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The Princess Doth Protest

The Princess Doth Protest

SOPHIA–Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary by Anita Anand. New York: Bloomsbury USA bloomsbury.com.  anitaanand.com. 432 pages. Exhumed from obscurity, Princess Sophia Duleep Singh (1876-1948) is celebrated in Anita Anand’s ambitious but often-didactic biography,...
Journey to India with the Story of Books

Journey to India with the Story of Books

When a friend of mine in India invited me to join the 2016 New Delhi World Book Fair (NDWBF) in January, I was overjoyed: Wow, India, and, books! This would be my first visit to India—a place that has been mysterious and sacred in my mind since I was a child. Indeed...
What America Sounds Like

What America Sounds Like

Talent “that wouldn’t otherwise be heard” is what Jim Pugh, founder of Little Village Foundation, looks for and then goes about promoting. “It’s like pebbles on the beach. You pick up one and it’s beautiful, but when you hold four together the commonality emerges....
Chops in the Backwaters

Chops in the Backwaters

BAAGHI.   Director: Sabbir Khan.  Players: Tiger Shroff, Shraddha Kapoor, Sudheer Babu, Sunil Grover, Shifuji Bharadwaj, Sanjay Mishra.  Music: Meet Bros, Pritam.  Hindi with Eng. sub-tit.  Theatrical release (UTV) Movie stars with famous movie star fathers have had a...
A Pitch Too Far

A Pitch Too Far

AZHAR. Director: Tony D’Souza. Players: Emraan Hashmi, Nargis Fakhri, Prachi Desai, Lara Dutta. Music: Amaal Malik, Pritam. Hindi with Eng. sub-tit. Theatrical release (Sony) The allegations of match-fixing that erupted in the world of cricket in the last decade also...
It’s Not About Identity

It’s Not About Identity

Brahmin Bulls, (#BrahminBulls) an award winning film directed by Mahesh Pailoor, tells the story of an Indian American young man and his estranged father, reconnecting amid the architecture of Los Angeles. It is a heart-warming story showcasing a diverse cast that The...