A ‘bedtime story’ is supposed to lull a baby to sleep. But Indian writer Kiran Nagarkar’s play of the same name is anything but sleep-inducing.
Almost four decades after he wrote “Bedtime Story”, the controversial and provocative play has seen the light of day in print for the first time last month.
It’s rather unappetizing to see an ambitious food festival getting little attention, especially when it brings together over a dozen food tents offering Japanese, Chinese, Turkish, and northern and southern Indian foods.
The Palate Mini festival lived up to its name, judging by the miniature turnout of food lovers, who were conspicuous by their absence during most of the first day. That’s a shame, given that New Delhi’s sprawling Nehru Park is a great place for a picnic. German tents and al fresco cafes, live music, a bar and about 30 carts were there, many of them selling tasty confections and bakery items.
As Sri Lanka looks beyond Mahinda Rajapaksa’s defeat in the presidential elections, the island nation’s history of a bloody war has been retold as a reminder of a past that exists today.
In “The Seasons of Trouble”, Indian journalist Rohini Mohan tells the story of Mugil, once a member of separatist group LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam), and her failed attempts to rebuild the lives of her family caught in the war. Then there is Sarva, a seaman, who ends up in a detention centre because he is suspected to be a “Tiger”. It is also the story of his mother, who eventually helps him leave the country illegally.
As the preview of the seventh edition of India Art Fair wound down last Thursday, I noticed Singh stamping her books. A large tray held dozens of stamps. A young man, seated in front of her, watched her.
It’s fitting that actress Deepti Naval would inaugurate a photo exhibition of India’s mountains.
Her love for the wilderness is well known. Since the 1980s, Amritsar-born Naval has taken many trips to the hills of northern India, mostly on trekking expeditions. It’s an interest she inherited from her parents, she said. Her mother, a painter, is a nature lover and her late father, a teacher and linguist, was an adventurer.