- RSS Channel Showcase 8016681
- RSS Channel Showcase 2123813
- RSS Channel Showcase 3931456
- RSS Channel Showcase 9274454
Articles on this Page
- 09/15/14--06:39: _Johny Mera Naam (1970)
- 09/20/14--21:51: _… and back from the...
- 09/26/14--10:07: _Flower Drum Song (1...
- 10/01/14--21:08: _On the blackness of...
- 10/07/14--21:59: _Rustom Sohrab (1963)
- 10/12/14--08:36: _And another Lit Fest!
- 10/14/14--20:49: _Ten of my favourite...
- 10/18/14--10:21: _Restaurant Review: ...
- 10/24/14--09:20: _The Last Time I Saw...
- 10/27/14--00:25: _Delhi’s historic mo...
- 10/29/14--22:47: _Restaurant Review: ...
- 11/02/14--21:38: _Godaan (1963)
- 11/06/14--02:16: _Restaurant Review: ...
- 11/11/14--09:19: _Mohabbat Zindagi Ha...
- 11/14/14--08:20: _1857: Monuments tha...
- 11/18/14--08:20: _Dynamite (1929)
- 11/22/14--21:57: _Ten of my favourite...
- 11/26/14--21:16: _Restaurant Review: ...
- 11/29/14--07:33: _Ten of my favourite...
- 12/04/14--22:11: _Not quite a restaur...
- 09/15/14--06:39: Johny Mera Naam (1970)
- 09/20/14--21:51: … and back from the Pune Lit Fest
- 09/26/14--10:07: Flower Drum Song (1961)
- 10/01/14--21:08: On the blackness of Delhi’s monuments…
- 10/07/14--21:59: Rustom Sohrab (1963)
- 10/12/14--08:36: And another Lit Fest!
- 10/14/14--20:49: Ten of my favourite string instrument songs
- 10/18/14--10:21: Restaurant Review: Yum Yum Cha
- 10/24/14--09:20: The Last Time I Saw Paris (1954)
- 10/27/14--00:25: Delhi’s historic monuments – and 1857
- 10/29/14--22:47: Restaurant Review: Café Lota
- 11/02/14--21:38: Godaan (1963)
- 11/06/14--02:16: Restaurant Review: Mamabuns at Mamagoto
- 11/11/14--09:19: Mohabbat Zindagi Hai (1966)
- 11/14/14--08:20: 1857: Monuments that still bear the scars
- 11/18/14--08:20: Dynamite (1929)
- 11/22/14--21:57: Ten of my favourite Geeta Dutt solos
- 11/26/14--21:16: Restaurant Review: Maharashtra Food Stall, Dilli Haat
- 11/29/14--07:33: Ten of my favourite Geeta Dutt duets
- 12/04/14--22:11: Not quite a restaurant review: About the Palate Fest
One day in August, I checked my blog roll and discovered that not one, but two, of my favourite bloggers had posted reviews of films based (even if only in spirit) on The Arabian Nights. Anu had reviewed Ali Baba … Continue reading
dustedoffDev Anand and Pran in Johny Mera NaamMohan and Sohan, joint boxing champsMehta talks to his friendMohan is found by the big boss...... and ends up as Moti, his right hand manHeera arrives in Bombay with lootHeera is arrestedHeera finds a neighbour he can trustJohny meets RekhaA rendezvous at NalandaJohny gets given some gadgetsMoti gives Johny the treatmentMoti wonders if he can really trust JohnyBabu and Tara take off with the moneyTara dances to save Babu's lifeRekha talks to her mother...... and tells Johny the truthPremnath as Rai Sahib Bhupinder Singh/Ranjit in Johny Mera Naam
As I’ve mentioned earlier (nearly a year ago, to be precise), I am – despite being an author and not an absolute recluse – not really one of the regulars at Literary Festivals. Which, if you’re keeping track, are now … Continue reading
dustedoffThe Pune International Literary Festival, 2014At the panel discussion on The Female Lead.At the Management Literature session.Ramesh Menon signs the authors' board while Manjiri Prabhu looks on.
