Praveen Shivashankar

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  4. Bhavani Ashtakam – An Ode to the Universal Mother! — 13 comments
  5. Favorite Kannada poetic numbers in movies! — 10 comments

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The Dynamics of (Im)migration

Bodos Affected by Violence

Assam has been a state that has seldom made news on a National scale.  Personally speaking, Assam for me gave the picture of the Kaziranga, the Brahmaputra, Bhupen Hazarika and the tea estates. That’s as far as my knowledge took me, till in the past one week it has seemingly captured the attention of the entire …

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Changing Landscapes: In Memory of a City

I have often described myself as a Bangalorean at heart. Having been born and brought up in here, it has certainly become an integral part of my identity as has the fact that I am a kannadiga. Born in and spending nearly 11 years in the waft of pristine Malleshwaram air with green parks and beautiful spacious …

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Dear Nora Ephron…

Dear Nora, It is so unfair that you had to be taken away so soon! It seems so sudden and unexpected that I still am struggling to come to terms with the fact that you won’t be making movies anymore! They anyways have not numbered many, but whatever you made has stayed in my heart …

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Hrishikesh Mukherjee: A magician close home

Hrishida

A Note of thanks:  My first professional stint in India was with Cognizant Technology Solutions.  One of the most memorable aspects of CTS was Channel One- An online blogging forum.  It provided me the window of opportunity to interact with several of them, and thus forge some of the most precious connections that I cherish …

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Tere intezaar mein…

For a long time now, I had not penned anything remotely poetic.  I have often envied the capability of some who are so welled with emotions and expressiveness that compositions flow effortlessly from them.  I am in comparison, rather emotionally challenged. But then there are times when some sequence in a movie, or a memory that …

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The Eternal Eccentricity of Mamata’s Mind

Ms. Mamata Banerjee

January 7th, 1993 – there was a furore at the Writer’s Bloc in (the then) Calcutta. Dipali Basak, a deaf-dumb girl was allegedly raped by a CPI(M) leader.  Ms. Mamata Banerjee had brought the girl along with her and demanded a meeting with the then Chief Minister Jyoti Basu.  After making them wait for many …

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