Raja Nawathe: Gumnaam (1965)

You know I had never quite been a huge Hindi cinema buff. No doubt, I had watched numerous films over decades of my life in India, but had never really bought film magazines, nor bought tickets from the fellas who paced up and down, muttering something under their breath while you're waiting in queue with … Continue reading Raja Nawathe: Gumnaam (1965)

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The “Flying Rani”!

Although a train journey in India is arduous, especially when traveling unreserved, it is always fun, and replete with memorable experiences. 🙂

Trotting on your high horse?

Headed to Buckingham Palace? Chances are you're more than likely not going anywhere near there. Then why this compulsion to speak the Queen's English, eh?  Here's what I think the issue is... It's an instant giveaway that although you're a product of independent India, you haven't quite broken away those shackles of your colonial past … Continue reading Trotting on your high horse?

Watch your kite soar!

In Indian cinema, poets and lyricists have expressed the joys and sorrows of people, through songs using the humble kite as a metaphor. Watching your kite soar, caressing the skies on a clear day is a simple delight. Across the oceans to the west, or bending far over in the orient's east, you see kites … Continue reading Watch your kite soar!

Hima Kala Kendra

We knew her as Ms Hima Devi. I always remember her as a lady with immense attitude, a cigarette between her fingers, puffing smoke in our middle school classroom. After a while our Victorian "ha, hoo" shocked by her stance, simply stopped. Hima was just Hima... cool. No, we did not use that term then. … Continue reading Hima Kala Kendra

Rising Prices of Onions?

With "aww-nion" prices on the rise, I wonder what will happen to the Onion Utthapam, Onion Pakoras, Onion Rings that are such favorites for many Indians when eating out! Aww... no worries... instead, enjoy some Methi-Paneer, sans onions. Now here's a little heads up: if that turns out way too tasty for you, but is … Continue reading Rising Prices of Onions?

“Won’t you visit India anytime soon!”

Numerous friends and acquaintances pose this question often - at least more often than I'd care to answer; or even to respond with some plausible explanation - one way or another. "Explanation", because if my answer is in the affirmative, surely there's a reason why - an occasion, a wedding, to circuit the golden triangle … Continue reading “Won’t you visit India anytime soon!”

Bollywood fans? Awaara Dream Sequence Interpretation

By sheer accident a few minutes ago, came upon this site... Now what was I searching for? Yeah, Awaara - interpretation of the dream sequence in this film. For a project I'm working on in collaborative mode, I'd considered a very different interpretation for the end of this song... (without having ever watched the iconic … Continue reading Bollywood fans? Awaara Dream Sequence Interpretation

Explosions at Bodh Gaya!

My tympanic membrane is tired, and hardened from the continual onslaught of explosive news. Not only tired of the terrorism, I'm sickened by the endless rapes that women suffer mercilessly. Add to that the helplessness one feels, reading about the pointless deaths of hundreds, thousands - en masse! Now, worse, am defeated by the mindless … Continue reading Explosions at Bodh Gaya!

“Magaj”… cake-like dessert… from chickpeas!

This isn't some crazy joke... I'm not kidding. Yesterday, the god with aplomb - Ganesh ji - arrived with pomp, song and dance, at many households. In my home, he doesn't arrive, he's just there! Seated in several spots... Ganesh in photo frame; as art d'objet; on a Majolica-style decorative plate; as an acrylic painting … Continue reading “Magaj”… cake-like dessert… from chickpeas!