A very belated tribute to an actor I’ve actually seen only in a couple of films, but whom I like a lot: James Shigeta. The Hawaiian-born Shigeta passed away on July 28 this year, and it came to me as … Continue reading
dustedoffJames Shigeta and Miyoshi Umeki in Flower Drum SongMei Li and Dr Li arrive in San FranciscoThe Lis meet Sammy FongSammy Fong with LindaSammy Fong passes on Mei Li's picture to Auntie LiangWang Chi-Yang approves of Mei Li for TaAuntie Liang offers a suggestionTa goes on a date with Linda... and anotherTa and Mei Li meetLind drops a bombshell at the partySammy Fong confronts LindaMei Li agrees to stayHelen Chao, secretly in love with TaA frame from the dream sequence following 'Love, Look Away'Ta and Mei Li, opposite but not quiteJames Shigeta as Wang Ta in Flower Drum Song
Ever wondered why a lot of Delhi’s medieval monuments—the ones with plastered exteriors, not stone—have that blackened look about them? With Delhi’s humid climate (particularly the fact that several months of the year are taken up by the monsoon) means … Continue reading
dustedoffA view of Moth ki Masjid, with its blackened domes.Jahaaz Mahal. You can see how the mortar has gone black here.
Who would’ve thought that the Ramsay Brothers’ first production was a historical worthy of a Sohrab Modi [granted, it does have two far-too-chubby leading men and its fair share of violence, but still; Rustom Sohrab is no horror film, not … Continue reading
dustedoffPrithviraj Kapoor and Premnath in and as Rustom Sohrab.The king is dead, long live the king!Tehminia encounters RustomRustom tells Tehminia who he is...... and Carmoos is given an order he doesn't much likeTehminia's father and brother meet RustomTehminia in Rustom's roomRustom realises who Tehminia isTehminia confesses her love to RustomThe ruler of Maazandaraan rushes to TuraanAfraasiyaab counsels his hot-headed sonThe prince of Turan comes to Iran in disguiseKaikavoos, in chains.Rustom leaves his family's emblem with Tehminia for their son.Rustom frees Kaikavoos and faces up to the TuraanisTehminia's father sends her off to the forest.Sohrab, now grown up, with Shahroo
Last year, when I was attending the Bangalore Literary Festival, I heard an interesting fact at one of the sessions (about literary festivals): at last count—in autumn 2013—India boasted of 63 literary festivals. That’s quite a whopper of a figure, … Continue reading
dustedoffThe Lit Fest at the Lycee Francais de Delhi
After I’d done my piano song posts, I began to think of other musical instruments that appear in the picturisation of songs. Songs where it’s not an orchestra (Ted Lyons and His Cubs, anyone? Or The Monkees?), but a hero … Continue reading
dustedoffString instrument songs: Baar baar dekho, from China TownTadbeer se bigdi hui, from BaaziMadhuban mein Radhika naache re, from KohinoorMeri veena tum bin roye, from Dekh Kabira RoyaAan milo aan milo Shyaam saanwre, from DevdasNaacho ghoom ghoom ghoom ke, from SarhadYeh kaisi ajab daastaan ho gayi hai, from Rustom SohrabDil ka na karna aitbaar koi, from HalakuKitna haseen hain hai mausam, from AzaadTera dil kahaan hai, from Chandni ChowkSaiyyaan jhoothon ka bada sartaaj nikla, from Do Aankhen Baarah Haath
One of my favourite places to eat—irrespective of cuisine—in Delhi is the fabulous Yum Yum Tree. My husband and I discovered it the day after it opened, when we happened to be in New Friends Colony Community Centre. We ate … Continue reading
Lunch at Yum Yum Cha.dustedoffAt Yum Yum Cha, a wall covered with origami.A ceiling installation at Yum Yum Cha: 250 origami butterflies.Five types of sauces at Yum Yum Cha, with pink crab dumplings in the background.The prawn yellow curry dumplings, the only not-quite bright spot in an otherwise excellent meal. Crystal duck dumplings.Lunch at Yum Yum Cha.The main course: rice with veggies, and a fabulous braised pork belly.Mochi ice cream in two flavours: macha green tea, and coconut and jaggery.
