Monthly Archives: April 2010

Uttam Kumar and Soumitra Chatterji

There is an old debate over who is the greatest actor in Bengali cinema. While Uttam Kumar is known for his charisma and magical performances, Soumitra Chatterjee is the favourite of the intellectual Satyajit Ray fans all over the world. If Uttam Kumar-Suchitra Sen pair is seen as the most romantic in Indian cinema, then Soumitra Chatterjee-Sharmilla Tagore pair holds its own tragic charisma. Continue reading


Non-shopping malls

In a recent article, my teacher writes

What makes people rush to these malls? Why do they undergo so much trouble only to purchase those items which are anyway available in their neighbourhood stores? – these are wrong questions to ask in today’s times. Continue reading

The Hyderabad tale

A friend of mine recently visited Hyderabad. He was shocked to witness the curfew there. The beautiful char-minar was fortified with Hindu barracks on one side, Muslim on the other and a police station in the middle! And what was the reason behind all this? A few flags! Continue reading

The preposterous reality

Today TV shows have become an outlet of reality idiocy. Rakhi ka Swayamwar, Roadies, Splits villa, Big Boss, Sach Ka Samna, Iss Jungle Se Mujhe Bachao… Frankly, all the music and dance based competitions have become pseudo-reality shows of today! I watched an episode of ‘Emotional Atyachar’ lately. It was torture. How can people watch something so stupid! Continue reading

Byomkesh Bakshi

The difference between an average detective show and an outstanding detective show is the signal to noise ratio. If signals that lead to the solution of the mystery are high, then the show looses the interest of viewers who easily solve the mystery. Also, if the background noise is increased to a level that the actual clues get buried deep into layers that viewers can’t find, the show again looses its viewers. So, the bandwidth available for an outstanding detective show is very narrow! Continue reading