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Taj Mahal Foxtrot by Naresh Fernandes optioned for film

Taj Mahal Foxtrot, the seminal book on Mumbai’s jazz history authored by Naresh Fernandes, will be turned into a film. A Canadian lawyer contacted Fernandes a couple of months back to option the book on behalf of his client. It just happened that the client was Bob Ezrin, legendary music producer who has worked with Pink Floyd, Nine Inch Nails, Alice in Chains and others. Ezrin is a Canadian who lives in Nashville, USA. “Turns out that he heard me interviewed on the BBC a while ago, got the book off Amazon and began to think about turning it into a feature film,” said Fernandes to the Pune Mirror diarist.

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Kitaab Review: City Adrift: It wasn’t like in the movies

Oindrila Mukherjee reviews City Adrift: A Short Biography of Bombay by Naresh Fernandes (Aleph Books, 2013)

Bombay’s aptitude for aggregation can also be tasted in the snacks sold on its footpaths: Chinese bhel, Schezwan idlis and cheese dosas are made with ingredients (blended together with a large dollop of enterprise) that share the skillet only in this city.”

CITY_ADRIFTIf there is a single city in India that has most accurately served the function of the proverbial melting pot then it has to be Bombay. In addition to “snacks and slang,” as Fernandes points out in his book, the city has historically proved to be an amalgamation of people from different cultures, religions, occupations, and classes. Bombay has always attracted immigrants in search of a better life and, in the past, acted as a symbol of tolerance and cosmopolitanism, not least as portrayed in the fabled cinema it produces. However, throughout much of this book the author laments the recent decline in these values, a decline that corresponds with growing signs of “progress.” He attributes much of the growing divisions between not only the rich and poor but also between religious communities, to the rise of the Shiv Sena and “ad hoc urbanism.” Read more

India: Chennai gears up to celebrate literature, art & cinema

The 4th edition of The Hindu Lit for Life begins on Saturday: The Hindu

This weekend, the city will see a celebration of literature, arts and cinema as the fourth edition of The Hindu Lit for Life takes off on Saturday.

The three days of lectures, panel discussions and workshops by distinguished national and international authors, experts and opinion-makers have something for everyone. Fans of literature can look forward to insightful dialogues between Man Booker Prize winner Aravind Adiga and literary agent David Godwin, and Man Booker Prize shortlisted author Jim Crace and physician-writer Abraham Verghese. Other best-selling writers who will grace the festival include Ashwin Sanghi, Ravi Subramanian, Anita Nair and Naresh Fernandes. History enthusiasts can look forward to lectures by Romila Thapar and William Dalrymple.

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