, her reading material is no photocopy. Rather, it’s the river she studies as though “puzzling over a codex that had been authored by the earth itself.”

Piya is drawn, then, not to Kanai, but to a married, illiterate crab fisherman named Fokir.  They’re thrown together by a second jostling that also results in a splash—this one of Piya falling into the river—and Fokir and Piya develop a live sympathy for each other. They are unable to speak a word of each other’s language. Still, their work resonates with surprising profundity, and through the reciprocal anticipation of simple needs (for privacy, for warmth) they achieve a utopian intimacy beyond words. As Fokir’s wife, sensing trouble, observes, “words are like the winds that blow ripples on the water’s surface. The river itself flows beneath, unseen and unheard.”

And yet, and yet. Even as it is challenged from within, this novel carries on its wordy project with a vengeance, braiding vivid, high-adventure run-ins (tigers! crocodiles!) with numerous myths, stories, and texts. Not least of the last is Kanai’s uncle’s manuscript, through which a romantic triangle gradually emerges, involving Kanai’s uncle, Fokir’s late mother, and Fokir’s apparent father, a boatman. Centered on a utopian, doomed Sundarban settlement, their story so eerily prefigures the Kanai-Piya-Fokir story as to seem its earlier incarnation. Beautifully, weirdly, the earlier story seems, like one of the islands, to be re-emerging from the water like something eternal, wearing a different guise.

The Hungry Tide is not without its flaws. Its elaborate pattern does curb the characters; and in its cosmic effort to unite science with myth with society with romance and more, it leaves the reader feeling, at times, force fed. Still, Ghosh’s mythic vision of life as recurrent and cyclical, with deep division giving way to deep integration, is moving, wise, and large. Emerging as it does from within a Western art form, it is also significant: this is a book that challenges everything from our notions of place and reality to our notions of what the novel can do. At one point in its progress, Kanai’s uncle writes that “here in the tide country, transformation is the rule of life.” We feel, by the end of this compelling book, that we have been to that country, and that it has—maybe not for the first time—remade us.

Reviewed by Gish Jen


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The Tales of Beedle the Bard: Review


The Tales of Beedle the Bard



It was thought that everything was over for Harry Potter fans. All the seven books were released and the story was concluded in HP and the Deathly Hallows in which Harry succeeded in defeating Lord Voldemort. Of course there are two more movies to be released. But the movies do not count for real HP fans who love to read JKR. Rumors spread that HP mania ceased and the hype was over.

But on December 4, 2008, Bloomsbury Publications launched “The Tales of Beedle the Bard” by JKR. Of course the bard is not a sequel to hallows but it is written keeping in mind the fact that the very book helped Harry to unlock the secret of hallows.

“The Tales of Beedle the Bard” is a collection of five fairy tales written by a fifteenth century bard bequeathed by Albus Dumbledore, the Headmaster of Hogwarts to Hermione Granger.JKR has portrayed the book in such a way that Hermione has translated the Ancient Runes .After each tale JKR has added a Dumbledore/s note in which Albus says more about the tale and many other fascinating facts of magic world. Dumbledore and JKR have provided foot notes so that MUGGLES can follow the matter better.

The five tales depicted in the book are namely:

a) The wizard and the hopping pot

b) The fountain of fair fortune

c) Babbitty Rahitty and her cackling stump

d) The warlock and his hairy heart

e) The tail of three brothers depicted in Hallows

All the five stories are fairy tales which contains a moral. Although fairy tales are for kids, The Tale of Beedle the Bard is suitable for all ages. Even those who haven’t read HP books can follow this one.

The collection is a reprint of the tales that Rowling originally hand wrote and illustrated in vellum as a gift for six close friends associated with Potter circle


The other speciality of bard is that unlike the profits from core HP series ,the proceeds from beedle the bard are going to an east European children’s charity chaired by JKR, called the Children’s high level group.

Like all HP books the bard is also a MAGNIFICIENT work of JKR. It certainly is a treat for hp fans all over the world.

          Some other facts regarding the bard should also be mentioned.

