Book Review: Jangshersingh.com by Vishal Bhatia

Posted on 22 Apr 2016 under Essays

Disclaimer: I was contacted by the author through email to write a review of this book. I agreed. The book was delivered to me free of cost. No other conditions or constraints were placed on me. Jangshersingh.com by Vishal Bhatia is the second book I’ve read recently written by a new/aspiring Indian author (the previous one […]

On Bajirao Mastani

Posted on 17 Jan 2016 under Essays

The more I read professional movie reviews (is there such a thing?), the more I realize how under-qualified I am to critique movies. Nevertheless, because any fool with an internet connection can create a blog nowadays, here are a few thoughts on Bajirao Mastani: This film won the Filmfare Award for best picture? REALLY? This was […]

Movie Review: Wazir

Posted on 09 Jan 2016 under Essays

There is no doubt that Amitabh Bachchan is a fine actor. In particular, I’ll remember this one scene in which his character in Wazir teaches a kid how to deliver a particular line. It was a 5-second masterclass. But there’s only so much a fine actor can do in the hands of a mediocre director in a […]

Book Review: The Recession Groom, by Vani

Posted on 26 Oct 2015 under Essays

Summary of Review: Without a doubt, amongst the worst books I’ve ever read. The story makes no sense and the ending is pure Bollywood. Geez, I don’t even know where to begin! The characters are undeveloped and uninteresting. The writing is full of warped phrases and sentence constructions (if not outright grammatical mistakes and incorrect […]

6 Reasons to Watch ‘Masaan’

Posted on 01 Aug 2015 under Essays

Masaan is a wonderful experience. It’s saddening and infuriating and unapologetically communicates that sometimes the bad guys get away and life is unfair, but that’s what’s wonderful about it – that it portrays all of this beautifully, with some powerful acting thrown in. Instead of a standard review, here are 6 reasons why you should watch this […]

Film Review: Ankhon Dekhi

Posted on 30 Mar 2014 under Essays

I’ve just watched Rajat Kapoor’s “Ankhon Dekhi”. Let me start by confessing that I know very little about Indian films to use statements like “typical Rajat Kapoor”, but I nevertheless have the feeling that that statement may not be very much off the mark. Where to begin with Ankhon Dekhi? Shall we begin with praising […]

Short Book Review: And the Mountains Echoed – Khaled Hosseini

Posted on 27 Mar 2014 under Essays

The Mira Nair movie “Monsoon Wedding”, was all about a big, fat, Indian wedding. And yet, the ending was all about a barely planned, almost serendipitous love story and a simple, unassuming little wedding ceremony that’s meant to steal your heart. Khaled Hosseini’s “And the Mountains Echoed” is a bit like that. Unlike “A Thousand […]

Book Review: Last Man in Tower, by Aravind Adiga

Posted on 02 Jan 2014 under Essays

I am going to preface this review by saying that I’m probably not very good at writing book reviews. I don’t have a pattern or a format or a template. I write a book review like I write a blog post — open up WordPress, navigate to the New Post page and start typing. With […]

Book Review: Animal’s People, by Indra Sinha

Posted on 22 Oct 2013 under Essays

Before I start this ‘review’, I should offer a couple of disclaimers. One – I love books that have a “bold” voice; books that are unapologetic in their view of reality, and present their story uncensored, no matter how vulgar. And two – it’s been a while since I’ve attempted a proper review of a […]

The Hobbit: A Review (Sort of)

Posted on 22 Dec 2012 under Essays

I was watching The Hobbit a couple of days back. I’m too rusty to do an all-out review, so I’ll make this easier on myself (and consequently, on you) by writing a few bullet points. I haven’t read any Tolkein, but I’ve watched all of the LOTR movies. When I watched Fellowship of the Ring, I remember being […]