I really enjoyed watching Kahaani (lit: story) recently, but two of the things that gave me the greatest pleasure about this Bollywood film were its setting for a short restaurant scene and the way the Bengali language was woven into the film’s plot.
There was much to recommend it beyond that, as it was also a great, a-typical, Bollywood film, with no dance scenes and little use of music. (Not, I hasten to add, that I think Bollywood films have to be a-typical or – heaven forbid, music-less – in order to be great).
The film also made great use of Kolkata as a backdrop – though admittedly I am always on the lookout for Kolkata on film, and it rarely makes it to glossy Bollywood films. Continue reading
Lately I’ve been finding myself repeating such phrases as ‘how strange to have odd boots’ or ‘a beloved is adored’.
It’s not because I’ve taken to spouting nonsense (no more than usual at least), instead they’re part of a series of memes – learning aids – that I’ve been compiling on Memrise.
The online learning site is the latest tool I’ve been using to help me learn Bengali/bangla and so far it’s proving to be really useful. Continue reading
The WordPress stats helper monkeys have been busy preparing automated reports on how blogs high and low fared in 2013.
Here’s an excerpt their annual report for A Tangle Of Wires: Continue reading
I’ve been meaning to post about the Let’s Learn Bengali group on Facebook for a while. (For how long? Quite a while.)
The first of the groups (there are actually three that fall within Let’s Learn Bengali) began over a year ago and has proved to be a very useful, informative and supportive community for those wanting to learn Bengali/bangla. Continue reading
Posted in Bengali, Bengali - Learning, Bengali - Resources
Tagged bangla, Bangla Facebook group, Bengali, Bengali Facebook group, Facebook, Learn Bengali, Learn Bengali group, Learning Bangla, learning Bengali
So close. Again. For the second year in a row I’ve missed my Goodreads reading challenge, but at least 2013 saw me come within spitting distance of it, gaining ground in the last months of the year only to find it wasn’t enough. Continue reading
The National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, UK
তোমার লম্বা ছুটি আছে? (tomar lōmba chuti ache?) my father-in-law asked me on Boxing Day.
The expression লম্বা ছুটি was new to me and one he explained was a Bengali colloquialism for a ‘long holiday’. Continue reading
And so Channel 4′s autumn season of Indian films will shortly come to end, but it does so in style with a double-bill combining a documentary on legendary playback singer Lata Mangeshkar and a rare showing of the 1972 film Pakeezah.
Lata In Her Own Voice sees the singer, whose voice has appeared in films for more than six decades, talk about her life and work. (Trivia fans: this version of the documentary is distilled from a six-part series of the same name, originally shown on Channel 4 in 1990.)
Following straight on from the documentary will be a showing of the Meena Kumari starring Pakeezah. The film features Kumari as both a courtesan/ dancer rejected by her lover’s traditional family and then also her duaghter. Continue reading
Posted in Film, Television
Tagged 100 years of Indian cinema, Andaaz, Bollywood on TV, Channel 4, Channel 4 Bollywood, Channel 4's Bollywood films, Indian films on Channel 4, Lata Mangeshkar, Pakeezah, PK Nair