  1. The book was not able to create a huge hype like the one created by the previous books especially in the in the Indian cities.
  2. The lean look of the book has let down many hp fans.

     3.The high cost i.e.Rs.599 for a 108 page hard bound edition act as a hindrance

     4.Also the unattractive jacket of the book contributes to the unpopularity.

But whatever be the reasons, there is no doubt that real hp fans will certainly get glued to the book. I personally wont say it is a must read but I think it is a worth read for everyone. Three books are available in our school library but one will have to swim across about many feet long reservation list to keep your hands on the book.

BOTTOMLINE:The book, beedle is not up to the mark.Nothing compared to the core books.



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Library Bulletin December 2008 released

Library Bulletin Vol 1, Issue 2,  December 2008




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New Arrivals 14/12/2008

New Arrivals as on 14/12/2008

Call Number



001 O’B-B O’Briel, Derek Book of knowledge Volumes 7-9
001 O’B-U O’Brien, Derek Ultimate quiz challenge
001 RAM-H Ramanan, V V Hindu young world quiz book 1
001.076 NTS-N TMH NTSE: National Talent Search Examination for class VIII
004 GAT-B Gates, Bill Business at the speed of thought
158.4 BUR-L Burns, James Mac Gregor Leaders who changed the world
297.63 RAM-M Ramadan, Tariq Messenger: The meanings of the life of Muhammad
328.73 DUP-B Dupuis, Martin and Boeckelman, Keith Barack Obama, the new face of American politics
500 ASI-A Asimov, Isaac Asimov’s new guide to science
523.1 DAS-T Das, S K Touching lives: The little known triumphs of the Indian space programme
537.5 GAV-P Gavin, M R and Houldin, J E Principles of electronics
551.6 JUN-H Juniper, Tony How many lightbulbs does it take to change a planet: 95 ways to save planet earth
570 WIN-L Winkler, Peter Life science: Animal adaptations
573.76 JOH-H Johnson, Rebecca L Human body: Bones and muscles
808.068 BRA-N Braiworks Number readiness
808.068 CHA-D Chandamama Donkey’s downfall and other stories
808.068 CHA-D Chandamama Donkey’s downfall and other stories
808.068 CHA-D Chandamama Donkey’s downfall and other stories
808.068 CHA-D Chandamama Donkey’s downfall and other stories
808.068 CHA-D Chandamama Donkey’s downfall and other stories
823 AMI-H Amitav Ghosh Hungry tide
823 ANA-G Anand Govardhan’s travels
823 ANI-P Anita Nair Puffin book of world myths and legends
823 ASI-R Asimov, Isaac Robot visions
823 COL-A Colfer, Eoin Atremis Fowl and the lost colony
823 DIC-C Dickens, Charles Christmas carol
823 DOY-L Doyle, Arthur Conan Lost world
823 ELI-M Eliot, George Mill on the floss
823 GIT-T Githa Hariharan Thousand faces of night
823 GOL-F Golding, William Fire down below
823 GOL-I Golding, William Inheritors
823 GRE-K Green, Roger Lancelyn King Arthur and his knights of the round table
823 GRE-T Green, Roger Lancelyn Tale of Troy
823 HES-S Hesse, Hermann Siddhartha
823 JAY-R Jayshree Misra Rani
823 KUN-I Kundera, Milan Ignorance
823 LAR-G Larsson, Stieg Girl with the dragon tattoo
823 MAN-G Mansfield, Katherine Garden party and other stories
823 MAR-S Martel, Yann Self
823 MON-A

Montgomery, L M

Anne of Avonlea
823 NAR-M Narayan, R K Malgudi adventures: Classic tales for children
823 NIC-L Nicholl, Charles Lodger: Shakespeare on Silver street
823 OLS-A Olsson, Linda Astrid and Veronica
823 PLA-B Plath, Sylvia Bell jar
823 RAB-H Rabindranath Tagore Home and the world
823 RUP-S Rupa Bajwa Sari shop
823 SAL-F Salinger, J D For Esme with love and squalor
823 SAL-F Salinger, J D Franny and Zooey
823 SHA-B Shafak, Elif Bastard of Istambul
823 SHO-S Shobhaa De

