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: Tahaan


Tahaan is a 2007 Bollywood film by well-known cinematographer and director Santosh Sivan. Set in picturesque Kashmir, it tells the story of the eponymous 8-year-old boy, who needs to find his purpose in life. His immediate purpose, though, is getting back Birbal, his best friend first and donkey later, from the clutches of Suhan Darr,…

Children’s Month: An idea of birth


How do children explain birth? How do they think they come into existence? When I was a kid, I was never a total believer in God, nor was I a total atheist. I was more an atheist just for the simple fact that I hated attending church every sunday while all the other kids were…

Children’s Month: Hukus Bukus


A couple of years ago there was this ICICI bank ad featuring a little girl who would, everyday, after school, run to a shop nearby to buy a little candy.  One day, she’d take her much littler brother too, but loses the money that’d buy her the candies. Dejected, they turn back, but the grumpy…

Arjuna’s Doubt


This is my attempt at translating a short story I’ve read in Telugu(my mother tongue). This short story was originally written in Tamil by the great poet Subramania Bharathi, and then later translated into Telugu by Challa Radha Krishna Sharma. In those days when the sons of Pandu and Dhritharashtra were studying at Dronacharya’s school…

Unusual Inspirations: West Side Story and Okkadu


The musical ‘West Side Story’, I just learn, premiered on this day 53 years ago. It won 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture.To this movie, the idea of the neighbourhood, the West Side in Manhattan, and the idea of the rival gangs are most central. And these ideas, along with the fact that the movie…

Gandhi is here! In London!


On the 145th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, October 2nd, a look at his visit to London in 1931 to attend the Second Round Table Conference, aided by archival footage recently thrown open to the public by the British Pathe Archive, and newspaper clippings from the National Library of Australia, and a look at the art it spawned.