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Readers Write In #291: Learning Cinema by watching Roma

October 31, 2020

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(by Shiva Prasad) Whether we like it or not, our lives are moulded by society. Few things are in our control, while most things are most definitely not. We are a tiny part of a bigger scheme of things. Things are not designed to always go our way in this extremely complex system of coexistence. […]

Readers Write In #290: The Story of My Experiments with Truth, by MK Gandhi

October 29, 2020

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(by G Waugh)  “I discovered that my obsession for having each thing in the right place, each subject at the right time, each word in the right style, was not the well-deserved reward of an ordered mind but just the opposite: a complete system of pretense invented by me to hide the disorder of my […]

Readers Write In #289: Aims, a Memoir

October 24, 2020

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(by G Waugh) Born into a middle class family that subsisted on a single income, there was only one purpose for which I was thrust into education- ‘settling’ in life. ‘Settling’ meant only one thing- getting a well-paid job, marrying and having kids. After slogging for over four years in an area where I was […]

Readers Write In #288: The OTHER soundtrack of 1992

October 24, 2020

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(by Madan Mohan) A Tamil film soundtrack of 1992 deeply influenced my tastes in music.  But it’s not the one you’re thinking of! I know Roja is supposed to be the earth-shattering album of 1992, the one that caused a seismic upheaval and paved the way for a new direction.  I would even agree that […]

Readers Write In #287: Thoughts on SRK- the Star, the Actor

October 22, 2020

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(by Aman Basha) As a beloved classic turns 25, a look at its lead, where he was, where he is and where I wish he would be It was my original intention to put up the piece I’d written on DDLJ the film itself, it was on the blog too for a brief while till […]

Readers Write In #286: The Meeting

October 20, 2020

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(by Iniya, the 15-year-old daughter of Aravindan R, a regular reader of this blog) Author’s note: I wrote this in 40 minutes in my English exam for the question: Write a short short story titled “The Meeting” It started when I was three. At first, it was hushed whispers behind locked doors, growing louder in […]

Readers Write In #285: An extremely intricate movie about life’s science

October 20, 2020

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(by Vikram MN) It’s movie which should have got more recognition than what it has actually got. Being a Pa. Ranjith movie it’s no surprise what the subject would be but the beauty here is how he deals with it. More than his directional features which are here and there, its his production ventures which […]

Readers Write In #284: Bereavements, a Memoir

October 19, 2020

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(by G Waugh) I was 16 then. At 7 in the morning on a Sunday, my dad was woken up by a phone call from Theni. He could divine from the way the landline rang that it was an STD call. “Pitchaimani here, Hey, Raja tell me. What happened?” A break of silence. A deep […]

Readers Write In #283: Heavy Metal – The Intoxicant

October 16, 2020

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(by Karthik R) As the metronomic, dreamlike – almost psychedelic – Le Miroir drew to a close, an immense wave of satisfaction swept over me. As the musical flood of the penultimate song from Alcest’s last album, Spiritual Instinct, receded, a remarkable realisation dawned on me: I had fully listened to a music album in […]

Readers Write In #282: Crash Course in Tamil Short Fiction 101

October 16, 2020

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(by V Vijaysree) Though I speak Tamil fluently,I tend to stumble over the printed word. I almost never read for fun in Tamil.Unsurprisingly, the only Tamil authors I know of are the ones who have written for the movies. I had no idea how much I liked being read to in my first language till […]

Readers Write In #281: A tale of two GOATs

October 16, 2020

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(by Nathan Vens) This Sunday was a super Sunday for a sportsfan. Just like that other super surreal Sunday last summer. For whatever reason I take pride in sporting accomplishments that aren’t mine. I also take pride that man has been able to go to the moon, and I will do so again when she […]

Readers Write In #280: Book review of Svetlana Alexievich’s Second Hand Time (2013)

October 12, 2020

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(by G Waugh) You are a woman with two kids. You own a Masters degree and work as a professor in some university. You had free education, free medical facilities and so do your children. Your husband works as an engineer in some State-owned company. You live in a modest apartment and since there is […]

Readers Write In #279: My ‘Chiyaan’ Vikram story

October 8, 2020

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(by G Waugh) I think one has to reach at least twelve to fifteen years of age to be able to process and understand cinema properly. During my childhood all I have of memories of being at the theatre are all those of pop-corn and ice-cream-filled first halves, a period of unavoidable slumber in the […]

Readers Write In #278: The Catcher in the Rye

October 4, 2020

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(by Vikram MN) The Catcher in the Rye killed me. It surely did. There are a million ways to express joy but I choose to express the way Holden does. Every day I read the book I thought of various things to write about it and various way to start the review but I did […]

Readers Write In #277: First American Presidential Debate 2020 as Reality TV

October 2, 2020

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(by Prasanna H) The Real House-Whites of Trump and Biden “Why do celebrities wash their dirty whites in public?” an exasperated Naseeruddin Shah once said. It really makes you wonder, especially when reality TV stars do it more professionally. It is not an exact quote, meaning Naseer would have denied it completely if he were […]

Readers Write In #276: The many shades of Krishna

September 28, 2020

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(by G Waugh) “It has been fourteen years. They are your brothers. They did what you wanted them to do. It is only right that you gave them their due” “If you cannot give them half your kingdom, can you consider giving them five towns at least?” “Or if you think five towns is too […]

Readers Write In #275: Friends of Vishnupuram meet Mani Ratnam

September 26, 2020

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(by Eswar) On 27th September 2020, the friends of Vishnupuram will meet director Mani Ratnam for an online conversation. On this occasion, here is a brief note on the relationship between readers and writers and how two blogs are keeping an old tradition alive today. Tamil literary tradition has always fostered a particular relationship. A […]

Readers Write In #274: One night stand

September 26, 2020

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(by Vikram MN) Yesterday I got down from my cab around 1.45 AM and smiled back at the driver after closing the door. Because it was an auspicious day, CMBT was crowded. I crossed the road to go to my house which is at the opposite side of the bus stand. I have the habit […]

Readers Write In #273: An Afternoon in the Woods

September 25, 2020

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(by CV Nitin) ‘Gautam.’ ‘Hmm.’ ‘Gautam!’ ‘Yeah, what.’ ‘What are you thinking?’ asks Mira. ‘You don’t want to know. It is stupid,’ Gautam replies. ‘Just tell me. I’ll decide if it is stupid or not,’ Mira says. Gautam is lying down on a pale blue blanket with his right arm over his eyes. There’s a […]

Readers Write In #272: A decade of Shankar’s Endhiran

September 21, 2020

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(by G Waugh) In one interview to an American Journalist in 1958 to a question on mankind’s relationship with technology, Jawaharlal Nehru spoke about a curious incongruence that came to characterize man’s attitude in the last century– the speed of technological progress far outstripping the pace of his spiritual development that had resulted in the […]