Thursday, August 12 2004
The arranged marriage is in fact far from a single, monolithic institution, but rather a range of ideas and practices that can mean many things to many different people.
Wednesday, July 14 2004
From Bollywood's latest, raciest song and dance numbers to the newly released, controversial Girlfriend's, it's going to take a lot more than these types of frivolous female exhibitions -- two lesbians making out, the token 'loose' woman character slinking sinuously through a crude dance routine -- to signal the arrival of an honest treatment of sexuality to Indian cinema.
Wednesday, June 16 2004
Can one wear clothes from other places without comprising one's own cultural integrity?
Wednesday, April 28 2004
The language of 'world cinema' is highly reductive, often compressing all artistic decisions made in a film from another country into irreversible inferred statements about the singular essence of that entire country or culture itself.
Wednesday, February 11 2004
The cultural flexibility for which South Asian cricket stands... is what will ultimately turn away the dark forces of the war-mongering, chauvinist nationalists.
Thursday, December 18 2003
Their true significance in the context of modern Indian society lies in the fact that behind their chiseled, smiling faces lies a wave of an almost terrifyingly aggressive commercialism.
Tuesday, October 21 2003
While the city of Chandigarh -- modular man -- marched visibly, unabashedly into scientific modernity, Nek Chand -- the trash man -- began secretly transforming his odd collection of junk into art.
Tuesday, September 23 2003
Sometimes, when reality gets too unreal, you have to let unreality become real.
Wednesday, August 20 2003
Many Indians are now merely perceived as better equipped to serve Western companies.
Thursday, July 24 2003
Novelists across generations and national borders have had feet planted simultaneously in the worlds of fiction and non-fiction, creative writing and journalism.
Thursday, June 26 2003
Bhangra enters the American popular consciousness . . . and a new hip-hop anthem is born.