The closest we came to hearing jazz in a Hindi film in the ‘70s, was when Amitabh Bachchan’s dock-worker turned underworld apprentice Vijay, smoked away his foreboding in a bar; and Parveen Babi in a red gown slithered close to ...Read More


I am not ashamed to admit that Aitraaz is one of my Bollywood guilty pleasures. I watch the film every time it’s on television-Not only do I find it highly amusing but I also find it interesting because it touches upon ...Read More

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Vasuda Giri does not think of the future as a magical place where all her dreams will one day come true. She doesn’t have to because, every morning she takes a few deep breaths and begins the life of her ...Read More


In 1982, my mother was hit by a truck on her way to the school where she taught. The driver fled and a man who was driving a jeep, thankfully stopped, picked her up and brought her to the hospital ...Read More


  While Indian television continues to swim in recycled cliches, Pakistan since the seventies, has been enriched by its emotive and powerful women story tellers. Most notably Haseena Moin who wrote great dramas and scripts for the stage, radio and television ...Read More


Body shaming is officially being shamed now. From men breaking away from the sculpted stereotypes peddled in ads to show off their  ‘dad bods’  to  model Chrissy Teigen tweeting an image of her stretch marks and inspiring hundreds of women ...Read More


Musicians Roopkumar Rathod and Sunali Rathod celebrated 25 years of togetherness last December and his voice softens as he says, “It is music that brought us together...the music that we eat and breathe. And the music that we live for ...Read More

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In August 2012, actor and travel photographer Kunal Karan Kapoor travelled to Nepal with the team of his daily soap Na Bole Tum Na Maine Kuch Kaha. The crew spent over 10 days in and around the buzzing colours and ...Read More


Award-winning, Michelin starred chef, restaurateur, and cookbook writer Vikas Khanna is back with a new book, Shaken & Stirred. This one celebrates the magic of mocktails and Khanna was in town to share a few mixology tricks and to interact with ...Read More

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Satyajit Ray would have approved (if you disregard the product placements). Shoojit Sarkar goes back to his roots literally and cinematically with Piku, a film about nothing in particular when it trundles, carrying a baggage of eccentricity and family history ...Read More


It is surprising how just three days of bone warming sun, soft sand, towering palm trees and chilled breezers with friends who have shared over a decade of my life, can expunge a couple of years of world-weariness. Which is ...Read More


When South-African sporting legend Oscar Pistorius’ trial post the tragic and gruesome murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp turned into a television soap opera, I remember thinking just how ironic is it that the word, ‘icon’ has also the word ...Read More

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