Welcome to the third edition of the lounge podcast with your host Anindita Ghose. We hope you had a great week following up on our weekly artsy recommendations.
Today we’re going to move to something more somber than what usually qualifies as Lounge.
This Thursday, as you all know, marks the first anniversary of the terrible, terrible tragedy that unfolded in Mumbai last year with the terrorist siege. This week’s Lounge issue is almost entirely dedicated to that. And it’s only appropriate that the podcast is as well. We’re going to start off by speaking with Lounger Parizaad Khan from our Mumbai bureau about the process of putting this issue together—it’s really a job well done. As Parizaad will tell you, several of the people featured in the issue, have never spoken to the media before this. Their stories offer new and more humane insights to the 26/11 events.
We’re also going to have Mumbai writer Altaf Tyrewala, who’s written a special column for the issue speak to us about the impotency of people’s reactions straight after the attacks.
Another regular Lounge columnist, Aakar Patel, will offer his insights on Pakistan’s state of denial in the days that followed.
And then we have our regulars for you. Book critic Chandrahas Choudhury will review “The Ayatollah begs to differ: The paradox of modern Iran” by Hooman Majd. And ofcourse we have our inhouse cinephile Sanjukta Sharma tackling terrorism’s embrace on the big screen, with her review of the release of the fortnight — Kurbaan.
Getting back to the Mumbai attacks, there are several tribute events and discussions in Mumbai and other cities. For those who’d like to stay home, you can catch National Geographic’s documentary on 22 November at 10 pm. Discovery channel will also air a documentary chronicling first person accounts of those caught in the siege on 26th November at 8 pm.
That’s all from us this week. In the next podcast we’ll be rounding up the French festival that takes off across India in December amongst other things.
Have a great week!
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