Know Your City: Mastani, a cold Pune beverage that’s an ode to Peshwa Bajirao’s beloved

For 14-year-old Abhiram Joshi, summer evenings signify carefree long hours of fun and play with his friends. With pocket money in his hands, the day ends with tall, cold glasses of mango Mastani, at the nearest Sujata Mastani store. “Mastani is my favorite drink which I can have any time of the year. But the … Read more

Sunday Long Reads: The success of South Indian films, learning to be comfortable in one’s own skin, Abhay K’s ode to nature, and more

Is the success of recent films from the south teaching Bollywood a lesson or two in positioning and storytelling? “Movies from the south are gold at the box office”. “Bollywood has forgotten how to make movies.” These two statements have been tossed out so frequently during the last six months, that even hardened sceptics have … Read more

Gangubai Kathiawadi: Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s sexless ode to sex workers’ workers their struggle and spirit

In the many interviews that director Sanjay Leela Bhansali gave in the run-up to his latest movie Gangubai Kathiawadi, he invariably ended up repeating the same stories. He’d tell women about not having paint on the walls of his childhood home, a life experience that inspired him to create the most extravagantly vibrant sets for … Read more