Shatranj Mania


‘Chadharangam’ in Telugu or ‘Shatranj’ in Hindi and Urdu are the words used to refer to the game of chess. The game did originate in India, and all these words are not far off from their root word in Sanskrit, ‘Chaturanga.’ With the World Chess Championship in progress, and the champion very likely to be…

Children’s Month: Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne


‘Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne’ is a 1969 Bengali movie by India’s greatest filmmaker Satyajit Ray. Based on his grandfather’s short story, it tells the story of Goopy, a singer, and Bagha, a drummer in rural Bengal. These men are thrown out of their villages into the forest, because, well, their music isn’t pleasing to the…

Children’s Month


November 14, is independent India’s first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru’s birth anniversary. Nehru was also called ‘Chacha’ Nehru, or ‘Uncle’ Nehru, for he was known to be very fond of children. And so, every year, his birthday, is celebrated as Children’s day. With this in mind, I want to post a series of articles on…

The Counterfeiters and The Decalogue


“The Counterfeiters” is a movie about ‘Operation Bernhard’, the largest counterfeiting scam the world has ever witnessed. During the last years of World War II, the Nazis saw that the war was coming to a close, and wanted to flood enemy economies, that of the British and America, with counterfeit money, so that these economies…

First Impressions: Aamir Khan’s ‘pk’


Aamir Khan’s ‘pk’, set to release on December 19, is Bollywood’s most awaited movie of the year. The movie has created a lot of buzz since the release of  its first poster, featuring a nude Aamir Khan, with only a transistor covering his private parts, standing on a railway track, in what looks like a…

The Messaihs from Hollywood


The imdb Top 250 list is, although highly flawed, the number one go-to spot for people opening up to movies. Reigning at the top of this list for nearly half a decade is ‘The Shawshank Redemption'(1994), which is also celebrating its twentieth anniversary this week. If we move fourteen spots below this movie, we get…