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- 03/17/15--20:58: _Baazi (1968)
- 03/23/15--00:26: _Ten of my favourite...
- 04/02/15--05:13: _Somewhere in the Ni...
- 04/06/15--09:35: _Lentils and mosques...
- 04/13/15--21:45: _Taqdeer (1967)
- 04/17/15--03:16: _Home Delivery Revie...
- 04/22/15--05:47: _Aankhen (1968)
- 04/27/15--08:24: _Restaurant Review: ...
- 04/29/15--07:56: _Ten of my favourite...
- 05/05/15--08:35: _Ten of my favourite...
- 05/11/15--01:06: _Restaurant Review: ...
- 05/12/15--21:17: _Kapurush O Mahapuru...
- 05/16/15--22:29: _Hotel Review: The G...
- 05/22/15--02:33: _Majhli Didi (1967)
- 06/01/15--04:18: _The Fall of the Rom...
- 06/08/15--01:18: _Ten Ganga songs fro...
- 06/16/15--04:08: _Ganga ki Lehren (1964)
- 06/22/15--22:50: _The Day of the Trif...
- 06/27/15--22:40: _Book Review: Sidhar...
- 07/03/15--08:21: _Ten of my favourite...
- 03/17/15--20:58: Baazi (1968)
- 03/23/15--00:26: Ten of my favourite spring songs
- 04/02/15--05:13: Somewhere in the Night (1946)
- 04/06/15--09:35: Lentils and mosques: Moth ki Masjid
- 04/13/15--21:45: Taqdeer (1967)
- 04/17/15--03:16: Home Delivery Review: Sushiya
- 04/22/15--05:47: Aankhen (1968)
- 04/27/15--08:24: Restaurant Review: Mamagoto
- 04/29/15--07:56: Ten of my favourite percussion instrument songs
- 05/05/15--08:35: Ten of my favourite Shashi Kapoor songs
- 05/11/15--01:06: Restaurant Review: Peninsular Kitchen
- 05/12/15--21:17: Kapurush O Mahapurush (1965)
- 05/16/15--22:29: Hotel Review: The Glasshouse on the Ganges
- 05/22/15--02:33: Majhli Didi (1967)
- 06/01/15--04:18: The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964)
- 06/08/15--01:18: Ten Ganga songs from classic Hindi cinema
- 06/16/15--04:08: Ganga ki Lehren (1964)
- 06/22/15--22:50: The Day of the Triffids (1962)
- 07/03/15--08:21: Ten of my favourite jewellery songs
The first time I began watching this film was on Doordarshan, many years ago. It surprised me, largely because it featured Waheeda Rehman in a very Westernised avatar I had never seen before. It also had an intriguing story. And … Continue reading
dustedoffWaheeda Rehman in BaaziJoe with Lucy and SuzieJoe and his boss have a chatJoe interviews LizAn onlooker watches Liz and AjayA phone call from a distraught LizAjay asks a passerby for directionsThe doctor reassures AjayAjay meets the priest... and Uncle is buriedA stranger in the cemeteryLiz begins to enjoy herself Cousin Joe turns upAn old man files a missing person reportAjay sees an astonishing photoDharmendra and Waheeda Rehman in Baazi
The other day, looking at the stats page for this blog, I saw that somebody had arrived at Dustedoff as a result of searching for spring songs. I don’t know which post they ended up at, but it reminded me: … Continue reading
dustedoffSpring in DelhiSaanwle salone aaye din bahaar ke, from Ek Hi RaastaSuno sajna papihe ne, from Aaye Din Bahaar KeDekhoji bahaar aayi, from AzaadAaja aayi bahaar, from RajkumarDin hain bahaar ke, from WaqtDeewaana mastaana hua dil, from Bombai ka BabuChham-chham naachat aayi bahaar, from ChhaayaAayi jhoomke basant, from UpkaarBaaghon mein bahaar hai, from AradhanaAaiye bahaar ko hum baant lein, from Taqdeer
What if you woke up one day to find that you couldn’t speak, couldn’t move, and—even worse, perhaps—had no idea who you were? And that when you set out to find out, you opened up a can of worms? That … Continue reading
dustedoffJohn Hodiak in Somewhere in the NightGeorge Taylor wakes up, to complete amnesiaGeorge finds a crumpled letter in his walletMany questions arise...The clerk at The Martin meets GeorgeGeorge finds a revolver and a letter from Larry CravatAt the public bathsAt The Cellar, George escapes two goons...... and lands up in Christy's green roomGeorge finds an astounding postcardPhyllis turns up at George's hotel roomGeorge gets an unpleasant invitationAnzelmo tries to get information on Larry CravatGeorge arrives at Christy'sChristy hears George out...... and Mel Phillips promises to helpLt Kendall shares whatever he knows
Delhi has a vast number of mosques (not unusual, considering the many centuries this city was ruled by Muslims). They’re large and small, obscure and prominent. And some of them have really odd names: the Imliwaali Masjid (‘the mosque of … Continue reading
dustedoffThe Moth ki Masjid, near South Extension.Looking at the Moth ki Masjid, from the back.A small domed chhatri or pavilion at the mosque.A view of the mosque's main gate.A decorative detail: a medallion made of incised plaster.A decorative niche at the Moth ki Masjid.
