Monthly Archives: July 2010

Bandh- Success or Failure?

A straight loss of 13 thousand crores! Who is to pay it back? Is the bandh even close to being a success? The success or failure of the Bharat bandh called by the opposition is a political issue, but it sure is a failure for the masses. Ask the men and women who couldn’t get to a doctor in emergency due to violence outside. Ask those who couldn’t afford food for the day. Ask them how successful the bandh was for them! Continue reading

Andrei Tarkovsky

“My discovery of Tarkovsky’s first film was like a miracle. Suddenly, I found myself standing at the door of a room the keys of which had, until then, never been given to me. It was a room I had always wanted to enter and where he was moving freely and fully at ease. Continue reading

The strange case of T-series

The music company T-series has an interesting story. Once upon a time, Gulshan Kumar rose from being a mere fruit juice seller to a major music retailer. T-Series was built by stretching the legalities of copyright law in India. They took commercial songs, got it sung by several lesser known singers creating a ‘version recording’ of the song and sold them at much lesser prices. They had legal backup- the void in the copyright act, which allowed such ‘version recordings’ on the service of a notice on the rights holders and payment of a statutory compulsory licensing fee. Making hundreds of such ‘cover versions’, they often made more sales than the rights holders themselves! Continue reading