Cinema & Bollywood · Culture & Life · Fiction · Politics

A Satire on India’s Porn Ban and other Censorship

[Almost every government at national and state levels in India has always given in to the tempting fumes of the seductive political dope called ‘Indian culture and tradition’. But being so mindblowingly diverse, in India one woman’s culture can be another woman’s sin and one man’s tradition can be another man’s abuse. Still, each govt… Continue reading A Satire on India’s Porn Ban and other Censorship

Cinema & Bollywood · Medicine & Doctors

Getting Rid of the ‘Doctor’s Complex’ in India

Of late we are observing a huge change in Indian society: the profession of medicine is kind of losing much of the ‘prestige’ it has been used to for centuries. While this is not a huge cause for worry (after all, the world around is rapidly changing in every sense), the fact that Indian health… Continue reading Getting Rid of the ‘Doctor’s Complex’ in India

Cinema & Bollywood · Culture & Life · Religion

Muslim Characters in Bollywood: The Case for More Iqbals and Less Fanaas

This article was published in HuffPost India on 14 oct 2015. Here is the link. An excerpt: If mainstream Hindi movies increasingly portrayed Muslims as regular Indians leading a “routine Indian life”, it would immensely help in overthrowing the stereotypes that some politicians, extremists and their ilk project. But the depiction of Muslim leads in… Continue reading Muslim Characters in Bollywood: The Case for More Iqbals and Less Fanaas

Cinema & Bollywood · Culture & Life

Why I Decided to Return Swades

An ‘India’ bookmark that a good friend gifted me while I was leaving for the US This article was published in HuffPost India on 24 June 2015. Here is the link. An excerpt: That is what this splendid country, with its magnetic magnificence, has always done – infused people’s lives with glorious purposes. Several centuries… Continue reading Why I Decided to Return Swades

Cinema & Bollywood · Public health

Blooywood, Aishwarya, and the Blind in India

This article was published in Huffington Post on 17 July 2015. Here is the link. An excerpt: Most Indian moviegoers are familiar with the iconic Shirdi wale Saibaba song where a blind Nirupa Roy miraculously gets her eyesight back. Just like that! (It was perhaps the craziest medical ‘miracle’ of Hindi films until 1995, when… Continue reading Blooywood, Aishwarya, and the Blind in India