THE INNUMERABLE MASK-ETEERS

The corona virus is in the air and is here to stay for a long time. No known vaccine has surfaced so far and it will take probably at least another year for the vaccine to be made available for the patients around the globe. Hospitals have run out of beds for patients (and in…

QUESTIONS

Oftentimes some questions can be really thought-provoking, answering a lot of curiosities; but at other times, some questions can simply leave one perplexed and dazed. For DK (Nasseruddin Shah) from Masoom, it was mostly the latter case.  DK is caught tongue-tied on numerous occasions when his illegitimate son, Rahul (Jugal Hansraj) asks him certain questions….

THE QUALMS OF QUARANTINE

Samuel Beckett in his play ‘Waiting for Godot’ (1953) talks about two aged and peculiar men waiting for a man named, well, Godot. Set in an isolated barren land, presenting an obscured image, with nothing but a drying leafless tree in sight, the play is a representative of the post-world-war dilemma and hopelessness. The two…

THE UNPLANNED PLANS

“You know what kind of plan never fails? No plan. No plan at all. You know why? Because life cannot be planned… You cannot go wrong with no plans.” – A dialogue from the movie ‘Parasite‘   Papa has mostly been an absentee father for most of the time we were growing up. He was…

GHARE BAIRE- A Review

What happens when one Master takes a masterpiece of another Master and presents it to the world? It results in the immortalisation of the already immortal! That is what the prolific film-maker Ray did to the Nobel Laureate Tagore’s ‘Ghare Baire’ ( the Home and the World). Ray attempts to recreate the magic of the…

A TEA THAT WAS NOT

The long borne wish was going to be fulfilled today (early) morning. Finally, after years of longing and laziness, I was to visit that one tea stall which had been everyone’s recommendation. The ‘Let-us-not-name-it’ Tea Stall spoiled it for me(as it would for any other chai-lover as well) What you see here is Disappointment objectified….

LAUGHING OUT LOUD

PROS AND CONS OF LAUGHING OUT LOUD- Part I WHILE IN A CLASS Scene- You happen to guffaw in your class(alone or with your friend). All eyes turn to you. ●CONS Whatever be the reason of your laugh, the poor professor will attribute the reason to herself. This will result in the bulging out of…

Of the lazy Sundays

A lazy Sunday morning, as usual. Our alarms start theirt crackle since 7:00 am. After all the snoozing and further dozing, 9:30 am it is when we actually rise up. We have just half an hour for us to manage to get ourselves our breakfast; breakfast for which we wait since the last Sunday- Chhole…

TEA LOVE

Oh, you have half an hour for the next lecture. Come with us.”   “Lecture completed? So, come join us…”   “Waiting for someone? Wait here.”   “You topped the test? Treat, treat!”   “Whose turn is it today for…?”   “Where are we going?” “You know!”   The place in subject is one.  …

FREE LOVE

Our customary vegetable vendor pulls up right in front of our house… My mother, already awaiting him, names out the vegetables and their desired measure to be popped into the basket one after the other… As Mumma picks up a vegetable, scrutinises it heavily, upbraids the vendor if it is found unhealthy, rotten, undernourished or…