Despite the Arnoldian desire to bring together the creative and the critical temper epochs, criticism and creativity seldom seem to mingle, especially in the contemporary world.
There are notable exceptions of course: S.T. Coleridge, T.S. Eliot, Matthew Arnold and Virginia Woolf, among others. Nearer home, in post-independence India, eminent critics such as P. Lal and K.R. Srinivasa Iyengar have tried their hand at poetry and translation.
Professor M.K. Naik, one of the doyens of Indian Writing in English and author of more than 30 books in various genres, has just published an interesting collection of short stories at the age of 87, he says, with near ‘total loss of eyesight’.