I’m a Chennai girl. Like they say, you can take me from Chennai but you can’t take Chennai from me. I know, I know… it sounds cliché and cheesy but its the truth. So as every true blooded Chennaite am a big fan of Venkat Prabhu. Chennai 600028 was a cult movie. Not only does it explain the heart of Chennai precisely but it also brings out the carefree and jobless attitudes of Chennai boys. Anything is possible and the world is in their palms.
So with truck loads of expectations, I watched Mankatha. Read on to find out if it worked or failed.
The girl from foreign is a memoir. It is about the author’s search for lineage, her quest for ancestry. Tracing the lives of a nearly extinct Bene Israel community of Jews along the Konkan coast, Sadia tries to redeem her promise to her grandmother. In observing their customs and prayers, she tries to untangle the choices of religion she has to make. She feels at home in Boston, Karachi and Bombay. She feels at home whenever she can feel the presence of her grandmother. The book is almost in a documentary film style – abstract and slow. It doesn’t gain momentum and is painfully narrative.
When we choose to migrate to be in the presence of our community do we feel safer and more at home? Is it possible to live in peace with migrated lives? Do Bene Israel Jews feel ostracized or do they feel the urge to return to Israel, no matter how political and explosive the nation may be in? Does Sadia’s search for religion end? Does she clear the cobwebs of identity she is so desperately seeking?
Not all of these questions are answered but the book takes us through the Bene Israel way of life artfully. And that, I believe is the only highpoint of this memoir. Sadia’s unravelling, on the other hand, is not.
We have all dealt with money in various ways. Trying to save, splurge and count. But the claws of finance never creep into our childhood. We never worry about whether this is affordable or if we have enough tucked away for retirement. Gifts are bought, clothes are shopped and goodies purchased without care or worry. So when SPARK announced the theme of September as ALL ABOUT MONEY, I had to double back to my younger days. They were more pretty than the present day dollar dreams. Read on to understand how a simple one rupee coin would turn out to be not only my childhood companion but my current stash too.