Taqdeer—a remake of the Konkani film Nirmonn (1966, directed by A Salaam, who also directed Taqdeer)—wouldn’t have been a film I’d have watched had it not been for one particular song that I like a lot: Jab-jab bahaar aayi aur … Continue reading
dustedoffBharat Bhushan and Shalini Madolkar in TaqdeerGopal goes to meet the seth to whom he is in debtGopal and VijayThe family that sings together......ends up being struck by tragedySharda becomes increasingly desperateVijay makes a propositionSharda finds her children eating stolen paoA bedraggled Gopal in East AfricaGopal's memory returns thanks to a songGopal's three grown-up children sing his song... while an unsmiling Sharda looks onJalal Agha and Farida Jalal in TaqdeerA very pretty Farida Jalal in TaqdeerA frame from Taqdeer - a broken Sharda sets out
While Chinese food has long been a favourite in Delhi, other cuisines from East Asia have taken somewhat longer to make their presence felt in the city’s food scene. Malaysian, Indonesian and Thai food were among the first to arrive … Continue reading
Mains from Sushiya: Bibimbap with a fried egg on top, and bulgogi with rice.dustedoffHome delivery from Sushiya: bulgogi, bibimbap, mandu.Chicken mandu dumplings with a sweet chilli dipping sauce.Mains from Sushiya: Bibimbap with a fried egg on top, and bulgogi with rice.
I spent part of last week reading fellow blogger Todd Stadtman’s book, Funky Bollywood: The Wild World of 1970s Indian Action Cinema (more on that, along with a link to my review of it, at the end of this post). … Continue reading
dustedoffDharmendra in AankhenA group of patriots attends a meetingHis sister pesters Sunil to reveal allSunil finds himself being ogledMeenakshi introduces herself......woos Sunil... and tries to reason with him, in vain.Major Sahib on the wirelessSalim is killed Captain is freed of his bandagesDoctor's minions...No oil painting, thisMadam helpsDoctor's hench'people': Madam, Lilly, and AkramA guided tour of the facilitiesThe secret agent Sunil is to meet in BeirutMeenakshi receives newsA poodle yields a bugRam Tipnis plays one of Saeed's goonsOld friends meetZainab and Sunil at the party...Meenakshi sings a songNadeem surfaces Oil drums galoreNadeem is caught by being spookedThe mask A tiger, Sunil in a cage, and more.The international fakirs go in search of a friendTodd Stadtman's Funky Bollywood: The Wild World of 1970s Indian Action Cinema
I have reviewed a particular section of the Mamagoto menu on this blog before—the Mamabuns section— but, dining out at Mamagoto once again last week (with my parents, my sister and brother-in-law and us, in celebration of my husband’s birthday), … Continue reading
A vegetable stir fry: pak choy, cashew nuts, water chestnuts and bamboo shoot.dustedoffInside Mamagoto. Lemon zest and mint lemonade, and a serving of som tam, raw papaya salad.Mamagoto's grilled chicken skewers with coriander sauce.The lamb teriyaki meal in a bowl.Mamagoto's Penang chicken curry meal in a bowl, served on rice.Stir-fried chicken with star anise, served with crisp spinach.A vegetable stir fry: pak choy, cashew nuts, water chestnuts and bamboo shoot.
