Tuesday, 25 December 2018

Rhetorical devices/ figures of speech most amenable to computer detection

Devices which use repetition of a specific word or a sequence of words are most amenable to automatic computer detection algorithms.

Thus, these figures of speech are easier to detect than other rhetorical devices

Anadiplosis
Anaphora
Epanalepsis
Epiphora or epistrophe
Conduplicatio
Epizeuxis or palilogia
Mesodiplosis
Polysyndeton
Symploce


Other figures of speech which are also similarly amenable are

Alliteration — one or more letters at the beginning of a word, rather than an entire word, being repeated
Anti-metabole — the word order is reversed, so slightly tougher for the computer to detect
Homeoteleuton — reverse of alliteration. One or more letters at the end of a word, rather than an entire word, being repeated

Thursday, 22 November 2018

New English fiction recommendation lists

Commonwealth and US
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Man Booker Prize

International
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Man Booker International Prize

India
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DSC Prize for South Asian Literature
JCB Prize for Literature
The Hindu Literary Prize

USA
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US National Book Award for Fiction
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
Edgar Allan Poe Award

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

My favourite classical Greek tragedies

Aeschylus
Agamemnon

Sophocles
Ajax
Antigone
Philoctetes
Oedipus the King

Euripides
Trojan Women
Medea
Iphigenia at Aulis
Iphigenia in Tauris

Saturday, 15 September 2018

Penguin Classics editions of Euripides

19 plays by Euripides are extant today. They are published by Penguin Classics in various anthologised volumes.


Heracles and other plays, translated by John Davie (5 plays)
Heracles
Iphigenia among the Taurians
Helen
Ion
Cyclops

Medea and other plays, translated by John Davie (4 plays)
Medea
Alcestis
Children of Heracles
Hippolytus

Electra and other plays, translated by John Davie (5 plays)
Electra
Suppliant Women
Andromache
Hecabe
Trojan Women

The Bachhae and other plays, translated by John Davie (5 plays)
Phoenician Women
Orestes
Bachhae
Iphigenia at Aulis
Rhesus

Orestes and other plays, translated by Philip Vellacott (6 plays)
The Children of Heracles
Andromache
The Suppliant Women
Phoenician Women
Orestes
Iphigenia at Aulis


Alcestis and other plays, translated by Philip Vellacott (3 plays)
Alcestis
Iphigenia in Tauris
Hippolytus


Medea and other plays, translated by Philip Vellacott (4 plays)
Medea
Hecabe
Electra
Heracles


The Bachhae and other plays, translated by Philip Vellacott (4 plays)
Ion
The Women of Troy
Helen
The Bachhae

Philip Vellacott did not translate Cyclops and Rhesus.

Friday, 24 August 2018

Things good about India

1. Vegetarianism (though there is a lack of veganism, so it’s not too much of a good)
2. Low amount of per capita consumption of alcohol
3. Poverty = less carbon foot print

Can’t think of much else right now.

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

যবনিকা, যবন, Ionia

‘যবনিকা’ শব্দটির অর্থ ‘পর্দা’, তা সে নাটকের অভিনেতার সামনেই হোক, বা পিছনে ‘drop scene’ হিসেবে। এই শব্দটি বাংলায় প্রবেশ করেছে প্রাচীন গ্রীক ও ভারতীয় সভ্যতার মেলামেশার কারণে। ‘যবনিকা’ শব্দটি ‘যবন’ শব্দ থেকে এসেছে। ‘যবন’ শব্দটির মানে ‘গ্রীক মানুষ’। এই ‘যবন’ শব্দটি এসেছে  ‘Ionian’ শব্দের থেকে। Ionia প্রাচীন গ্রীস-এর একটি জায়গার নাম, যে জায়গাটি বর্তমান টার্কি-তে।

Monday, 25 June 2018

Publications I read regularly

The Telegraph, Kolkata
It is the best newspaper in Kolkata. The Times of India perhaps sells more in Kolkata than The Telegraph but unlike the former, the latter is based out of Kolkata and thus has a greater focus on local news. Moreover, the latter is less pro-government than the former. The third reason why I prefer The Telegraph is that their writers are often funny and witty.
During my lifetime, the only other newspaper of a similar stature in Kolkata was The Statesman and which I used to read daily till the age of 18. Though it is still published, it is only a shadow of its former self and is not worth much of a read nowadays.
I read it in print format.

The Guardian (Books Section)
Unlike the New York Review of Books or The Paris Review, The Guardian is open-access (though there are constant pleas for donations). I click through to very few stories and read them but the ones that I do read, going by their titles, I find interesting

The Atlantic
Again, the only reason I read it is because it is free. I click through to very few stories but the ones I read are quite good.

Citylab
It is free and it has articles on urban issues, one of my areas of interest.

Slashdot
The comments section are a strict no-no but the articles themselves keep me abreast of the latest news in the world of technology.

Entrackr
A website I have discovered recently and which feeds my interest about Indian internet businesses.

South China Morning Post
China is an important part of the modern world. There aren’t too many free websites discussing everyday China. Though the SCMP is based out of Hong Kong, it provides a good enough perspective on China.