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How India’s highest-selling novelist thwarts his own ambitions

by Abhishek Choudhary Illustration: Mahati Sharma On August 5, soon after Chetan Bhagat announced the release of his sixth novel Half Girlfriend on Twitter and Facebook, his website carrying a “short video teaser” of the book crashed. The announcement was also almost immediately followed by a barrage of jokes on Twitter, many of which mocked the slightly misogynistic title of the novel. Turned out the announcement — as also the full front-page ad in The Times of India the same morning — was a well-thought out strategy by the e-commerce giant Flipkart, which has been insecure ever... 

Film review: Finding Fanny

By Sam Sarma Finding Fanny The movie unfolds like an impressionist dreamscape. Vivid colours, fluid, magical – from start to finish each scene is beautiful. The Goa that is shown is very unlike anything seen before – no beaches, no touristy fun, nothing modern. This Goa is timeless, enchanting and beckons you to step off the beaten path and explore. The film is set in a sleepy village, Pocolim, where anybody’s business is everybody’s business. In this village, things start moving when Ferdie, brilliantly played by Nasseruddin Shah, gets back a letter written by him 46 years ago... 

Results Bihar : NDA wins 31 seats, JD(U) down to Two

BJP led NDA sweeps Bihar NDA wave sweeps Bihar, BJP wins 23 seats while its allies LJP and  RLSP winning Five and three seats respectively. While the,  JD(U) is down to two seats, and RJD winning only seven seats. Major losers includes Rabri Devi from Saran and Misa Bharti from Patliputra.   Bihar Result Status Constituency Const. No. Winners/Leading Candidate Leading Party Trailing Candidate Trailing Party Margin Status Araria 9 TASLEEM UDDIN Rashtriya Janata Dal PRADEEP KUMAR SINGH Bharatiya Janata Party 146504 Result Declared Arrah 32 RAJ... 

Sadhu Yadav withdraws nomination from Maharajganj

Patna: 2014 has proved to be the most nail-bitingly nervous election India has had for decades. Ironically, wave or no wave, there is no slackening to be seen anywhere, except perhaps in the case of the Congress, which may wake up fully as the electoral phases come to an end. As for the smaller fries, Sadhu Yadav had done a virtual circumambulation of all the parties, right from RJD to Congress to BJP to JD [U]. In a latest move, former MP Sadhu Yadav Wednesday withdrew his nomination as candidate from Bihar’s Maharajganj Lok Sabha constituency, saying he will not contest the polls this time... 

2014 Loksabha Election: List Of candidates from Bihar

  2014: the hot race! Normally, an election is supposed to be the greatest festival of democracy. Not in 2014 – times are too tense! Despite the know-all forecasters and perpetual talk of waves, when you dig deep, people do not really know who is coming to power in 2014 and for how long. Bihar faces its own share of uncertainty. In a sense the uncertainties are what make the coming elections exciting. What spoils the excitement is the language used by the political opponents to describe each other and the juvenile behaviour of the mainstream media which is getting weaker on facts by... 

Remembering Sahir Ludhianvi on his birthday

By Ratnakar Sadasyula Sahir Ludhianavi Saahir  Ludhianvi’s real life story sounds like a movie script itself. Born into a wealthy Muslim family in Ludhiana, at age of 13 his mother left the home along with him, after his father married for second time. He spent his growing up years in poverty and fear. He had a passionate affair with poetess Amrita Pritam in college, who fell in love with him because of his shayari, and he was expelled from college later. After the Pakistani Government issued an arrest warning, for his inflammatory writings, he fled to India in 1949. Though his lyrics had... 

Tendulkar and the retirement question

by Sidhartha Vaidyanathan O, bowled again ? Discussing Sachin Tendulkar has never been easy. He lends himself to arguments. Most of these arguments are like giant fractals – each made up of smaller, similar sounding mini-arguments. To debate Tendulkar is to be caught in a whirlpool and bombarded with streams of thought from tangential directions. So I have tried to rip the present Tendulkar debate (about his poor series against New Zealand and calls for retirement) threadbare. I have singled out each part of the argument and presented my view. As always, you are welcome to disagree and extend... 

First look, Naya Pata…

Bihardays, unveils the poster of Naya Pata. Directed by Pawan K Srivastava, Naya Pata, is first crowd funded film from Bihar.

Presently film is in post production stage , and will be completed soon. Wishing Pawan and the team of Naya Pata, all the best.

 

 

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R.N Dash: The making of Bihar’s movie-man: Interview in Two parts

Part One Rajendra .N. Dash In conversation with Prashant Kumar R.N dash : The movie man of Bihar On growing up with cinema:   In 1942 my father was posted in a village in Orissa and I saw my first film in a tent show over there.It was a Bengali film, Jaydev. I was fascinated by moving images and the projector, I was amazed by how a projector which is throwing light on a screen is converting it into moving images and sound. I just used to look at projector and then screen, screen, then projector – it was kind of unparalleled magic for me. I was really fascinated by this magic. In 1938,... 

Occidentally yours- Giving new voice to Shakespeare’s silenced stalwarts

By Somnath Batabyal Somnath Batabyal My friend could not believe her ears. “Shakespeare? Cutting-edge? You must be joking. You need to get out more, see some new theatre and de-colonise your mind.” I was returning, elated, from a performance of Toni Morrison’s incredible musical sequel to Othello when I dropped the clanger on the phone to my friend. I’d used the words ‘cutting-edge’ in the same sentence as that old tool of colonial oppression, William Shakespeare, and I wasn’t going to live it down without some careful argumentation. My feelings for Shakespeare... 
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