New Yorker Aseem Chhabra is entranced by two Dilli restaurants, one a landmark, the other a new eatery in town. Earlier this summer I was in Mumbai working on an article on new restaurants in that city. My focus was on restaurants that had been launched by expats, often Europeans, or had American chefs. While I discovered some fascinating eateries in Mumbai, I was often told that Delhi was way ahead when it came to restaurants. This was a new phenomenon, something that had happened in the ... Rediff.com, 2 weeks ago
"No producer or director wants to cast me in love stories,” says Irrfan Khan as Aseem Chhabra listens in. A few days after the Mumbai Film Festival announced that the Iranian master Asghar Farhadi would head its jury, I sat down to interview the filmmaker in Toronto. I had already seen him in Telluride where he brought his latest film The Past. When I asked him the question about the jury invite for Mumbai, he first joked saying he would come to India "only if I get the visa." That was ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
Asghar Farhadi won the Oscar for the Best Foreign Film in 2012. The Iranian director, one of the finest filmmakers in the world today, speaks to Rediff.com in an exclusive interview. Asghar Farhadi entered the world film arena in a big way with his 2009 film About Elly that won him a Silver Bear for best director at the Berlin Film Festival. That film -- a group of friends on a weekend trip to a beach house in Iran, and the sense of guilt they feel as one of them goes missing -- set the tone ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
The Renkoji Temple is a lot smaller than other grand Buddhist shrines in Japan. In front of the gate, in a very serene setting, is the bust of Netaji. Aseem Chhabra reports from Tokyo. On all my travels abroad, I always look for signs of India. Last week while I was in Tokyo, I heard about a Buddhist shrine where there is a statue of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. I knew I had to go there. Finding online directions to the shrine was not difficult. Despite the language issues, it is easy to find ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
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