Links: Jobs and The Competent Authority

One bad film and an excellent book, because what is life without balance? (she said and struck her best Shifu pose.) On Jobs: So imagine the disappointment of watching Jobs and realising a film about Steve Jobs doesn’t really bother with aesthetics, logic or storytelling. The music is forgettable, the cinematography is unimaginative and there are no insights into what made Jobs one of the most influential men of our times. Beginning with the unveiling of the iPod, rewinding to the 1970s when Jobs was a drug-addled college dropout and waffling on till the 1990s, when he reclaimed Apple after being forced … Continue reading Links: Jobs and The Competent Authority

The Mag This Week

Love was in the air this week on the Books page, by which I mean all of us liked most things about the books we read. Annie Zaidi reviewed My Dear Bapu…, a volume of letters written by C Rajagopalachari. She’s a fan. A Monster Calls completely charmed Anu Prabhakar.  Joanna Lobo had fun reading Ashok Ferrey’s Serendipity. (Incidentally, Jo seems to have a lot more fun scoping out “canine behaviourists“.) I’ve written about Ramachandra Guha‘s new book, Patriots and Partisans. Like almost everyone else in the English media, I also pestered him for an interview, but since I used only a little of … Continue reading The Mag This Week

Bollywood and the Nigerian Woman

Blaft has brought out what is possibly the first Hausa-English translation. I’d never heard of Hausa and after reading Sin Is A Puppy That Follows You Home, I had to do a little reading on the tradition of soyayya literature. There’s a Bollywood angle, which is interesting but what’s far more fascinating is how culturally-specific a word like “radical” is. I’ve written a piece about Sin Is A Puppy… and soyayya literature, which is here. Of course, it had to be cut to fit the page. Here’s the unsnipped version. Yes, it is a touch long. You should also check out Hausa music on YouTube. It’s … Continue reading Bollywood and the Nigerian Woman

The Mag This Week

Right. Links. In the Books page this week: Saikat Datta reviews No Easy Day by Mark Owen and Counter Strike by Eric Schmitt and Thom Shanker. An exclusive excerpt of Mridula Koshy’s forthcoming book, Not Only The Things That Have Happened. Harper Collins is bringing out the novel in November (which means you should see it in bookstores in a couple of weeks. That is, if you’re fortunate enough to live in a place that has bookstores). The excerpt is about a character named Saramma, who has decided she’s returning to her family for good after having been a rich man’s sexual keep. … Continue reading The Mag This Week

Review: The Satanic Verses

There’s no Books page in Mumbai this Sunday because the elephant-headed god leaves our city today, which means the press is shut. It’s one of those occasions when I can, with all accuracy, say “Thank you, god” because it means a whole weekend. Yay! But what we do have today, on Saturday, is a Rushdie page, cunningly-masquerading as a books’ page. I’m not sure if any Indian newspaper ever carried a review of The Satanic Verses, since the India Today review, written on the basis of an advance copy, led to the book being banned, but 24 years later, we’ve got a … Continue reading Review: The Satanic Verses