Movie Review: Hidden messages of Dil Dhadakne Do

Dil Dhadakne Do (DDD) has many flaws – Zoya Akhtar is no Rajkumar Hirani (Munnabhai series, 3 Idiots, PK) when it comes to narrating stories about social problems. Her movie’s characters cannot shout out loud like what Paresh Rawal’s character did in Oh My God. Nevertheless, Zoya has her own style of making you wonder about our problematic patriarchal culture and superfluous obsession with social … Continue reading Movie Review: Hidden messages of Dil Dhadakne Do

Piku Movie Review – The perfect Mother’s Day treat

Our parents are aging, and we are all worried about how we will care for them in their infirmity. For me, my mother especially has been the center of my universe, and the most giving and strongest woman I know. I love my mother dearly and always hoped I would be around her as she aged. My mom is a fiercely independent woman – diametrically opposite to the … Continue reading Piku Movie Review – The perfect Mother’s Day treat

Movie Blog: What we can learn from Aamir Khan’s PK (PeeKay)

“Who is God after all?” That is what an alien (portrayed by Bollywood megastar Aamir Khan) asks in the recently released Hindi movie PK (or Peekay). He innocuously explains, “There are two types of God. The first one created the Universe. He is loving, forgiving, omniscient, protective and unprejudiced. There is another God whom People created. He is forgetful, wrathful, prejudiced, and might punish you … Continue reading Movie Blog: What we can learn from Aamir Khan’s PK (PeeKay)

A night with the dead celebrities in a haunted hotel

I spent a night in a renowned haunted Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel at Hollywood Boulevard last night and experienced the most irking experience of my life. First, I had a nightmare, and I could sense a strong negative emotional response from my mind. Awakened in a state of distress in the middle of night, in my hypnagogic state, I began to experience a strange sensation in … Continue reading A night with the dead celebrities in a haunted hotel

The One Show you Must Watch – Breaking Bad!

I am done watching 5 Seasons of Breaking Bad back-to-back, without really giving my eyes or my rattled brain a break. But I am clearly feeling the pangs of withdrawal that no other social-crime drama has evoked. I zoned out from my surrounding world as Walter White’s existential dilemmas clouded my thoughts ever since. In a way I was glad the show ended because I couldn’t … Continue reading The One Show you Must Watch – Breaking Bad!

It’s all about cleavage – Deepika Padukone’s cleavage!

Who doesn’t love Deepika Padukone? She’s blessed with a perfect body, a captivating smile, a tall athletic father, a reconstructed nose, and an enviable career. She’s gorgeous and guess what, we all love her from head to toe. Men gape at her and her cleavage – as do women, and as did Times of India.

The controversy began when Times of India tweeted a picture of Deepika Padukone’s picture captioned – “Oh My God!: Deepika Padukone’s cleavage show!” Deepika Padukone replied “Yes! I am a woman. I have breasts and a cleavage! You got a problem!!??” Of course, the world supported Dippy and rightly so. Continue reading It’s all about cleavage – Deepika Padukone’s cleavage!

Enough of Deepika’s Cleavage! Let’s Move On!

Not that it is wise to indulge in Bollywood gossips, particularly when it is about the tabloids and movie stars’ marketing stints and gimmicks. However, when the nation’s leading “newspaper”, Times of India (TOI), is absurdly obsessed with a woman’s anatomy and her private parts (read: Deepika Padukone), it is time to get alert. Before I go further, let me first get the juicy story … Continue reading Enough of Deepika’s Cleavage! Let’s Move On!

Vida Manejo, India, Travel, Women, Women's Safety

Perils and thrills of a solo lady traveller in India

Many of our women readers often ask us what it is like traveling on public buses, trains and rickshaws in India, especially in remote and seemingly precarious regions. Reports of rampant gang-rapes, gropings, molestations can instill fear in even the fool-hardy. Being the most unsafe for women among G20 nations doesn’t inspire confidence, yet traveling solo as a woman in India has its perks – … Continue reading Perils and thrills of a solo lady traveller in India

Messed up ideal women of Indian television

Remember those five crazy sisters of the popular television sitcom Hum Paanch and their hapless father who found solace debating with a picture of his dead wife, a head-strong Shanti who fought for her and her mother’s rights, and several other independent, modern and career-driven women of popular soaps  such as Banegi Apni Baath and Tara in the 90s. Thanks to mighty TV producer Ekta … Continue reading Messed up ideal women of Indian television

Kick – Movie Review

My uncle once said to me, “You NGO philanthropic types work with poor people because it makes you feel better about yourself.” As acerbic that statement sounded back then, Salman’s latest flick KICK really proved my uncle right. Here goes… Salman plays a romantic Robin Hood of around 40 years of age, whose solo mission is to give back to needy kids. But how can … Continue reading Kick – Movie Review