Monsoon Jukebox II

This Friday I am back with my favorite monsoon playlist starting from the early 2000s. The first song to feature in today’s list is probably one of the best situational songs that pay a tribute to the rains to have ever adorned the silver screen; Ghanan Ghanan[1] from Lagaan composed by AR Rehman, written by…

Monsoon Jukebox I

Since it is the second week of June, the monsoon is officially here. I have meticulously listed out all my favorite songs that celebrate rain over the years. I had been overwhelmed initially at the prospect of doing so I thought I am under an obligation to start with the black and white era. I…

Wake up Sid : New girl in the city’s tribute to the city of dreams

Around two weeks back, I had my first interview since the fiasco in Kolkata. It was for a research-based profile based in Mumbai. Though Mumbai would never be the same place it was for me with all my friends having passed out from T.I.S.S. two years back, I prepared for the interview with nervous anticipation….

To Anne Frank, with a heartfelt apology

When I first attempted to read Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl I had been was around the same age as her when she penned down the diary and took pride in my ability to read anything and everything I could lay my hand on at the Air Force library nearby. However, that…

The portrait of a naked child

Recently, while watching movies I made the startling discovery that shots of a naked infant were considered an acceptable practice as late as the early 2000s. I had expected a higher degree of reasonable care in this context at least from parallel cinema but I was disappointed. I recently read in an article that while…

An appeal for Victim Impact Statement

There are more issues that plague the criminal justice system of our country than I can probably even count on my fingers at the first instance. While tareekh pe tareekh given by courts has become a patent dialogue that resonated with mainstream cinema its treatment of criminal justice system has been more or less restricted…

A child identified by her mother’s name would be just as sweet

A few years back I visited Vadodara to spend the weekend with one of my best friends from school, Meghana as she was posted there at that time. We visited one of the public libraries as I wanted to refer to a few more books before submitting my dissertation proposal. I was not eligible for…

The coaching center down the road…..

The one year I spent in T.I.S.S. while my pursuing my L.L.M. was the happiest I have ever been as an adult. It almost made me forget how unwanted and insecure I had felt in law school for five long years. Throughout that entire year, I must have more good-natured debates and discussions than I…

Indian Law on Portrait Photography

“You can protect your liberties in this world only by protecting the other man’sfreedom; you can be free only if I am free”.-Clarence Darrow Today’s post does not strictly fall under the purview of the subject covered by Cinema Vakeel usually. It rather focusses on a lacunae in law exposed by certain activities revolving around…

The reality of juggling two jobs simultaneously in India

My earliest memory of a person doing a part-time job in addition to a full-time job is that of Ram Prasad from the original Golmaal. To save his job he is forced to cater to the whims and fancies of his boss by teaching music to his boss’s daughter in addition to working as a…

Songs that keep me going…

The last two weeks I have been caught up by the post dedicated to Mani Ratnam and with a super busy week in Kolkata. The endless frustration associated with job search became even more unbearable as 16th March approached.  Last year, I visited my workplace the last time to make the concerned authorities reconsider the…