Fire was ahead of its time; taking on controversial topics like lesbianism, and feminism in equally controversial contexts of (a narrowly defined) religious and sexual setting. It brushes aside censorship rules about lip to lip kissing and nudity. What I found most refreshing was how vividly it contrasts with other movies of its times in portraying women. I am quite disgusted by the spinelessness that women characters were given during that time. Anything a man did was acceptible, even physical violence, because he was the husband. A woman had no right to expect or ask for more than what he was willing to give. She would quiety cry but never speak out. This was portrayed as the qualities of a good wife! The namesakes of two goddesses/mythical women are shown as strong enough to leave their unsatisfactory, loveless marriages for something they believe and commit to.
By N.S.Jagannathan Ka: Roberto Calasso. Translated from original Italian by Tim Parks. Vintage Paperback 1999 Pages 448. Price $ 3. . Amidst the deafening din of post-Colonial chatter on the dark designs of Orientalists “colonising the source texts”, of the colonised, I am all the time nagged by a niggling doubt: how literate are these critics … [Read more…]
It was the summer holidays in 2008. I was at home in India and the Mango tree of my neighbours house had grown so much that it´s leaves were right outside my window. I was reading Ka, written by Roberto Calasso, as part of a project I had taken up. And I dreamed through it. … [Read more…]