My to-be-reviewed pile for 2022 is long and toppling over. Before I forget all about the books, here are just a couple of lines about nine of them. So in no particular order: Death of a Hollow Man (1987): I had enjoyed Caroline Graham's The Killings at Badger's Drift, the first in her Inspector Barnaby's … Continue reading Crammed together: Nine Books
@ Hindustan Times Cinematic legend, Satyajit Ray (1921-1992) is renowned all over the world for his filmmaking skills, especially for his Apu trilogy. Not many people know that he was also a very keen reader of detective stories and that his own creation, Prodosh Chandra Mitter [more famously known by the sobriquet Feluda] is one … Continue reading Friday’s Forgotten Book: The Adventures of Feluda by Satyajit Ray (1988)
Yet the images kept coming, the all-pervading sadness that filled her days and nights. Ever since Marya's disappearance there had been no end to the underlying melancholy of every house they lived in, every city they went to, and even every picture that her mother had managed to make. Eight year old, Robin Chodoff is … Continue reading Friday’s Forgotten Book: Mirror Image by Lucille Fletcher (1988)
What happens when people suddenly disappear from your life? Spoorloos (The Vanishing), a Dutch movie, released in 1988 is about a man's search for his beloved who abruptly vanishes from his life.A young Dutch couple, Rex Hofman (a brooding Gene Bervoets) and Saskia Wagter (a live-wire Johanna ter Steege) are travelling by road to France … Continue reading Overlooked Film: Spoorloos (The Vanishing)
Writing sometime in 1935, four years after Bhagat Singh and his fellow comrades, Sukhdev and Rajguru, had been hanged to death, the Director of the Intelligence Bureau, Sir Horace Williamson had this to say about the martyr: “His photograph was on sale in every city and township and for a time rivalled in popularity even … Continue reading Short Reviews: Punjab and the Raj & Martyr as Bridegroom
In Shakespeare's tragedy, Hamlet, the eponymous hero calls Death as ''the undiscovered country." Certainly, Death remains the greatest mystery ever. What really happens when one ceases to breathe? Is it the end of everything or is there something beyond? Is there something that is called the Soul which is immortal?These are questions that philosophers over … Continue reading Two Books and The Undiscovered Country.