By Nivriti Butalia
Earlier this week, #ObamaPortraits was trending across social media. On February 12, the official portraits of the former US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama were unveiled at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery (#myNPG) in Washington. Continue reading Like? Love? What do you feel about the Obama portraits?
By Zebunnisa Burki
On Tuesday, the people of Pakistan — men and women, the under-privileged and the elite, lawyers, artists, journalists, political workers — stood together and gave Asma Jahangir what can only be called a people’s farewell. While the images of this beautiful goodbye that flashed across our TV, laptop and smartphone screens may become iconic due to the sheer power of what they showed, how does one really say goodbye to someone who can only be called a force — fierce, angry, and strangely beautifully unaware of her own special kind of charisma. Pakistan lost 66-year-old lawyer, activist, our very own superhero Asma to a cardiac arrest this past Sunday, a shock we are all still struggling with. Continue reading Asma Jahangir, an inspiration for those she’s left behind
By Nivriti Butalia
When my mother, in Delhi, pinged to say ‘they’ (father in tow) were going to watch The Post, I immediately replied, barely reining in my low-stakes triumph: saw it already! It hadn’t crossed my mind that my parents, hardly avid movie-goers, would want to watch The Post. But she asked me, was it good, and I said, I don’t know if it will bore you, but Meryl Streep is fab. Mother told me she saw “the one in which she plays Margaret Thatcher thrice” (I haven’t watched The Iron Lady). Continue reading Katharine Graham, the woman who had “the guts of a burglar”
By Keith Pereña
It all began with homework.
It was a rainy afternoon back in Manila when I first learned about Audrey Hepburn. Our professor was talking about the role of women in cinema and how they were represented in Hollywood. As the lesson trailed on, he finally tasked us to watch a film with a female main protagonist and write a review about how she was presented in the film. I remember that day — asking my female classmate what I could watch since my knowledge of film back then was limited to what was then showing in cinemas. She suggested that I try Breakfast at Tiffany’s. I took her advice. That was eight years ago. And today, is Audrey Hepburn’s 25th death anniversary.
Continue reading The time I fell in love with her sunny, funny face
By Nivriti Butalia
I didn’t know the word cortège till I saw the telecast of Lady Diana’s funeral on September 6, 1997. The commentary on BBC kept referring to the cortège (led by six horses and 10 men) — the casket that bore the white envelope with ‘Mummy’ written on it, and that lay on a wreath of white roses. Continue reading The things you learn about the royal family by watching telly
By Suresh Pattali
The last time an American president made an entrance to my kitchen was in the late ’90s when the Monica Lewinsky soap entertained millions of families across the world. Continue reading If dictionaries can be banned, why not the book on Trump?
By Sushmita Bose
Ilove Kevin Spacey. On screen. I love it when he smiles and his side dimples crumple up: adorable, with a hint of sardonicism. His is the first name I blurt out whenever someone asks who my all-time favourite actor is; then, I wonder why I name him given I’ve not watched too many of his films (I can count them on my fingertips). Maybe it’s just the impact he’s had on me with his brilliance in The Usual Suspects, American Beauty and L.A. Confidential. Continue reading Reading between the lines and the narrowing of spaces