While Good Talk succeeds in mapping out the cycle of belonging and unbelonging that is constantly explored in immigrant and diasporic narratives, often it feels too self-reflexive and submerged in its inner conflicts to offer a glimpse at a larger picture.
Son Rise examines the cause and effect of Haryana’s skewed gender ratio; it traces the consequences of hushed up abortions, the nearly complete absence of women in the state’s villages, the bride buying/bride kidnapping traffic that follows, and the numerous crimes against women.
The 30-year-old lawyer, writer, and fierce feminist’s part-manual, part-memoir is full of pop culture references and news items from the past decade or so, that elicit a chuckle, a sigh, and lots of nodding at regular intervals.
In a city of a million dreams, Asia’s largest slums — Dharavi — has never shied away from new aspirations. As a recent blockbuster showcases a people who make the most of their situation, a look at Dharavi through the eyes of its tourist guides, who sell and celebrate it like no other.
Spaven and Sandunes have much more in common than one would imagine: both are gifted storytellers of sound; Spaven, especially, is a master of controlling tension and release, and Sandunes excels in weaving in little flushes of emotion in her set.
Writer André Aciman says, "In Call Me By Your Name, a man with a whetstone arrives every Wednesday to sharpen the knives, and it’s a sound you can hear in your nap, and I find these moments are more real to me".