The commemoration of the departed

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I take my headphone off. I have been listening to this newly-found song on loop for over an hour and going places in my bed at midnight around 2 A.M. The night lamp shines brighter than the moon. It lights up my face. “Someone slowly walks by, and a car passes in the distance just like it was 15 minutes ago.” These… Continue reading The commemoration of the departed

A Diminished Custom

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Kal Bhoot Chaturdashi. We all know the myth surrounding the diminished custom. When danab raj Bali was carrying out an indiscriminating carnage, Vishnu tricked him into a pact. Even though Bali knew from the beginning that it was the almighty Vishnu, he agreed to it and ended up going down to the abyss. From that very moment, he has been… Continue reading A Diminished Custom

Bonnie yellow flag

Sharing this here for the first time!! I hope you’re holding up alright there. I’m doing quite well as well, thanks. For the past couple of days it’s been quite confusing where I live. I mean isn’t January supposed to be a month where winter resides in northern hemisphere? Because I can’t tell for sure if that’s been the case this year..It’s been…ummm…SPRINGY…it’s been hot … Continue reading Bonnie yellow flag

Violet Monumental

“Akihiko, wake up, its 9” The day starts. All over the same again. All befogged and damped. A black and white city.Sitting on the front porch, the only thing Evelyn notices unusual is the color. “How is this even happening?” She asks herself. “Dammit. Not this again. I must stop.”“Must stop talking to myself out loud,” she yells.And keeps a brief pause“How is the building orange?” She … Continue reading Violet Monumental

I Trawl The Megahertz

This entry was originally posted at anuranon I said ‘Your daddy loves you.’ I said ‘Your daddy loves you very much…He just doesn’t want to live with us anymore.’ It’s been a good one year since Prefab Sprout reissued I Trawl the Megahertz. But its original release eventuated way back. Almost 17 years. Hovering around the Internet to find the reviews of the album, three … Continue reading I Trawl The Megahertz

The Rise And Fall of Non-Film Music in Kolkata

This entry was originally posted at anuranon For a few years when I was in my preadolescence, my favourite (Bengali) band was Cactus (ক্যাকটাস). I loved its early 00s mellow aesthetics; I loved the blues, pop-rock and psychedelic flux, bedded with the furor over creative and pioneering ideas. It was an odd thing. Especially for someone of that tender age who didn’t understand a single … Continue reading The Rise And Fall of Non-Film Music in Kolkata

An Experience Beyond This World: Mahisasuramardini

This Saturday Mahisasuramardini ( The annihilation of Mahishasura, the buffalo demon) is taking place. A one and half-hour audio montage of Chandipath broadcasted on All India Radio at 4 A.M. in the morning on the day of Mahalaya since 1931. Mahalaya, the ending of Pitru Paksha, marks the beginning of Debipaksha and Durga Puja festival. A folklore on when all the male Gods found themselves … Continue reading An Experience Beyond This World: Mahisasuramardini

Once Upon a Time…

“It was so quiet, one of the killers would later say, you could almost hear the sound of ice rattling in cocktail shakers in the home way down the canyon”. That’s the opening line of the book ‘Helter Skelter: The true story of the Manson Murders’ by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry. Charles Manson died in 2017. “Five days after the killings he engineered, the … Continue reading Once Upon a Time…

A Young Director and his only film

I came across a brief write up by one of my acquaintances on Facebook   a few days back. “…Asia is the place where cinema is still breathing a fresh whiff of significant cinema – something which current European cinema is visibly lacking!”, it concluded. He listed a bunch of directors from different parts of Asia who are shining with their works today. But what caught … Continue reading A Young Director and his only film

The amazing works of Julia Margaret Cameron

In 1863, right after her 48th birthday, Julia Margaret Cameron received her first camera as a gift from her daughter and son-in-law with the words, “It may amuse you, Mother, to try to photograph during your solitude at Freshwater.” The gift came at a moment to Cameron when her husband was investigating his family’s failed coffee crop in Caylon, Sri Lanka, when all their sons … Continue reading The amazing works of Julia Margaret Cameron

Maborosi and memory

Maborosi, the first feature film by contemporary Japanese maestro Kore-eda Hirokazu. Yumiko, the protagonist, is a girl when we first meet her. She lives with her parents and grandmother in Osaka. Her grandmother leaves the home to go back to the village she is from before dying. Yumiko tries to stop her but fails. Her grandmother never comes back. She met a boy with a … Continue reading Maborosi and memory