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

queen (2014) and a little bit of highway (2014)

Thoughts on ‘Queen’: I have always thought that it is easier to combat rape, domestic violence, or dowry deaths, than it is to get over the protectiveness that an average … Continue reading

March 15, 2014 · 25 Comments

thodi si lift kara de

When you have a near-death moment, you want to talk about it again and again. No one else wants to hear about it again and again. Even the first time, … Continue reading

February 18, 2014 · 21 Comments

oranges and lemons, sold for a penny

3 days before Republic Day, the hawkers were cleared off the streets of Bumm-Bumm-Bhole-Land. Then yesterday, after all 52 apartment complexes around had blared Lata Mangeshkar, AR Rahman and Mahendra … Continue reading

January 27, 2014 · 9 Comments

i have a smart phone, so don’t stop me

Kareena Kapoor comes to see a play at Prithvi, and suddenly the 350 rupee ticket seems worth it. She stands in the queue to get into the theatre, and some … Continue reading

December 8, 2013 · 6 Comments

even a broken umbrella works, if it is red

Today the highway outside our windows is clear. I still don’t want to go out anywhere, and don’t need to, but I just breathe a little easier. First it was … Continue reading

October 9, 2013 · 15 Comments

the real deal about that thingy

The word ‘peri-menopausal’ jumps out at me a lot these days. All the doctors I have happened to meet in the last 2 years, usually family friends, or family, or … Continue reading

July 29, 2013 · 16 Comments

Man 1, Man 2, Man 3 and 4 women

Less than 50 metres outside the gate of our housing complex, manned by several watchmen, a young man stood by the side of the road, masturbating as he watched Dhanno … Continue reading

December 25, 2012 · 33 Comments

lessons on womanhood while buying a car

If you earn a fair amount of money, you are in an equal relationship with your partner, you move in a social circle where almost everyone has a similar world … Continue reading

October 20, 2012 · 92 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

ramesh and bhima smile reluctantly

Ramesh and Bhima were begging outside a South Indian cafe. They are dressed as faux-sadhus, and carry thick ropes around their shoulders, with which they offer to whip themselves for … Continue reading

September 29, 2012 · 14 Comments


3 odd years ago, we drove into Manipur after a grueling 200 km ride from Mao, which by our calculations should have taken 4 hours at the most, and in … Continue reading

August 7, 2012 · 5 Comments

the man with a hockey stick

I had agreed to make the trek into town, because it was a chance to meet the man in the news. At first, he does not look at me and … Continue reading

July 26, 2012 · 15 Comments

Anatevka is where the heart is

One would think that my predilection to make even a hotel room feel like home comes from a strong sense of attachment to things. In fact, it comes from a … Continue reading

June 6, 2012 · 15 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

shall we bare our bums then?

A first class AC coupe does not ensure a clean toilet. Within the hour, someone had done their big business for the day, and failed to flush away. The coupe … Continue reading

February 9, 2012 · 38 Comments

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