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Shelf Help

November 15, 2015


My contribution to a column in the Weekend Reading section of The Hindu, about three favourite books on cinema… I fell in love with Pauline Kael’s writing when I read her six-page response to The Godfather, Part II.  (“Review,” in this case, is too diminished a word.) On the third page, she said, “I began […]

Bullets over Blandings

September 26, 2015


In which I’m left wondering about the similarities (and differences) between Wodehouse and Woody Allen. You know those ‘Art of Fiction’ interviews in the Paris Review, where they talk at length with a writer? I stumbled upon one with PG Wodehouse recently, conducted when The Master was ninety-one and a half, and still working seven […]

Angry old man

August 29, 2015


Baradwaj Rangan spends an afternoon with an angry Kiran Nagarkar, who talked about poverty, education, everything except his latest book. The afternoon I met Kiran Nagarkar, he did not want to talk too much about his new book, the latest (last?) instalment of the story that began in Ravan and Eddie and barrelled through The […]

How I read

August 27, 2015


Or maybe this essay should be titled how I don’t. At least not the way I used to, eyes glued to the page. What a funny thing to say. It’s funnier to think of it literally, as though if I nodded off, I’d wake up with a book for a face. Anyway, that’s how we […]

A daylong duet

August 8, 2015


Thoughts on a beautiful (and near-wordless) Bengali movie that won a couple of National Awards this year (Best First Film, Best Audiography). In the last week, approximately 1200 people have lost their jobs in West Bengal. In a state of fear, panic and rage, people are taking to the streets to rally and protest. The […]

The Bishop and the Beautiful

February 1, 2015


When I heard about the demise of Colleen McCullough a few days ago, I felt a twinge. Maybe “twinge” is too strong a word, but right now, I’m unable to think of an alternative. Maybe it’s easier to describe the emotion behind the word I’m groping for. Remember the boy who sat next to you […]

The launch…

December 9, 2014


This is a Book Club event and entry is by invite only, so do let me know in advance if you need an invite. Look forward to seeing at least some of you there.


November 25, 2014


REVIEWS IN THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA A review by Sudhir Srinivasan, in The Hindu, is here. An excerpt: While it may seem like a fairly plain statement to make, you catch yourself going back to it during the infrequent times that you disagree with his points. Whether you agree with the reviews or not, there’s little […]

Names of south Indian noir films…

November 3, 2014


Sidharth Bhatia is doing some research on crime films, esp from the 1950s and 60s. He need the names of some really well known Noirish films in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam from the time. I have sent him some names in Tamil, but do write in about anything you have in mind (either in […]

Coming soon…

October 6, 2014


Other links related to this book: Reviews… The launch…

Lights, Camera, Conversation… “Book love in the time of cinema”

May 2, 2014


On Márquez. On language. On books. On movies made from them. Such are the accelerated times we live in that I wondered, in a moment of panic, if this essay might be too late. It was spurred by the demise of Gabriel García Márquez on the afternoon of 17 April, a Thursday. But that was […]

Lights, Camera, Conversation… “Memories of another day”

April 11, 2014


With film-based books, our enjoyment is twofold. We enjoy the memories in the book. And we enjoy our own memories that rise from these memories. In Nasreen Munni Kabir’s Conversations with Waheeda Rehman, the actress talks about a problem with a costume she had to wear for the Kahin pe nigahen song sequence in C.I.D. […]

Happy 2014

December 30, 2013


Happy new year to all. Two things coming up in January. First, a discussion on censorship with Kamal Haasan and K Hariharan at the Hindu Lit for Life. Do come. It’s on January 13th, 10 AM at Sri Muthavenkatasubba Rao Concert Hall, Chetpet. Second, an essay on “Subramaniyapuram” and its filmic forebears in a book […]

The Tamil edition…

December 14, 2013


When the book first came out, a lot of people asked me if there would be a Tamil translation. Thanks to Badri Seshadri and his team at Kizhakku Pathippagam, this is now a reality. Thanks to all, especially to the translator, Aravind Satchidanandam. Here’s a link about this translation from Badri Seshadri’s blog: And […]

Lights, Camera, Conversation… “Snow worlds and survival strategies”

December 13, 2013


Thoughts on the two biggest pre-“Hobbit” Hollywood blockbusters of the season, both of which are playing at a theatre near you. I hadn’t heard of Suzanne Collins or her Hunger Games novels until the first film was released, and I watched it because I was asked to review it. Otherwise, I may have avoided it, […]

The paperback…

December 3, 2013


A world of words

August 17, 2013


The hills were alive with the sound of musings, says Baradwaj Rangan, on the recently concluded Mountain Echoes literary festival in Thimphu. Mountain Echoes, the Bhutan Festival of Literature, Art and Culture, 2013, opened in Thimphu with a session that featured Her Majesty the Queen Mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck. She spoke about her childhood […]

Lights, Camera, Conversation… “Through a prism, differently”

August 16, 2013


Among the great pleasures of pop culture is the viewing of cinema through the skewed eyes of someone else. Bill Condon, the director of Gods and Monsters, Kinsey and Dreamgirls remembers his reaction to certain scenes in Bonnie and Clyde. “There was something about [the film] that I think I connected to at a very, very basic level… There’s a whole […]

Bitty Ruminations 76

March 7, 2013


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. […]

Lights, Camera, Conversation… “Hardboiled tweets”

February 8, 2013


Thanks to social media, the world has become an even more unfair place. And there’s nothing anyone can do about it. Every time a major release ends up being savaged on social media, there rises a question about the fairness of it all. The points made by the filmmakers and their PR people are these: […]


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