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  • Jana Aranya: an education to the moral world

    05 mai 2015

    Jana Aranya (1976) is about a young man called Somnath (Pradip Mukherjee), who discovers that in order to succeed in the world of business you have to accept to compromise your principles, and find yourself losing an innocence which you didn’t know you...

  • Maitreyi Devi & La nuit bengali

    27 mars 2018 ( #Book reviews )

    My discovery of Maitreyi Devi happened, probably like so many outside of India, through Mircea Eliade’s novel which I read in French, La nuit Bengali, written in 1933 three years after this Romanian scholar, who later rose to become an influential ethnologist...

  • Shakha proshakha, or how does one remain virtuous?

    10 novembre 2017 ( #Film reviews )

    This 1990 movie was Ray’s last but one, only to be succeeded by Agantuk a year later before his death. Its title means “branches of the tree”: the film deals with a family situation and so the genealogical reference is clear; but the tree is such a powerful...

  • Aranyer din ratri: Ray's models

    23 mars 2016

    It’s weird how when one starts wondering about a Satyajit Ray movie, one is faced with lots of people telling everyone it’s a masterpiece – this 1969 movie is even somewhere graced with the ubiquitous title of Ray’s best film ever – and how so little...

  • Firaaq, the power of fear

    15 juin 2016 ( #Film reviews )

    It seems appropriate today to speak about Firaaq, a 2008 movie which is Nandita Das’s debut film venture, based on the 2002 Gujarat anti-Muslim riots, in which Indian PM Modi had been suspected of biased non-intervention. Today, because the pressure of...

  • Parched - Righting women's wrongs

    02 mai 2016 ( #Film reviews )

    Went to see Parched (2015), by Leena Yadav, of (not good) Shabd fame. So I was a bit wary of what was to come. What came was a rather pleasant surprise, I’m happy to say. Parched is the story of four gujarati women, stuck all four of them in male-dominated...

  • Nutan's intelligence

    02 juin 2015 ( #Nutan )

    This post is about a not so common cinematographic quality, intelligence. If people in general would agree that actors need a good understanding of their roles in order to act well, perhaps they’d also say they can just rely on what the directors tell...

  • Pilani

    21 octobre 2015 ( #Trips to India )

    BK BIET se trouve à Pilani, petite bourgade à 150 kms de Delhi, mais le bourg lui-même vaut le détour, enfin, si on y est, il y a des choses intéressantes. En fait, la ville est une espèce de Cambridge modèle réduit, car le coeur de la ville est composé...

  • Lion, a pretty picture

    08 mars 2017 ( #Film reviews )

    Sunny Pawar Before knowing that Garth Davis was a successful commercials director, I stood up from the screening of his first feature movie, Lion (2016) telling myself, “well now, that was nice, but rather commercial”. Not everything is bad about commercialization:...

  • Astitva, a feminist manifesto

    02 avril 2016 ( #Film reviews )

    Thanks to Anu Warrier’s Conversations over chai, I have just been the fortunate viewer of Astitva, by Mahesh Manjrekar, a film which was shot in 2000. If you haven’t read her review, please do, it’s a thoughtful, well-balanced commentary of the movie,...

  • Heer, the revelation

    22 juin 2015 ( #Nutan, #Film reviews )

    It seems that India collects “eternal love” stories: on top of that of Layla and Majnun, Khosru and Shirin, Sohni and Mahiwal, there is (among many others) that of Heer and Ranjha. This last epic has been the subject of numerous versions, the Wiki page...

  • Jaipur - Agra - Delhi

    24 octobre 2015 ( #Trips to India )

    Le dernier post vous a laissé haletant(e)s sur l’autoroute (?) qui nous menait à Jaipur, ignorant la suite… Voici venu le moment de combler votre curiosité ! Ne pas oublier que le « tour » de 3 jours organisé par BK BIET avait attiré 13 personnes, dont...

