A young filmmaker’s atmospheric Maithili debut refracts the experience of his family’s village home through layers of distance and memory Using an old house as the central motif for a film is not a new idea. Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s fine directorial debut Musafir (1957), an under-watched film that I discussed in an earlier edition of this column, made a house and its neighbourhood the common factor in a narrative about three separate sets of tenants. The French director Alain Resnais, better known for spare, intense films like Hiroshima Mon Amour and Night and Fog, used an outlandish 18th century chateau in the Ardennes Forest as the unifying setting for his era-jumping tripartite 1983 film Life Is a Bed of Roses (currently streaming online). More recently, the Ukrainian director Dar Gai’s dubiously named Teen Aur Aadha (2017) built a composite narrative around a 50-year-old Mumbai building in which there had been a school and a brothel as well as families. … [Read more...] about The remembered village
Anand Mahindra is extremely famous among tweeple for often sharing interesting and amusing tweets. From reaching out to people in need to providing that regular dose of laughter, he has been winning people over, one tweet at a time. His latest post is no different. Earlier today, the business tycoon posted a quirky tweet related to ‘webinars’ and now it has nudged many to unleash their creative side. … [Read more...] about Anand Mahindra asks for customised versions of the word webinar. People oblige and how!
The idea of religious institutions doing ‘seva’ and serving the people is an old one. The idea of social work, as we know it today, emerged with the Christian Church and the concept of tithe. Priests would pass around fishnets to those congregated at the church, every Sunday. The faithful were asked to donate a part of their wealth. This was to be used to help the poor and the needy. But as time passed, the practice allowed for corruption to seep in. The Church promised a place in Heaven and forgiveness for the crimes of those who donated. It gave itself the power to ethically cleanse anyone’s soul. Cleansing of any crime was done through the act of confession. This led to vast amounts of wealth being given to the Church as reparation for people’s crimes. The Church thus became extremely rich while also remaining a charitable institution providing education and hospital services around the world. Many reformers demanded a return to the old ways – when … [Read more...] about View: Seva for people, or for afterlife?
If you go to the slums and tell people to rise up against the people living in bungalows or flats, no one will come out, but the same people, if you instigate them on the basis of caste or religion, will come out to fight. … [Read more...] about The man who got the activists arrested
Sri Swaroopanandendra Saraswati Mahaswamy of Visakha Sri Sarada Peetham, commended Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao for organising the birth centenary in a grand manner. In a statement here on Sunday, the seer described Narasimha Rao as a great personality and that his services to the nation would be remembered for long. Recalling the visit of Narasimha Rao to Sri Sarada Peetham, Sri Swaroopanandendra said that the late Prime Minister had invited him to his native village Vangara to consecrate the idol of Lord Siva. … [Read more...] about Rich tributes paid to PV on his birth centenary