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

through a looking glass

So a few things happened in the last couple of weeks. I write about the good things. Even when I write about bad things, I write in a way that … Continue reading

March 23, 2014 · 8 Comments

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

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 · 24 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

sholay in 6D

Now that ‘Sholay’ in 3D is safely behind us, and we can all forget that it ever happened, I must tell you that I met Ramesh Sippy recently. Well, actually, … Continue reading

January 30, 2014 · 12 Comments

on books, cramps and the rest of it

I confess I have been struggling with Vinod Kumar Shukla‘s ‘Hari Ghaas ki Chhappar Wali Jhopadi Aur Bouna Pahad‘ for the last few days. Well, it’s not even been that … Continue reading

January 24, 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

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

lymphosarcoma of the intestine – Take 2

Teja got impatient. Pu explained patiently that I needed antibiotics. Dhanno said in her mildly sarcastic way, “Mom, doctors exist, medicines exist, there is science, there are cures.” I finally … Continue reading

January 11, 2014 · 13 Comments

yoga in the new year

After 2-3 years of doing yoga, rather being enrolled in a yoga class, in fact, The Yoga Class, which gave us a feeling of doing something rather self-enhancing, just by … Continue reading

January 7, 2014 · 1 Comment

of plum cakes and albela (1951)

There are days when you have a lunch and a dinner date. And days when you feel locked-in in your suburban apartment, looking out at the traffic on the highway, … Continue reading

December 29, 2013 · 10 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

growing up with the movies

I grew up around Liberty, Novelty, Minerva, Maratha Mandir and Metro. Those were the nicer theaters, we went to every once in a while. The ones with lovely balconies, red … Continue reading

October 3, 2013 · 32 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
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