Introduction In the year 1988, Noam Chomsky and Edward S. Herman published the book titled: “Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of Media”. In this book, they proposed ‘The Propaganda Model’ (abbreviated as PM) which served as a critical way of analyzing mass media in the USA. The PM was welcomed by some as an apt understanding of the workings of the mass media, while … Continue reading The relevance of Chomsky and Herman’s Propaganda Model in the 2000s.
As I sat eating a lovely Sunday brunch with two people I consider among my few close friends, I had an epiphany. It is 2019 and as a species, we are as well connected to each other than ever. Despite this, how many people today are capable of having meaningful relationships with fellow humans? As I mulled over this thought over three cups of tea, … Continue reading Loneliness in 2019
My old lady, directed by Israel Horovitz, is a story of vulnerability and of the childhood that never leaves us behind. It begs the question: although we grow tall as the years pass by, do we ever really grow up? Mathias, a 57 year old, (played by Kevin Kline) comes to Paris to sell the apartment left to him by his dead father. Apart … Continue reading My Old Lady
The problem with opinion pieces on the web and elsewhere, is that they are devoid of statistics and run the dangerous tendency of being offensive and crass in nature. On the 22nd November, 2018, I read an opinion piece by Taslima Nasreen, a celebrated author, on how Deepika Padukone broke stereotype by smiling on her wedding day. This article was published in ‘The Print’ and … Continue reading Response to Taslima Nasreen’s article in The Print
When I sat to watch ‘A Train to Pakistan’, I was reminded of a similar movie I had seen a year back. The movie was a Bengali film titled ‘Raj Kahini’. It was set in the time of the India-Bangladesh partition. The story is of a brothel in the India-Bangladesh border and how the inhabitants of the brothel refused to recognize the new world order … Continue reading A Train to Pakistan
Geographically, India, Pakistan, Nepal, china, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Japan belong together. They, excluding Japan and parts of China, belonged to the same mass of land called Gondwana that drifted from the south and joined the landmass now known as Asia. So, if one looks at these countries from a geographical perspective, the idea of south Asia as a region is inevitable. Tracing history, … Continue reading “South Asia as an idea, identity and a region is inevitable”
Once upon a time in a not so faraway land, lived a mute cleaner-lady named Elisa Esposito. She dared to fall in love with a gilled-God who, much like her, couldn’t talk. The faraway land was Baltimore, USA and the time period was the Cold War. Guillermo de Toro’s The Shape of Water is part Grimm’s fairy tale and part political commentary. Our mute … Continue reading The Shape of Water- review