It was not that ice cream was scarce, but it was something that needed to be <em>earned</em>. You couldn't just get it, like say a piece of <em>barfi</em> or <em>pedha</em> which was always there in the fridge or the kitchen. To get a small cup of vanilla ice cream, you had to either get good grades, or do housework, or demonstrate exemplary behaviour. Naturally, many of us didn't get any ice cream for months.
First of all, the event in question always happened to a friend's friend. Of course, you would never have met anyone who had a direct experience of the event. Second, urban legends had a universal appeal. While some originated in the Western world, they could easily become an Indian story. Finally, a large chunk of them were cautionary tales that often took place within the cityscape. Now perhaps it's time to look at some of the common themes.
17/05/2015 8:29 AM IST
To quote Ruskin Bond, "India is full of British ghosts - the ghosts of soldiers, adventurers, engineers, magistrates, memsahibs, their children, even their dogs." For example, it is believed that Warren Hastings haunts his residence in Kolkata. The ghost of Major Burton, a British officer killed during the 1857 mutiny, still hangs around the Brij Raj Bhavan Palace hotel in Kota.
23/02/2015 8:14 AM IST
Incest and Bollywood! Really? Certainly not a theme we associate with our good-old masala movies. However, Bollywood has not exactly shielded away from the subject. Bollywood has talked very little about it, but there is enough to have a nuanced discussion on Bollywood's methods of handling the subject of incest.
16/01/2015 8:02 AM IST
Name one famous detective from Bollywood. I am not talking about secret agents or cops, but good old-fashioned private detective like <em>Sherlock Holmes</em> or <em>Hercule Poirot</em>. I am yet to come up with a name.
13/01/2015 8:33 AM IST
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