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- 02/02/16--04:38: _Restaurant Review: ...
- 02/07/16--04:31: _Biwi aur Makaan (1966)
- 02/10/16--23:28: _Dilli Haat: Five Ec...
- 02/13/16--23:51: _Ten of my favourite...
- 02/18/16--07:14: _Book Review: Jai Ar...
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- 02/25/16--03:54: _Rawhide (1951)
- 03/05/16--04:38: _Dil Hi Toh Hai (1963)
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- 03/11/16--20:25: _Ten of my favourite...
- 03/18/16--09:40: _Ni Liv (1957)
- 03/27/16--03:45: _Abhilasha (1968)
- 04/01/16--00:23: _Ten of my favourite...
- 04/09/16--10:49: _The Thomas Crown Af...
- 04/13/16--00:47: _Restaurant Review: ...
- 04/15/16--21:19: _Poonam ki Raat (1965)
- 04/22/16--20:15: _Hamlet (1954)
- 04/28/16--20:36: _Fahrenheit 451 (1966)
- 05/04/16--04:24: _Ranikhet: Of Mounta...
- 05/08/16--07:41: _Ten of my favourite...
- 02/02/16--04:38: Restaurant Review: Farzi Café
- 02/07/16--04:31: Biwi aur Makaan (1966)
- 02/10/16--23:28: Dilli Haat: Five Eclectic Thalis
- 02/13/16--23:51: Ten of my favourite romantic duets
- 02/18/16--07:14: Book Review: Jai Arjun Singh’s ‘The World of Hrishikesh Mukherjee’
- 02/22/16--07:41: Restaurant Review: Jamie’s Italian
- 02/25/16--03:54: Rawhide (1951)
- 03/05/16--04:38: Dil Hi Toh Hai (1963)
- 03/10/16--04:11: Restaurant Review: Lodi—The Garden Restaurant
- 03/11/16--20:25: Ten of my favourite ‘Man Sings, Woman Dances’ songs
- 03/18/16--09:40: Ni Liv (1957)
- 03/27/16--03:45: Abhilasha (1968)
- 04/01/16--00:23: Ten of my favourite funny songs
- 04/09/16--10:49: The Thomas Crown Affair (1968)
- 04/13/16--00:47: Restaurant Review: Big Fat Sandwich
- 04/15/16--21:19: Poonam ki Raat (1965)
- 04/22/16--20:15: Hamlet (1954)
- 04/28/16--20:36: Fahrenheit 451 (1966)
- 05/04/16--04:24: Ranikhet: Of Mountains and the Military
- 05/08/16--07:41: Ten of my favourite cynical songs
I’d first heard of Farzi Café when it opened in Gurgaon’s Cyber Hub and there were people writing rave reviews about all the interesting fusion stuff they were doing: duck samosas with plum chutney was something which kept popping up … Continue reading
On the table: the lamb tacos, the tandoori soy chops, and the Italian smooch.dustedoffInside Farzi Cafe.The menu at Farzi Cafe.On the table: the lamb tacos, the tandoori soy chops, and the Italian smooch.Braised lamb boti tacos at Farzi Cafe.Tandoori soy chops: unusual, and good.Pyaaz ki kachori at Farzi Cafe.The best of the lot: tandoori wild mushrooms.Nolen gud baklava with tender coconut granita.Farzi OK: orange juice, orange chunks, and kaffir lime leaves.Farzi Cafe's take on paan.
I’m reading Jai Arjun Singh’s The World of Hrishikesh Mukherjee: The Filmmaker Everyone Loves these days (yes; a review will be posted sometime this month). A few pages into the book, and I came across a mention—followed by more interesting … Continue reading
dustedoffBiswajeet, Keshto Mukherjee, Kalpana and Shabnam in Biwi aur MakaanThe paanch PandavsArun talks of his plight and his promiseRambharose acts up - and Pandey confronts himRambharose kicks out the quintetRambharose decides to meet Mr MishraAt the Mishras'MishrajiIn dragRambharose gets a nasty shockThe new tenants arriveGeeta and Leela arriveArun and GeetaLeela spurns ShekharPandey with his wife
Dilli Haat, opposite INA Market, is my usual go-to place when I want to buy ethnic gifts for friends and family. An added attraction, as far as I and my family are concerned, is that Dilli Haat offers good food. … Continue reading
The combo thali at Bijoli Grill: good stuff!dustedoffThe Bihar food stall at Dilli Haat.Pakoras, papads, etc at the Bihar stall.The litti-chokha thali at the Bihar stall.The non-vegetarian thali at the Bihar stall. The Nagaland stall at Dilli Haat.The special Nagaland thai (pork).The Bijoli Grill stall.The combo thali at Bijoli Grill: good stuff!The Rajasthan Stall at Dilli Haat.The very generous, very good value for money thali at the Rajasthan Stall. The Assam Food Stall at Dilli Haat.The fish thali at the Assam stall.
