The Weekend Specials

  Films & Starters (500) Days of Summer [2009] One of my favourites, this is the perfect light but smart romantic comedy– that is, full disclosure, not a love story – good for weekend viewing. Perhaps romantic comedy is a bit of a misnomer – by its own definition, it is a ‘boy meets girl‘ story…

Bride and Prejudices

The Rajdeep Sardesai vs Sania Mirza verbal match, which she won, on all accounts, by her whiplash response, has just got over. He asked, “Amidst all the celebrityhood, when is Sania going to settle down? Is it going to be in Dubai? Is it going to be in any other country? What about motherhood, building…

The Weekend Specials

  Podcasts & Appetizers Remembering Oliver Sacks  Over the past weekend, famed British neurologist Oliver Sacks would have celebrated his 83rd birthday. The author, known for his eclectic work in documenting curious cases of neuropathology and its effects on behaviour and mental health, captured the imagination of his readers with his narrative style of unravelling…

“For ME”

The seeds of this article were planted a few weeks ago, when I met a dental care entrepreneur at a “networking” event. He cheekily suggested that the high percentage of women undergoing surgeries at their clinics was probably because they have a lower threshold of pain and, therefore, seek more surgeries to cure ailments. I…

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Television Shows & Appetizers OUTLANDER (2014-) Historical dramas are aplenty in this so-called golden age of television. Some are fantasy-oriented whilst others are based in real, historical fact. Outlander is a mixture of the two: set during the Jacobite rebellion in the mid-1700s, but being quite liberal with the source material and the historical accuracy…

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  Films & Appetizers LA VITA È BELLA (LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL) [1997] Films on the Holocaust tend to be very bleak, utterly solemn – and justifiably so. And Life Is Beautiful is no different. Set in Europe before and during WWII, Benigni (who also directed it) plays a small-town book owner who falls in love and has…

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  Podcasts & Appetizers REVISIONIST HISTORY (Episode 1: The Lady Vanishes) Best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell’s new podcast “Revisionist History” got off to an interesting start this week with its first episode “The Lady Vanishes“. Gladwell delves into the story of Elizabeth Thompson, one of very few female historical painters who rose to fame in the…

Urban Poverty: We May Have Missed The Point

There’s been one article that’s been trending on many of our newsfeeds over the past couple of days. Buzzfeed published an article about “Millennials” (God, I hate this term) being the urban poor that we don’t notice. ICYMI, the article talks about how “millennials” have internalised societal pressure to keep up appearances, even at the…

An Open Letter to Smt. Smriti Irani – II

Dear Smt. Smriti Irani, Honourable HRD Minister (Government of India),  I write this letter in response to the public announcement that was made by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) on September 8, 2015, requesting all the Members of Parliament (MPs), under the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY), to work to achieve 100% literacy by March,…

Ron Woodrof: From ‘Homophobic Asshole’ to ‘Someone Kind’

“And a small town don’t like it when somebody falls between sexes. No, a small town don’t like it when a cowboy has feelings for men.” I can’t shake off the idea that Ned Sublette’s 1981 song, Cowboys are Secretly, Frequently Fond of Each Other, has inspired the blinding, poignant Dallas Buyers Club (2013). Jean-Marc…

Moral Absolutism

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of an Internet connection, must be in want of a fight online”  – Jane Austen So this article has been a long time coming. With DiCaprio being in the press for his Oscar win, his recent speech about climate change at the UN…