Category archives: Artist


Vuva Harsha us back: Telugu you tube sensation takes hilarious potshots at drunk drivers

Popular YouTube star ‘Viva’ Harsha, who rose to popularity with The Viva, a comedy video, has come up with his next video, Drink and Drive, a funny video against drunken driving. Alongside actor Harsha, several YouTube stars including Das Anna feature in the nine-minute video. The video also features actor Sai Dharam Tej. The hilarious video, depicting the several incidents of how drunk people try to evade cops, citing influence, […]

Historian Ramachandra Guha on his landmark book 'India after Gandhi' and why he thinks ordinary, tolerant, peace-loving Indians will resist their country becoming 'Hindu Pakistan'

Ten years ago Ramachandra Guha’s landmark text, India after Gandhi, proved that a complete and detailed exploration of India’s post-Independence history could be written in a single volume. Championing Guha’s achievement, The London Review of Books claimed that, prior to India after Gandhi, the best book on the period was ‘a stodgy piece of nationalist-Marxist writing from the rank and file of plodders at New Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University’. Guha […]

Book review: These small-screen thrillers influenced generations of Indians

India has vibrant cinematic and literary traditions, but its most compelling stories, messages and performances have come from another source entirely – at least in the last four decades or so. For exuberant dances, persuasive pitches, catchy dialogues, memorable music, or even challenging social conventions and mores, you can’t beat advertisements. In a time frame usually lasting less than a minute, ads made cases for products spanning washing powder to […]

Happy Birthday, Premchand: A beginner’s guide to his novels

Munshi Premchand is considered to be among the greatest writers of Hindi-Urdu fiction in the early twentieth century. Born Dhanpat Rai Srivastava (on July 31, 1880) in Varanasi, UP, he began writing novels and short stories under the pseudonym Nawab Rai. In 1909, he changed his pen name from Nawab Rai to Premchand after he was censured by the British government for the “seditious” content of his short story collection […]

Akshar Pavilion TASTE OF INDIA food festival at Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto on August 5, 2017

In collaboration with Young Canadian Alliance, School of Flavours celebrates CANADA 150 and presents Akshar Pavilion TASTE OF INDIA food festival on August 5, 2017 at Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen St W, Toronto M5H 2N2 from 12:00 Noon to 10:00 pm. FREE and family-friendly event perfect for this summer with more than 50 vendors attracting over 10,000 in attendance. Be a part of Bollywood style dances, classical temple dances, […]

Tribute: George A Romero’s films about the undead were actually about America’s living

American filmmaker George A Romero (February 4, 1940-July 16, 2017) has died at the age of 77, after fighting a “brief but aggressive battle with lung cancer”, according to his manager Chris Roe. Romero, a stalwart of modern horror filmmaking, directed 16 films in a career spanning four decades. His feather in the cap was the Living Dead series, which created the tropes for and defined the modern zombie film […]

Indira Gandhi was India’s original sari-clad bahubali | Excerpt from Sagarika Ghose’s book

Democracy today is the cult of the bahubali. The 56-inch chest, displays of power, bold flourishes and a roaring presence thrill voters. Indira Gandhi was India’s original sari-clad bahubali who watched over the nation’s borders like a knight astride a charging warhorse, as if ever-ready for battle. Any threat to India? Out to the front she galloped, flying the flags of belligerent patriotism. In December 1971, the Indian army ‘liberated’ […]

When I experience negativity in the world, I read Hanuman Chalisa: Devdutt Pattanaik

Popular mythological writer Devdutt Pattanaik is out with another book, and the widely read Hindu text Hanuman Chalisa is the latest subject of his exploration. Pattanaik, who had earlier penned the much-acclaimed My Gita, has this time chosen Hanuman Chalisa as the theme of his latest book, My Hanuman Chalisa, to understand what the text actually is and what is in it that makes it so popular. “I have always […]


Toronto selected as one of only two cities in North America to present Creative Visions: Hong Kong Cinema 1997-2017, with special guest Heiward Mak in attendance. The Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival (Reel Asian), in partnership with Create Hong Kong and the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society with support from the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Toronto (HKETO), presented Creative Visions: Hong Kong Cinema 1997-2017, a […]

Anger is good and other lessons from Bapu: Book review of Arun Gandhi’s new book

Mahatma Gandhi is widely thought to have been a calm and composed personality but this highly anecdotal book by one of his grandsons suggests otherwise. Gandhi, the author says, lost his cool all the time and believed that “anger is good”. The much revered leader’s fifth grandson Arun Gandhi’s latest book The Gift of Anger throws light on several important lessons that the author learned from his grandfather and the […]