in the father’s name

Reading this article http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Single-moms-quest-for-no-fathers-name-on-passport/articleshow/53246715.cms – Priyanka Gupta’s fight for a change in passport rules that makes listing the father’s name mandatory, brought up once again, so many jumbled up strands in my life. I’ve often felt like a coward, because I didn’t take up this fight myself. I evaded it. I was caught up in making a new life for my daughter and me. I … Continue reading in the father’s name

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 air-conditioned banquet hall in Bumm-Bumm-Bhole-Land. It didn’t help when Pu called, she was at FTII, and said she was watching me on screen, playing TT with an egg. I wanted to be there right then, … Continue reading holi outside ftii

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 Kapoor off their loudspeakers since 8 am, and every child from 6 to 60 in their tricolor scarves or white kurtas had been given a chance to regale us with ‘Saare Jahaan Se Accha’ in … Continue reading oranges and lemons, sold for a penny

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 around, which specially with Final Cut Pro, creates havoc. Anyway, the last mishap was at Baroda, just a couple of hours before a large screening of KAPHAL, where after spending the entire day in setting … Continue reading of flying kites and apples

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. Dhanno said the other day, while watching part of ‘Bhagwan Dada’, “Why are they talking like characters from a Premchand story?” and she did not mean it as a compliment. I began re-reading Premchand again, … Continue reading premchand – karma and the real world

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 tax penalties, to Goregaon, and then back to Andheri for a night show at Prithvi. Driving for Teja, that is. I doze, as usual, while he fumes. Dhanno lives with us, in her orange room, … Continue reading phata poster nikhla hero (2013) – twinkle, twinkle, little star