By Anamika Chatterjee
The Internet thrives on drama, and politics often does a good job of serving hysteria on a platter. The recent fodder has come by way of Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar’s interview with Indian prime minister Narendra Modi right in the middle of what is believed to be a decisive election. To be fair, the actor, right at the outset, spells out that this will be an apolitical interview right before asking him if he eats mangoes (to which the PM gently responds that since he hails from Gujarat where the aam ras is practically a delicacy, yeah, he does eat mangoes). In the simpler, pre-Internet times, the interview would have been watched and reviewed in drawing rooms. Today, it has become a matter that looks less likely to rest in peace.
Continue reading Trial by Twitter: Did Akshay Kumar win or lose this dramatic saga?
By Aresh Shirali
In advertising circles, and especially in the ad agency Lintas that he led, Alyque Padamsee, who died on November 17 in Mumbai, was called “God”. An accident of recruitment — or mistaken roles, rather — as he once explained in his inimitably theatric voice: at Lintas, he also had a secretary by the name of Pope and the rest of the office knew only too well that to get access to him, they had to consult the Pope Continue reading Ideas adman Alyque will be dearly missed
By Oscar Yáñez
Fans of The Simpsons will remember that the new perception (and therefore ‘problem’) with Apu started in November 2017, with the release of The problem with Apu, a documen-tary produced and directed by Michael Melamedoff. The Problem with Apu is a 49 minute-long film in which Hari Kondabolu, a New York-based stand-up comedian with Telugu origins, exposes his suffering at being compared to the stereotype of Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, the most famous Indian character of the popular animated series. Continue reading After 20 years, why Apu is now a problem for The Simpsons
By Keith Pereña
In the process of writing this story, I had to do a quick Google search to find the origin of the cliché “you should never meet your heroes”. Partly because I wanted to know who in fact said it and also because I wanted to know if it was really the case — as if meeting my own heroes wasn’t proof enough that it was otherwise. Continue reading Alodia Gosiengfiao: I met one of my heroes and she was more than meets the eye
By Allan Jacob
You could be wrong to call me a fan of Sir Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis, the three-time Oscar winner. I remember him from Lincoln and Gangs of New York. The roles he essayed failed to make an impression on me. Continue reading Why are we so interested in Daniel Day-Lewis’s phone?
By Lujein Farhat
When you enter a room with several people, your eye is irresistibly drawn to one person, the funny one. You know who I’m talking about. They’re easy to spot. The one who half the group is gathered around. The one who is the focal point of all foot pointings and shoulder anglings, like a starfish pulsating with mirth. Continue reading Funny how I love Arab humour, especially in my mother tongue
By Sushmita Bose
Music has the power to elevate — even the most humdrum, boring person. I remember a certain loudmouth, a (seemingly) obnoxious man, pulling out his guitar, strumming its wondrous chords and singing Grateful Dead’s Ripple like a boss on a terrace in Delhi’s Chittaranjan Park one blustery winter evening; I was transfixed… and it changed my opinion of him forever — never again did I consider him “insufferable”. Continue reading When a song by Sonu Nigam threw me off track