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By Iymon Ganaie Documentary films do often bring an agitation after which it is apt to shed tears. Agitation, which must be perceived as the out coming of human barbarism. Taxi To The Dark Side written and directed by Alex Gibney is one of the films, which shows the true face of human barbarism. After watching the film, I remembered German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche who once said, “He who fights monsters must take care lest he become a monster.” After 9/11, United States and its allies declared a “war on terror”. It was more than a war – it was

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By Iymon Ganaie With every film that the brand name ‘Aamir Khan Productions’ brings on the 72 mm screen, the audience is amused. Much same can be said about Dhobi Ghat. It is poetic with a subtle and enchanting background score. Director Kiran Rao’s debut venture is fresh with some resemblances with the parallel cinema, though it can’t be moved into the category of art films. Dhobi ghat offers a lot. Casual sex is cool. Acting aspirations and washing clothes go hand in hand. Letters are sent in a video format. Painting is done in a crowded locality, which is

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  By Iymon Ganaie On Sunday morning, I started reading Mirza Waheed’s debut novel The Collaborator. The novel is a poignant, moving tale of love and betrayal, brutality and violence in the backdrop of Kashmir conflict. Set in early nineties, it shows the inhumane face of the on-going battle in its initial days. Born in that period I have heard many stories. It was second time that I was reading about those turbulent times again. The reading presented an almost exact picture of the time in which I was born. The narrative of novel is gripping so it was obvious

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By Fahad Shah A traveller. A photographer. A book lover. And a guide to Delhi. He walks all around the city. Alone, late in the night, he writes what he had experienced from dawn to dusk. He enjoys every moment, every food, and every place. He lives Delhi through his writing. Mayank Austen Soofi is the author of three guidebooks, The Delhi Walla series. They were published by HarperCollins India in 2010. Mayank Austen Soofi at his book launch in New Delhi. To me, these books are more than just guides. They are like a personal Delhi mantra that you

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By Fahad Shah Under the bright ceiling of fluorescent lights in the hall of British Council Library: it was an evening for The Collaborator. A fiction novel by Mirza Waheed. Launched on Thursday, here in New Delhi in the not-so-cold evening. Mirza Waheed Applause, as he read from the first chapter of book, The Valley of Yellow Flowers. This was the earlier title but later on changed. Over seated hall of audience. Friends, Colleagues, Readers, Listeners, and of course publishers too, all were present. He, along with another Kashmiri writer, Basharat Peer was sitting in front of the guests. Peer

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A stunningly humane work of storytelling with a poignant and unpredictable hero at its heart. Mirza Waheed is a major new talent. Goes to the heart of the long-standing conflict between India and Pakistan. It is Kashmir in the early 1990s and war has finally reached the isolated village of Nowgam close to the Pakistan border. Indian soldiers appear as if from nowhere to hunt for militants on the run. Four teenage boys, who used to spend their afternoons playing cricket, or singing Bollywood ballads down by the river, have disappeared one by one, to cross into Pakistan and join

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