Category: Analysis

Russia Under Stalin

Joseph Vissarionovich Stalin was born on 18th December 1878. He held complete power over Soviet Union after Lenin and he held on till his death on March 5th 1953. He held the post of General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union but he was a dictator in many […]

Russia Under Lenin

Vladimir IIich Ulanov, known popularly as Lenin, was the leader of Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 and went to become the architect of the Soviet Union and became its first head. Lenin came out of an exile to lead the revolution in 1917. He mobilised the people, consolidated his power cracked down all those who opposed […]

Spain under General Franco

Francisco Franco Bahamonde popularly known as General Franco was a military dictator who ruled over Spain from 1939 until his death in 1975. General Franco came to power by sheer dint of courage and by holding on fiercely to his ideals. He was a conservative who believed in monarchy. He was against the establishment of […]

Italy under Benito Mussolini

Benito Amilcare Andrea Mussolini was a journalist turned politician. He was the leader of the National Fascist Party and was the Prime Minister from 1922 to 1943.  He was elected to the post constitutionally and ruled so for three years. After that he dropped the pretence of democracy and took up the administration in his dictatorial […]

Afghan Civil War

Afghan Civil War started after the Soviet Union withdrew from Afghanistan and it left the Afghan communist government to protect themselves from the Mujahideen. The phase of the war was in between 1989 to 1992. Even though the government fell in 1992 the civil war continued and there was large spread infighting within the government. […]

The Village Saint – Bessie Head

Author Background Appearing again and again in the works of Bessie Head are the themes of exile, alienation and racial and social oppression. Racism profoundly affected life in South Africa. It dehumanized both oppressor and oppressed. Being of mixed race, Head experienced discrimination in South Africa where she was born and in her adoptive country, […]

The Yellow Wallpaper – Catherine Perkins Gilman

Author Background Catherine Perkins Gilman was an early feminist who lived an unconventional lifestyle that was not understood by the people of her time. When she a young girl, her father abandoned his family. Catherine was raised by her mother with help from her absent father’s aunts who included Harriet Beecher Stowe, the author of […]

The Lemon Orchard – Alex La Guma

Author Background Alex La Guma was born in South Africa to a Jimmy La Guma who was very active in anti-apartheid politics. Even when he was a very young man, Alex La Guma took part in strikes organized to protest against working conditions of the blacks in factories. For his effort, he was banned from […]

Meteor – John Wyndham

Author Background John Wyndham was only one of the many pen names the writer John Wyndham Parkes Lucas Beynon Harris used in his life time. Others were John Beynon, John Beynon Harris, Johnson Harris, Lucas Parkes and Wyndham Parkes. When he was eight years old, his parents divorced. Following this, he and his brother Vivian […]

Games at Twilight – Anita Desai

Background Anita Desai is an Indian novelist who was born to a German mother and an Indian father. Though she was born in India and spent her early life there, she moved to the US to work and write there. She has travelled extensively and taught creative writing in several colleges. Many of her works […]

Afghan War (Part I)

Afghanistan has been a geographical area which is marked by strife and struggle in the form of battles, civil wars and terrorism.  Afghanistan was a part of India then and India was ruled by different clans. The Hindu, Sikh and the Afghans has their kingdom spread all over North India and the initial wars were […]

Color of Water – James McBride

James McBride was born to an African-American father and Polish Jew mother. When his father died even before his birth, his mother remarried Hunter Jordan whom James McBride considered his “Daddy”. The atmosphere in the family home was chaotic but very stimulating. Some of the older children were under the influence of the Civil Rights […]

Clover – Dori Sanders

Author Background Dori Sanders was born in 1936 in the peach farm that her school teacher father bought in 1915. He began cultivating peaches on it in 1920, a tradition Dori Sanders follows to this day though she is a bestselling novelist who has won many awards. The heroine of her novel, Clover, also grew […]