Rama, Shah Bano & Other Riddles

Rama, Shah Bano & Other Riddles

Inspired by Anand Patwardhan’s award-winning documentary (read our review of the documentary), in this article, we examine the context in which the Babri Masjid demolition took place in 1992. We try to look at surrounding issues that led to the event, based on news reports and analyses of the issue. Continue reading

A Literature Primer For The Telugu Noob

We figured that most of us English-speaking Telugus cannot / do not read Telugu literature. For the amateur Telugus out there who have never touched a Telugu book but who want to, here is a small list of books that we think can serve as a gateway to get in touch with literature. This isn’t a master list, and we would love to hear your own thoughts on how beginners can get started on Telugu literature so that we may extend this list.

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Ram Ke Naam / In The Name Of God – A Documentary Review

Ram Ke Naam / In The Name Of God – A Documentary Review

We got curious about this movie after several screenings of Anand Patwardhan’s movies have been disrupted (sometimes violently), abruptly cancelled or threatened by members of ABVP and other youth (read: nuvvu youth entraa) organizations associated with the Sangh Parivar in the last couple of years.

The disruptions were usually accompanied by slogans against the filmmaker, the film, the venues, and the organizers alleging them for being anti-national, anti-Hindu and offending religious sentiments of the majority religion – which was weird because this was a movie that has a U-certificate from the censor board, a National Award, and was telecast on Doordarshan many years ago during prime time.

We decided to watch it on Youtube and see what the fuss is all about.

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