Adventures on Mohammed Ali Road: Finely Chopped in Bohri Mohalla

The walk before the walk

We were walking beneath the JJ flyover late last Saturday night, headed to a Finely Chopped food walk in Bohri Mohalla, and we were lost. Jude, our trustworthy driver, had dropped us at the wrong location. We weren’t anywhere near Saifee ambulance stand, the meeting point for the food walk. Last … Continue Reading ››

Film Fridays: Jab Tak Hai Jaan (2012)



Jab Tak Hai Jaan (As long As I Live) is Yash Chopra's last film as a director. His death just before the film's release marks the end of a two-decade collaboration between the director and Shah Rukh Khan, Bollywood's reigning king. JTHJ tells the story of Samar, an NRI living in London … Continue Reading ››

Book review: Power of a Common Man (2014)

Baadshah of Bollywood. King Khan. King of Bollywood. King of Romance. SRK. Tom Cruise of India. All these names describe one man: Shah Rukh Khan. Actor, producer, KKR owner, spokesperson, and businessman. These words also describe SRK. In her book, Power of a Common Man: Connecting with Consumers the SRK Way, Koral Dasgupta explains SRK’s revolutionary … Continue Reading ››

Book review: Train to Pakistan (1956)

The Partition of India and Pakistan in 1947 resulted in the largest migration in human history. In the few shorts months after the line was drawn, more than 10 million people crossed the India-Pakistan border. Violence occurred on both sides, and the migration left indelible scars. Countless books and movies have struggled to understand and explain … Continue Reading ››

Film Fridays: Khoob Asti Afghanistan (2007)

This Friday's film, the documentary Khoob Asti Afghanistan? (Are You All Right Afghanistan?), is a departure from my typical Bollywood fare. Last week, we attended the 99th edition of the FD Zone in South Mumbai.  The weekly program's purpose is to further the appreciation for documentary, short, and animated films in India.



For the 99th edition, the FD Zone … Continue Reading ››

Why I read, edit, and write (Part 1)

In which Brian builds a bookshelf, and Jean re-reads the timeless children’s classic, The Poky Little Puppy When Brian and I moved to Mumbai, we each sacrificed some things we cherished. He put his Harley in storage and sold 90% of his tools. My sacrifices included my two custom-built (by Brian), seven-foot-tall, absolute-pain-in-the-neck-to-move, barely-fits-through-the-doorway, much-loved, oak, … Continue Reading ››

Film Fridays: Chennai Express (2013)



WARNING: If you have never seen a Shahrukh Khan film, do NOT start with this one. At a minimum, you should watch DDLJ (Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge) before watching this movie. That way, you will appreciate the inside jokes told through songs. Chennai Express is the highest-grossing Bollywood movie of all time with almost INR3.95 billion … Continue Reading ››