Secret Superstar is a master stroke (favourite term in contemporary discourse) of genius. Zaira Wasim is authentic and the actor playing her mother is the star of the movie as the uneducated subtle, sacrificing mother who has fought domestic violence daily to raise her girl who plays the guitar since the age of six. This … More Secret Superstar: A Movie Review
With all the talk about disruption, are we disrupting anything meaningful? No one is talking about disrupting poverty and hunger, only e commerce business models. Is the disrupting required, or is the transformation talk all rhetoric?
Niall Ferguson’s new book ‘Square and Tower’ is on the history of networks, and according to Amazon, is writing the history from below. A conservative historian writing about History with a small h, is rather surprising! Anyway networks are the flavour of the season.
My migrant transporter friend from Chittagong loves Falguni Pathak tracks. SAARC succeeds in the GCC.
It will be a feat of intellectual production to reimagine the restructuring of the economies of the petroleum world from Moscow to Medan in the post oil era particularly when the world is staring at USD 10 per barrel prices in the upcoming decade as solar and wind, become mainstream with Electric Vehicles leading the … More Question for the Post Oil Era
It’s amazing that Migrants in Singapore with real talent such as MD Sharif and Amrakajona Zakir Bhai are getting a shot at publishing their experiences in text along with Mukul, who has become a micro celebrity of sorts. These are real authors with talent. Mohsin Malhar Gwee Li Sui Shivaji Das Theophi Kwek Cai Yinzhou … More Migrant Literature in Singapore
Cities are the engines of our global economic paradigm and the arts have not shied away from reflecting this material reality from the cultural mirrors. Art, reflects, refracts and deflects life from the living on to the rubric of text and visual art. Cities have a unique DNA on to itself but have something universal … More Cities: Books, Cinema and Representation
The South Asian migrant a peculiar beast watching India TV on YouTube eats sabzi roti and Biryani discusses Nawaz or NaMo Lauds the progress back home But finds himself Neither at home in Karama or Kanpur His holidays are spent thinking about heading back And his days overseas Are spent thinking about the upcoming trip … More Migrant/Conundrum
Writing is too much of a performance art All for the audience All for the SEO Just Write With the raw edges For the writer self For the art Not the critique Not for the Critic Write for the stories Within you The gift is not for the market Even the proto poems Are gold
Salon Tales with 1990’s Bollywood tracks on YouTube on a smartphone, on borrowed wifi, with hairstylist chattering away in Awadhi, a dialect of Hindi from the Lucknow region in Uttar Pradesh, India talking about gyms and diets. The vernacular and cosmopolitan blend effortlessly in the Gulf. A Gulf Modernity which is unique to the region … More Salon Tales