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‘A Bad Character’ Is Courageous in Its Realism and the Many Chances Its Author Has Taken

This is Deepti Kapoor’s time to paint a picture of India that no one has the nerve to do anymore.

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‘All These Characters Are Me in Different Ways’: An Interview with Director Ritesh Batra

"So it all came from a point of view of nostalgia, of how India used to be when I still lived there," says Ritesh Batra of his film, The Lunchbox.

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Literary Giant Saadat Hasan Manto Wrote Honestly About Muslims in Bombay

Manto was no Charles Bukowski with a tendency to excoriate the perils of the female flesh, nor Alifa Rifaat, who wrote frankly about female desire and lust; he created his own world where women were not victims.

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‘The Magic of Saida’ Takes Us Inside the Mind of the Double Immigrant

M.G. Vassanji’s style is neither stream of conscious nor a collection of terse and pithy statements; rather this book is more like a well-woven collection of narratives that are all connected through one person.

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Farewell, Maestro: Rituparno Ghosh (1963-2013)

Upon the untimely death of the Indian film director Rituparno Ghosh, PopMatters remembers his remarkable career as a director, screenwriter and activist.

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Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s ‘Oleander Girl’ Captures the Complex, ‘Real’ India

Explaining India to non-Indians is never easy, but this book may achieve that goal by illustrating not just the chaos, but the simple truth that for all of its bedlam, it is still a place of resolute, obdurate tradition.

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Dharohar Project, Laura Marling and Mumford & Sons: EP

A British musician sings a line, an Indian picks up the line and shoots it off into a Sufi-esque corkscrew.

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‘Dreaming in Hindi’: Total Immersion, or Panicked Submersion?

Even at 45, Rich must defend her reputation. As she filters it through what would have been her acquired Hindi: “I have not been bringing men up to my room. I have not been throwing condoms onto people’s roofs.”

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Ravi Shankar: Nine Decades Vol. 1 1967-1968

An act of classical intricacy performed with athletic rigor.

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Paban Das Baul: Music of the Honey Gatherers

Noises occur and vibrate so that the implications of the sounds and the gradations of silence around them have a significance of their own.

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Bharat Karki & Party: International Music

A blithe mixture of Indian music and psychedelic funk recorded in Calcutta during the late 1970s.

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Many of the IPL’s leaders of fanatic glee and cheer hail from Australia. Would it be immodest or perhaps ill-advised for Indian women to

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Tribeca Film Festival 2010: Road, Movie

Instead of plying song and dance like a traditional Bollywood film, Road, Movie beguiles a real life cinema audience with hair tonic. Yet when the movie is finally over, we're left with snake oil.

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22 Feb 2010 // 8:57 PM

Red Baraat: Chaal Baby

Mainly instrumental tunes, at least two of which might be familiar even to listeners who have only a brief acquaintance with Indian music

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Power and Contestation: India since 1989 by Nivedita Menon and Aditya Nigam

Nigam and Menon remind us of the rich history non violent protest has had in subaltern India, and that the recourse to violence is a measure of desperation rather than entitlement.

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Monsoon Wedding (The Criterion Collection)

A family drama, as mosaic of modern, globalizing India, as a love story that sneaks up on you, and as a discourse on post-modernity and tradition.

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Marriage Bureau for Rich People by Farahad Zama

If writers want to ameliorate the public perception of India held by the vast majority of the planet, they should write realistic fiction and not continue to perpetuate either the notion of the Temple of Doom dystopia or the Jewel in the Crown utopia.

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24 Aug 2009 // 1:00 AM

Black Gay Marriage

Listening to ‘A Spirited Debate on Gay Marriage’ from the Michael Eric Dyson Show

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20 Jul 2009 // 3:14 AM

Rain dancing in India's long awaited Monsoon to OthrSdeOf80's R&B tracks.

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12 Apr 2009 // 9:00 PM

India Shining?: America’s Indian Moment

Perhaps Slumdog Millionaire is an elaborate, cinematic version of Bobby Jindal. Perhaps Western audiences have so deeply appreciated Boyle's film because it subtly reiterates a symbolic order that is as familiar as colonial conquest.

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