One would’ve thought a blog dedicated largely to old Hindi cinema would milk Valentine’s Day for all it’s worth; after all, the number of old Hindi films that didn’t feature a romance of some sort, of some duration, can almost … Continue reading
dustedoffRomantic duetsDeewaana hua baadal, from Kashmir ki KaliUdhar tum haseen ho, from Mr & Mrs 55Hum jab simatke aapki, from WaqtAap yoon hi agar, from Ek Musafir Ek HaseenaChupke se mile pyaase-pyaase, from ManzilDil tadap-tadapke keh raha hai, from MadhumatiKora kaagaz thha yeh mann mera, from AradhanaNa jaane kahaan hum thhe, from Zindagi aur KhwaabO nigaah-e-mastaana, from Paying GuestRaat ke humsafar, from An Evening in Paris
In all the years I’ve been writing this blog, one film maker whose name keeps cropping up every now and then—whose films I’ve reviewed, whose work I’ve commented on—is the brilliant Hrishikesh Mukherjee. From his editing of classics like Do … Continue reading
dustedoffJai Arjun Singh's 'The World of Hrishikesh Mukherjee'David and Jayant in Mem-DidiBindu in AbhimaanA scene from Chupke-ChupkeHrishikesh MukherjeeTarun Bose in a scene from AnupamaDeven Verma with Amol Palekar in Rang Birangi
I don’t know how many of you out there know that I hold a diploma in hotel management—which means I trained for three years in, among other subjects, what was technically known as Food Production. I may not have opted … Continue reading
The ginger and mango mojito, and the smoked spinach croquettes, both good.dustedoffOutside Jamie's Italian.Inside Jamie's Italian.A wall at the restaurant, decorated with framed photos of Jamie, pals, Italy, etc.The ginger and mango mojito, and the smoked spinach croquettes, both good. The chicken pizzaiola: fresh and lovely!The sausage pappardelle, superb. The pannacotta with strawberry compote.
The other day, a blog reader, Dr Pradeep Prahlad, commented on one of my reviews of a Tyrone Power film, Witness for the Prosecution. It reminded me that a few years back, I went through a longish spell of complete … Continue reading
dustedoffTyrone Power as Tom Owens in RawhideThe Overland MailTom and Sam at Rawhide StationA stage arrivesSam talks to Vinnie HoltAn officer rides up with bad newsVinnie Holt refuses to alight...... and has to be forced to stay back.Vinnie takes Tom's gun for her protectionThe deputy from Huntsville comes by... as do his cronies. Owens is questioned by ZimmermanVinnie is assumed to be Mrs OwensSusan Hayward and Tyrone Power in RawhideJudy Ann Dunn as CallieA shot of Rawhide Station
Some months back, I watched two relatively new Muslim socials: Daawat-e-Ishq and Bobby Jasoos. Both were an interesting reflection on the way the Muslim social has changed over the years (after close to disappearing during the 90s). The Muslim social … Continue reading
dustedoffNutan as Jameela in Dil Hi Toh HaiYusuf's parents rejoice at his imminent homecomingKhan Bahadur informs his friend of an arbtirary decisionAt the railway stationShekhu's mother throws a hissy fitShekhu's mother decides on a dastardly planBegum Sahiba sends the maid awayChand with his adoptive motherJameela confronts Chand, unaware that he's her idolChand sings at the birthday party...... after seeing Jameela flirting with Yusuf/ShekhuRazia comes to ask for the rentRazia and Bashir (in drag), a stolen momentChand, as Khan Sahib, sings a songYusuf/Shekhu suggests Khan Sahib as an ustad for JameelaJameela shows Khan Sahib just what she thinks of himRaj Kapoor and Nutan in Dil Hi Toh HaiKalpana and Shammi Kapoor in Professor
The Lodhi Gardens in Delhi are an amazing place. Once known as Lady Willingdon Park, these gardens in South Delhi are a hit with just about everyone from nature lovers (there are lots of species of trees here, and with … Continue reading
Looking towards the indoor seating, and some lovely driftwood-crafted furniture.dustedoffThe Garden Restaurant: outdoor seatingLooking towards part of the indoor seating at the Garden Restaurant. Looking towards the indoor seating, and some lovely driftwood-crafted furniture.The pineapple sober, with a lovely zing of ginger and kaffir lime.Garlic bread, always welcome - even if this was pretty average. Scampi with sesame seeds, rocket, and a sweet chilli dipping sauce.Chicken liver pate with melba toast and an interesting fruit compote.Tenderloin with red wine jus. Disappointing.Almond bread pudding with caramel sauce and fig ice cream; what a farce the 'bread pudding' was!
