Burning Down the House (or, On My Introduction to Ayurveda)

Something wasn’t quite right. In meetings at work, I was on the edge of my seat, waiting to shoot down any suggestions that I might disagree with. At home, I would rush through meals so that I could get all of the household chores done. I felt as if I was living to get to … More Burning Down the House (or, On My Introduction to Ayurveda)

Padmaavat (2018)

When I heard sometime last year that Sanjay Leela Bhansali was coming out with a new film with Ranveer Singh and Deepika Pakudone, I decided then that it would be my first Bollywood theatre experience. Bhansali films are gorgeous with breathtaking scenery and beautiful costumes. They are colorful and lavish, and I imagined that if … More Padmaavat (2018)

Thoughts on Anurag Kashyap ~ halfway through Bombay Velvet

I am about halfway through Anurag Kashyap’s Bombay Velvet (2015), and wanted to talk a few things through before I finish the film. I’m going to be honest about this: I started watching the film because Ranbir Kapoor is great and I found out that Kashyap directed it after consulting IMDB when I realized that the film was … More Thoughts on Anurag Kashyap ~ halfway through Bombay Velvet

Watching Deepa Mehta’s Earth (1998) in 2017

The conversation around the ways in which the current political climate in the United States has divided and pitted people against each other kept surfacing while I was watching Deepa Mehta’s film Earth. The film takes place in Lahore, India (now Pakistan), during the partition of India. Through the eyes of Lenny, a Parsi child, we are … More Watching Deepa Mehta’s Earth (1998) in 2017

Talaash (2012) & back to back with the Khans of Bollywood

I’ve been on a bit of a Bollywood watching rampage lately. So much so, actually, that I want to start learning Hindi. This is what happened to me several years ago with Japanese films. I fell in love with Japanese movies, from Ozu Yasujiro to Koreeda Hirokazu, and became determined to study the language. And … More Talaash (2012) & back to back with the Khans of Bollywood