Divya by Yashpal (Translation – Anand)

Reading ‘This is not that dawn‘ was a fulfilling experience, one that stayed on in my consciousness much after I had put the book down. I was intrigued by the author and wanted to know more about him and read more of his writings. Incidentally, I had picked up one of Yashpal’s other works on an […]

My Favourite Geeta Bali songs

  Today is the 50th death anniversary of Geeta Bali, the lovely, versatile, natural, spontaneous but underrated actress of the fifties. Born in Sargodha, Punjab in 1930 as Harkirtan Kaur,  she lived with her parents and a sister in Amritsar. Her father was a Sikh scholar and a singer and he encouraged both his daughters to […]

This is not that dawn (Jhoota Sach) by Yashpal (translated by Anand)

Ye daagh daagh ujaalaa, ye shab-gaziida sahar, Vo intizaar thaa jis-kaa, ye vo sahar to nahiin Ye vo sahar to nahiin jis-kii aarzu lekar Chale the yaar ke mil-jayegi kahiin na kahin… (Translation by Agha Shahid Ali : These tarnished rays, this night-smudged light This is not that Dawn for which, ravished with freedom, we had set […]

My favourite O.P. Nayyar songs

  It is an irony that one of the finest music composers in Hindi cinema is known today more for the one thing he did not do, rather than what he did! Omkar Prasad Nayyar is the only composer from the golden age of Hindi film music who did not record a song with Lata Mangeshkar. […]

My favourite Mahendra Kapoor songs

Mahendra Kapoor is one of Hindi cinema’s most underrated singers. Known to be a poor man’s Rafi, Mahendra Kapoor drew varied critical reaction despite singing approximately 25,000 songs (in languages as varied as Hindi, Punjabi, Gujarati and even English) in his career. While growing up, I did not like him much, simply because I am a […]

My favourite songs of Nanda

Nanda would have been 76 had she been alive today (8th Jan 2015). In an era which was populated with legends, Nanda is one of the lesser feted actresses – underrated and not much appreciated – which is a pity. She tends to be associated with weepy, tragedy-queen type of roles. Unfortunately, that was an era […]

Raj-Kahini by Abanindranath Tagore (translated by Ratna Jha)

Some days back we had been to Jaipur for a short, quick break. Needless to say, we spent quite a bit of time at the various forts (Amber, Nahargarh and Jaigarh) as a part of our trip. I have a fascination for history – be it places, anecdotes, or stories. And as we went around the forts, I tried to explain the […]

Urnabhih by Sumedha Verma Ojha – A review

Happy New Year! Books are a weakness and I am a book hoarder. Yes, I have a tsundoku problem. Despite having a large, unread pile of (physical) books in my home and (electronic) books on my kindle, I land up spending too much time in bookstores, real and virtual, and buying books. It could be because […]

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