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What do books mean to you?

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Mani Bhavan, Gandhi’s residence in Mumbai

The pages are thin and its cheap printing may have smudged the ink in places, but my copy of Gandhi’s The Story of My Experiments with Truth falls squarely in that category of books whose value is greater than the words on their pages.

As with many objects, it’s the value added by the memories associated with them. In the case of Gandhi’s book, which I’m currently reading, the memory is of buying my 50 rupee copy from Mani Bhavan in Mumbai nearly five years ago.

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Bengali links – Bangla poetry website, latest Bengali newspaper and more

This selection of Bangla links from my Twitter feed covers includes a new website for Bengali poetry and a new-to-me US-based Bangladeshi newspaper.

All the links in the tweet images work, allowing you to click through to view the links, follow me on Twitter or even re-tweet any of the links.

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Bengali links – Satyajit Ray reviews, Bangla language and Shreya Ghosal on Bengali music

This selection of Bangla links from my Twitter feed covers covers a recent series of Satyajit Ray reviews from the excellent Beth Loves Bollywood blog, along with comments on the ‘syntactic devastation’  of Bangla, Shreya Ghosal on Bengali music and a certain state promo from a certain Bollywood mega-star.

All the links in the tweet images work, allowing you to click through to view the links, follow me on Twitter or even re-tweet any of the links.

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Film Review: Om Shanti Om

Om Shanti Om film posterAbout halfway through the 2007 Shah Rukh Khan blockbuster Om Shanti Om it struck me what a fun film it was.

It had already started well with an Austin Powers style view of the past, though in place of swinging 60s London it focused on 1970s Bollywood. But it really hit me during the song Deewangi Deewangi when I saw how much fun all the cast seemed to be having.

The dance number saw Shah Rukh Khan’s Om Kapoor joined for the (perhaps obligatory these days) night club dance scene by a galaxy of Bollywood stars. From Saif Ali Khan to Sanjay Dutt, Rani Mukherjee to Shilpa Shetty, a total of 31 actors and actresses featured in the 10 minute song. Continue reading

Film review: Jodhaa Akbar and Chak De! India

I’ve been slowly catching up on recorded films and, after watching Jab We Met a while back, recently saw Jodhaa Akbar and Chak De! India.

Both were enjoyable and, given the spare time, I’d happily watch them again. In fact all three films were good, which is probably down to the  Indian film industry’s phenomenal output providing Channel Four with a wide range to choose from – though licensing deals presumably skew their decisions a little.

So, from the director of Lagaan and featuring Bollywood A-listers Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, historical epic Jodhaa Akbar was always likely to be a pretty big deal. And so it  proved to be. Possible historical inaccuracies aside – and director Ashotosh said its genesis was 70% imagination – it’s very much an ‘epic’ tale. Continue reading