Only the eldest sons could inherit in Jane Austen’s time

In the era of Jane Austen only the eldest sons could inherit wealth, and how a single man not in possession of good fortune, will just have to roll up his sleeves and work for his living. Rory Muir reveals the customs of English aristocrats and their bourgeois imitators was to leave all their wealth…

Asian Pop genres

Afghan born Pakistani poetess and writer Fatima Bhutto who studied at Columbia University writes about vast cultural movement emerging from beyond the Western world, displaying truly global in its range and allure, challenging Hollywood, McDonalds and blue jeans.  K-Pop from Korea provide universal satisfaction – not merely as entertainment but on an emotional level too.…

Britain’s mallest and youngest independent publisher makes his mark

Five years ago Jacques Testard visited Frankfurt Book Fair  and acquired the English-language rights for a  book by a Ukrainian-born author shunned by mainstream publishers. Little did he know, a year later that £3, 500 investment, the biggest advance paid by his newly formed Fitzcarraldo Publishing House – paid off handsomely when Svetlana Alexievich won…

Are you one of the two million people who uses emoji every hour

  Gretchen McCulloch, a Canadian linguist, making sense of  the ways we communicate online “ how internet is making us  more nuanced and inventive writers”,  in her latest book she writes “ because of internet, through a revolutionary period in linguistic history, where writing quickly, within character limits and deploying ever-changing internet slang, is enriching…

Government’s cruel injustice to the Windrush immigrants

The Guardian newspaper investigative journalist Amelia Gentleman, received an email from a charity with a message describing how the UK government was trying to deport a 61-year-old grandmother who had arrived from Jamaica aged 10, but had no documents to prove that she had entered Britain legally. Months of investigation revealed that this was not…

Rich and diverse civilization

A Tunisian friend of Justin Marozzi told him, “I’m embarrassed to be an Arab these days. Everywhere you look there’s chaos, fighting, bloodshed, dictatorship, corruption, injustice, unemployment. The only thing we’re leading the world in is terrorism”. For centuries the caliphate was both ascendant on the battlefield and triumphant in the battle of ideas, its…

Personality of dictators

As the Democracy is on the defensive, civil freedoms and the role of law are being eroded in many countries, Parliament, free elections, political pluralism and independent media are under assault form strongmen rulers and illiberal populists, Dutch born Hong Kong based historian, Dikotter throw light into the era of modern tyrannies, much of the…

Controversial years of early 1980s

The Labour Party under the leadership of Michael Foot  with the “longest suicide note in history” Labour’s 1983 election manifesto was deeply unpopular and it felt like a turning point in British politics. Margaret Thatcher had came power in 1979 with a daring plan to reverse Britain’s decline into shabbiness and chaos, as factories closed…