Good, bad and ugly

| Updated on January 27, 2019

A to Z of culture: Vignettes from the past and present

A for Anchors: Mostly noisy, very noisy

B for Booker: The first resident Indian — Arundhati Roy — gets the prize

C for Chetan Bhagat: Period

D for Didi’s poetry: Much in demand in sections of Bengal, strangely not so much elsewhere

E for Exile: MF Husain says goodbye to the land of his birth, dies in London

F for Facebook: Writer Perumal Murugan announces his death on the site to underline his right to words

G for Gaitonde, VS: An untitled painting sells for ₹23.7 crore at Christie’s, sets a record

H for Hum Aapke Hain Koun...!: Breaks box office records, and further fattens the already rotund great Indian wedding

I for Instagram: Pictures rule lives — and dinner tables

J for Jokes: Move over Ajit, Rajini is here. When will Rajini join politics? Rascala, Rajini won’t; politics will join Rajini

K for Kochi: Art gets a new platform with the Biennale

L for Liplock: Emraan Hashmi puckers up and shows the way — with an average of 20 kisses per film

M for Memes: For every situation, there is a meme. Even for Shashi Tharoor and his “exasperating farrago of distortions”, a Tweet that sparked a nationwide dictionary hunt

N for Na na na re: Punjabi music videos follow in the success of indie favourites such as Alisha Chinai’s Made in India

O for OMG: Language changes, and short is the new eloquent

P for Prithvi: The Mumbai theatre, almost 50, is still going strong, as are younger venues such as Bengaluru’s Ranga Shankara

Q for Queen: Kangana Ranaut goes on a solo honeymoon, and breaks the male-centric Bollywood mould

R for Revolution: TM Krishna stirs up Carnatic music, lends his voice to songs of protest

S for Saas-Bahu series: Mothers-in-law deck up for a fight

T for TV: Life in the idiot box changes after satellite television and the rise of private TV companies (See A)

U for Ustad: Ustads, Pandits and Panditas leave for the big sky of musicians

V for Video games: Video parlours spring up, video games draw eyeballs

W for Why: Why this Kolaveri D. Still asking

X for X-rated cinema: Gajendra Chauhan, maker of a film called Khuli Khidki, or open window, heads Pune’s FTII

Y for Yo Yo: Ma, in Mumbai last week; and Honey Singh, here, there and everywhere

Z for Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara: Ménage à trois gets a new team

Published on January 27, 2019

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