Continuing with an on-and-off series of song lists featuring—in the picturisation—various types of musical instruments. This began with my post on women pianists, followed much later by a post on male pianists, and then a post on songs that featured … Continue reading
dustedoffDrum on!Hariyaala saawan dhol bajaata aaye, from Do Bigha ZameenJogi hum toh lut gaye, from ShaheedJaa tose nahin boloon Kanhaiyya, from ParivaarDil ka haal sune dilwaala, from Shree 420Thodi der ke liye mere ho jaao, from Akeli Mat JaiyoAan milo aan milo shyaam saanwre, from DevdasYamma yamma yamma tu parwaana main shamma, from China TownAinwein duniya dewe duhaayi, from Jaagte RahoDil deke dekho dil deke dekho, from Dil Deke DekhoGhoomke aaya hoon main bandhu, from Basant
Of the three Kapoor brothers—Raj, Shammi and Shashi—Shashi Kapoor is the one who falls in the middle when it comes to my personal preferences. Raj Kapoor I tend to not like (except in the occasional film now and then, like … Continue reading
dustedoffShashi KapoorKhilte hain gul yahaan, from SharmeleeTum bin jaaoon kahaan, from Pyaar ka MausamLikhe jo khat tujhe, from KanyadaanKehne ki nahin baat magar ab zor se kehna hai, from Pyaar Kiye JaaYahaan main ajnabi hoon, from Jab Jab Phool KhileBhool sakta hai bhala kaun yeh pyaari aankhein, from DharmputraChale thhe saath milke chalenge saath milkar, from Haseena Maan JaayegiWoh tere pyaar ka gham, from My LoveAbhi na phero nazar, from BiradariPhir aane lagaa yaad wohi pyaar ka aalam, from Yeh Dil Kisko Doon
Till a couple of years ago, one of our favourite places to go for a good South Indian lunch in Vasant Kunj—somewhat upmarket (not Udupi style), non-vegetarian, yet not prohibitively expensive—used to be Zambar. Then Zambar shut down, and we … Continue reading
Papads and four types of chutneys at Peninsular Kitchen.dustedoffInside Peninsular Kitchen.An amuse-bouche: sol kadi. Papads and four types of chutneys at Peninsular Kitchen.At Peninsular Kitchen: a mulligatawny, and a coconut mojito at the back.The chicken curry lunch at Peninsular Kitchen.
Kapurush O Mahapurush (The Coward and The Holy Man) isn’t one film, even though these two short films—each just over an hour long—were released together, as a sort of ‘combined pack’. Unlike Satyajit Ray’s other well-known set of short stories-clubbed-together … Continue reading
dustedoffA scene from KapurushAmitabha meets a hospitable stranger ... and gets a shock when he enters Gupta's home.Amitabha and Karuna, in days long gone... and now. Gupta, Karuna and AmitabhaA scene from KapurushSoumitra Chatterjee as Amitabha in KapurushLeave me be: Madhabi Mukherjee as KarunaBirinchi Baba blesses his devotees... and attracts a new follower on the trainA bunch of friends meet and discuss Birinchi BabaBuchko expresses a desire to become a disciple of Birinchi Baba's.
Strictly speaking, though, I shouldn’t have named this a ‘hotel review’, since The Glasshouse on the Ganges, like the rest of the properties which are part of the Neemrana Group, prides itself on being a ‘non-hotel’. This one, set amidst … Continue reading
dustedoffWith my feet in the Ganga.A view of our room at the Glasshouse.The other half of our room.The bathroom.The main drawing room at The Glasshouse.The verandah, and our room beyond, at The Glasshouse.Local denizens: a bird in a tree at The Glasshouse.Breakfast: idli with chutney; poha; juice; toast with (literally) homemade jam.Teatime at The Glasshouse: coffee and a plate of assorted cookies and namak paras.The river."Nishabd sada, Ganga behti ho kyon?"
