Saturday, November 13, 2010

The experiment :)

The tiny tomato and spinach pizza...with unholy amounts of cheese....perfecto! :)

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Movies and books this week...

Cold Mountain by Anthony Minghella (One of my fav directors, the movie is like a beautiful painting, each detail meticulously thought out)
Some like it hot by Billy Wilder (The original comedy that inspired a gazillion remakes in every language possible :)..a salute to Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon...what a pair!)
The bicycle thief by Vittorio De Sica (Undoubtedly one of the great classics, an inspiration to all movie buffs)
Chocolat by Lasse Hallstrom (...because I love Johnny Depp and Juliette Binoche)
Vanilla Sky by Cameron Crowe (Very disappointing, couldn't wait for it to end)
Udaan by Vikramaditya Motwane (Refreshing and off beat, worth the watch)
Beauty and the Beast (1991) by Walt Disney feature animation (Big fan of animation/musicals, a classic)

Corner Shop by Roopa Farooki (Brilliant writing, right mix of funny, sad, real and imaginary)
The Counsel of Strangers by Gouri Dange (so-so, can be missed)
Saraswati Park by Anjali Joseph (Enchanting, fluid writing, disappointing ending)
Luck by Dhruba Hazarika (Fascinating stories from the North East, simple and unpretentious)

Monday, November 01, 2010

The Mahabharata retold....

I am a big fan of the Indian epics. I grew up in a house where Sunday mornings were reserved for watching B R Chopra's Mahabharat. The booming voice saying "main samay hoon..." will never be forgotten. Every kid in my generation grew up to this phenomenon on TV.

Recently a friend recommended this book to me and the unusual title caught my eye right away...Devdutt Pattanaik's "Jaya, an illustrated retelling of the Mahabharata"

Having bought it, I went through the book in one sitting. It is a magnificent and brilliant reproduction of the epic. What makes this book unique are the fantastic line drawings on each page. The author not only brings out the essentials of this ancient tale, he also illustrates a picture for each sub-plot. The strokes and writing are definitive! An absolute delight for someone who believes that there cannot possibly be a another epic that even begins to cover what this text of Indian culture and history leaves you with.

No where in the book does the author reduce to preaching. He touches up on each story and its connections to modern thinking. Small info boxes between the retelling give the reader the source and origins of the stories. The reader is also informed of any variations to the most popular version that exist. The author also shares current rituals and festivals that are celebrated due to specific events in the Mahabharata.

I completely enjoyed the book. It bought back childhood memories and I found scenes from the TV serial enacted in my head as I read through them in the book. The line drawings deserve an absolute applause. They can only be defined as perfect.