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July 17, 2012

Return to Seven Islands

I loved this exercise. When I opened to page 99, prophetically you could say, in the fashion of the foreshadow—a technique I love—this turned out to be my personal all-time favourite narrative of The Destiny of Shaitan. The paragraphs on this page were part of the original short-story which I […]
July 14, 2012

Romance of a London-Monsoon

“I am fed up of this rain.” My friend’s seventy-year old mother who had just flown in from Norway continued, “summers are normally good in Scandinavia, but this year Oslo is just like London!” “Oh! I actually find the rain quite… uh! Romantic” I replied softly, acutely conscious of how […]
July 8, 2012

Has “I want to f**k you” replaced “I love you?”

“I am haunted by the genitalia I saw on screen,” my young teenage friend was referring to the full on fellatio scene in Gandu a Bengali film directed by the director simply known as Q. who describes the film as a rap musical. “It was the only scene in the […]
July 6, 2012

Young Adult forever

My sister-in-law turned to me, “when Naman married you I thought you might lick him into shape. Little did I realise he was marrying someone just like himself.” She was of course referring to the—happy to spend life in pursuing my dreams—traveller who never wanted to settle down in one […]
June 26, 2012

Beyond the four letter word: Indian Indie cinema

Watching Gangs of Wasseypur, the opening film of the London Indian Film Festival (LIFF), it was not the lyrics of the Bihari folk song which translates as: “You’ll know my name when I fuck you dry … Ain’t I nice, I just fucked you twice” that stayed with me; nor […]