Author: Ambarish Ganesh

‘The Book of Chocolate Saints’ by Jeet Thayil | Book Review

As someone whose knowledge of Indian poetry in English is limited to Rabindranath Tagore and recently Jerry Pinto (‘selected’ poems at that), reading The Book of Chocolate Saints is a huge step up. ‘Chocolate’ here refers to the darkish skin complexion, its sweetness a metaphor for the pleasures of the flesh. ‘Saint’ refers to these artists, mainly poets, as their work on self-expression and composition is nothing short of holy to them. Through this fictional biography of a celebrated poet Newton Francis Xavier, we get a glimpse of the poetic era that was and its evolution to the present setting. Dismas Bambai, a poet-cum-journalist working for Indian Angle and also our chief narrator for this book, reveals to us through a series of interviews and gossips the personality and accomplishments of Xavier. Xavier, as we come to learn, is staying with his romantic muse Goody Lal in New York, and before wandering into oblivion hopes to have one last exhibition at the heart of his mother nation, New Delhi. In every interview session that follows, Bambai is hoping to gather a new insight that will help him compile the book on this disappearing poet, a book he believes will get him accolades and recognition. Xavier comes across as pompous and boastful. He gained fame quite early, had his ways and time, and soon after his popularity declined. Alcohol and women prompted him to recite his past work and status in reverence, leaving little...

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Okja | Movie Review – This Netflix Film Is A Must Watch

Disreputation may result in Mirando Corp going down, but the newly appointed CEO, Lucy Mirando (Tilda Swinton), announces an ambitious new idea that may not only offer the company a chance to survive but also thrive. The idea involves producing a new breed of ‘superpigs’, a genetically modified, mutated version of pigs designed to taste awfully good, and then send one superpig each to 26 local farmers around the world as part of a contest. The farmer who raises the biggest pig after ten years wins this contest and bags a hefty prize. His methods of pig-farming would be studied...

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‘Sita – Warrior of Mithila’ by Amish Tripathi | Book Review – Amish’s Wonder Woman

The book opens with a shocking revelation. A new Vishnu has been chosen, and it’s not who you think it is. Amish has in the past ministered well the marriage of mythology and reality, and he twists up some of the most common knowledge we have of these epics and turns them to excellent plot lines. ‘Sita – A Warrior of Mithila’ is not Ramayana from Sita’s point of view, rather it is Sita’s origin story, right from when she was adopted to her abduction by the Lankan king, Raavan. Sunaina and Janak discover an injured vulture protecting a baby girl,...

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Watch: Teaser of JLT’s ‘Project Indian Bride’

An urban trans girl wants to be a model and even lands herself a project with a photographer, but the photographer’s wife is reluctant given her background. The short film ‘JLT’s Project Indian Bride’ tells two parallel stories – one from Rekha’s POV and other from the photographer’s wife’s. Directed by Mujeer Pasha and produced by Harini Daddala, you may watch the short film on JLTPlex here. Watch the teaser here and let us know what you think of it in comments...

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This New Web-Series ‘Kirdaar’ Deserves Your Attention

The latest web-series entrant that has really grabbed our attention is a fresh voice from Pune. Called Kirdaar, this is a story of two boys who do not want their lives to be mediocre and wish to realize their one big idea – a stage play. More than the actual stage play, it’s the backend struggle that goes into setting up one that makes for the story. Created by Unnikrishnan Nair and Shoyeb Shaikh, Kirdaar makes you think about where you want your life to head and if you are really in control. Produced by Begaana Pictures, here’s the first episode of Kirdaar – ‘Mere paas ek...

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