Friday, June 26, 2009
For the second time in the last six months my maid has been asked to leave her house in under 24 hours notice. To me this is terribly disturbing at a number of levels. Before I explain why, let me start at the beginning. A number of rooms have been built in the basement of our apartment complex to serve as 'servant quarters'.
Around 60-70 families live in these 200 square feet single rooms in the rat-infested basement, and share four bathrooms, four taps and have no power backup facility.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
The kurta-clad, bespectacled, benign-looking, principled journalist used to be a fixture in many Indian films of the past – especially in films dealing with social reform. He – and sometimes his family – was usually killed at some point in the film as well, spurring on the hero's quest. Sadly the media is no longer the good angel in films. I don't know whether this represents a breakdown in the general perception about the integrity of the media or whether it is Bollywood's revenge against the paparazzi.
At any rate, instead of being the embodiment of righteousness and goodness, the media has now been reinvented as the new villain of cinema, especially Hindi cinema.
Ritu Beri has started a new line for kids. I was horribly upset when I heard this. Because a baby boutique was my entrepreneurial dream. Or rather one of my entrepreneurial dreams. Over the years I've thought of loads of things that I want to do but have been too bone lazy to do any of them.
First, when I worked in journalism, I noticed that the demand for content spikes around festivals or special occasions (e.g: every paper and magazine worth its ink has a Diwali or Akshya Tritya special supplement).