The selections for the Class XII Elective English Textbook, Kaleidoscope, are representative of Literature in English and fall into the following genres - fiction, non-fiction, drama, poetry. There are three short stories and two long ones in the fiction section representing contemporary writers from five cultures: Gabriel Garcia Marquez, James Joyce, Bi Shu-min, Isaac Singer and Joseph Conrad.
The stories deal with fantasy and reality, alienation, a mother's sensitivity and the problem of choice in personal life.
Two plays find a place in the selection - Chandalika by Tagore brings out the intense conflict in the mind of a sensitive untouchable girl. The excerpt from Girish Karnad's Broken Images reflects the ambiguities in the mind of a writer who has unexpectedly acquired fame.
Of the eight poems, four are from the classical tradition - Donne, Milton, Blake and Coleridge. The other four are established poets, closer to contemporary times - Yeats, A.K. Ramanujan, Emily Dickinson and Kamala Das. There are two poems each by Blake and Milton.
Kaliedoscope (Elective) Chapters