"Like a compass needle that always points north, a man’s accusing finger always finds a woman. Always." –A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini. A 34-year-old male actor recently died by suicide and everywhere I see, grownass men and women are addressing him as that 'poor boy'. The 'boy' was highly educated, by some reports even [...]
G I Jane, Gunjan Saxena And Other Feminist Musings.
The Ridley Scott directed G I Jane (1997) is one of my guilty pleasures. Watching the elfin Demi Moore transform into a buff, tough-as-nails Navy Seal, cigars, buzz cut, moonlit one-armed push ups and all was thrilling for the 24-year-old me, nearly a quarter century ago. With no one else to share my nascent feminist [...]
Navrang, V Shantaram and Sandhya
Divakar AKA Kavi Navrang yearns for an Abhisarika in his wife, a naayika so impassioned that she won’t let storms, poisonous snakes or propriety, stand in her way as she races towards her lover. Imagine Lakshmi swooning in Vikram’s arms to, ‘Na kuchh tere bas mein, Julie’, in the eponymous film. Instead Divakar is [...]
Gorgeous Song Alert
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zr3Z5D60XnQ This beautiful dirge of a song, it amuses me, annoys me, moves me, I love it. It was the mellifluous Sudha Malhotra's swansong at the ripe old age of 23. If she had hung around, she'd have given the Mangeshkar Family Singers a run for their money. Rumour has it that her scandalous affair [...]
Tumhein Ho Na Ho In 1977, a few dozen scientists and their families came together to perform Bhoomi Poojan on a plot they had collectively purchased in the recently developed satellite city of Navi Mumbai. Among these was a proud 38-year-old scientist, Gopinathan and his wife and their three young children all under the age [...]