‘13 Reasons Why’ review: An Education Most Harrowing


If you were so inclined to do so, a survey that you’d undertake for today’s pre-teens and teens that’d include the question What do your parents tell you when you don’t live up to their expectations?, would yield the answer In my days, I didn’t have it as good as you do now, or a … Continue reading ‘13 Reasons Why’ review: An Education Most Harrowing

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‘Naam Shabana’ review: Tap (to) see the Power


Here’s a question that if you answer correctly, will immediately qualify you for an interview with India’s top-secret agency - it (the agency, not the question) is beyond the purview of all the listed, government-sanctioned ones, ostensibly craftier and more effective than all the armed forces put together. Ready? Here goes: You’ve caught the only … Continue reading ‘Naam Shabana’ review: Tap (to) see the Power

‘Teesri Manzil’ review: The Fall and the Rise


{This review was first published in the inaugural issue of Pancham Times, a publication conceptualized and crystallized into nostalgic reality by the panchammagic group based out of Pune, India. To know more about this group, visit http://panchammagic.org/. You can also follow them on Facebook @panchammagic and on Twitter at @panchammagic.} The fall is as horrifying as an … Continue reading ‘Teesri Manzil’ review: The Fall and the Rise

‘Inferno’ review: Dark Brown Template


Author Dan Brown cracked the template of success amidst the bosky of financial turkeys he churned out initially. Set stories in a 24-hour template, add dollops of historical scientific documentation, real-life dark societies and their practices, and cults; add to this mix modern technology, the works of venerated Renaissance artists or scientists, a test-tube of … Continue reading ‘Inferno’ review: Dark Brown Template

The Drop: The Dog and the Doggone Money


For me, one of the biggest takeaways from Suketu Mehta’s “Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found” was how, beneath the veneer of the hustling-bustling city of Mumbai, exists a world that usually does not rise above the steaming roads  and railway tracks and affect people rushing to get to work or get back home. This … Continue reading The Drop: The Dog and the Doggone Money