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Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Jai Arjun Singh

The writer is a Delhi-based critic and author

For Ved Mehta, the personal was a way to illuminate the universal
Thu, Jan 14, 2021

Though Ved Mehta practised a great deal of journalism and wrote about “big” subjects — in books such as Portrait of India — he was eventually a master of the intimate canvas, always using the personal to illuminate the universal.

From sophisticated sci-fi to mushy romance to low budget fantasy – the moon has held its own
Mon, Jul 22, 2019

In a starring role: The moon in romantic films is a cliché we know well in India, given the chaudhvin ka chand motif: the comparison of the heroine’s beauty with the full moon, or as something that eclipses the moon.

Eye 2015
Help’s at hand: Bollywood’s representation of the family retainer
Sun, Nov 15, 2015

From the Ramu kakas of the 1980s to Khempal in Talvar, Bollywood’s representation of the family retainer is a reflection of the changing nature of the class divide in urban India.

Spaced Out by Time
Sun, Mar 05, 2006

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Everybody needs a good story
Sun, Jan 15, 2006

Despite a tendency to be show-offish, both authors acquit themselves well in the end. Winterson’s Atlas is a genuinely moving creation ...

Amar Chitra Katha Redux
Sun, Dec 25, 2005

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Carrie, By the Sea
Sun, Oct 30, 2005

Sixty one-year-old Clarice Aranxa is dying of motor neuron disease and has returned to an old family house on the Baga promontory—wheth...

My Husband, the Car
Sun, Aug 28, 2005

In Hari Kunzru’s last novel, Transmission, one character was described as “less a human being than a communications medium, a chan...

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