My favourite Meena Kumari songs

Today is the 43rd death anniversary of one of the most iconic stars of Hindi cinema. The Tragedy Queen, as she was dubbed, thanks to the number of weepy roles that she played, Meena Kumari is one of the best-known actresses of her generations till date. She starred in approximately ninety films in a career […]

Gunahon Ka Devta by Dharamvir Bharati (Chander and Sudha, transl. by Poonam Saxena)

There was a Hindi movie made in 1990 called Gunahon ka Devta. Starring Mithun Chakraborty and Sangeeta Bijlani, it was a typical late 80s B-grade action movie – about an honest police inspector getting falsely implicated for a crime he never committed and his son taking revenge and bashing up the baddie. For a long time, I was under the […]

Durgeshnandini – Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyaya (Transl. Arunava Sinha)

Last month, at the Book Fair, I came across a book that refreshed many memories. I studied English literature, back in those days when English literature meant British literature only. So studying Indian literature in English or any other language was out of question. But there were many professors who would try to educate us, and […]

My favourite Sahir Ludhianvi – Ravi songs

On March 3, 2015, the legendary music director who is surprisingly not that well-known, Ravi, would have turned 89. And March 7, 2015 marked his third death anniversary. Surprising because so many of his songs are popular to this date – used in jingles, remixes and what not. For example – Ae meri zohra jabeen or Baar Baar Dekho. […]

The Shop Around the Corner (1940)

This was not a movie I had planned to watch or review any time soon. There were other planned posts for this blog (besides my work and day-to-day chores.) But then, when do things go as planned? Some days back, I woke up with no voice at all. Yes there had been a niggling throat […]

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