Second thoughts

823 TUR-F Turgenev, Ivan Fathers and sons
823 WEB-D Webster, Jean Daddy-Long-Legs
823.01 AMI-A Amita Sarin Akbar and Birbal
823.01 DAH-W Dahl, Roald Witches
823.01 DIC-S Dickens, Charles Selected short fiction
823.01 KAL-J Kalpana Swaminathan Jaldi’s friends
823.01 KAM-T Kamala Laxman Thama stories
823.01 NAR-M Narayan, R K Malgudi landscapes: the best of R.K.Narayan
823.01 ROW-T Rowling, J K Tales of Beedle the Bard
823.01 ROW-T Rowling, J K Tales of Beedle the Bard
823.01 ROW-T Rowling, J K Tales of Beedle the Bard
828 FIL-Z Filipovic, Zlta Zlata’s diary: A child’s life in Sarajevo
828.1 JEE-S Jeet Thayil, Ed. Sixty Indian poets
910.02 BLI-E Bliss, Pamela Earth science: Introduction to weather
910.02 PHE-E Phelen, Glen Earth science: Rocks and minerals
922.1 RUK-A Rukmini Chawla Apostle of love: The life of Mother Teresa
923.8 LAL-B Lala, R M Beyond the last blue mountain: A life of J. R. D. Tata (1904-1993)
927 NAR-M Narayan, R K My days: Autobiography
928.2 TOM-J Tomalin, Claire Jane Austin: A life
954 GUP-S Gupta, Subhadra Sen Saffron, white and green:The amazing story of India’s independence
954 TIL-T Tillotson, Giles Taj Mahal
T 420.7 NCE-M.01.1 NCERT Marigold, Book1: Textbook in English for class I
T 510 GUP-L.01.1 NCERT Let’s Learn mathematics, Book1 for class I

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Reading in the Christmas


Dear students,

Christmas is approaching. New Year also.

You will get a full ten days of vacation.

take this opportunity to read more books.

Come to the library and issue some books for holiday reading

Happy Christmas and New Year.

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Where was the librarian when the lights went out?



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What did one book say to the other one?

I just wanted to see if we are on the same page
(Thanks to Anonymous)

Why didn’t the burglar break into the library?

Because he was afraid he’d get a long sentence.
(Thanks to West Leeman

Why do authors always get good marks on tests?

They know how to copy-right.
(Thanks to Nancy Schimmel)

Where was the librarian when the lights went out?

In the dark!
(Thanks to Marlin Day)

What does the librarian say when she has to leave?

Time to book!
(Thanks to Marlin Day)

What did the book called “Chills” say to the other book?

“I feel chills running down my spine!”
(Thanks to Anonymous)

What is a book’s favorite food?

A bookworm.
(Thanks to Cody S., age 10)

What do the library computers like to eat for snacks?


What do you get when you cross an elephant with a computer?

A lot of memory.

What part of a computer does an astronaut like best?

The space bar.

Why did the computer sneeze?

It had a virus.

Where do computers take their pets when they get sick?

To the Intervet.

What is a computer’s favorite kind of music?


What did one math book say to the other math book?

“Do you want to hear my problems?”

What do planets like to read?

Comet books.

How do librarians file melted marshmallows?

According to the Gooey (Dewey) Decimal System.

What did the spider do inside the library computer?

It made a Web page.

When the cold wind blows, what does a book do?

It puts on a book jacket.
(Thanks to Walter Minkel!

Why does the dragon keep turning around in a circle?

He wants to read a long tale.
(Thanks to Walter Minkel!

How do you catch computer fish?

Two ways: on line or in the Net.
(Thanks to Walter Minkel!

What does Hagrid use on the 18th hole of the Hogwarts Golf Course?

His Harry Putter.
(Thanks to Walter Minkel!

Where do sticks of chewing gum go when they go online?

On the Mint-ernet.
(Thanks to Walter Minkel and Emi Kafton-Minkel!

When the squirrels sneak into the library to use the computers, where do they go?

On the Inter-nut.
(Thanks to Walter Minkel and Emi Kafton-Minkel!

