The ‘People’s President’ Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam died of a heart attack in my hometown Shillong. He was 83. A blackboard sketch featuring his signature hairstyle and the different facets of his person. Black to signify loss and blackboard to stress on his focus on education.
Goodbye! Charles Correa (1930-2015), one of India’s finest architects and urban planners. Some of his best works captured within an animated GIF. Images from here.
RK Laxman, India’s best-known cartoonist, died on January 26, 2015. He was 93. I had the opportunity to meet the legendary cartoonist once, as a student in Bhopal, but I (and we all) knew him best through his cartoons. Cutting the Chai pays tribute to the man, in the form of an unofficial Google doodle. [Read more]
This is from a few days ago when the man whose pen wore no condom fell one short of a century. The unofficial Khushwant Singh Google doodle. And an animated GIF tribute to the ‘Sardar in the Lightbulb’ that I created suring my day job at IBNLive.
Suchitra Sen (April 6, 1931 – January 17, 2014) "I am to be seen only on screen because I am an actress." – Suchitra Sen (1931-2014) — Bollywood Trivia (@BollywoodTrivia) January 17, 2014
The obits call him Bollywood’s most feared villain. Not for me. To me Pran Saheb was the most hero-like of all the villains of Hindi cinema. By hero-like I don’t mean the most good looking, that was of course Vinod Khanna, before he inevitably turned a hero. Pran didn’t strike terror in my childhood heart [Read more]
During my childhood, there were only two things that could function faster than a computer one Chacha Chaudhary’s brain and the other was Shakuntala Devi. I did not care much about Pran’s sub-standard comics but Shakuntala Devi’s mathematical abilities was something else. Something beyond comprehension and almost bordering on the mythical. But the evidence was [Read more]
RIP Yash Chopra of the Swiss Alps, of chiffon sarees and Deewar.
In the final bout, death got more points but Dara Singh won. The loveable wrestler turned actor died today aged 83. A few days ago I was reading Vir Sanghvi’s wonderful tribute to the man in The Greatest Show on Earth: Writings on Bollywood, unfortunately can’t seem to locate the piece that originally appeared in [Read more]