Monthly Archives: September 2010

Aamir Khan vs Javed Akhtar – Star versus …….

The most defining characteristic of the Hindi commercial cinema in particular, and of popular entertainment in general is that they are recognized, recalled and reflected upon by the actors and players in them, known as stars. The stars, therefore, are … Continue reading

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One Night @ Mumbai

One Night @ Mumbai, 2nd February 2010 I never go to weddings and that too just fly one evening down to Mumbai after office to attend a wedding reception is something that I never could imagine that I would do. … Continue reading

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Surajkund Crafts Mela – Why I Am Not Very Enthused About It

Madhusree and I feel a sense of ownership towards the Surajkund Crafts Fair because it has been five years now that we have made a colony around the ground as our home. What is even more pertinent is that each … Continue reading

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Symbols of Lakshmi, The Goddess of Wealth

Symbols of Lakshmi, The Goddess of Wealth Review of Lakshmi. R. Mahalakhsmi. Penguin. Delhi. 2009. Lakshmi has never intrigued me so much before I read Mahalaxmi’s work on the deity published presently by Penguin with the simple title Lakshmi. I … Continue reading

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Bandicoots – A Study of Biharis

Bandicoots in the Moonlight. Avijit Ghosh. Penguin. Delhi. 2008. Bandicoots in the Moonlight is an autobiographical account of a young boy who has traversed a very long journey into his present state of settling down in his own flat in … Continue reading

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Cinema Bhojpuri by Avijit Ghosh

Avijit Ghosh’s book, Cinema Bhojpuri is a veritable encyclopedia of the Bhojpuri cinema. Bhojpur, signifying the large stretch of land covering Eastern Uttar Pradesh and parts of Bihar along the banks of the Ganges has had a distinct past and … Continue reading

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Playing Solo; A Review of Solo By Rana Dasgupta

The book, Solo, is divided into two parts called Life and Daydreaming respectively running us through the memories and image construction of a hundred year old Bulgarian who identifies himself with an old and dying parrot that must somehow cohere … Continue reading

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Orhan Pamuk’s Red Book

This month of July, we at our book reading club, composed of middle aged general interest women, attempted to read Orhan Pamuk’s novel, My Name Is Red. From the back cover it seemed to be a book of crime and … Continue reading

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Reading Vampire In A Rainy August – Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight

 It has been an unusually rainy August in Delhi this year. We are not used to such heavy downpours in this part of Northern India. So the city along with its one crore population get non-plussed as rains get incessant … Continue reading

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Taj Mahal – Unending Intrigue

I have been to the Taj Mahal many times. I usually never miss a chance to visit this tomb. Along with Sikandra and Fatehpur Sikri, the Taj Mahal never ceases to wonder me. I have seen the mausoleum in the … Continue reading

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