Category Archives: Culture

True confessions of a gori writer groupie (Half Girlfriend edition)

I’ve been a gori groupie of Indian writers since I picked up Immortals of the Meluha by Amish almost three years ago. With each novel I’ve read, I’ve learned valuable lessons about how Indians view themselves, their country, and the world. Since August, I’ve been going gaga over the anticipated release of a book called Half … Continue Reading ››

Book review: Catching the Departed (2014)

Catching the Departed by Kulpreet Yadav was shortlisted for the DNA-Hachette “Hunt for the Next Bestseller” prize. This book placed in the top 20 out of 300 entries received, but did not win. The book tells the story of Andy Karan, former Indian Army captain turned investigative journalist. Andy is an Indian James Bond with … Continue Reading ››

Film Fridays: Bobby (1973)


Technically, this video is a summary. I couldn’t find the trailer online.


Bobby was one of the biggest Hindi films of 1973. Starring Rishi Kapoor (Raju) and Dimple Kapadia (Bobby), the film has all the elements of a blockbuster: teenage angst and rebellion, lovers separated by their families, beautiful Kashmiri mountains, and an incredible motorcycle chase … Continue Reading ››

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 ››