Sultan: Through the Sands of Time

Sultan: Through the Sands of Time

Khoon mein tere mitti, mitti mein tera khoon.”

The title character of the Salman Khan film Sultan draws a parallel between a mud wrestler and a farmer on the grounds that both are deep rooted in the soil of their motherland. While one tills the earth, the other toils away in it. The film depicts the trajectory of a wrestler, or for the sake of generalisation, the typical graph of human journey and triumph, through the metaphor of mitti (soil) or earth:

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A Sanguine Plea of the Holy Waters

A Sanguine Plea of the Holy Waters

Hordes of visitors thronged the garish stalls with all kinds of colours done up in artificial dyes. However, few notice the natural dye palette that adorns a modest corner of Lavanya, a garment exhibition held at Hotel Sayaji.

`Roliana’ is an organisation unique to India since it owns the Geographical Indication (GI) of `Banarasi Saris’. The intricate details on the saris and shawls prove that all the garments are made using handloom silk and natural dyes.

The owner, Vikas Mehra, is the adviser to the Ministry of Textile but he is saddened by the lackadaisical support offered by the Central Government. “Though Varanasi is the prime ministerial constituency and Banarasi silk products are a part of the Indian heritage, the assistance from the government remains insufficient,” he says.

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An Open Letter to the Netizens

An Open Letter to the Netizens

Has social media reduced distances or increased them? It’s a pertinent question and has been debated for years. Dining table conversations belong to a bygone era since all family members are glued to their smartphone screens. But it doesn’t disturb me so much because it is cutting down on the physical distance between individuals in close emotional proximity. What disturbs me is how social media is gradually changing the very psyche of our mind and making its entire purpose self-defeating. Continue reading “An Open Letter to the Netizens”

11 Sad Songs That Make You Happy

11 Sad Songs That Make You Happy

Why do we get sad? Because we were happy. It’s necessary to be happy in order to get sad. Or is the other way round?

The character of Swini Khara, Sexy, spelled it out perfectly in R. Balki’s film Cheeni Kum: “khush tha isliye sad hai na? (You were happy that’s why you’re sad now, right) So, be happy sad. Don’t be sad sad.

And this is exactly what this listicle sets out to do – 11 Bollywood songs that have depressing lyrics that can mellow you down if read in isolation but they are sung so happily that they turn your frown upside down. So here are 11 sad Bollywood songs that make you happy: Continue reading “11 Sad Songs That Make You Happy”

The One With The FOMO

The One With The FOMO

What if she hadn’t gotten off the plane?

Rachel would’ve moved to Paris, leaving Ross asking for more (and repeatedly saying “I’m fine”, to shield the major missing). Perhaps that could’ve provided closure to the 10 season-long sitcom show F.R.I.E.N.D.S..

Monica and Chandler would have moved to the suburbs with their babies. Joey would have continued to live the Days of His Lives, wooing ladies with his “How You Doin’s” and Phoebe would have continued to croon `Smelly Cats’, strumming her guitar. But that was not to be. Continue reading “The One With The FOMO”

29

29

It was my last day in Mumbai.

As I walked across Crosswords at Kemps Corner, it tempted me to reenter the bookstore that had introduced me to the world of Archies and Harry Potter a decade ago. However, I ended up asking the guard, “Ye 29 kidhar hai?” (Where is 29?)

29 is a restaurant at Kemps Corner where I had invited my friends for my farewell lunch. Without a clue about the theme of the place I was heading to, I followed the guidelines of the guard and found a fine dining air-conditioned restaurant, contrary to my expectations. I had expected it to be a rather average restaurant after looking at the price for two on Zomato. Continue reading “29”

SHAADI ON AIR

SHAADI ON AIR

From `Hum Aapke Hain Koun!’ to ‘Shaandar’, the `weddingscape’ has undergone a drastic transformation. Allow me to trace these changes through the lens of popular Hindi cinema…

“I want to marry exactly the way Kalki (Koechlin) did in Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (YJHD). The palace, the cocktail party, the sangeet (music ceremony), everything the Udaipur way!” Parul Gupta, a Mumbai-based wedding planner, still encounters clients from across the nation who demand a custom-made package for their “big day” just to live up to the “Karan Johar standards”.

A recent KJo production, Shaandar, which released in 2015, was billed as the “first destination wedding film of India”. The genre of `wedding movies’ has come a long way in the portrayal of weddings on the screen. The landscape has seen a metamorphosis from the traditional gharelu (domestic) weddings within the confines of one’s ancestral place to lavish destination weddings at exotic locales. However, what has remained at the core of weddings is the idea of celebration. Continue reading “SHAADI ON AIR”