'This is not the country certainly that my parents came to -- right? -- that they have made their home.''Many of the people who were detained for hours on end were people like my family, right?''You would never treat your own mother, never treat your own aunt, the way people were being treated.'Nisha Agarwal, commissioner of the New York mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs and the daughter of Indian immigrants, discusses Donald Trump's executive order on immigration with Rediff.com's Vaihayasi ... Rediff.com, 1 week ago
Aseem Chhabra tell us how he watched 302 films in 365 days on airplanes, on Netflix, Amazon, iTunes, Google, Hulu, DVDs and even on YouTube. As a journalist I often write about films. I see many, many films -- at festivals in different parts of the world, in museums in New York City and sometimes even when I have to buy tickets. But it is impossible to remember all the films one sees in a year. So for the past two years I have been keeping a log of every film I watch. My inspiration for this ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
'It took me eight months to do the entire casting for the film.'It was also important that the girls should resemble Aamir Khan and Sakshi Tanwar.''Also, we needed the girls to work with us for many months to prepare for the role.' In October 2015 at the India premiere of Aligarh at the Mumbai Film Festival, director Hansal Mehta told the audience that he had known Manoj Bajpayee for nearly 20 years. But it was casting director Mukesh Chhabra, who had reminded Mehta that Bajpayee would be ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
'I started learning to pull a rickshaw from two regular rickshaw-pullers.' 'Once I stopped at a roadside tea-stall to have a cup of tea.''It was early morning and two elderly customers were drinking tea there.''On seeing me, one of them remarked to the other, "Arrey, doesn't this rickshaw fellow remind you of Om Puri?"''When I finished my tea, I told them that I was indeed Om Puri.''As I was leaving, I heard the tea-stall owner exclaiming, "Bechara. How sad to see him reduced to this state. He ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
Will Rahul Gandhi be able to serve as a leader of an unifying opposition? Has Mamata Banerjee worked out her ambitions? Could the future belong to non-traditional leaders such as Hardik Patel of Gujarat? And what about Arnab Goswami, Priyanka Chopra and Karun Nair? Who will make the most of the disruptions of 2016 this year? Mihir Sharma's list of probables. IMAGE: Rahul Gandhi is still a target for unkind humour, but there are fewer complaints about his lack of energy or engagement these ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
Despite being in the crosshairs of the police, politicians and vigilantes, Malini Subramaniam continues to report from Bastar, Chhattisgarh, a hotbed for Maoist insurgency.For her work, often under life-threatening circumstances, she has won the International Press Freedom Award 2016.P Rajendran meets Subramaniam at the awards night in New York City. IMAGE: Malini Subramaniam, left, with Samantha Power, the US Ambassador to the UN. Photograph: Kind courtesy AmbassadorPower/Twitter.com 'There ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
Three years ago, Vice-President Hamid Ansari spent a couple of days in Havana, Cuba, and was granted a rare 65-minute audience with Fidel Castro, who passed into the Valhalla of revolutionaries on Friday, November 25. Rediff.com's Nikhil Lakshman, who travelled with the vice-president, spoke to Indian officials who accompanied Ansari to his meetings with Castro and current Cuban President Raul Castro for a rare glimpse of the brothers who ruled the island for 57 years. Image: Fidel Castro, ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
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