Sometime back, I was watching Dil Hi Toh Hai, and for the first time, actually paid attention to the scenario and picturization of the classic Laaga chunari mein daag. Raj Kapoor, in disguise, plays a classical singer who prides himself … Continue reading
dustedoffMan sings, woman dancesLaaga chunari mein daag, from Dil Hi Toh HaiMadhuban mein Radhika naache re, from KohinoorYeh zulf agar khulke, from KaajalDil deke dekho dil deke dekho, from Dil Deke DekhoHai kali-kali ke labh par, from Lala RookhKya se kya ho gaya, from GuideShivji bihaane chale, from MunimjiNaache mann mora magan, from Meri Soorat Teri AankhenChali gori pi se milan ko chali, from Ek Hi RaastaJaan-pehchaan ho jeena aasaan ho, from GumnaamHum bekhudi mein tumko pukaare chale gaye, from Kaala Paani
There is something attractive about survival stories, about men and women finding themselves struggling to survive against whatever man and nature throws at them. Nature more often than man, because nature can be an even more merciless enemy—and yet can … Continue reading
dustedoffBattling the snows and the enemyA woman comes to meet a recuperating commandoEn route to NorwayHansen owns up to the truth - somewhatBaalsrud and a companion flee in a boatBaalsrud swims through freezing waterThe midwife offers helpThe German soldier is fooledHenrik talks to BaalsrudOn skisBaalsrud starts seeing thingsMartin and Agnes examine Baalsrud...... and try to feed him.Baalsrud, by himselfThrough a blizzardJan BaalsrudGrandpa and grandsonThe climax, with a hundred reindeer in full flow
A lot of my memories of 50s and 60s cinema date back to the 1980s, when almost all the films I watched were those shown on Doordarshan. In the early years, with Doordarshan being the sole channel, my sister and … Continue reading
dustedoffMeena Kumari and Sanjay Khan in AbhilashaMeena coos to a little girlThe trauma of Meena's baby's death haunts herThe doctor talks to Ranjit about MeenaMeena calms D'Souza's baby... and Ranjit tries, unsuccessfully, to calm MeenaRanjit takes the baby from D;SouzaArun and Ajay at their birthday partyRitu arrives with her parents...... joins Arun's college...... and falls in love with him.Ajay gets the wrong ideaRanjit and Meena wonder... Ritu and Arun look forward to their weddingRanjit reveals the truth to Arun
Considering the ‘comic side plot’ used to be such an integral part of old Hindi cinema—and that the presence of a Johnny Walker, a Rajendranath, or a Mehmood almost invariably meant that there would be not just laughs but also … Continue reading
dustedoffFunny songs from Hindi cinemaAake seedhi lagi dil pe, from Half TicketJungle mein mor naacha, from MadhumatiDaiyya yeh main kahaan aa phansi, from CaravanPaanch rupaiyya baarah aana, from Chalti Ka Naam GaadiLipstick lagaanewaale, from ShrimatijiJodi hamaari jamega kaise jaani, from AuladBade miyaan deewaane, from ShagirdArre na na na tauba tauba tauba, from Aar PaarMeri pyaari Bindu, from PadosanAa thha jab janam liya thha, from Biwi Aur Makaan
I have a thing for heist films. Give me a clever one, and I can watch it again and again. The other day, I was reminded ofThe Thomas Crown Affair, which—to a teenaged me—was only about The Windmills of Your … Continue reading
dustedoffSteve McQueen and Faye Dunaway in The Thomas Crown AffairErwin arrives for his interviewCrown gives some instructions... and some more.The robbery in progressCrown hands over the money to a Swiss bankJamie and MaloneVicki impresses Malone.., and figures out what happened.The very start of an affairErwin is caughtVicki? Crown? Faye Dunaway as Vicki AndersonRene Russo as CatherinePierce Brosnan as Thomas CrownThe 1999 version of The Thomas Crown Affair
Ambience Mall in Vasant Kunj is one of those places that have a fairly good record (as far as I am concerned, and as far as malls in Delhi go) of restaurants that are worth a visit. While it has … Continue reading
Sandwiches, fries and juice.dustedoffA view of Big Fat Sandwich.The menu at Big Fat Sandwich.Two types of cold-pressed juices; orange, and melony.Two types of sandwich, with fries.The Texas Massacre: lots of juicy pulled pork, with cream cheese.The Morning After: bacon, rocket leaves, and other goodies.Sandwiches, fries and juice.
