NADAV LAPID – A SELF-GOAL by INDIA

Nadav Lapid is a free man who makes good films, and has the right to air his views. He was invited to Goa to the head the IFFI jury by Indian officials. His understanding of cinema is his own to savour and propagate. That he condemned The Kashmir Files as ‘vulgar’ and ‘propaganda’ is his…

जाति का जंजाल – ज पर आ की मात्रा, त पर चढ़ी छोटी इ (चौपाल)

शाम के चाय अड्डे पर दोस्तों के संग जाति पर संवाद किया । फिर कहीं प्रीतिभोज पर जाना पड़ा तो वहाँ भी जाति का ही भोग लगाया । पिछड़े व्यंजन में लगा था मिर्च का छौंका । अगड़ा वाला घृत और शक्करमयी – उसे फिर भी थाली में आने का अनिवार्य आमंत्रण चाहिए । शयन…

उलझा पाकिस्तान – बाजवा रुके या जाए ? इमरान को भला कौन क्या समझाये?

इमरान खान को गोली लगी कि गोलियां, ठीक से कहा नहीं जा सकता । चली थीं चार, पहले बताया गया लगीं हैं दो – दोनों पाँव में एक-एक, फिर किसी ने बतलाया तीन, और अब सरकारी हवाले से एक ही गोली लगने की बात मानी जा रही है । अब हक़ीक़ी आज़ादी लॉन्ग मार्च के…

आधुनिक सामाजिक फंडे बनाम जिम्मेदार परवरिश- थोड़ा उलाहना, थोड़ी अपील

लड़की को सब कुछ चाहिए था लाइफ में, द होल पैकेज । तो उसे पेकेज ही बना छोड़ा उसके आशिक ने ।  माँ-बाप को धता बताकर वासना में अंधी लड़की लिव-इन में तो रह ही रही थी । उसका यार पार्टनर के तौर पर हिट साबित हुआ था, ज़ाहिर है हस्बेंड के रोल में भी…

The Itaewon Stampede – Memories of the Hooker Hill

 The bad news from Itaewon has left me nostalgic, more than depressed. It is a strange feeling, wishing that you were there when the stampede occurred on the Halloween night, helping the victims, rather than in the safety of your home, thousands of miles away. I carry such frolicking memories of the locality that it…

BLOCK

Getting stuck is a ‘state of mind’. Words do not desert a writer, ideas and guts do. Stream of consciousness never dries up. The nib might get broken or blunted.  Paper might begin soaking up ink. The bottle can leak, ink can become colourless. What gets flashed in the mind might not take shape on…

GREYJOY (Poem)

The waters are grey as is the sky A bridge, broken in the middle, awaits the ship, seen on the horizon afar, Like life, it looms as the eternal question, Is bad news sailing towards, or away from me; how should I even prepare? Men are conspicuous by their absence, They must be scheming, slithering,…

Tony Soprano as Schrodinger’s Cat – How the Sopranos Ends!

Tony, Carmela and Anthony Jr. are in a diner, hogging onion rings, while waiting for Meadow to turn up. “Best onion rings in the city, as far as I’m concerned,” declares T. You believe him, of course. Boss is always right. You have got to take his word on food. He was shown gobbling something…

The Ever Undependable, Always in Motion, Frivolous & Pathetic Mr.Karthik

Dinesh Karthik is not just a perennial passenger and a cipher contributor, he has pathetic body language, which is enough to sink any sports team in the moments of crisis.In the match against Pakistan yesterday, he trod into the middle taking his usual busy strides when India required 16 runs off 5 balls. Akash Chopra…