Bitty Ruminations 78

This post doesn’t talk about anything that hasn’t been talked about in recent times, but it just has to be said. Again. And again. And again. How can people be so insensitive, so rude, so inconsiderate of the people around them? My worst horror, these days, are the smartphones the size of paperbacks, which, when used during the movie, shed a pool of light that … Continue reading Bitty Ruminations 78

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Bitty Ruminations 77

All this chatter about Naina’s introverted personality in Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani just goes on to remind me of how little people know about introverts. Rather, how generically an introvert is classified as someone who’ll just sit in a corner and stare at the wallpaper. Like most things in life, introverts come in all shapes and sizes and flavors – but the one common thing … Continue reading Bitty Ruminations 77

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Bitty Ruminations 76

So this morning, I get a fit, and it is brought on — I think — by my nearing the close of the book I am reading. As pleasurable as it is to notch up another scalp, the bibliophile’s answer to compulsive womanising, something happens when there are fewer and fewer pages to be turned. A giant (and hopefully invisible) question mark begins to hover … Continue reading Bitty Ruminations 76

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Bitty Ruminations 73

Every time we trot out the melody-is-dead argument, there comes a number that’s nothing but melody, effusive swirls of it, and seduces us into endless-loop listening. I love how Nandini Srikar sings this song, with its profusion of La and Zha words — she touches on them just enough, without turning into an didactic schoolmarm like Vani Jairam, whose singing in romantic songs I never … Continue reading Bitty Ruminations 73

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Bitty Ruminations 72

In this Twitter era, populated by ADD-ed twits, everything either “sucks” or “rocks.” There’s no median, no room for the “hmmm… not bad… interesting.” Reactions to the Jab Tak Hai Jaan soundtrack led me to believe that that was AR Rahman’s worst ever album, and it was nothing of the sort. Was it a middling effort? A disappointment? Sure. But how do we get from there to … Continue reading Bitty Ruminations 72

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Bitty Ruminations 71

There are many canonical authors you’re meant to like, and you pick up one of their books as a means of putting a toe into their literary waters, but after 100 pages or so, you’re still waiting for that epiphany. Some of those with whose books I’ve had that epiphany are Thomas Hardy, Dostoevsky, Nabokov (yes, liking Lolita is a cliché, but, really, what’s not … Continue reading Bitty Ruminations 71

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Bitty Ruminations 70

One lakh words. That sounds like so much, like stars in the night sky, an unending expanse of text. And yet, holding in hand a book just a little larger than a DVD makes it seem so small, like an astronomer used to looking at far-flung, three-dimensional galaxies through a telescope now contending with the images on his computer screen. All those late nights and … Continue reading Bitty Ruminations 70

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Bitty Ruminations 69

I don’t know if I will have the time for a full-fledged review of Ilayaraja’s soundtrack for Neethane En Ponvasantham. Also, after just a few listens, the songs haven’t sunk in fully — though they have left behind rough outlines in my mind. But the main reason for my inability to launch into detailed thoughts about the whole album is my thralldom to Sattru munbu, … Continue reading Bitty Ruminations 69

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Bitty Ruminations 68

A mostly remembered report of a recent conversation: Him: Of course I know your work. At one point, I used to love your reviews. Me: [Awkward smile, with the mind furiously latching on to “used to.”] Thanks. Him: At that time there was no one else writing like you. Me: [Awkward smile continuing, with the mind now working over “at that time.”] Thanks. Him: What … Continue reading Bitty Ruminations 68

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Bitty Ruminations 67

As something of a technophobe myself, I loved reading this almost romantic ode to the joys of writing in longhand. And I loved, even more, the author’s bringing up the issue of the craftsmanship involved in writing: “There is also an old world romance and an artisanal aspect to writing by longhand that you will never experience while typing on a keyboard. And if you … Continue reading Bitty Ruminations 67

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Bitty Ruminations 66

Just finished reading this long and entertaining profile of Samuel L Jackson, and found myself lingering over this passage: William Friedkin, who directed Jackson in “Rules of Engagement,” told me: “Sam is a director’s dream. Some actors hope to find their character during shooting. He knows his character before shooting. Sam’s old-school. I just got out of his way. I never did more than two … Continue reading Bitty Ruminations 66

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Bitty Ruminations 65

This excellent article about there being No Sympathy for the Creative Class resonated quite a bit in the echo chamber of my soul, even though I’m not exactly what you’d call a “struggling creative type.” I have a regular job, and even if I didn’t, the freelance industry is not half-bad when you’ve made for yourself a bit of a name. (It’s a headache in … Continue reading Bitty Ruminations 65

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Bitty Ruminations 64

Sometimes a post comes so irresistibly titled that you have to devour it immediately, like that box of chocolates in the hotel-room minibar. I present as proof “The Ultimate Guide to Writing Better Than You Normally Do.” Right from the get-go (people still say “get-go,” right?), the post had me nodding, and once the cricks in the neck went away, I was inspired — mere … Continue reading Bitty Ruminations 64

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Bitty Ruminations 63

“In Britain, one in six mobile phones is contaminated with faecal matter.” It’s been a while since I ruminated bittily (and hopefully wittily) about sundry topics under the sun, but this, um, golden-brown nugget of information made me dash to my computer and resume this sorely neglected series. Continue reading “Bitty Ruminations 63”

Bitty Ruminations 62

I found this article Anatomy of a Zine interesting on many levels, but mainly because of the passion involved in such a project. I think every writer has in him an amount of passion for his work, which is why you die a thousand deaths when something doesn’t come out the way you want and yet appears under your byline — it’s as if you’re being paraded naked around the city suspended from balloon animals. Continue reading “Bitty Ruminations 62”

Bitty Ruminations 61

I have one of those metabolisms where the mere sniffing of food contributes to a couple of kilos. I run. I swim. I yoga. I watch (to the extent possible) what I eat. And yet, the wobbly bits show little signs of unwobbling. Continue reading “Bitty Ruminations 61”