Retroscope

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan: Genius replayed on a Mega-Monsoon Day in Mumbai

No reason, no occasion for a replay today except maybe the fact that it’s just another mega-monsoon day. And I’m anxiously searching for music to go with the rhyth...

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Lights Still On: Portrait of a 70-year-old Photo Studio where once Bollywood’s Legendary Stars Shone Bright

 The incalculable number of photographs – running into crores – of vintage Hindi cinema’s charismatic actors and film classics have vanished into thin a...

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Bareilly Kaifiyat that throbs in the Bone, Pulse and Heartbeat of a Doctor: Dr Brijeshwar Singh

On April 24 2016 while being car-driven from Delhi to Bareilly I was already in Bareilly Kaifiyat (State of Mind). Driver Roop Singh was an expert on the wheels and a fabulous...

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Piya Ka Ghar – Days of the Future Past

We called him just Chatterjee. The only pragmatic answer to avoid a comedy of errors was to address him simply by the surname! Chatterjee. Suddenly there were two Basus -Ba...

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Bioscopewala

Call him the Kabuliwala or Bioscopewala, that image of a tainted outsider waiting to commit dastardly crimes against children is common to all cultures. The perpetrator howeve...

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Google @ my First Address in Life and its Fruity Lychee taste: MUZAFFARPUR

I have changed many addresses in life as an itinerant. When I click life@57, it is my first address in life and its smell, taste, sight and sound that surfaces from the cradle...

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Haidar Ali @70 & His Familial Film Heritage: A Treasure Trove

Voter-India ought to be voting Nirbhaya (unafraid) in 2018/ 2019 also for the freedom of Film India, Fashion India and her rights. Padmaavat played under police-protection. Wi...

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Yesteryear’s Legends Emerge Favourites on the Web World

The living legend, Lata Mangeshkar, has scored the highest number of likes and followers across generations, on the plethora of social media network sites, blogs and...

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Love lost in Yesteryear’s Prem Nagar

Prem Nagar – a lovers’ lane – has gone under. That one spot shielded from voyeuristic eyes by untrimmed wild bushes and shrubbery, on the seafront of Malabar...

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The Other Dilip Kumar

As the car heaves uphill from the Khar end, I notice a high blue scaffolding covering that familiar old place.  A sign board is clearly visible outside. Despite the small...

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Compulsive Sexual Behaviour Disorder now as common as Depression

A new study reveals some 10 percent of men and seven percent of women struggle to contro...

November 16 2018

India can lead the way in defanging the Defamation Laws

Women in India are fighting for their workplace equality and dignity. The recent issue o...

November 16 2018

Come winter, Meghalaya celebrates the ‘100 Drum Wangala Festival’

The Wangala Festival of Meghalaya which is also known as the “100 Drum W...

November 15 2018