  • I finally went to the movie theatre

    03 mars 2016

    During our stay in October I finally went to the movies in India… A little post on this! (those of you who can read my French have had a little preview of the event here ). Almost ever since the beginning of my interest in Bollywood, people had been telling...

  • A passage to India

    09 mai 2016

    Why did I decide to read EM Forster’s A passage to India? Probably no other reason than it’s about a European’s vision of India and I had enjoyed some other books by the same author, Howard’s End and A room with a view. Then there was a film to watch...

  • Tagore's dark abyss

    30 mars 2015 ( #Poetry )

    In the morning I cast my net into the sea. I dragged up from the dark abyss things of strange aspect and strange beauty—some shone like a smile, some glistened like tears, and some were flushed like the cheeks of a bride. When with the day's burden I...

  • The origin of my admiration for Nutan

    03 juin 2016 ( #Nutan )

    The long-awaited 80th anniversary of Nutan's birth has arrived! On top of being able to order Lalitha Tamhane's book in its English version (hopefully, I'll try asap), here's an article which, in agreement with Seema who had wondered if this contribution...

  • Nutan and her animals

    20 février 2018 ( #Nutan )

    For this year's Nutan ki janmadin, I have decided to make you discover how attached she was to her animal friends. She was mostly a dog-lover, it seems, and apparently it was a family thing. 22 dogs at home, at one point, says Mohnish!! Here are first...

  • Cérémonies d'ouverture

    18 octobre 2015 ( #Trips to India )

    Les festivités ont commencé! Hier, une rencontre entre industriels et université, et aujourd'hui la grande séance d'ouverture de la Conférence ICCS-2015, avec tous les intervenants venus d'inde et de l'étranger, dont un bon contingent de français, car...

  • Mandawa

    19 octobre 2017 ( #Trips to India )

    Ok, voilà la partie « plus » du voyage, qui s’est trouvée rajoutée sans préméditation, car cette journée à Mandawa pour Divali n’était pas prévue… Je devais avoir une troisième journée de cours à BK BIET et comme je l’ai dit, je crois, le directeur s’est...

  • 25 years ago

    21 février 2016 ( #Nutan )

    Nutan left us 25 years ago today. Here's a tribute to the actress who now shines from high above: I have simply selected some unpublished photos of her (well, perhaps not all), and hoped that some of you would enjoy seeing them. First a selection of non-film...

  • ICCS 2017

    14 octobre 2017 ( #Trips to India )

    De retour dans la douce Pilani, où le léger voile matinal nous caresse gentiment, et en attente du début des festivités de la Conférence ICCS, voici quelques nouvelles du voyage qui m'a amené ici. Le vol Air India s'est bien déroulé, la nuit à bord aussi...

  • My two interventions

    19 octobre 2015 ( #Trips to India )

    I knew before coming to Pilani that I would have to deliver an address in the context of the Conference on Communications Systems, but of course it couldn't be a scientific paper, so I had devised a subject called "the pleasure of communication", which...

  • Arrival

    16 octobre 2015 ( #Trips to India )

    Notre arrivée s'est faite en plusieurs fois, selon les horaires des avions que chacun avait pu prendre. Ainsi, quand nous deux les profs sommes arrivés à Delhi, on a vite eu l'info que le premier groupe de 4 étudiants était déjà arrivé (vers 9h) à Pilani,...

  • Nutan-bollymusings.com/

    10 juin 2015 ( #Nutan )

    Hey, a new blog about my movies!! Hello everyone, I am pleased to announce the official launch of MUSINGS , a new blog by S. Basu which he has announced will deal chiefly with Nutan, since the author is a die-hard fan of the lady, but also perhaps on...

  • Cours de français

    17 octobre 2017 ( #Trips to India )

    La Conférence ICCS est maintenant terminée, et en ce qui me concerne, je suis satisfait d'avoir pu faire ma petite présentation sur "The importance of language in communication", pour laquelle j'avais quand même passé du temps, avant de venir en Inde,...

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