When the grand dame of filmi protests makes facile statements about secularism, women’s rights and lefts, it is important that certain other facets of her character are also brought out.

May grand ma’am Shabana Azmi be the mother of a THOUSAND protests!

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அண்மையில் படித்த பல புத்தகங்களில் எனக்கு மிகவும் பிடித்தது இது. Read the rest of this entry »

um… I meant ‘boot out’ :-(

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I have always been fascinated by the way my beloved Ashokamitran – delicately weaves & writes remarkable stuff — without resorting to any literary ‘device’ embellishments or verbal hijinks or melodrama or  self-flagellation or laboured constructs or faffing roundabouts or philosophical blather or put-on erudition. Read the rest of this entry »

First things first, dear fellers and fellerinas…

Let me upfront say that, I am big sucker for very beautifully produced and content rich books – and of course – soulful, deep, lilting music.

…and, without much ado, I move on to my recommendations, please!

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The Sweeping Generalissimo strikes again! Oh mommeeeee!!! (or) Oh Gladwell, what a sad  sickness! (or) there is absolutely NO reprieve, sorry.

The problem with some  kinds of popular science writing is that, well, they are written to be popular with the people who want to be popular – which they do by being seen  with the book. It is of course, a wince-wince  situation. The best-selling author and the  ‘best-seller buying readers‘ both enjoy the reflected glories of the symbiotic relationship.

I understand that these kinds of work always aim at the Minimum Common Denominator – the likes of the uncritical, all accepting fans of Oprah Winfrey (the Grand ol’ Ma’am of moralization & mediocrity) and Rahul Gandhi  (the Grand Duke of terrible, terrible snafus) & Arvind Kejriwal (the Chief Propagandist of preachy middle-class morality and middle-classy vicarious rabble rousing). But, still

Yes. This Malcolm veX, reminds me of another of those sweeping theorists who grandly generalize based on exactly one single rather lonely  data point or even  less, if they could help it.

Yes, you are verrrry corrrrect… immediately,  the image of The  Jared Diamond floats up, claiming his inherent  right to be the Grand Duke of the Great hall of Grandiose theorists – but then, it would be kinda jarring to bring up this rather pricey carbon allotrope, so I choose to desist from dealing with this man… I merely gnash my teeth, for the time being. Oh my GAWD! Read the rest of this entry »

Very interesting guy, this Daniyal.

I chanced upon a short article in ‘Outlook’ – an otherwise execrable & shady (Indian) magazine – in the ‘waiting room / lounge’ of a local dentist – no, I was not the one with random tooth issues. ;-)

This article talked about how good this Daniyal guy is and stuff — and I got curious… (there was also a picture of him (as under) that would qualify him as a veritable ‘hunk!’)

Daniyal, who is also apparently a practising farmer (earlier avatars included being a Newyork lawyer and stuff) is good with his language, almost RK Narayan-like – in terms of telling an universal story from the particular point of view of a culture, while using a simple story line and leisurely snapshots based character development. Read the rest of this entry »