Kadvi Hawa: The Cinema We Should be Focussing On

While the fact of whether Padmavati was Indian or Sri Lankan and whether Ghoomar is actually done the way it is shown in the movie are concerns of vital importance to the nation, the obviously less important issue of climate change should also be given occasional consideration. While on one […]

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The Punjab of Popular Imagination

There is a stereotype for the people of Punjab that is known across the country; perhaps no other stereotype is as stereotypical as this one. And so that stereotype has played a major role in depicting the entire state of Punjab in the popular imagination, as we know today. Most […]

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Happy New Year, Said the Doorman

Suited up He holds one hand in the other Standing in attention Instructions memorized Professional attire Surveying, judging Who is for real And who isn’t Who has the money to enter And who doesn’t Cover charge, he says crisply Six thousand. He mocks those who exhibit outrage And welcomes those […]

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Masaan and the Many Faces of Love and Sex

[Image source: http://www.filmimpressions.com/home/buzz-masaan-at-cannes.html] One of the best things I read in the reviews of Masaan after watching the movie is the underlying irony of the story: Varanasi, the city which is believed to be the gateway to ultimate liberation of the soul, can entrap the soul just as well. Masaan narrates two storylines depicting the […]

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A Patch of Green

On a hot morning in the Chinese city of Guangzhou, I met a Chinese acquaintance who could surprisingly speak very good English, facilitating our conversation, as we headed towards a cultural park which I wanted to visit. A long metro ride ahead of us, we went on talking about one […]

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A Story of Two Buses

[Image courtesy: https://www.gapyear.com/countries/india/getting-around] I quickly sought to repress the waves of horror that threatened to rise in my chest as I caught my first glance of the bus- peeling paint, sketchy windows, strange people, and rickety seats. I gulped down my panic, and took deep long breaths; nothing is impossible, and […]

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