Let me begin this review with a quick confession: I don’t cry easily while watching films. I didn’t sob my heart out while watching Majhli Didi either. But I had a lump in my throat during several scenes, and I … Continue reading
dustedoffMeena Kumari in and as Majhli Didi.Majhli Didi's bhaiyaKadambari, Hemangini's elder sister-in-lawKadambari and Paanchoo with HemA desperate villager comes to BipinHem is disturbed by the plight of the old manNaveen's lawyer preens in court, confident.A quarrel - and a schism.Kishan with his motherKishan's mother, on her deathbedKishan is given a sad farewellNaveen and Kadambari let fly at KishanHem takes Kishan under her wingDharmendra as BipinMeena Kumari as Hem
History fascinates me. Not the dates, not so much the politics (though that can be often very interesting, too), but society, culture. How people lived, and how—if you really think about it—mankind hasn’t, fundamentally, changed too much over the past … Continue reading
dustedoffChristopher Plummer as Commodus in The Fall of the Roman EmpireLivius arrives to meet Marcus AureliusLucilla, and LiviusCaesar addresses his allies and commandersLivius baulks at the idea of being CaesarTwo old friends meet after a long timeCommodus with his commander, the gladiatorIre and jealousy mar a relationshipSohamus, King of Armenia...... and betrothed to a reluctant LucillaCleander plots to murder CaesarLivius tries to explain to Lucilla while Timonides looks onCaesar is proclaimed, and proclaims his chief commanderA grand parade in RomeCaesar starts rulingA view of an outdoor set from the film...... and an indoor set.Christopher Plummer as CommodusOmar Sharif and Sophia Loren as Sohamus and Lucilla
My husband and I are avid travelers. Give us a few days’ holiday and some funds, and we’re eager to race off somewhere. This past year, however, has been unbelievably hectic, what with one thing or another, and after an … Continue reading
dustedoffThe river.Ganga aaye kahaan se, from KabuliwalaTu Ganga ki mauj, from Baiju BawraThe title song from Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti HaiMere mann ki Ganga, from SangamGanga meri maa ka naam, from Tumse Achha Kaun HaiMachalti hui hawa mein chham-chham, from Ganga ki LehrenO Ganga maiyya paar lagaa de, from Chandan ka PalnaMaa hi Ganga, from Majhli DidiGanga maiyya mein jab tak ke paani rahe, from Suhaag RaatThe title song from Ganga Tera Paani Amrit
Who, in case you’re curious, include Dharmendra, Kishore Kumar, Nasir Hussain, Kumkum, Hari Shivdasani, Rehman, Asit Sen, Azra, and Aruna Irani, besides Telugu star Savitri. With, in smaller roles, everybody from Tuntun, Brahm Bhardwaj, Mridula Rani, Manorama and Jankidas, to child … Continue reading
dustedoffGanga ki LehrenA baaraat leaves a mandapAshok agrees to marry SeemaSeema and Uma's brother diesAshok's father throws a hissy fitSeema hears something rather nastyThe kid grows up calling the wrong woman 'Ma'Kishore and Uma fall in loveNeeta and RaginiKishore receives a shockAshok throws a hissy fitSeema gets religiousA doctor diagnoses the need for an operationSeema receives a shockKumkum and Dharmendra in Ganga ki Lehren
I watch a lot of contemporary science fiction movies. Everything from Interstellar to Oblivion is grist to my mill (not to mention monster movies). The other day, happening to see a list of ‘best alien invasion movies’ on IMDB, I … Continue reading
dustedoffA triffid at the Royal Botanic GardensThe meteor showerDr Soames reassures MasenThe keeper at the glasshouse meets his fate.Tom and Karen have an argumentMasen blunders about before removing his bandagesMasen runs into a blind Dr SoamesAt the train stationA train crash, and its aftermathMasen rescues Susan and they set offSusan is chased by a triffidSusan and Masen hear a radio announcementTom and Karen hear an announcementFacing the triffidsMiss Durrant, the Frenchwoman who Masen falls in love withAn army of triffids
I have a confession to make: despite my love for cinema, I’ve never been too keen on film magazines. When I was a child, my parents never bought film magazines, and by the time I’d grown into my teens and … Continue reading
dustedoffSidharth Bhatia's 'The Patels of Filmindia: PIoneers of Indian Film Journalism'
This is one topic I’ve been toying with for a long, long time: Hindi film songs that mention jewellery. Given that romantic songs are so common in old Hindi cinema—and that shringaar ras, which includes the ‘adornment of the self’—is … Continue reading
dustedoffJewellery SongsJhumka gira re Bareilly ke bazaar mein, from Mera SaayaDhoondo dhoondo re saajna dhoondo, from Ganga JamunaJhanak-jhanak tori baaje payaliya, from Mere HuzoorChham-chham ghungroo bolein, from KaajalJhanan-jhanan bichhua baae, from Chaand aur SurajPaaon mein jhaanjhar, from FauladLelo churiyaan from Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu ThhiJaanu jaanu ri kaahe khanke hai tora kangana, from Insaan Jaag UthaAa meri raani le jaa chhalla nishaani, from AnjaanaSaiyyaan raja laa do gale ka mohe haar re, from Naya Andaaz