banno, dhanno and teja in bumm-bumm-bhole-land

premchand – karma and the real world

Premchand (1880-1936) is not an author most of us pick up eagerly to read. This is a fall-out from having to study him in school, as part of Hindi literature. … Continue reading

January 15, 2014 · 13 Comments

fashion blunders don’t go away, they just become fashionable

Dhanno and I did some frantic cleaning of my wardrobe, warm clothes, the pathetically few sarees that I have, and piles and piles of only casual clothes. Since the room … Continue reading

January 14, 2014 · 2 Comments

ramleela (2013) – of dead peacocks

This is a guest post by Dhanno. I am thinking about how the films of yesterday and that of today have any connection. There is a sudden shift in the … Continue reading

November 19, 2013 · 30 Comments

phata poster nikhla hero (2013) – twinkle, twinkle, little star

These days when Dhanno summons us to spend some time with her, we go, even if it means driving back from Bandra after 3 hours with the CA and dreadful … Continue reading

September 28, 2013 · 8 Comments

i love you, there i said it

“The children show their love in strange ways”, I said to Dhanno. “They will run up excitedly and say ‘pranaam’ and then run off again. It’s not as if they … Continue reading

March 19, 2013 · 15 Comments

english vinglish (2012) – the unstoppable woman

Dhanno and I saw ‘English Vinglish’ (directed by Gauri Shinde) at a trial show early this week. Dhanno thought we were going to a premiere. The difference between a trial … Continue reading

October 5, 2012 · 46 Comments

that’s us

Badal took this photo of Teja, Dhanno and me, just off the highway. Well, no. I just appropriated the photo, and said, “That’s us.” Dhanno said, “Which one am I?” … Continue reading

September 29, 2012 · 2 Comments

heroine – in the quicksand of glamour

Dhanno keeps repeating incredulously, “This movie is a spoof of itself. When they make a spoof of this, it will be the actual film.” Shy keeps nudging me, and guffawing. … Continue reading

September 22, 2012 · 26 Comments

even though it’s now an offense to say ‘chinky eyes’

Dhanno and I watched ‘Amar Prem’ together, years and years ago, when she was little. After that, a favorite game we played, was playing Rajesh Khanna. “Dhanno,’ I’d say, ‘Rajesh … Continue reading

July 19, 2012 · 10 Comments

just another day

Teja bought me an orange reading lamp, a big one, to suit my aging eyes. I loved the effort he went through to have it delivered home without me catching … Continue reading

June 28, 2012 · 38 Comments

here we are

Back to yellow and green walls. And an intent crow, who has been checking me out through each window, by turn. And Dhanno, who needs to know that the children … Continue reading

May 10, 2012 · 13 Comments

iron peas don’t count as food

Even as we lumber through labs, stock, rate cards, costumes, actors, props, and Dhanno slogs away at drafts, drawings, models, falling off to sleep on her drawing board, we must … Continue reading

March 6, 2012 · 26 Comments

the revenge of the tiffin box

Most of the years Dhanno was growing up, I snoozed in bed, while Teja prepared her breakfast, packed her tiffin, sent her off to school. He is the one who … Continue reading

November 21, 2011 · 27 Comments

2 swans

Since Dhanno is here, Mukhtar decided to make 2 swans on the bed. His Diwali gift to us! Happy Diwali, everyone, may the new year bring lots of lovely swans … Continue reading

October 26, 2011 · 18 Comments

everyone deserves happiness

This post is written for the initiative to create awareness about violence against women. You can read more posts by other writers at their blog Violence against Women 2011 11 … Continue reading

October 3, 2011 · 76 Comments

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