February 2012

Slip of the Mask

Slip of the Mask

In his response to Election Commission slapping notice on his controversial remark on minority quota, the central minister Beni Prasad Verma has stated that his remarks were a ‘slip of the tongue’. ‘I address six to seven rallies in a day and often I don’t remember what I say,’ was his defence. Fair enough. If […]

The Girl Who Stole Our Hearts

The Girl Who Stole Our Hearts

Less than hundred pages into the first book, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, you will realise why the trilogy is a sensation. As you pace through the third, The Girl Who Kicked Hornets’ Nest, at breakneck speed, your amazement only widens and the only thing you regret is Stieg Larsson’s untimely death. Never before […]

The Lives of Others

The Lives of Others

Original German title: Das Leben der Anderen; Cast: Ulrich Mühe, Martina Gedeck and Sebastian Koch; Director: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck The place: East Germany. The year: 1984. The Staci, the secret police, are everywhere, snooping around, looking for spies, looking for defectors, looking for the enemies of Socialism. In order to identify the ‘traitors’, they […]

FDI in Retail: Through the Broken Window

FDI in Retail: Through the Broken Window

by Subash Viswanathan Like every “premier business school graduate” whose fortunes revolve around capitalism, my arguments would always be in favour of FDI in retail. Facts have been presented both in favour (that consumers will enjoy lower prices after FDI in retail) and against (with the advent of the Sachin endorsed Pepsi and Aamir Khan […]

The Age of the Warrior

The Age of the Warrior

Robert Fisk is an angry man. I can’t blame him. If you were a foreign correspondent in the Middle East, based in Beirut, for more than 30 years having seen countless wars, insurgencies and injustices, it’s any wonder that you even lived to tell the tale. He had climbed and walked over a mountain of […]

Annals of Manipulation

Annals of Manipulation

Quiz questions: How many Congress members have been charge-sheeted or arrested in the 2G Spectrum scam? How many Congress members have been charge-sheeted or arrested in the Commonwealth Games scam? How many Congress members have been charge-sheeted or arrested in the Adarsh Building Society scam? How many Congress members have been charge-sheeted or arrested in […]

Barbarism in Cultured Soil

Barbarism in Cultured Soil

Rushdie’s Great Pakistani Novel by Shehryar Fazli   [This article is sourced from The India Site managed by Patrick French]   Salman Rushdie’s third novel, Shame, which will turn thirty next year, may have an unenviable legacy. Squeezed between its author’s two most famous books – and two of the most famous books of the […]

Last Train Home

Last Train Home

Cast: Changhua Zhan, Suqin Chen, Qin Zhang,Yang Zhang; Music: Olivier Alary; Direction: Lixin Yan Lixin Yan’s Last Train Home has the qualityof a home video production. Its actors are mostly amateur performers who seemto think they are in an annual day school play. It lacks a coherent plot. Yet, whata spectacular emotion it evokes! Every […]

That Nasty Thing Called Freedom

That Nasty Thing Called Freedom

Should Salman Rushdie be allowed to visit India? Of course not. Rushdie had insulted the Prophet and blasphemed Islam and therefore he has no place in India. Remember we didn’t allow M F Husain to live in his country? But don’t mistake us. We are a people who love freedom of expression. But this freedom […]

Nanban

Nanban

Cast: Vijay, Srikanth, Jiiva, Satyaraj, Illeyana, Music: Harris Jeyaraj, Direction: Shankar Nanban is a faithful,fame-by-frame remake of 3 Idiots. And that is its strength; because how else doyou improve something that has already reached perfection? Shankar, skilful andabundantly talented, has also exhibited ample humility, a rare commodity inIndian film industry. In his vision for Nanban, […]