Looking through the blog posts I’ve published over the past few months, I realized what a long time it’s been since I reviewed one of those Hollywood classics, the type of film that people tend to recognize the name of, … Continue reading
dustedoffElizabeth Taylor in The Last Time I Saw ParisA strange girl hugs and kisses Charlie WillsCharlie meets Claude, and is introduced to MarionMarion invites Charlie to a partyAt the Ellswirth's - Charlie meets the familyCharlie and Helen fall in loveThe happy-go-lucky ways of the Ellswirths, father and daughterTwo daughters getting ready to be marriedBeating it up, hard times be damnedHelen talks of her useless quest to find funLorraine QuarlA sudden windfall - and Charlie finds himself rolling in wealthElizabeth Taylor as Helen Wills in The Last Time I Saw ParisMelodrama near the end of the film
Last week, on my Facebook page, I’d posted a brief history of the origins of one of Delhi’s most unique festivals, the Phoolwaalon ki Sair (also known as the Sair-e-Gulfaroshan). In the discussions which ensued, one reader pointed out that … Continue reading
Felice Beato's Jama Masjid, 1858dustedoffA view of the Jama Masjid, with its surroundings still intact, from a photograph taken in 1858 by Felice Beato. A view of the Jama Masjid today.The Fatehpuri Masjid - a view of the facade.The Zeenat-ul-Masajid, also known as the Ghata Masjid.
I’d been hearing good things about this café for a long time, but the mere fact that it’s outdoor—even if there is a skylight-like roof, and there are fans—made me blanch at the thought of eating here in the summer. … Continue reading
A glorious mutton sukka, on a raagi appam.dustedoffAt Cafe Lota.At Cafe Lota.The khatta-meetha dhokla, served with a green chutney: underwhelming.Paalak patta chaat, at Cafe Lota.Sabudana popcorn, with a spicy green chilly chutney on the side.A glorious mutton sukka, on a raagi appam.Parsi salli boti, served with paratha.The bhapa doi cheesecake at Cafe Lota.Cinnamon apple jalebi, served with coconut rabri.
I am not a one to make New Year’s resolutions; more often than not, it’s just something I silently tell myself I should attempt to do over the course of the coming year. At the start of 2014, I decided … Continue reading
dustedoffRaj Kumar and Kamini Kaushal in GodaanHori and Dhaniya at home one eveningHori meets Bhola one the wayRai Sahib gives Hori some instructionsRai Sahib with his guestsJhuniya and Gobar fall in loveThe cow comes homeHori overhears a conversation between his estranged brothersHira drops by... and their cow drops deadHori and Dhaniya and the darogaJhuniya turns up at their home, pregnantHori is forced to mortgage his homeBhola takes away Hori's oxenRaj Kumar and Kamini Kaushal as Hori and DhaniyaDhaniya looks back in anguish...... and Hori works on. Malti and Mehta, in a rare scene from the film
Or, to be precise, Mamabuns at Mamagoto. Mamagoto has been our go-to place for good, informal, fun South Asian food for several years now, ever since it opened its first outlet at Select CityWalk Mall. I love the easy-going ambience, … Continue reading
Pattaya beach shack fried fish, one of the Mamabuns offerings - without the bread.dustedoffThe Mamabuns menu at Mamagoto.The laksa tribute at Mamagoto: this one's the chicken version, though there are veggie and prawn versions too.Pattaya beach shack fried fish, one of the Mamabuns offerings - without the bread.The coconut and palm sugar ice cream at Mamagoto: luscious.
Considering ‘arranged marriages’ were—and still are—so common in India, the fact that old Hindi cinema tended to focus mostly on ‘love marriages’ seems rather odd to me. It’s more romantic, I suppose, to imagine that one will fall in love … Continue reading
dustedoffDharmendra and Rajshree in Mohabba Zindagi HaiNeeta with her father and Mr Sinha, his friendNeeta encounters AmarMr Sinha tries to stop his friend's drinkingVicky reports to Mr SinhaAmar saves Gopi, and meets Laajo as a resultLaajo finds Manglu againAmar saves Neeta from an explosionMr Sharma repentsNeeta, at her birthday partyMr Sinha tries to reassure NeetaNeeta goes to Mr Srivastava for helpMr Srivastava persuades Amar to helpNeeta and Amar get married, and part ways...... and Amar comes back into Neeta's life
A couple of weeks back, I wrote a post on the repercussions, in Delhi, of the revolt of 1857—not just on the people of the city, but on the monuments. Especially the mosques of Delhi. A couple of readers made … Continue reading
Kashmiri Darwaaza today, with a memorial plaque and cannon holes pitting the gate.dustedoffBaadli ki Sarai, today.'Cashmere Gate', photographed by Samuel Bourne in 1857. (photo from Wikipedia)Kashmiri Darwaaza today, with a memorial plaque and cannon holes pitting the gate.The 'Khoodsia Baug Musjeed', photographed by John Murray in 1858. (photo from Wikipedia)The masjid at Qudsia Bagh, today.One of the extant gates of the Magazine.St James's Church.The Lloyd's Bank Building, once Begum Samru's Palace, today Bhagirath Palace.The Bank of Delhi (Lloyd's Bank Building) photographed by Major Robert and Harriet Tytler in 1857. (photo from Wikipedia)Inside Bhagirath Palace.
