March 31, 2009

A superb animation film that could be banned

Every time I heard the Ramayana or read it, or saw a mythological with NTR as Rama, or read it to my children, I always felt sad/angry about how Rama treats Sita, and yet came to be known as a righteous king.

This film is about this very issue. Made by Nina Paley, who, Google Almighty tells me is America's best-loved unknown cartoonist (http://blog.ninapaley.com), the animation is brilliant, and so is the use of the Indonesian shadow puppets.

Watch this film at http://sitasingstheblues.com/ before some of our culture vultures somehow get to America and ban it.

I too didn't like the content of a few scenes, and the tone of some words, but chalta, yaar. All art is open to interpretation.

March 22, 2009

Ten words

It is such a secret place,
the land of tears.



(From "The Little Prince"
by Antoine de Saint-Exeupery;
painting by R C Gorman

March 08, 2009

Women's day blah blah blah...


But
everyday
is women's day,
for, as British poet Anna Wickham says:

"Here is no sacrificial I,
Here are more I's than yet were in one human,
Here I reveal our common mystery:
I give you woman."


Painting by Fawad Tamkanat