At 33, V.R. Ferose became one of the youngest and the first non-German Managing Director of German multinational’s SAP Labs, India. He is currently SVP and Head of Globalization Service for SAP based in the Bay Area. Ferose wrote ‘Gifted’ along with author Sudha Menon, to tell the stories of inspiring people he has met ‘so that many more people’s lives can be impacted for the better’. Proceeds go towards Enable India, an NGO that works for people with disabilities.
Family Life is Sharma’s second novel, and unlike his first, An Obedient Father, which was set in India, Family Lifeis a story of Indian immigrants to America. A middle-class, Delhi family, the Mishras, migrate to New York when their father, an accountant, manages to secure a job, and subsequently, visas for his family in the late 1970s. Life in America begins well for the Mishras, but after less than two years, tragedy strikes when Birju, the elder of two sons in the family, has an accident and ends up brain damaged and paralysed.
Some movies evoke memories of cities, of friends lost in time, of a people who are frozen deep in memory, who you probably knew in bits and pieces, who you maybe passed on the street or knew as uncles and aunts of friends. Seeing Piku reminds me of all the Bengalis who flooded my childhood - the cantankerous men, the shrieking and oh-so-loud women, the homoepathic doctors who were never ever to be rushed, the schools, or rather, the universities of thought they inhabited and the beautiful baris (houses) that they lived in.
The film 'Nanak Shah Fakir' began life as a collection of 8 'soul stirring songs' created by an international group of musicians of various faiths - but no script. Despite glowing reviews the film was banned in some parts of India last year due to its depiction of Guru Nanak, the revered founder of Sikhism. Preeti Singh caught up with Harinder Sikka, the producer, to talk about the controversy.
How did you begin work on the movie?
With International Women’s Day around the corner, I decided to explore why women authors used male pseudonyms. This was prevalent in the 18th and 19th centuries, where many women felt the need to mask their true identities so that they would be taken seriously. From Louisa May Alcott, best known for her literary marvel “Little Women”(which thankfully was published under her real name) to the Bronte Sisters, who knew that the literary world was strongly prejudiced against female writers, many found freedom of expression cloaked in a man’s identity.
“Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love- Lao Tzu”
Love- I first understood the meaning of this most widely used word, when Jane Austen came into my life. The emotional upheaval of Elizabeth Bennet became mine and that was the first time I fell in love.
This is not a movie, where you sit back comfortably in your seat, munching popcorn & sipping soda. For the ‘The Theory of Everything’, I found myself sitting upright on my seat & almost forgot to breathe.
… what an opportunity & a privilege, to be a part of the journey of living legend, Stephen Hawking.
When Deepa said she was publishing her first book, I was excited as a friend and wanted to go out and buy it. Little did I know what the book was about. When I did see it during the Facebook Launch Party, I thought it was an amazing idea. This is a short interview with Pooja Pittie and Deepa Sethu to learn about their journey with GuruSkool and more about the book “Celebrate Your Name”!
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RamG Vallath's new book - 'From Ouch to Oops' was released last week and has hit the bestseller list on Day 1. Although written in a light-hearted and humorous fashion, it is all about turning disadvantages into springboards for success, facing the gravest challenges with a sense of humour and stretching the boundaries. A great read for both personal and professional success. Click here to get a copy.
The term may irk Amitabh Bachchhan, but Bollywood is the name. “Indian Hindi Film Industry“ sounds alien, though it may be more appropriate. But the plan today is not to discuss the appellation which is a poor cousin of America’s Hollywood. What I intend to write about is something which remains evergreen in Bollywood, inspite of being time tested, re-enacted and metamorphosized.