Behind the Beautiful Forevers

India is one of the up and coming nations of this world. Bollywood suggests that all’s shiny and one great beautiful world of wealth and prosperity. Katherine Boo has looked behind that and her book, Behind the Beautiful Forevers, shows the world the life of a slum in Mumbai.

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The Wind Rises

Next week, a rare thing happens for Swiss cinemas. The Wind Rises starts screening. While there is no shortage of animated movies in cinemas, there is one for traditionally animated movies. And if they’re from Japan, it’s doubly extraordinary.

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Godzilla

Godzilla and America don’t mix. We’ve seen this in 1998 when Roland Emmerich did a movie starring everyone’s favourite giant lizard. But this time around, there’s a new director attached to it. A man whose one and only credit is a giant monster movie that had no monsters in it.…

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Shantaram

If you liked Breaking Bad, you will love this novel: violence, mafia and of course a love story. Shantaram is arguably less of a story, and more of a deliberation of life and its meaning by a man who is trying to make sense of his past and his present.…

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Divergent

Divergent, the movie based on Veronica Roth’s bestselling book series, has hit. We’ve gone to see it. Here’s a review of a nigh-plotless movie that has a number of flaws – mainly the casting and characterization of the stars – but still manages to entertain.

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The Piano Teacher

War, Hong Kong, Love and a title that just might be a bit of a turnoff, but really shouldn’t be. This is The Piano Teacher by Janice K. Lee, a book firmly set in the past that bends genres and shows both sides of colonialism.

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Krrish – The Indian Superhero

Superman destroyed Metropolis last year, The Dark Knight rose again after his bout with The Joker and Iron Man fought Aldritch Killian using his entire arsenal. However, on Diwali 2013, an unlikely hero from India rose to the challenge of defeating his worst enemy yet. And with Krrish 3, the…

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