What do you call a campground for spiders?

A Web site.
(Thanks to Matt Willette, age 8!

Where are there more nobles than in the royal court?

In the library. All the books have titles.

When a knight read a book, who was always at his side?

His page.
(Thanks to Walter Minkel!)

What do you do if a dragon bites your library book?

Take the words right out of his mouth.

When spiders go on the Internet, what do they visit first?

Charlotte’s Web site.

What’s the difference between an accountant and a dectective solving the Case of the Stolen Book?

One’s a bookkeeper and one’s a bookcaper.

Why did Dr. Jekyll cross the road in front of the library?

To get to the other Hyde.
(Thanks to Kate Booker!)

Why did the librarian slip and fall on the library floor?

Because she was in the non-friction section.
(Thanks to Alan Mandel!)

Knock knock.

Who’s there?
Cardigan who?
Oh, no! I went to the library and forgot my card-igan!

Knock knock.

Who’s there?
Snow who?
Snow better place to hang out during the winter than the library!

Knock knock.

Who’s there?
Clothes on.
Clothes on who?
The library’s clothes on Thanksgiving, but we’ll be open again on Friday!

Why did the vampire check out a drawing book?

He wanted to learn how to draw blood.

Librarian: Knock knock.

Student: Who’s there?
Librarian: Winnie.
Student: Winnie who?
Librarian: Winnie you going to bring back that overdue book, hm?

What does a library book wear whenever it leaves the building?

A pager.

Why was the T-Rex afraid to go to the library?

Because her books were 60 million years overdue.

Why is that library book you’re trying to find always in the last place you look?

Because once you find it, you stop looking.

Why does an elephant use his trunk as a bookmark?

That way he always nose where he stopped reading.
(Thanks to Emi Kafton-Minkel!)

How can you tell if an elephant checked out a library book before you did?

When you open it, peanut shells fall out.

Why does the ghost come back to the library every day for more books?

Because she goes through them too quickly.

Why did Silly Willy wait until summer to take back his overdue books?

Because that’s when the fine weather is.

Why didn’t the skeleton come back to the library with an overdue book?

He was too gutless.
(Thanks to Thomas A. Brown!)

Why don’t elephants ever pay overdue fines?

They always bring their books back on time. An elephant never forgets!
(Thanks to Emi Kafton-Minkel!)

What did the detective do when he didn’t believe the librarian’s story?

He booked her!
(Thanks to Millie from Northern California!)

Do you know how many librarians it takes to screw in a light bulb?

No, but I know where you can look it up!

What king of medieval England was famous because he spent so many nights at his Round Table writing books?

King Author!

What reference book should you put on your head to keep off the sun and rain, no matter where you go in the world?

A hat-las (if you like, you can call it your “map cap”).

What reference book should you use when you forget your shovel?

The dig-tionary.

What reference book is the best to use when you want to travel?

The bicycle-opedia!

Librarian: Knock knock.

Kid: Who’s there?
Librarian: Winnie Thupp.
Kid: Winnie Thupp who?
Librarian: He’s in the juvenile fiction, and so is Piglet!

When a goose goes to the library, what books does she look for?

Peoplebumps books!

If you travel to Eastern Europe, why won’t you find any books in Prague’s public library?

They’re all “Czech”ed out!

How do you make a library float?

Get a million gallons of root beer, two scoops of ice cream, and add one library!

(Thanks to David Boe!)

Who writes invisible books?

A ghost writer!
(Thanks to Carolyn Gray!)

Part 1: What building has the most stories?

The library, of course!

Part 2: If a student goes to a seven-story library and checks out seven books, how many are left?

None. The library had only seven stories!
(Thanks to Christine Talbert!)

Where does a librarian sleep?

Between the covers.

When a librarian goes fishing, what goes on her hook?

A bookworm, of course.

What does a librarian eat dinner from?

A bookplate.

Jim said, “My dog tried to eat my library book.”

“What did you do?” asked the librarian.
“I took the words right out of his mouth.”
(Thanks to Leo MacLeod!)

What does the skeleton do when she goes to the library?

