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Hamlet in Kashmir – Haider Film Review

27.03.15 A Hindi filmic reinterpretation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet was an irresistible draw. I have read Hamlet a number of times because of its significance to English literature and I wanted to see how the Hindi film industry accommodated the conventions of Shakespeare’s time to the present day and in line with its own familiar conventions. … Continue reading

Mardaani – Film Review

“This world in which mothers and sisters are not relations but swear words, in this world I will break all the relations of morality” – Mardaani Anthem I am not a fan of Rani Mukerji, although I respected her powerful performance in ‘Black’, but I was irresistibly drawn to this crime thriller in which she … Continue reading

Green Street, Indian Sweets and the East Shopping Centre

20.03.15   Today, I went with my parents to Green Street, a place I have not been to for a long while even though I live fairly close to it. Green Street is the shopping destination of choice for Asian people in East London – you get all the Asian food supplies, Asian clothes for … Continue reading

Hats and Mystery

18.03.15   Today, while coming back home from central London to the Eastern part of London where I live, I sat next to a young, Asian girl who was wearing a wide-brimmed hat. The hat, which was black, quite wide-brimmed and which had a glossy, black band running around its centre, covered most of her … Continue reading

Clothes Envy and Gender

17.03.15   I was walking down the main street in my local area the other day when I noticed a short fellow wearing a bright green duffel coat walking towards me. Now, green, above all other colours, has gradually ascended in my estimation to such an extent that it now holds the place closest to … Continue reading

When is it okay for a man to wear white or brown shoes?

17.03.15   I was recently in town with a young lady and we were talking about fashion choices. I was explaining to her that although I was interested in fashion, I was completely uninterested in buying socks or underwear. My reasoning was that no one was going to see me wearing these items and they … Continue reading

the balloon popper

10.03.15   I watched through the glass the assigned balloon popper had gathered around himself the crowd of balloons left over from the birthday party they were painted like rainbows with what appeared to be brushstrokes on them in one hand he held a blue pen of transparent plastic he reached for a balloon then … Continue reading

the fallen daffodil

10.03.15   the grass had usurped the flower bed so I was given the mighty task of uprooting it all with my bright yellow hoe I hacked at the luxurious growths of green hair aiming just beneath the surface of the soil their beginnings were a stark white against the dark brown earth I chopped … Continue reading

Some Thoughts About Blogging

09.03.15   This blog has been running since October and I have also had a blog before, some years ago, so I just wanted to take a few moments and share my experience of blogging. I often check the statistics on my blog first thing in the morning to see what people are reading and … Continue reading

The Seductions of the Suit

05.03.15     River Island – Brown Check Suit – jacket £90, trousers £45 (waistcoat also available)   Today I went back to the River Island store in London to take a closer look at one of the suits they have available. It is a lovely medium brown suit with a beautiful check pattern and … Continue reading