In 1986, in Khandwa, Madhya Pradesh, teenager Guddu and his five-year-old brother Saroo became separated when out to do some manual labor. The boys were from a poor, single-parent family, where mother Kamla would go off to work in construction and the older children would have to look after the younger ones. Tiny Saroo fell […]

Song of Lahore

Years ago, a friend turned me on to Norwegian jazz saxophonist Jan Garbarek and the album he made with Ustad Fateh Ali Khan, Ragas and Sagas. That was probably the last time I thought about anything having to do with Pakistani classical music, instruments or musicians and jazz, until I caught sight of the Song […]

Don’t miss Meet the Patels

For two years, actor and comedian Ravi Patel (Scrubs, Transformers, and now, Grandfathered with John Stamos) had a Secret White Girlfriend named Audrey. The concept of SWG (or SWB) may be familiar to people who’ve been in “mixed” or multicultural relationships: one person of the pair is too scared or not committed enough to dare […]

Sarita Choudhury interview

  Sarita Choudhury’s latest film role is that of Jasleen in Learning to Drive, the bride-to-be who flies from India to marry a man she’s never met before, Darwan (Sir Ben Kingsley). Q: How did you approach this character? Sarita Choudhury: It’s odd to play someone who doesn’t speak, because it would almost be easier […]