Conversations with Friends

"You live through certain things before you understand them. You can't always take the analytical position." 'Converstations with Friends' is beautifully written. I raced through the first seventy pages in my first sitting (I usually make multiple false starts before settling into a steady pace. This book surprised me). A modern love story narrated in … Continue reading Conversations with Friends

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Ishq

Thoroughly enjoyed watching Anuraj Manohar's 'Ishq'. The movie slows down towards interval point but picks up pace admirably in the second half as it hurtles towards a satisfying finish with a neat little twist at the end. The crux of the movie is moral policing and how one chooses to deal with it. A couple … Continue reading Ishq

ഹർത്താലും പൊറോട്ടയും

ഞാൻ ഇന്ന് ഡയറ്റ് ചെയ്തേക്കാം എന്നൊക്കെ കരുതിയിരിക്കുവാരുന്നു. പക്ഷെ, രാത്രി ഏകദേശം ഒരു ഒമ്പത് മണി ആയിക്കാണും. വിശപ്പിന്റെ അസാമാന്യമായ ഒരു തരം സൈക്കിക് വൈബ്രെഷൻസ് എനിക്ക് അനുഭവപ്പെടുവാൻ തുടങ്ങി. പിന്നൊന്നും നോക്കിയില്ല. ഞാൻ തെരുവിലോട്ടിറങ്ങി. 'ആസാദ്'ലോട്ട് പോകാം എന്നായിരുന്നു ആദ്യത്തെ ഇമ്പൾസ്‌. ചെന്നപ്പോ അടച്ചിട്ടിരിക്കുന്നു. എന്നാൽ പിന്നെ 'ഇടനേരം' ആയിക്കോട്ടെ എന്ന് കരുതി അങ്ങോട്ട് വച്ചുപിടിച്ചു. അവിടെ ചെന്നപ്പോൾ, അതും ക്ലോസ്ഡ്. ഹർത്താലാണല്ലോന്നു അപ്പഴാണ് ഓർത്തത്. എന്നാലും ആറ് മണി കഴിഞ്ഞാൽ ഇവറ്റകൾക്കു തുറന്നൂടെ? ഞാൻ … Continue reading ഹർത്താലും പൊറോട്ടയും

2.0

I have a story which Shankar would find very interesting. I say so because it follows his favourite story template. It goes like this. One fine day, the people of Chennai wake up to the news of the brutal murder of a prominent businessman who happens to be a big-budget film producer. The method of … Continue reading 2.0

Carmel

Today, 10/10, is World Mental Health Day and I got the opportunity to give a talk to a group of 150-odd students at Carmel College of Engineering, Alappuzha. Those who know me personally know that I am pretty introverted with a good amount of social anxiety. I have passed up a handful of public speaking … Continue reading Carmel

Anxietea

Today is World Anxiety Day. Just kidding. No it's not. Not sure if there's such a day even. In any case, every day is a good day to become aware of the unproductive, often counterproductive, thought loops we all have. For some of us, these unhealthy thought loops switch on certain neural circuits which go … Continue reading Anxietea

Fated

While noting down the family history -a standard procedure during any case history-taking - I came to know that Lakshmipathi's younger brother had committed suicide around nine years ago. That was roughly two years before the former's schizophrenic symptoms started. There's something wrong with the family after all, I thought. When I asked the cousin what the … Continue reading Fated

Dangal

Dangal: a review tribute I suspect Aamir Khan had always sensed the possibility of a sporting biopic ever since he interviewed Geeta and Babita Phogat for 'Satyamev Jayatey' more than two years ago. I am sure he never had qualms about his movie not being about 'him' - that is, his character. The self-assured man … Continue reading Dangal

Premam

There is this soul-stirring piece of background music in the second half of Premam. As soon as George learns that Malar has met with an accident and will no longer be able to continue at the college, he sets off on his bike, along with his friends, to meet her. That's when this music appears for … Continue reading Premam