… when I used to only listen to these songs, and had never watched either. The first one turned out to be nothing like what I had imagined, but the second one was exactly as I thought it would be.
I planned a post on Aamir Khan playing a college / post-college kid over the years — from Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander to Dil Chahta Hai to Rang De Basanti all the way to 3 Idiots. That was nearly three years ago, after I had just watched 3 Idiots. That post never got written.
I watched Talaash recently, prompting me to write this post. I don’t remember what I was going to say three years ago. But hey, it’s a blog, not the New Yorker, so I can just jot down some rambling and link a few songs, right?
(Content may offend religious sensitivities).
The Qurbani Eid never seemed the real thing to me. Fasting or not, it’s undeniable that Ramadan has an impact on the life of anyone remotely associated with Muslims. So there is a month-long build up to the Eid. That doesn’t happen with Qurbani. And I am not into slaughtering and gluttony anyway.
And yet, sitting alone in a hotel room thousands of miles from friends and family, I find myself missing Qurbani. Hence this post.
To compensate for the recent hiatus — caused by microcosmic organisms with evil side effects — a double edition of trashes collected by the senses. Normal ramblings should begin soon.
Sir Roger Dowler of Bengal was a terrible, terrible guy who used to spend all his time boozing and doing wicked, wicked things with women, all the while his countrymen were impoverished by rapacious men of avarice who loafed around in the capital. What? Never heard of Sir Roger? Sure you have, except you know him by his real name — Siraj-ud-Daulah, the last independent nawab of Bengal.
John Company’s men anglicised Siraj’s name. They also wrote about him being a very bad ruler, from whose misgovernance the people of Bengal had to be delivered by Clive and his men. And that historiography essentially continued with the orientalists of the 19th century all the way to 20th century Indian historians like Jadunath Sarkar and Ramesh Chandra Majumdar.
Of course, that history is not what any school child in either Bengal learns. What we learn is this: