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I am a huge fan of crime fiction and police procedurals and anything involving an FBI profiler, criminal lawyer and court scenes has me completely hooked! After all, I grew up in a family with a library where bookshelf upon bookshelf was devoted to crime fiction. Sunday afternoons would see half the family tucked away in favorite spots – windowsills, cozy chairs, or just sprawled on the floor, reading. There’s an edge-of-the-seat excitement with crime stories–be it book or movie or TV show. I’ve been spending the last couple of weeks sitting and lying down a lot, thanks to the injuries and well, have been bingeing on crime fiction book series and my all time favorite-top 5 TV crime shows. I have the box sets of some of these and most of the others are on YouTube. Here are my favorite five crime TV shows/courtroom dramas from the 50s to…

I enjoy watching the Nickelodeon channel on TV.  While Spongebob SquarePants is one of my most favorite characters, thanks to my son who loved the show, we also spent countless afternoons watching episode after episode of Dora the Explorer and Shin Chan. When I received an invitation to attend the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards 2018 show on 13 December 2018 in Mumbai’s NSCI dome, I was quite excited. I mean, my inner child is always happy to see a larger than life cartoon character—that too my favorites! Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards is India’s only award show by kids, for kids and of kids. These awards recognize and celebrate the best in entertainment across film, television, mobile gaming and more as it rolls out the orange carpet to celebrities and Nicktoons. The 2018 edition was hosted by Kartik Aaryan of the “Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety” fame. A bevy of…

There used to be a time when it seemed like life was one long party after another. I guess it can seem like that when you live in a joint family– grandma, uncles, aunts, my mom and I, and constantly visiting cousins and house guests almost the year around. People would simply land up and blend in. Sometimes 20 of us would sit down to a meal and of course, my grandma would ensure there was a three-course menu with dessert. I wonder how they managed and don’t ever remember hearing them complain especially since those were the days when we didn’t even have cooking gas or a refrigerator and other kitchen appliances to make life easier. Also, people loved coming back. Even today, during family events, they enjoy talking about my grandma’s and mom’s generosity and hospitality. Today things are different. Life is different. When we want to plan…

Have you ever dreamt of a TV button on your mobile? I have frequently fantasized about it, and the possibilities seem practically unlimited. Here’s the thing. My family loves to watch TV. We have two television sets at home. When my Mom was alive, we had one in her room, so she could watch her favorite programs without having to share time with the rest of us. It was her main source of outside entertainment (not counting our constant chatter) when her health was declining and couldn’t move around. However, we did manage to muscle in and sneak in our own preferences! Now, even with just the three of us at home, our TV-sharing is often still a dilemma, as our favorite programs air at the same time. Can you imagine two TVs playing different programs simultaneously, even in different rooms? I know! Sometimes I’ve found myself wishing I could…

Day 25 of the #AtoZChallenge already, and it is “Yakshagana” for the letter Y. We had an invitation to a Yakshagana performance last year and thoroughly enjoyed it. To say we were mesmerized by the artists would be an understatement. After this troupe performed at Vidur’s school, and he came home and ecstatically described it, we were keen to see one. Universe heard us and soon, we got an invitation from my friend at a venue very close to our place. A fabulous evening followed. Yakshagana performances Yaksha-gana literally means the song  or gana of a yaksha, which was a term for exotic tribes of ancient India. Yakshagana is a rare and unique traditional theatre art form of Karnataka State in India with a recorded history of more than five centuries. Yakshagana performances are a rich artistic blend of racy music, forceful dance, extempore speech and gorgeous costumes. They combine…

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