Month: March 2020

The Divine Road Trip | Books – Leisure News

Having single-handedly ferried his parents to 40 spots of pilgrimage on a DIY bamboo palanquin, the mythological Shravan Kumar has always been a bit of an impossible ideal. Yet, when Arvind Kejriwal was re-elected chief minister recently, his deputy Manish Sisodia said, “Delhi has again voted for its favourite son, its Shravan Kumar”. For the …

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Paradise Lost | Book – Leisure News

John Hawley brings a unique authority to bear on his subject — Krishna’s Playground: Vrindavan in the 21st Century. Very few know the field of Surdas and medieval Braj poetry like he does. Far from being a merely bookish scholar, Hawley has immersed himself in the literature and lived cultural experiences and traditions of the …

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Marriage Story | Books – Leisure News

Low is the third instalment of Jeet Thayil’s ‘Bombay trilogy’, its protagonist Dominic Ullis, the Syrian-Christian narrator of Narcopolis, the Booker-shortlisted first instalment, returning to the city after his wife’s suicide. Set over two (possibly three) nights — rather than the decades over which both Narcopolis and The Book of Chocolate Saints, the second instalment, …

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He Did It | Cinema – Leisure News

According to a United Nations Development Programme study, published just ahead of International Women’s Day (March 8, 2020), nine out of 10 people are biased against women. There is an obvious revelation here — a majority of women find themselves prejudiced against their own kind. Netflix’s Guilty, a venture of Karan Johar’s digital content venture …

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Keeping India Safe – Leisure News

Neeraj Pandey’s new web series furthers his fascination with men who protect the nation. Neeraj Pandey Filmmaker Neeraj Pandey’s oeuvre suggests he has a predilection for telling stories of men in service-in A Wednesday (2008), a police officer bargained with a disillusioned citizen; Special 26 (2013) dealt with CBI officers chasing a gang of conmen; …

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Man on a mission – Leisure News

A recent exhibition showed how political leader Biju Patnaik was also once a daredevil aviator Risky business: The transport aircraft used in the Indonesian rescue operation in July 1947; and (bottom) Biju Patnaik (centre) with Indonesian authorities during another trip to the country in Dec. 1947. Biju Patnaik was the chief minister of Odisha twice …

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