Monthly Archives: March 2010

1990’s- the fall of cinema

90’s was the decade that marked the end to an era of world cinema. With the death of directors Kubrick, Ray, Kurosawa, Fellini and David Lean, cinema was left nowhere! Renoir, Welles and Hitchcock were already dead and Bergman had retired! Though Godard and Hou contributed significantly, as did Kiarostami, Rohmer, Angelopoulos, Rivette, Mike Leigh, Wong Kar-wai, Almodovar, Kusturica and Pialat, among many others. But the greats of world cinema were gone! Continue reading

The biography of a garland

Garlands have remained a part of Indian politics as no other accessory. They have a long history, and are integrated with our culture for ages put together.  From the times of mythology, through the ages of Mughals and Rajputs, to the current era of modern political parties; these garlands have had their moments of pride! However, these garlands, once used, get swept aside or badly crushed. Except the one recently presented to the UP Chief Minister on the 25th anniversary of her political party. Continue reading

The vital few and the trivial many

The 80/20 rule by the great Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto, is a brilliant theory that should find application in all possible fields, including technology and education. The rule meant that in anything a few(20 percent) are vital and many(80 percent) are trivial. In Pareto’s case it meant 20 percent of the people owned 80 percent of the wealth. Continue reading

The legend of Toshiro Mifune

Toshiro Mifune was the legendary Japanese actor  who appeared in almost 170 feature films. He’s best remembered for his roles in Akira Kurosawa films. He was the perfect portrayal of a samurai. Mifune was tough! But he was more than just tough, he was funny. And unlike a lot of western tough-guys, he could act! Mifune could be clownish (Seven Samurai), stoic (“Samurai” trilogy) or tender (Red Beard). Continue reading

Love, lust and masala dosa

I really don’t understand why lust is seen as something undesirable? Love is difficult to define or describe, and hence most people understand love through various cases- which we call love stories. On the other hand, lust is tangible. Everyone knows and realizes what lust is. ‘Love’ is fine when it comes to parents, siblings, friends, offspring, pets, poetry, masala dosa… But don’t you think lust is the ‘exact’ feeling that gives a man-woman relationship a notch? A kick-start? Continue reading