What is special about the Indian PM’s speech in Dubai?

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to UAE and the Malayalam words in his speech yesterday, are an acknowledgement of a population that has long yearned for such recognition. My father T.M.Nair arrived in Dubai in 1959. Until then he was working with Burmah Shell, Bombay. Ambition drove him  across the seas. After a three-day [...]

Something out of Nothing?

A classroom full of arguments about what its name should be - finally it came down to a vote... like everything else about this seminar-turned-mammoth-media-show, we voted for its name as well and the final choice (never a consensus!) was 'Media Melange'. And so was born the first of its kind media student seminar that [...]

Treasure is everywhere

What intrigues you about a person you have just met? Is it the way they look? The way they speak? What they say? How they think? How they make you feel? How similar/different they are to/from you? A combination of all these boils down to plain ol' chemistry… doesn't it? 🙂 But besides that aren't [...]

I am a woman. I am a filmmaker.

There is something strange about an article headline that screams “Don’t call me a woman filmmaker” - It reads to me as if the comment came from someone who is ashamed of being a woman. And surprise surprise how do I  feel when I discover that the comment is attributed to me?? Well that’s the [...]

Ustad Thilakan

“Povandorku eppayaalum poye pattu”  When Thilakan Sir’s deep voice said these words I’d written, I never thought it would be so soon. The gentle affectionate yet philosophical Uppuppa which could only be him. When Anwar Rasheed told me that Thilakan Sir would be Karimka in Ustad Hotel, I started to work further on the character. [...]