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300 Instruments in the House

300 Instruments in the House

When Randy Armstrong has to create a specific piece of music that must evoke an Indian feel, he just orders a sitar from India. “Every piece of music has to be original in its creation and cultural fidelity,” he explains. That is how he has over 300 instruments in his...
Fist Full of Dirt

Fist Full of Dirt

SULTAN. Director: Ali Abbas Zafar. Players: Salman Khan, Anushka Sharma, Randeep Hooda, Anand Vidhaat Sharma, Amit Sadh, Parikshit Sahni. Music: Vishal-Shekhar. Hindi and Punjabi with Eng. sub-tit. Theatrical release (Yash Raj) The relative new sport of mixed martial...
The Guerilla and the Gorilla

The Guerilla and the Gorilla

RAMAN RAGHAV 2.0. Director: Anurag Kashyap. Players: Nawazuddin Siddique, Vicky Kaushal, Amruta Subhash, Sobhita Dhulipata. Music: Ram Sampath. Hindi with Eng. sub-tit. Theatrical release (Reliance) A brutal serial killer on the loose, a city on edge, and a cop who...
Musical Ballot Boxes

Musical Ballot Boxes

During an election season, anywhere in the world, candidates need an image: to be likeable, and reliable; a platform: explicating stances on issues; a base: of people who donate, vote, support, and work for the candidate; and to add to this list of musts (at least in...
The Medium is the Message

The Medium is the Message

FLOOD OF FIRE. By Amitav Ghosh. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015. 616 pages. $20.42 Hardcover. In the epilogue to Flood of Fire, Amitav Ghosh cleverly makes mention of some 50 sources which have informed his novel. I imagine that few, if any, of these were likely to...
The Bad Mother

The Bad Mother

WHAT LIES BETWEEN US. By Nayomi Munaweera. St. Martin’s Press, 2016. 320 pages. $18.11 Hardcover. It was with pleasure and anticipation that I learned that Nayomi Munaweera has written a second book. Reading her first book Island of a Thousand Mirrors in 2014, I had...