Literature and Great Cinema


Unlike all you smart people, I cannot read the books and watch the films that you see and review. My brother buys books for me, honouring a silent pact we made in our childhood. He hands me a few new and DVDs everytime we meet. I try to read them sometimes, then keep them safely on shelves.I have a collection of DVDs for when I will have time.

I do have time now, but something else is the matter.

A 12 year old girl’s mother is raped and killed in her employers’ home. The murder is covered up. Her father accepts money to not press charges. The author describes the funeral. A gardener who may have been a witness is distraught and howling. No one pays any attention to him.
Our Lady of Alice Bhatti by Mohammed Hanif.
I put down the book. I start rocking. I only realize what I am doing after a few minutes.
I’m a writer and a film-maker and this is a strange long pause in my life.

About Natasha Badhwar

"Because I'm a Tinker. That's who I am. Tinkers fix things. But I can't do it alone." (Pause for lots of action. Group Action......) "You did it, Tinker, you saved Spring!" I also have three children, one marriage, a million friends and one life.
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7 Responses to Literature and Great Cinema

  1. Nitin Shenoy says:

    If I were to write on the frustration of the gardener, it would not be tough but to write fiction on the dark thoughts of the husband by getting into his mind would be so tough to actually write.

  2. Nitin Shenoy says:

    Just wrote a blog on the dark mind of the husband on my blog. You migh like it. nitinshenoy.blogspot.com 🙂

  3. Banno says:

    Natasha, Pauses are inevitable. For when.

  4. Your writing makes you seem so familiar yet just distant enough for me to want to know more.Beautiful writing as ever. Something more than beautiful writing, as always.

  5. Also, Banno, I heart you 🙂

  6. Sucheta says:

    I do that sometimes when I read. Rock back and forth without realizing.Must get my hands on this one.

  7. rU says:

    I was looking at the lovely pictures on your twitter profile after being thoroughly impressed by your piece on marriage in Livemint today.There I saw a picture of an old rusty anchor sitting by the Ganges. It convinced me that there is a book you must read. It is Prey By The Ganges,by Hemant Kumar.The book is set in the Bihar of 1948 and is a story of a night across the Ganges.If your interest is peaked,id be happy to send you a copy.

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