This post is a consequence of the last film review I did: that of the 1966 Dharmendra-Rajshree starrer, Mohabbat Zindagi Hai. A ‘marriage of convenience’ theme about an heiress who must marry in a hurry in order to inherit the … Continue reading
dustedoffCharles Bickford and Kay Johnson in DynamiteDerk's little sister Katie hugs himCynthia meets three lawyersCynthia with her lover, Roger... and Roger's wife Marcia with hers, MarcoMarcia comes over to chatCynthia and Marcia strike a dealCynthia goes to Derk with a propositionCynthia and Derk are marriedA murderer is heckled...... and confessesDerk comes to meet CynthiaCynthia gives Marcia a cheque for RogerMarcia spills the beansCynthia's friends attack DerkA full-blown argumentCynthia comes to DerkCynthia with the two men in her life: Roger and DerkCharles Bickford and Kay Johnson in Dynamite
Looking back at the six years this blog has been in existence, I find myself surprised that I’ve never done a post on Geeta Dutt. Geeta Dutt, née Geeta Ghosh Roy Chaudhury, the woman with that beautifully melodious, faintly nasal … Continue reading
dustedoffGeeta DuttKoi door se aawaaz de, from Sahib, Biwi aur GhulamWaqt ne kiya kya haseen sitam, from Kaagaz ke PhoolTadbeer se bigdi hui, from BaaziO babu o lala, from Dilli ka ThugJaata kahaan hai deewaane, from CIDMera naam Chin Chin Choo, from Howrah BridgeNanhi kali sone chali, from SujataAaj sajan mohe ang lagaa lo, from PyaasaThandi hawa kaali ghata, from Mr & Mrs 55Hoon abhi main jawaan, from Aar Paar
It’s the perfect season in Delhi to be eating alfresco. The winter’s beginning to set in—and, what with Christmas just a little over a month away, I realized it’s time to go shopping for gifts. And, since a lot of … Continue reading
A fantastic thaalipeeth with two types of chutney and a raita.dustedoffThe Maharashtra Food Stall at Dilli Haat.Sabudana khichri with raita, and mattha in the background.A fantastic thaalipeeth with two types of chutney and a raita.Shrikhand-puri, with potato sabzi and green chutney.
This was not the post I’d got planned for this week. But then, when so many people commenting on my Geeta Dutt solos post began writing about Geeta Dutt duets, I decided I may as well compile my list of … Continue reading
dustedoffGeeta DuttGumsum sa yeh jahaan, from Duniya Jhukti HaiMujhko tum jo mile, from DetectiveNa main dhan chaahoon, from Kaala BazaarKya ho phir jo din rangeela ho, from Nau Do GyaarahChupke se mile pyaase-pyaase, from ManzilAan milo aan milo Shyaam saanwre, from DevdasTum jo hue mere humsafar, from 12 o'ClockJaane kahaan mera jigar gaya ji, from Mr & Mrs 55Sun sun sun sun zaalima, from Aar PaarHum panchhi mastaane, from Dekh Kabira Roya
‘Food festival’ is a term that’s been happily applied to just about any food-related (or remotely food-related event) in Delhi. Restaurants are fond of doing food festivals, often focusing on a specific cuisine, or a specific event. Dilli Haat (and … Continue reading
Keema pattice from Soda Bottle Opener Wala, and signature pork belly from Guppy by AidustedoffAt the Palate Fest.The Palate Fest - tents and some installation art.A pretty yard at the Palate Fest.The Olive, Guppy by Ai and Soda Bottle Opener Wala stalls.Keema pattice from Soda Bottle Opener Wala, and signature pork belly from Guppy by Ai.The non-vegetarian tartine from Le Bistro du Parc.Two types of shawerma flank the fatayer bil lahem.Kunafa and mohalabiya from Habibi.The Sucre stall at Palate Fest.From Sucre: Coconut lemon chilli oat cookie, and cranberry and almond biscotti,