Category Archives: Media Sociology

Gayatri Mantra

My uncle has sent me a video in which an Indonesian singer tries to make a song out of the Gayatri Mantra. She sings perched upon a rock on the sea shore which gets constantly awashed by the waves lashing … Continue reading

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Amitabh at 75 years

On his landmark birthday of three fourth way towards a century, Amitabh Bachchan retains the romance of the star he once rose to be some four decades ago. He is active in films, in the entertainment business, on social media, … Continue reading

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Amitabh @ Prateeksha

It was exactly on the 20th of December 1990 that I got an invitation from Amitabh Bachchan to be his house guest at Prateeksha in Mumbai. The invitation came through a call from Mumbai, then still Bombay in my landlord’s … Continue reading

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Aye Dil Hai Mushkil

Dil Vakei Hai Mushkil … The exact wordings of the song are Aye Dil hail Muskhkil, jeena Yahaan, Zara hatke, Zara Bachke, Yeh hai Bombay Meri Jaan insisting that your heart is indeed in deep trouble since the city in … Continue reading

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Amitabh’s Feminism

Amitabh Bachchan’s letter to his granddaughters is important in more ways than one. Firstly, it is a letter. Letter writing is an art of which the cultural elite know very well across the world; the intellectual pariahs who abound the … Continue reading

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Myth, Media and Poetry – Jagannath’s Rathyatra

The Rath Yatra of Jagannath is among the grandest sacred spectacle of India and till only recently, which is before the Bengalis discovered the Durga Puja, it was the grandest fair of them all. The rath, or the car festival … Continue reading

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Cinema and Partition 2

Well Ms T seems to have made up her mind. She was faking all that euphoria as the theme of displacement in Partition being attached to her own biography. Yes, she feels uncertain and distressed at the possible wrenching out … Continue reading

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