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“In Conversation” with Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor

“In Conversation” with Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor

Bollywood icons Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor took a trip down memory lane as they took part in a very special event at Mumbai’s Royal Opera House. The stellar duo, who are the stars of Umesh Shukla’s upcoming film, 102 Not Out spent the evening interacting with...
Looking for A Suitable Girl?

Looking for A Suitable Girl?

How to explain the arranged marriage to non-Indians? How to explain that it coexists in India with modernization and call centers and that women who have the agency to study for an MBA and work full-time also fully participate in the arrangement of their own marriage?...
The Simpsons Show and the “Uh” Moment

The Simpsons Show and the “Uh” Moment

In my first year as a graduate student in America, I started collecting bills and envelopes with misspellings of my rather conspicuously foreign-sounding name. Despite the care with which I enunciated it and spelled it out over the phone when I spoke to pizza places,...
Lovesick Without Aloo Gobhi

Lovesick Without Aloo Gobhi

I watched Lovesick at the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles, which comes with the usual homey discord of diasporic film festivals. The people behind me were passing tupperware filled with aloo gobhi. The harangued IFFLA staff member was pleading people to lower...
Ramayana and Its Impact on Indian Society

Ramayana and Its Impact on Indian Society

During the final exams for my Masters degree, Banaras Hindu University hosted a festival celebrating the Rāmāyana from various South-East Asian countries; every evening a different country presented a retelling of their version in dance drama format. That was my first...
Unhurried Love in October

Unhurried Love in October

October is like that rare, precious and real moment which arrives in our prescribed lives completely unannounced. Like a soft petal, or a floating cloud, or a silent wave. Filled with calm and spontaneity. Making us wonder what to do with it. Savour it? Live it? Run...