Chester Bennington, a voice my teenage self still in love with

It was probably somewhere in mid 2004 when I first heard of this rock band called Linkin Park. In the sleepy little town of Nagercoil, where Rangoli and Oliyum Oliyum in Doordarshan took precedence, MTV, VTV and SS music did not exist for us let alone rock bands. Even the few who knew were keeping…

Of world of fiction and of latent desires

I love fiction. I grew up reading them, be it Jeffrey Archer, Kalki or even Sidney Sheldon. If you ask me if I would read Sheldon now, no way I would. I can only say it was a phase. There are books that I found pleasure in when I was an adolescent. There are many…

People and places

The world is indeed a beautiful place. Its mysterious dark blue oceans, Amazonian forests and structured cities and cultures, there is beauty in everything we see in the world. Just thinking about it makes me wish I were rather looking at century old architecture over a cup of coffee with a dashing Italian than writing…

Baahubali 2: Not an epic it was meant to

OK. I’m going to say this first before you guys start throwing rotten tomatoes and eggs at me. I saw Baahubali 2: The Conclusion yesterday and I loved it. Sheer visual grandeur rooted me to the spot in the darkened cinema hall. I just could not take my eyes off majestic Baahubali on an elephant,…

The land that lives: A tribute to Gabriel Garcia Marquez and his Macondo

This post comes two weeks late since death anniversary of the my favourite Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez on April 17, 2014. In addition to being a role model, he inspired me to find the surreal in the ordinary. Here is to Marquez and the world he created, Macondo.  Macondo, a land founded by the Buendias, who…

A ship to nowhere

I had gone to Hong Kong couple of years ago. The place did not impress me. What did was the visage of a ship on the ocean when I was on a Ferris wheel in the Ocean Park, an amusement park in Hong Kong. The text that follows captures what went through my mind when…

To Harry, With Love

(I wrote this piece on July 30, 2016 the day before Harry’s Birthday and the launch of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) To Harry, Harry Potter and I go way back. I met him when I was in Class 6 separated just by a television screen. He was short, rather docile, and bespectacled with hair…

About Popeye, poster boy for Spinach and more

Entertainment, especially movies and even cartoons including Japanese animations, sometimes make so deep an impression that it creates new habits and routines. So what do I mean by that? When I was a kid, I loved watching the cartoon Popeye the sailor man. In the series Popeye is bullied by the beefy villain Bluto, especially…

Perception of women in cinema vs reality

It is International Woman’s Day alright. You can give flowers, distribute chocolates and even send ‘Happy Women’s Day’ forwards to women in your contact list. Then what? You sleep and go on as usual. Nothing much changes and the routine gets boring. Man, how many times do you want us to read those same old…

Logan, one last time

Sense of loss overwhelms me as I saw Logan, the last movie where Hugh Jackman will appear as Wolverine in Marvel’s X-men series, today. I will no more see Jackman donning the role of the mysterious and hotheaded Logan. It is hard to let go of the character I have been seeing for over a decade…

Love in the time of Austen and Bronte sisters

I reread Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen for the third time last week. As always, could not help but fall in love with Mr Darcy for the third time. He is not perfect; handsome and rich yes, but not perfect. Yet, when he confesses to Elizabeth Bennet: “In vain I have struggled. It will…

Sleepless in Tamil Nadu

There is no room for peace and quiet in one of the oldest civilisations, Dravidian state Tamil Nadu. Most of us, especially television journalists, have forgotten what an uneventful day without breaking news feel like. From the time former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa was admitted in Apollo hospitals on September 22, 2016 to political instability…