Thursday, January 17, 2013

Matru Ki Bijli Ka Mandola


Looks like a low level Chinese functionary was told to fund a propaganda movie for Chairman Mao.  He went and gave a shoe string budget to some loser 80's scriptwriter of bollywood. Who then wrote a crappy story about a group of farmers who are being forced to sell their land short for an SEZ. Complete with ridiculous uni - dimensional heroes and villains, below the belt jokes, and downright boring pointless scenes about the alcoholic Pankaj Kapoor.

Et tu Vishal Bharadwaj??

The cow was cute tho..

ps a week later - for a contrarian view, there's Rajiv Masand. However I guess this is another of those movies where there are no half measures, you either love it, or hate it. I found it interminable, boring, and certainly didn't catch references to Kusturica, who I'm not familiar with ! 

Friday, January 04, 2013

The unbearable lightness of being - Milan Kundera

It was ok, not really my kind of book..

Its set in the Czechoslovakia of the 60s, against a backdrop of the excesses of communism and the Russian invasion. A surgeon who's used to sleeping around , falls in love , but can't stop nevertheless. We trace the lives of this couple, and another couple, along with their dog, as the times change from bad to worse.

The philosophical thread throughout the novel went above my head as usual, I can't say I understand stuff like Neitzche, and the lightness or weightiness of being. 

Thursday, January 03, 2013

River of Smoke - Amitav Ghosh

quite liked it.

Taking off from where sea of poppies left off, the story continues, although this time we track back the rumblings in China, as the stage is set for the opium wars.

One thing that has always amazed me is the amount of research that goes into his novels. Here its the work on plants and on the background of the so called opium 'trade'.

Awaiting the final part of the trilogy.

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Use-by date

Gulzar had recited this during the lit fest, and I'd loved it...

वोह जो इक मियाद थी ना

इस्तेमाल  की ..

वो गुज़र चुकी !

दवा की शीशीयों पे लिखी जाती है इसीलिए .

मियाद बाद इस्तेमाल करने से 

दवाईयाँ भी बासी होने लगती हैं 

फिर कोई इलाज कर नहीं पातीं 

फिर भी तर्क ना हुईं तो ज़हर बनने लगती हैं 

बासी हो चुके मजहबों के ऐतकाद सब 

वो जो एक मियाद थी ना, इस्तेमाल की 

वो गुज़र चुकी !

- गुलज़ार 

miyad means use-by date