Welcome to the ninth edition of the Lounge podcast. This week we have two special interviews for you. We chat with Time Out’s film critic Nandini Ramnath about Sherlock Holmes’ new rendition as an action-hero. She talks to us about director Guy Ritchie’s spanking new look for the otherwise staid literary icon.
On the book front, Chandrahas Choudhury reviews an absolutely sublime book called Ghalib at Dusk and Other Stories by Nighat M. Gandhi. The book has 12 stories divided between the cities of Karachi, Allahabad and Ahmedabad, and each one unveils the author’s insight into individual minds. The book talks about everything from pressing dilemmas to marital discords and other adult issues.
Then, Parizaad Khan from Lounge speaks with the members of the a capella band Penn Masala, who’re touring India this month. For those who aren’t versed with the charms of the band, they’re the world’s first Hindi acapella group, formed in 1996 by a group of students from the University of Pennsylvania in the United States. They started off by performing for sold-out crowds in cities such as New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Houston, and Philadelphia. And more recently, as Parizaad will tell you, they even had a gig in the White House!
Before we sign out, let me take you briefly through our 2010 Hotlist Calendar that’s the cover for this week’s issue of Lounge. Amongst other things, this year will let us have Alice’s wonderland on screen, the reopening of Kolkata’s famed eatery—Skyroom—after 16 years, and the premium denim brand Diesel right here in India. And in a most quirky article, “2010, The future is here”, Lounger Krish Raghav explores what happened in the year that popular culture and sci-fi novels had us believe--flying cars, weekend trips to the moon and jetpacks.
That’s all from us this week at the Lounge podcast. We’ll be back next week.
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