I strongly feel that Karan Johar has done more for homosexuality than anyone else in this country. He has done it in his own self-deprecating, farcical manner in the movies he has made and the TV shows that he has been a part of, but he has definitely normalised the idea of talking about the topic so much so that it’s almost a living room conversation these days.
I also agree with his point of view that humour is the best way to reach the masses of this country. Indians will respond readily to comedy over a serious narrative addressing an issue.
There are many lessons for the earnest reader to learn from Karan Johar, who is perhaps one of contemporary Indian cinema’s most influential servants.
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Alright. For those who’re interested in this book, here is what I will take away from India: From Midnight to the Millennium and Beyond by Shashi Tharoor.
- Mr. Tharoor’s understanding of Hinduism, and his well-reasoned arguments that justify why Hindu nationalists are actually disloyal to the very religion they claim to uphold.
- His view of India as an expatriate – and observations about the nation that only an expatriate can make.
- His theory about the decline of the Indian intellectual. His belief that with time we think less and less of the intellectual, laughing at his dissent and shunning him as a reclusive madcap. As an educated Indian, I see this happening all around me, with the party at the centre ridiculing anyone that questions its actions.
- Finally, his book filled up the little nuggets of modern Indian history that Mr. Guha may have overlooked in his magnum opus – India After Gandhi: The History of the World’s Largest Democracy. Apart from this, there is no comparison between the two books. Because this book veers more towards opinion while Guha’s is a retelling of history as it happened.
1. India: From Midnight to the Millennium and Beyond by Shashi Tharoor – Goodreads | Kindle | Paperback
2. India After Gandhi by Ramachandra Guha – Goodreads | Kindle | Paperback
If you’d like to finish a book in one sitting read Tughlaq by Girish Karnad, a play about an idealistic madcap Emperor whose reign is anything but idealistic, or for that matter successful.
In the introduction to the book, the famous Kannada writer UR Ananthamurthy says, ‘One can enjoy the play without paying much attention to its rich and complex symbolism and its the subtle weaving of different motives’.
Rightly so, because the play uses all the classic theatrical elements of a solid premise, rapidly unfolding conflicts and unforgettable characters… Three factors that hook us in immediately.
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