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

bollywood lane

The road is named after a school. But everyone calls it Bollywood Lane. Through the lane, banners advertise cosmetic surgeons, power yoga classes, dieticians, dance classes, gyms, acting classes. I … Continue reading

November 10, 2012 · 7 Comments

magnum photographers

This actually happened. Though, Teja had to ask them to freeze for a moment.

August 7, 2012 · 3 Comments

you need a strong stomach for gold biscuits

I don’t mind living in a hotel room if it is big enough, has enough storage space, and I can lay out all my things as if I were at … Continue reading

June 4, 2012 · 19 Comments

of love and muddy shoes and hard work

For the last couple of weeks, it’s been all excel sheets, phone calls and meetings. No, there hasn’t been a leopard in sight. On a commercial film, you would have … Continue reading

March 1, 2012 · 14 Comments

another kind of sighting

The daily hour and a half journey to Rudraprayag from Ghimtoli was accomplished in the dark. I was not car sick this time by virtue of sitting extremely still in … Continue reading

February 12, 2012 · 24 Comments

haridwar super fast

We are finally on the train. I don’t mind travelling once I’m pushed out of the house. It’s going to be a 29 hour journey if the train runs on … Continue reading

February 2, 2012 · 8 Comments

towel ideas dot com

Mukhtar was cleaning the room when I entered it this afternoon. “Good afternoon, Madam”, he said, with his gentle smile. I said, “Did you make the swan on my bed … Continue reading

October 1, 2011 · 26 Comments

on bad food, bad marriages and diets

When you come out of a bad marriage, and start spilling the beans, albeit only to those close to you, it always amazes your family and friends, why you took … Continue reading

September 27, 2011 · 12 Comments

madam sharaabi

Jo’s recent post ‘sharaabi ka naam, sharaabi ka baap ka naam‘ reminded me of a recent stop-over at an adda on the Bangalore-Mysore Road. We were coming back from Gangavathi … Continue reading

September 9, 2011 · 27 Comments

the elephant in my room

These days I am having to contend with someone who is there but is pretending not to be. I wonder what it takes to be so busy that you get … Continue reading

August 12, 2011 · 7 Comments

just to let you know i am still around

When Dhanno says, “I’m going down for a movie”, meaning to the theatre across our apartment complex, When Teja sends me a SMS, I try hard not to think about … Continue reading

July 9, 2011 · 11 Comments


When a producer writes to you that “your script is relevant and exciting and reads well throughout. Overall the story is excellent and has all those interesting elements to have … Continue reading

April 22, 2011 · 18 Comments

that i did get in there

To all my friends who sympathized with my plight acquiring a permit to shoot at CST: And the peon, so weary, so glum, even a  cup of tea did not … Continue reading

February 9, 2011 · 10 Comments

and that’s part of what we spent 9 crores on ….

I know I ought to be writing about the meaningful cinema I saw, and the people I networked with, and the usual chaos of government organized IFFI, the mad scramble … Continue reading

December 3, 2010 · 24 Comments

the house in juhu

In the 15 adult years I’ve lived in Bumm-Bumm-Bhole-Land, I don’t remember how many times I must have told a rickshaw wala, “Juhu, near Amitabh Bachchan‘s bungalow”. If you are … Continue reading

August 26, 2010 · 18 Comments

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