Arts & Entertainment

Dying Melodies

There’s a clear divide in the Indian music world between film and non-film music. With their huge budget, films are growing ever bigger. The blend of pop, rap and Sufi music in Indian film songs has doomed the independent music genre.

Hymnals Of Desire

Hindu culture embraced eroticism and sex as an essential ingredient and institutionalized it in the four exalted goals of Hindu life.

Monster-Budget Project Comes Knocking

We may be about to get the answer to that pressing Bollywood question — does size matter?

Why Are Small Films, Suddenly In Big Trouble?

It is reported that over a 100 small films, censor-approved and ready, are rotting in the cans with no takers

All For A Cuppa!

India’s tea estates beckon tea connoisseurs from around the world.

Technology And Tradition Have To Be Friends

Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, one of the world’s foremost players of the sarod, reflects on business and art.

Tattered Kites

Who killed Kites and Raavana?

The Kite That Couldn’t Fly?

The idea that national cinema cannot be translated into a broader idiom for viewers around the world is misplaced.

Little More Hollywood For American Audiences

Brett Ratner who remixed Kites for U.S. audiences, on Bollywood’s potential in the United States.

Freedom To Offend

The consternation over M.F. Husain’s acceptance of Qatari citizenship has rekindled debate on artistic freedom and responsibility in India.

In Defence Of Masala Movies!

The pretentious hogwash of new cinema.

Can Stars Act?

The answer lies with those you can’t see.

Tawang Land Of Monpas

A north eastern Indian town known to be the Land of Dawn-lit Mountains is caught in some unfinished India-China border business.

Remembering The Awara, Shri 420, Anari, Deewana & Joker!

On the 22nd death anniversary of Raj Kapoor on June 2, Monojit Lahiri pays homage to India’s greatest showman.

Khav v Khan!

Decoding the qualities that have made the Khans the hottest properties in tinsel town.

Why Phirang Hotties Leave Bollywood Viewers … Cold!

However all is not lost and Bollywood would do well to emulate the smart and profitable move of filmmaker Imtiaz Ali and producer Saif Ali Khan.

Food Carnival

This month we celebrate the exotic flavors of the varied regions of India.

Will the Owner of the Ava Lounge Stand Up?

The Chatwals, long very visibly tied to the Ava Lounge, deny any association after the bar is sued.

Unlocking the Brain’s Secrets

Washington Post reporter Shankar Vedantam’s book The Hidden Brain: How Our Unconscious Minds Elects Presidents, Control Markets, Wage Wars, and Save Our Lives, (Random House, 2010, $26) was

Mega Bucks for Mega Stars

Amazing, new waves of revenue streams have suddenly gripped Bollywood.

CHOR-EO-GRAPHY!

Bollywood lifts shamelessly from Hollywood.

Healthy Protein Foods

These recipes are rich in proteins, so indulge yourself.

NRI Fantasies

Is Bollywood misrepresenting the real India

LOVE-AAJ KAL!

Is the golden age of romance in Bollywood over?

Delectable Thali Spread

Feast on these traditional Indian meals.

Caminho Das Indians

A soap opera has Brazilians abuzz about India.

Preity-Rani VRS time ?

Monojit Lahiri zeroes-in on a chilling new reality gripping B-town, where Voluntary Retirement Slips are being handed out to 30-plus starlets …

Bollywood’s Newest Script

New investors and foreign audiences are game changers for Bollywood.

You Lose

If you can’t look them in the eye, if you can’t lean close to them, if you can’t see the authenticity in the penury, you lose.

The Last Bioscopewallah

Mohammad Salim is so enamored with his bioscope that he sails by life oblivious to the grievances he could pick with it.

Foods Of Janmashtami

The savories to share with Shri Krishna this festival season.

Cool Treats

Cooking Without Fire

Jackson Heights

An Indian American’s take on the Michael Jackson phenomenon that swept America — and the world at large — off its feet for more than a decade.

Bard Of The Bedroom?

An intimate, anecdotal look at the life and times of India’s most controversial woman writer.

Ishq Ishq

It has been said a zillion times, and yet, warrants repetition, that the world loves a lover! More so when hot reel life spills over to real life — or is it the other way around? Just how do off-screen romances fare on-screen?

Slumdog Redux

Life can be cruel for celebrated slum children after the music stops.

Only Kebabs!

With the arrival of summer, are you ready to haul out those outdoor grills for your favorite Indian barbecue?

Meltdown Hits Tinsel Town

When the going gets tough, do the tough really get going.

Bedazzled in Bali

Our writer heads to Bali to enjoy the beaches and the verdant rice fields, but finds herself bewitched by the religion of this little island.

Almost Single, But Most Eligible

I tolerate my job, hate my boss, and bond big time with my friends, while routinely suffering from umbilical cord whiplash.

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