5 Hours in DC for a Desi

So you are a desi with just five hours to poke around Washington DC before heading back to Palookaville. Excuse me, I borrowed Palookaville from Marlon Brando who used the word in one of the most famous scenes in motion picture history. Let’s get back to DC, shall we, and leave Brando and On The […]

Arby’s Chocolate Molten Lava Cake – Man, What a Damp Squib

Who doesn’t lust after a Chocolate Molten Lava cake. Yeah, kid, I’m asking ya! Who doesn’t? Stand up and answer or forever hold your tongue! When I heard Arby’s had introduced Chocolate Molten Lava Cake for a limited time, I hotfooted over to the nearest franchise, a 12-mile, 18-minute drive. Arby’s Ordering As I walked […]

Rotten Reviews for Dabangg 2

Salman Khan is a name synonymous with all that’s repulsive in Indian society. The man murders people, beats his girlfriends and kills endangered animals in real life. And in the reel world, Salman puts out one trashy film after another. Given the unbounded love Indians pack for lowlifes, the tawdry and trashy, it’s no surprise […]

Heroine Trashed by Movie Critics

Kareena Kapoor’s much ballyhooed film Heroine is getting whipped by critics. Directed by Madhur Bhandarkar, Heroine is the roller-coaster life story of a movie star played by Kareena, one of Bollywood’s most mediocre actresses. Here are excerpts from a few unflattering reviews of Heroine. * Rediff The first half of the film passes swiftly enough, […]

Joker Reviews – Garbage, Say Critics

If it’s an Akshay Kumar film, you can be sure it’s got garbage written all over it. The bozo’s new film Joker released today, to almost universal derision. The only silver lining is that the trashy film has had a poor opening in India. Here, read excerpts from some of the reviews for Joker: NDTV […]

Behind the Beautiful Forevers – Devastating

No marriage is happy after it happens. It’s only before, thinking of it, that it’s happy. – Manju’s drunkard father in Behind the Beautiful Forevers p.183 I can’t swear it’s all non-fiction. But Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity  by Katherine Boo is a devastating indictment of what is […]