She likes to “bone up” on her favorite subject (and we’re not ribbing you, either).

What does a librarian use to keep his pants up?

A book-kle.

What does the mummy do when he goes to the library?

He gets all wrapped up in a good book.

What do you call a person whose library books are overdue?

A bookkeeper.

What did the book called “Chills” say to the other book?

“I feel chills running running down my spine.”


Filed under: library Jokes & Cartoons

Diary of a young girl: Book review


Anne Frank


Karthika P, XI A



Anne Frank, the German Jewish girl who dreamt of becoming a great writer some day. Anne Frank’s diary is the diary that conquered thousands of young and old readers’ mind alike. 

Anne Frank was born on 12th June 1929 as the daughter of Otto and Edith Frank. they were forced to leave Germany and settle in Holland due to Nazi invasions. a diary, which she got as a present on her third birthday wrote a new epic.

Anne Frank, a girl who loved to talk, dream and write. Her life had a turning point when her sister Margot Frank received a call letter from a concentration camp. During 1940’s the Jews Were humiliated, tortured and restricted from almost everything due to Hitler’s autocracy. Jews were even taken to a concentration camps where a series of torturing Jews were practiced. Thousands of people were killed in gas chambers. So the Frank family went into hiding. Anne named their secret hide-out above Frank’s office as Secret Annex. With the help of some good Christian friends they survived in the Secret Annex. The Voan Dan family & a man named Dr Dussel were invited to be the inhabitants of the Annexe. Life in the Annex was not too easy. Even a small sound made by them could give away their secret.

Amidst all this worries the members of the Annex did not try to be happy. There were constant quarrels among them. Always Anne was criticized. Anne made herself happy by criticizing almost everyone and everything in her diary, Kitty. Not having anyone to talk, Anne chooses Peter, son of Voan Doan, as a companion. But Anne’s father advised her to give up her affair with Peter. Months passed and on 12th August 1944 the Nazi captured the residents of Annex.

Everyone was took to Oyster concentration camp. Anne died on March 1946 due to typhus disease. Only Otto Frank survived this disaster. When he reached the Annex what he received was some letters written to kitty by Anne. He published these letters and now it is the second biggest bestseller in the world after Bible.

Anne Frank was a girl who had unusual courage. She had her own dreams and views. She wanted to be respected by herself. Above all she had the best weapon in her hand: Her Pen. She criticized almost everything she could in her letters.

Anne had a great dream to become a great writer and live after her death. And so did she, she became a great writer and still eternal in our hearts even after her heath. She will be immortal for ever.

Filed under: Book Reviews



                  It was a festival of letters at kv pattom from 27 nov to2 dec 2008. the national library week was organised by the library media centre on these days. The readers club had a handful of surprises for the students. The week was inaugurated by Smt Lalita, chief librarian SCERT Trivandrum who gave an enlightening talk on books and publications and also about the origin of literature and other discipline from the universe

                    On 28th November 2008,Smt.Rati Saxena,noted hindi poet and translator and also Kendra Sahithya Academy award winner interacted with the students in meet the author session. She talked about the importance of creativity and urged the students to write and to let their emotions flow. She also promised to visit our Vidyalaya at times.

                     The main attraction of the week was a book exhibition in collaboration with DC books Trivandrum which was held from 27 to 29 November 2008. The fair showcased various children’s books, fiction, academic books, CDs etc. It was a golden opportunity for book lovers since the books were available on a discount of 10%. Students enjoyed the maximum by browsing and buying the books they love

                     Various competitions were also conducted as part of the celebrations like book review writing, spot poetry writing, reading competitions etc. in which students participated with great enthusiasm.

                      The week long celebrations came to an end on 2nd December 2008. Smt.Vimala Menon, famous children’s writer was the chief guest of the day who gave an inspiring talk on languages and requested to students to start a home library .

Of their own  she recollected some of her childhood memories and enraptured the students by her serenity and simplicity .she gave the prizes of various competitions  to its  winners on this occasion The week was a grand success due to the support given by our  principal.





IX, Shift-II

Filed under: Reader's Club


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