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Friday High Tea: Yeh Acche Din Kab Aayenge?

And thus we move on, like boats against the current…..

Street Art, a new Manto translation, some more from Potterverse, and Kim Kardashian- things you’ve missed this weekend


Another week comes to an end people, and the relentless wait for the promised “Acche din” continues! (Whither art they?). Maybe these acche din also fell asleep while sitting in front of their television watching Yudh,  or perhaps they refused to emerge once they heard Alia Bhatt being compared to Robert De Niro. We are just happy that it’s finally raining, and that the weekend is here!

Some bits and bobs to keep you out of the rain till we return back on Monday:

Good Movies

We continue to be amazed and delighted by the reception Nisha Pahuja’s The World Before Her has been getting, and seriously – if you haven’t seen the film yet, you must.  The film has now been nominated for a Emmy in the Outstanding Coverage of a Current News Story category. Here’s wishing it all the best, and an even wider audience. In other good news for cine lovers, The Grand Budapest Hotel finally has an India release date ! (Happy Dance!!)

Favourite Writers
  • JK Rowling wrote a new column as Rita Skeeter -the gossip journalist- in fan site Pottermore last week. We were a bit disappointed with the mundanity of the book’s finale, and this update gives us hope that our favourite fictional protagonists went on to live rich and adventurous lives. We are torn about whether we want to hear more, though. On the one hand, we’d love to hear more from our favourite Muggles and Wizards. On the other, we are frightened that any new book would disappoint. What do you think readers, does the world need a new Harry Potter book or is it time to leave well enough alone?
  • This new translation of a classic Saadat Hasan Manto story by Aakar Patel is well worth a read. We often wonder if Manto and IsmatChughtai would have been allowed to write their deeply felt and wickedly subversive prose today, and are grateful for every word they left behind.
Games People Play

The good news: Barbie sales are down. The bad news: maybe some of those little girls are busy playing the even more vacuous Kim Kardashian game on their IPhones?

Hashtag Activism

Think of the last time you were at a party and shocked your fellow guests with some dire statistic about the black-white incarceration divide or global warming or poverty in Brazil. What you felt at that moment probably wasn’t just empathy or sadness at the state of the world. No. If you’re honest with yourself, it mostly felt good to be the bearer of bad tidings. You were helping to raise awareness .

One of our favourite reads from the week challenges the assumption that awareness and hashtags ever lead to any actual action.

A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Sighs

And finally, some soul food for the eye in the form of these beautiful whimsical illustrations by genius French street artist OakOak. Happiness is an unexpected glimpse of beauty at the end of a dire day.

Have a great weekend everyone! And don’t forget to come back for more on Monday!

Photo Credit: NeilHallPix via Compfight cc


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