Junglee – Hindi Movie Classic

Junglee movie poster

Who is junglee (uncultured, wild)? Is it the mannered, wealthy people who live lives according to the rules of society, who suppress all joy and happiness in exchange for great riches. Or those of less wealth, who are less restricted by society, who are capable of experiencing joy, happiness and love?

Junglee means ill-mannered or wild. The english word “jungle” is a cognate given to us by the Hindi (and Sanskrit) word, jangal (pronounced the same as jungle). In hindi, it jangal just means forest.

Date Halwa (Khajur no Halvo) and Our Visit to a Date Farm

Date Halwa recipe by Indiaphile.info

The wind was still blowing violently in the morning when we set out for home after our Mt. Whitney and Death Valley trip. It was early in the morning and our attempt at finding breakfast was unsuccessful as the only cafe in town hadn’t opened yet. We decided we would find breakfast along the way. It would be a long drive, 250 miles to Pasadena to pick up Xaria (our dog), and then another 130 to San Diego.

Movie Review: Well Done Abba!

Well Done Abba movie poster

Well Done Abba is a delightful farcical comedy about corruption in India. Armaan Ali (Boman Irani) is a chauffeur in Mumbai who returns to his village near Hyderabad to get his daughter married. He planned to go back for a month, but ends up staying for three months. When he get to his village, he learns there is a water shortage. So he has the idea of building a well. (Hence the name of the movie, Well Done Abba, which I just put together now).

Movie: Hippie Masala

Hippie Masala Movie Poster
In the 1960s, many Westerners flocked to India on a spiritual journey. Most left after weeks or months. Hippie Masala is about the ones who stayed.

The sixties were such a defining period in American history, sometimes it’s easy to forget that it was a movement that happened worldwide. The hippie counterculture really peaked, as many in the Western world searched for a new kind of spirituality apart from or in addition to the Judeo-Christian constructs. Famously, one place people turned to for guidance was India.

Movie Review Monday: Arjun: The Warrior Prince

Arjun: The Warrior Prince

About as long as I’ve known Puja, she’s shared with me stories of the Mahabharata and tried to explain Hinduism to me. Years ago, when we drove from California to Virginia, she passed much of the time telling me stories from the Mahabharata. These stories are deeply ingrained in her from her childhood. She always gets so excited about telling the various stories of gods and battles from the great epic. I’ve always struggled to follow along because the names are so foreign to my ears and many of the stories don’t fit the narratives I expect.