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Epic Entendre

Epic Entendre

RIVER OF INK by Paul M. M. Cooper. Bloomsbury USA; New York. 304 pages. bloomsburyusa.com paulmmcooper.com. Available as hardcover, digital book, Audible, and MP3 CD. History tells stories and those stories about change, upheaval, or oppression should be compelling,...
Punjabi Dhol, Cuban-Carnatic, All That Jazz

Punjabi Dhol, Cuban-Carnatic, All That Jazz

Plaza de César Chavez Park in downtown San Jose saw the Jazz Summer Fest return for its 27th festival season last month. The quintessential Punjabi dhol was in the line-up, front and center of the eight-member Red Baraat band. Baraat is the Hindi word for wedding...
Banks Of An Ancient River

Banks Of An Ancient River

 MOHENJO DARO. Director: Ashutosh Gowariker. Players:  Hrithik Roshan, Pooja Hegde, Kabir Bedi, Arunoday Singh, Nitish Bharadwaj, Suhasini Mulay. Music: A. R. Rahman. Hindi with Eng. sub-tit. Theatrical release (UTV Disney) The enigma of Mohenjo Daro, the largest site...
Knock Three Times

Knock Three Times

RUSTOM. Director: Tinu Desai. Players: Akshay Kumar, Ileana D’Cruz, Arjan Bajwa, Esha Gupta, Pavan Malholtra, Kumud Mishra, Usha Nadkarni. Hindi with Eng. sub-tit. Theatrical release (Zee Studios) It’s 1959 all over again! In Hollywood, the 1959 classic Ben Hur remake...
It Comes From Uranus

It Comes From Uranus

The last straw, according to Sarbani, was her passing gas in the car. Uttam was driving, with Sarbani in the passenger seat next to him and Ritu in the back seat. Sarbani wrinkled her nose and spoke loudly to make it obvious. She exchanged glances with Uttam and...
Unsentimental Seasons

Unsentimental Seasons

THE YEAR OF THE RUNAWAYS by Sunjeev Sahota. Knopf, 2016. 484 pages. Hardcover $18.74   I have grown up in parts of the world that have memorable seasons: Rajasthan with its summer “Loo,” a dry, hot wind that is the very opposite of a gentle summer breeze; Bombay with...