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

Some Tandoori Thai

Loud woman on phone: “Hey, there’s this Thai actor, wants to make a Hindi film. We have to first mount 5 action sequences. Yes, those are the highlights of the … Continue reading

July 6, 2008 · 4 Comments

aamir (2008) – who says you can write your own destiny?

Every day I try to forget ‘Aamir‘ and every day, the film seems to come up in discussion, the papers or as a TV spot. For over a week, I’ve … Continue reading

June 26, 2008 · 20 Comments

All work, no fun

Dhanno comes back home after a 8-hour day in school, lugging her 14 kilo bag in the afternoon sun. She is sweaty, hot, tired, cranky. She doesn’t take too kindly … Continue reading

June 13, 2008 · 6 Comments

bright sparks in dharavi

We were hoping to meet some girls in Dharavi. Bright, ambitious girls with plans. I call up D who works part-time as a guide at Reality Tours, and lives in … Continue reading

January 14, 2008 · Leave a comment

who wants a girl?

A couple of days ago, more than 50 female foetuses were found outside a hospital in Punjab. People have different reasons for doing away with unborn babies – a career, … Continue reading

August 14, 2006 · 1 Comment

those guys back there

Vivek called early in the morning, from Rudrapur. He doesn’t do that usually, knowing we may be sleeping in late. He was planning to abandon the shoot and come back … Continue reading

May 27, 2006 · 4 Comments

women writing in india (1991)

I’ve been reading this amazing anthology of Women Writers in India, from 600 B.C. to the present (1991 to be exact). Edited by Susie Tharu and K. Lalita, the anthology … Continue reading

July 8, 2005 · 1 Comment

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