• WATCHING RAMJI LONDONWALEY AND REMEMBERING HARI-BHAI

    Bollywood Cinema brings together the sweetness of love and happy memories and the unsettling social realities of our times blending together dichotomies like Gulab Jamun or Gajar Ka Halwa, with opposites like Aam Ka Achar and the bitter taste of Karela. Film narratives and life experiences of audiences do not just remain contrasts but intermingle to produce cultural identities linked to and inspired by cinema. The mixture of fantasy, comedy and melodrama provides essential survival tools for lon…

  • Grandmothers’ Vision

    Storytelling grandmothers or grandfathers are just a familiar stereotype to me but not a biographical experience. When I was a child only one maternal grandmother was still alive, but I cannot recall any stories or fairy-tales she would have told me. Most of the tales my own parents narrated about my grandparents are overshadowed by the dark times of the Great Wars. My father lost his parents when he was still very young. One particular story is outstanding for me because of its strong emotional…

  • The Ballad of Lucky Dump and Georgia Lee

    Come gather round me people and a story I will tell How Lucky Dump met Georgia Lee and in love they fell It was on a Monday morning in the east the sun did set When he was born in the land of the rainbow where the water never gets wet He was raised among grateful people who’ll accept what they do not get And if you miss this ballad I’m sure you will regret Now take your time and listen in patience to the tale Of Lucky Dump the stutterer who’s tongue would never fail By lil’ children he was har…


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