The Luminaries is the Man Booker prize-winning book by Eleanor Catton. The novel is set in New Zealand during the 1860s gold rush. Catton uses astrology to structure the story, which is divided into twelve sections, each representing the twelve signs on the zodiac. Each of the twelve main characters features in the chapter that … Continue Reading ››
ReviewThe Lunchbox begins with the iconic Mumbai local trains and ends with Mumbai’s famous dabbawallahs. In between, the film makers take us on a journey of laughter, love, and life. A lunchbox delivered to the wrong location connects two lonely people: a soon-to-retire accountant and a young housewife. The housewife, Ila, soon realizes the tiffin … Continue Reading ››
She sits alone in a room filled with people. Nameless. Invisible. Her gold earrings are so small as to be almost imperceptible. A red fabric stretch band gathers her hair neatly behind her neck. Her burgundy and cream salwar suit is custom-made and perfectly co-ordinates to the dupatta draped across her shoulders. Her sandals with blue … Continue Reading ››
Bombay Talkies is a four-part series of short films celebrating the centennial of Bollywood cinema. Each story features a different director and aspect of Bollywood life. From the sorrow of a life lived without truth to the joy of a dream realized, each story takes us on an emotional journey.
ReviewEach short film tells a discrete … Continue Reading ››
While in Philly, I stayed with my 95-year-old grandmother for a couple of days. I last saw her at her 90th birthday party. The change over the last five years is dramatic, if only because so much time has passed. The subtle, gradual, daily changes no one mentions seem stark after so much time away. … Continue Reading ››
The Wall Street Journal has called Ravi Subramanian “the John Grisham of banking.” A Mumbai-based banking executive, Subramanian is the two-time winner of the Crossword Book Award in the Popular category. In 2013, he won the award for his banking thriller, The Bankster. Set in the fictional GB2 bank in Mumbai, the book is a … Continue Reading ››