Monthly Archives: October 2014

All That Jazz!

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By Sunil Kumar Sweltering heat, svelte figures and a Slav accent! After listening to the fun rhythms of jazz in a packed audience; the music is still humming somewhere in my ears. So I read somewhere that the foot-stomping melodies …

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Happy New Horror

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By Sunil Kumar Chennai Express may soon lose its No.1 position to the new kid on the block “Happy New Horror”; ahem, Happy New Year. Why waste my time even mentioning this film on my site? Eminently forgettable; “Happy New …

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The Buckingham Secret

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By Sunil Kumar Gaanda Ghela na karto(Don’t showcase your mischief). The Parsis, a distinctive facet of Bombay existence are known for their ribald humor, philanthropy, eccentricity and a fascination for things “phoren”. So; begins another day at the J.R.D Tata …

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India: A Wounded Civilization

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By Sunil Kumar If a mass of articles and daily analysis were not enough to remind me of the fact that India is a wounded civilization; V.S Naipaul‘s 1975 book on his perceptions surely has. Landing in an antique Bombay …

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Delhi: The City of Djinns

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By Sunil Kumar The title is evocative; it reminds me of the blood spilt over centuries. But; there’s something more to this post; beyond the obvious. Reminds me of a question I asked an archeological expert about preservation in Delhi. …

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Joseph Anton

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By Sunil Kumar For those of us who like to read; the Indian diaspora has always churned out books in regular intervals. The Bombay(Mumbai) convent; is a strange concoction; loud rowdiness interspersed with the aspirational value of education; something the …

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Bang Bang!

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By Sunil Kumar After the pretentious arty gloom of “Haider”; we have the breezy svelte figures of Hrithik Roshan and Katrina Kaif lightening up the Hindi film screen with the commercial and frivolous “Bang Bang“. The world’s kind of dark …

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Gandhi Before India

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By Sunil Kumar The life of Gandhi has been discarded; used and generally brushed aside in the self-serving discourse that is politics and the general world. I’d prefer to read some accounts of what actually happened in the life of …

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Modi’s Loo”Eria”: Swacch Bharat Abhiyaan

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By Sunil Kumar With a lot of newsprint devoted to Modi’s commendable vision of a clean India; there are understandably a few skeptics. As in everything in our great nation; we wait to see how effectively this makes a transition …

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Haider

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By Sunil Kumar A macabre symphony of sorts; Haider; the Vishal Bharadwaj adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” is a dark look at a subject that is dour and serious in the first place; the Himalayan vale of Kashmir. Let me begin …

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