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

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

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

hum hindustani (1960) – for bombay buffs

‘Hum Hindustani‘ was made in 1960, and it strikes me that this was the year my parents married. My father was 27, my mother 20. The film reflects the still-upbeat … Continue reading

November 23, 2011 · 26 Comments

hands down or up?

A colleague brought me this mug from the UK during Christmas last year. He said apologetically, “I know you will laugh, what with the wonderful handicrafts you have here in … Continue reading

February 20, 2011 · 9 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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