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India’s TV-Land: No Country For Men

Men play second-fiddle on Indian TV serials.

Flingo’s Fling

Tapping into the emerging market of web-enabled TVs.

Lyricist Make-Over Kaun Badnaam Hui? Darling, Kiske Liye?

Thrilling youngistan, shocking old-istan, the new breed of song-writers in Bollywood is re-writing the rules of the game. What’s going on?

Indian Restaurant Chains Have Overseas Expansion on Their Menus

Indian Restaurant Chains Have Overseas Expansion On Their Menus

Experiments With Gandhi

Even the most uncharitable reading of Mahatma Gandhi’s life and works would discount any possibility that Gandhi had sexual liaisons, much less homosexual ones, after 1906. Only fabricated and dishonest interpretations can — and have.

Joseph Lelyveld

“I thought the book might be controversial for other reasons.”

Shades of Grey

Review of the Indian Film Festival in Los Angeles?

Fatal Phirangi Attraction

Contrary to popular belief, it has little to do with the poor track record indicated. If they haven’t impacted the film or audience, the fault lies squarely on the filmmaker and his intent in using this creature effectively.

The Bollywood-award Epidemic

Award shows are the new disease in B-town. Are they about recognizing and rewarding excellence … or exploiting opportunistic vested interests?

Rabindranath Tagore Mystic Poet

A tribute to India’s literary icon on his 150th birth anniversary.

Paisa Pheko Tamasha Dekho!!

Is the Star-as-Bhand the new trip in B-town? Cheap or cool?

Promotion Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega

In new-age Bollywood, there is a hysterical drive to grab the janta’s attention, at any cost. How does it pan out?

Jessica Revival

Will No One Killed Jessica be the catalyst to spearhead a turnaround for this seemingly doomed, rejected and neglected genre?

World’s Largest Cattle Fair

Every November, in the pond-sized sleepy town of Pushkar, India comes alive with a riot of colors and a frenzied burst of activity, attracting visitors from around the globe to the famous Camel Fair.

Kaun Badnaam Hui Meri Jaan, Kiske Liye?!

Monojit Lahiri celebrates the mesmerizing magic and mystique of the red-hot “item” babe’s songs and reminds us that Munni has been badnaam forever.

Divine Food

The foods promote bodily health as they contain all the nutrients, vitamins and minerals required to maintain the body in optimum health.

Why Bollywood Stars Don’t Make It In Hollywood?

Our guys and gals are just not cut out for Hollywood.

Heaven On Earth

The mesmerizing region of Leh Ladakh and Kashmir.

Evil Rocks In Bollywood!

Have goodness and virtue been hijacked?

Move Over Switzerland

UP-Bihar is Bollywood’s new playground.

Sex Before Viagra

Very few Indians have actually read the Kamasutra, which is boringly pedantic and — shockingly to many — did not contain pictures in the original.

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.

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.

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