One style of mystery story popular in the early 60s (though there was the odd film even earlier, like Mahal) was the one where the suspense includes a seemingly supernatural element. A woman in white, singing a ghostly song of … Continue reading
dustedoffManoj Kumar in Poonam ki RaatUpstairs - and downChandan receives bad newsPrakash overhears a conversationPrakash and JyotiNarendra and his wifeBy Lala Baijnath's sideNandiniMukta and ChandanRamesh plots with his mother and Mukta's fatherPrakash with Nandini, in the trophy roomThe woman in whiteChandan and Prakash visit Rani's apartmentsThe woman in white, with Prakash in towPrakash approaches the 'ghost'... and it turns out to be the nurse
Today, April 23, 2016, marks the 400th death anniversary of one of English literature’s greatest writers, a man who had a huge hand in making English what it is today. Though William Shakespeare’s date of birth is unknown, he died … Continue reading
dustedoffShakespeare, died April 23, 1616Kishore Sahu in and as HamletHoratio and the guards see a ghostThe king issues some ordersThe King and QueenOphelia is puzzled by Hamlet's aloofnessLaertes tries to warn Ophelia off HamletHoratio tells Hamlet of the ghostThe ghost of Hamlet's fatherPolonius reads out a love letterHamlet and OpheliaKishore Sahu as HamletMala Sinha as Ophelia
I’ve just finished reading what’s considered to be the finest work by one of science fiction’s greatest writers: Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451. Set in a dystopian future where literature is outlawed, this is a classic novel of tyranny, insecurity, and … Continue reading
dustedoffThe firehouseThe firemen set outMontag uses the flamethrower...... and gets appreciation from the CaptainOn the monorailMontag gets acquainted with an odd neighbourLinda watches TVThe 'cousins'... and another cousinThe Captain talks to MontagLinda is found passed outA simple procedureLinda gets friskyClarisse with a friendA baby is found to be carrying a tiny bookMontag, in secretMontag consoles ClarisseAt the schoolFabian gets suspiciousThe book womanUp in flamesThe flying scouts-cum-hunters
Ranikhet, tucked away in the mountains of Uttarakhand, is actually named for a queen: Rani Padmini, the consort of a local king named Raja Sukherdev. Padmini visited this area and liked it so much that she decided to make it … Continue reading
ChaubatiaGardens_RosesAndAFencedustedoffView from near the golf course at Ranikhet. A jacaranda tree in full bloom, on the way up to Ranikhet.Daisies in the grass. At Chaubatia Gardens. The view from our room.A view of the path leading up to our room. A couple of fountains and pretty stone benches, outside The Kumaon Room.A gate leading from the Kafal Bagh to Harkison Hall.Inside our room. Some good, some not.The little porch leading into The Kumaon Room.The Kumaon Room, the Windsor Lodge's restaurant.Some of the good stuff: chicken curry and pahaari aloo. In Chaubatia Gardens: a path leads through pine and oak woods.Chaubatia Gardens: red roses, a wire fence, and apple trees.Wild roses at Chaubatia.The Jhoola Devi TempleBells at the Jhoola Devi Tenple.The Globe Theatre - who'd have known?!The Kumaon and Naga Regiments' Museum.
I know that sounds a little paradoxical—cynicism and something favourite? But that’s what this post is all about: songs that are cynical, but songs, too, that I like. Like a lot, in some cases. A few weeks back, blog reader … Continue reading
dustedoffCynicalSongsKaagazKePhool_DekhiZamaaneKiYaariYeh mahalon yeh takhton yeh taajon ki duniyaPhirSubahHogi_Cheen-o-ArabHamaaraChhotiChhotiBaatein_KuchhAurZamaanaKehtaHaiUpkaar_KasmeVaadePyaarWafaaMaya_KoiSoneKeDilwaalaPatita_AndheJahaanKeAndheRaasteYahudi_YehDuniyaShaitanonKiBastiHaiNaastik_DekhTereSansaarKiHaalatJaagteRaho_AinweiDuniyaDeweDuhaayi