Sneh Sanyal

The feisty English teacher who was head of the English department at Delhi Public School, Mathura Road and the spirit behind the famous painter B.C. Sanyal, passed away this morning at 11am at her Nizamuddin residence in New Delhi.
Amma as she was fondly called loved a good read and a good discussion. Passionate about Punjabi theatre, literature, politics and ofcourse the world of art she was the beacon of her family.
My memory of her will always be one of her teaching me grammar; the small green edition of Wren and Martin in one hand while at the same time trying to bake some new exotic bread.
Food and Grammar; what a mix!
The last six months were painful. She had weak hearing and then was struck by a partial paralysis on her left side. Her memory was failing her and the last time I met her I’m not sure she knew who I was.
Her daughter Amba Sanyal, my cousin was one of the few with whom she spoke to till the very end.
For the family, it’s really the slow closing in of an era.
I took this photograph a few weeks ago, when she was still able to speak.
The portrait of hers is by her daughter Amba on the left of this photograph.
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One of my scripts has been selected for the eQuinoxe workshop. I’ll be in Paris for a week. Don’t know the program as yet but will try and post from there. Though the idea of hitting the net after a days workshop which will definitely involve a lot of writing is not my idea of fun.
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Road, Movie book

There’ll be an accompanying book to Road, Movie with the same title. It’ll have photographs of my research trip. The big question looming now is: should I go digital or stay analog.

The jury is still out over whether to shoot for a book using the Nikon D70 or a Nikon with Kodak 35mm negative. I have my old Nikon FM2 with some really good lenses and a Nikon F80 with the bundle of lenses that came with it. That’s two bodies and four lenses.

Looks like I might stay with that, shoot negative and get Comart to do a drum scan of them.

On iTunes: Sunday Morning from the album “Songs About Jane” by Maroon 5

Touring Cinema

We spent time with Anoop Talkies. I’m writing a small note. I stumbled into another world of audiences, reception, film tastes and even show timings. That’s what makes the touring cinema so unique and different from regular film going. Anoop did say something: “people don’t come here to eat popcorn,” I tried selling popcorn but no body was buying. All they wanted was to stare at the images.”

Until then here is an image. If you want to see more please visit the Tropicfilm Gallery.


Road, Movie book

We completed out recce. It was fabulous. But the Nikon D100 doesn’t connect to the Mac. After trying, texting Farrukh Chothia who then called back suggesting a restart nothing worked and it was back to the old faithfuls: the Nikon FM2 which had 400ASA film and the Nikon F80.