Thinky Post: Mindy Kaling’s Late Night and Amitabh Bachchan’s Pink, Accepting the Accusation But Rejecting the Judgement

My Mom made me watch Late Night last night, which I have been avoiding not because I thought it looked bad, but because I thought it looked so good I would be stressed. And I was! Stressed, that is. But also really intrigued by what Mindy is arguing about woman in the workforce.

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Hindi Film 101: Abhishek Bachchan, the Quiet Prince

I just wrote about Aish and was surprised that I hadn’t written about her before. In contrast, with Abhishek I know I haven’t written about him before and I’m not quite comfortable even know. He is growing so much before our eyes, I don’t think anything I write now will be the end of his story, I don’t think I can even predict how his story will end.

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Amitabh and Class Repost, My Article on Classism in India and Indian Film Reporting

The first thing you need to know about this post is that I wrote it back in May. As soon as India started being hit with COVID, I started thinking about class, and how that is going to affect everything, including the reporting on the crisis and the attitude towards who it is affecting. Now Amitabh is sick, and the India (reported) numbers are rising, and suddenly other people are also thinking about class and who matters and who doesn’t. Now, this is a Happy Place, so we aren’t going to get super deep into things here, but it’s a good time to think about how invisible classism effects the way we see the world, and what it takes to wake us up.

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Amitabh Love Fest, Indefinite Positivity Good Vibes Parade

I’m not sure a totally agree on the power of good vibes and prayer and so on. But I certainly don’t DISBELIEVE it. So in a “can’t hurt and makes us feel better” kind of way, DCIB will become a Good Vibes Parade for a while in service of making Amitabh (and Abhishek) healthy. I know there are millions of other sick people in the world, but this is an Indian film site in the end, and Amitabh is the person we all share.

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Monday Morning Questions: What Do You Want to Ask Me the Week of Katrina’s Birthday?

Happy Monday! I have been busy busy busy, the double birthday this weekend takes a lot out of me (although more out of my father, his wife turning 70 was very hard on him, the pressure for a Decade Birthday Worthy Celebration was enormous). And today I have to have more pre-surgical tests (keep a good thought for me that I pass and can have the surgery) plus do work-work.

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The Time Amitabh Came Back to Life, August 1st 1982

Amitabh is living a second life already, which he himself says. Every year he celebrates his second birthday on August 1st, the day he came back from certain death, somehow. We are coming up on the 28th anniversary of that date and Amitabh is once again hospitalized and in danger. A good time to look back at the miracle of his survival.

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