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

holi outside ftii

There were quite a few of us missing FTII like crazy. I mean, it’s Holi night, you are dancing, and you ought to be near the Wisdom Tree, not an … Continue reading

March 17, 2014 · 6 Comments

city le lo, bhai, city ..

So while I write several words about hawkers, Teja does this. The hawker selling the city by the lake. City-wala, would we call him? Or builder? Acrylic on canvas, 24″x36″, … Continue reading

January 31, 2014 · 6 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

of flying kites and apples

In the last year, Teja and I, between us have erased entire hard disks 3 times, by mistake. There have been smaller misdemeanors on my part, erasing files, moving them … Continue reading

January 16, 2014 · 8 Comments

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

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

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

magnum photographers

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

August 7, 2012 · 3 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


Photo by Vivek Shah. Suvari Village, Ghimtoli, Garhwal. Feb 2012. Cross posted on Vivek’s photo-blog, Driftwood.

June 27, 2012 · 6 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

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

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

this ullu wants to be an owl

Last night, outside a friend’s house, an owl was stuck in a tree. The boys playing volleyball on the street called the fire engine. The fire officers parked the engine … Continue reading

January 27, 2012 · 28 Comments

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