Culture

How Not to Spring Clean This Diwali

How Not to Spring Clean This Diwali

With the approach of Diwali, I tried to spring clean my house, as is customary. This year, some home repairs had been completed, and I was moving the contents back to my room. I smiled as I found a book that I had read many years ago. I remembered it with pleasure so...
Meet Aishveryaa Nidhi, Festival Director of Short+Sweet Bollywood

Meet Aishveryaa Nidhi, Festival Director of Short+Sweet Bollywood

Aishveryaa Nidhi has been associated with Short and Sweet, the world’s biggest performing arts festival since 2009 in various capacities. She has been an actor, writer, director, and script assessor for an independent theatre company, and when she is not...
Draupadi’s Rage and Sita’s Sorrow

Draupadi’s Rage and Sita’s Sorrow

“It is an angry film. The film is a warning:” Sriram Dalton, on Spring Thunder (2018), a film that had a world premier at the Bay Area South Asian Film Festival. Spring Thunder, about the blood-drenched politics of uranium mining in Jharkhand, is like a punch, like a...
Vision in Focus: 40 Years of Seva Foundation

Vision in Focus: 40 Years of Seva Foundation

Photographs that speak of compassion and love, and each photograph conveys more than a thousand words. An amazing showcase of breathtaking photography as the Seva Foundation commemorates its 40th anniversary by organizing a wonderful exhibition of photographs that...
Bay Area South Asian Film Festival Comes to Town

Bay Area South Asian Film Festival Comes to Town

The Bay Area South Asian Film Festival, BASAFF, inaugurates its debut season, September 21-23, with Sony Pictures International Productions French-Indian-Belgian co-production The Extraordinary Journey Of The Fakir starring Bérénice Béjo, Barkhad Abdi, Erin Moriarty...
Legalizing Gay Sex in India Does Not Mean Getting Rid of Discrimination

Legalizing Gay Sex in India Does Not Mean Getting Rid of Discrimination

This revolution was televised. I watched on TV as friends of mine huddled together in a café in Kolkata as the verdict on Section 377 came out. They had come with rainbow flags and hope but until the last minute, there was an air of nervous expectation as if they were...