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    Chirodeep Chaudhuri pays homage to the humble typewriter in his new book, With Great Truth and Regard

    chirondeepTYPEWRITERS may well have gone the way of the dinosaur. However, With Great Truth and Regard — The Story of the Typewriter in India, lets you reminisce these machines over a cup of chai alongside your favourite video on Chromecast. The new book by the Mumbai-based photographer Chirodeep Chaudhuri, captures the nostalgia of typewriters in visual stories of typists and stenographers from Bengaluru to Srinagar. It’s time to ring that return lever.

    What other projects are you working on?
    Jerry Pinto (the journalist-writer) and I are working at the People’s Free Reading Room & Library in Mumbai. I am photographing the century-old library’s collection of 36,000 books, which sits gathering dust, slowly eaten away by silverfish. This will be shown at gallery Project 88, Mumbai, in March 2017, as part of the Focus Photography Festival 2017. I am also completing another work, which I began in 1996, on Mumbai’s public clocks. We are in talks for a book in early 2017.

    How difficult is it for photographers to find projects for shows, books perhaps, and making a living?
    It is a struggle. Making a living is tough. I teach journalism at Sophia Polytechnic, Mumbai, and often speak to young photographers in other colleges. It breaks my heart when I think that, in a few months, these hopefuls will be out in a market that is saturated, where one’s skills are valued very little. I always try to impress upon the importance of the idea. It doesn’t help to simply produce good images. The idea is paramount. These ideas must originate from a unique understanding of our milieu. It’s important to engage deeper and go beyond photography.

    For instance, why should we picture Varanasi as an exotic location? As an Indian, I don’t find Varanasi extraordinary. In many

    As an Indian, I don’t find Varanasi extraordinary. In many ways it is rather commonplace. The need to tell an Indian history seems paramount. How full of contradictions is the idea of deriving an urban Indian identityHow full of contradictions is the idea of deriving an urban Indian identity?

    Photography is a way for me to engage with subjects that interest me — for instance, history, architecture, cities, comics, books, publication design, the films of Akira Kurosawa and Satyajit Ray, silent films, typography, illustrations and printing. I’m drawn to old, forgotten things, things with history. I’m also interested in technology — not the science, but its social aspects. As in, how society is moulded by technology, and how things adapt around it. The prospect of typewriters as machines for outdoor workplaces must have made for interesting street settings. I have always been a photographer of the streets. The unpredictable possibilities make things interesting — hearing a story, an anecdote, an insight. On the streets, it’s not just the eye that delights you, but also your ears. I hung out with job typists in many cities — hearing their jokes, facing the brunt of their frustrations, and their variety of street wisdom. One grouchy Bengali typist accosted me in Kolkata, asking, “What’s the use of your book? Will it get me some work?” In many cases, there was a degree of scepticism. At the Tis Hazari Court, New Delhi, there was a mix of North Indian aggression and a sense of sleaze that hung in the air. On the other hand, the guys at the City Civil Court, Bengaluru, were a friendly and talkative bunch. I think, they felt that for the first time, the spotlight had been turned towards them, the seemingly insignificant people. The experiences made the moments in between the images fun.

    How does it feel to be blending the forms of photo reportage, documentation and street photography in your work?
    I have been a journalist for over 20 years. The eye and the mind with which I see and react to my environment is of a journalist. My earlier project, Cancer Ward: Open to the Skies, was photo-reportage. I felt the approach best suited that work. While the project at the Mumbai Library, for the genre-inclined photo-enthusiasts, is what might be termed as a series of table-tops. With Great Truth and Regard at
    Rs 2,500. Published by Godrej & Boyce. Available at leading bookstores from December 1.

    — Jaideep Sen

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        WHEN ace designer Christian Louboutin walked the ramp last month withSabyasachi Mukherjee, presenting their second collaborative collection Firdaus, the Frenchman’s gothic-bloom jacket stole the limelight away from his partner. The trend is clearly moving away from spring cheer as blossoms take an interesting twist this winter, with moody palettes and muted hues.
        Here’s how you can get the look.

        1Soft spot
        Eskander’s silk scarf with gloomy watercolour florals is a subtle take on the gothic bloom style. Made of fine black silk with dark red, purple and pink flowers, it makes for a gorgeous add-on to an all-black ensemble. `15,460 approximately. Details: harrods.com

        Gold rush
        This Alice + Olivia maxi-length gown puts the black and gold evening staple to good use. The gold floral embroidery throughout this short-sleeved gown gives it an ethereal look. Show off the bare-back with minimal accessories. `73,560 approximately. Details: aliceandolivia.com

        Red velvet2
        Sabyasachi always had an interest in dark palettes. The capsule clutch brings out that penchant in sequined embroidery. This hand crusted red velvet minaudiere has zardosi sequins and qualifies as a fusion accessory. The detachable sling chain helps you use it as a capsule bag. `29,500 at Evoluzione, Nungambakkam. Details: 28333627

        Critters in a clutch
        A definite conversation starter, thispiece from Alexander McQueen Fall ’16 line is crafted from black satin and tulle with a leather lining. Embellished with beads and sequins with floral and insect motifs, this clutch is a perfect addition to a party wardrobe. The brushed pale-gold metal handle decorated with Swarovski crystals adds just the right amount of bling. `3,59,520 approximately at Kitsch, Mumbai. Details: 022 32445293

        Dapper deal4
        Burberry’s floral sage jacquard extends the gothic code to the men, with an interesting antique tapestry design. This Italian-made polyester-cotton jacket combines style and functionality with a packaway hood and a drawstring waist for a close fit, complete with Burberry’s signature epaulettes. Team with a simple white tee and black jeans to keep the jacket in the spotlight. `1,58,990 approximately at Express Avenue. Details: 28464135

        Cosy code5
        Slip into some comfort with Gucci’s Princetown slippers. The Italian-made footwear is made of shiny jacquard with green and purple floral embellishments, complete with a leather lining and a supple sole. With a blend of comfort and couture, this makes for a great travel essential. `78,700 approximately at DLF Emporio, New Delhi. Details: 011 46471111

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        Accentuate a simple pair of cropped jeans or a boho chic dress with these boots from Sam Edelman. The lustrous black pair has magenta and metallic-pink brocade floral embellishments with lightly cushioned insoles and a manageable mid-heel. `6,590. Details: net-a-porter.com

        7Flare for colour
        This knee-length skirt from Neha Taneja features a multicolour floral print set against a navy blue palette. Team it with a muted tee and ankle boots for a night out with friends or with gladiators and a pastel tee for a brunch do. `7,000. Details: perniaspopupshop.com

         

         

         

        gm1The showstopper
        Save this silk organza and chiffonpiece from Rahul Mishra for a fun day out. The black woven chintz bomber jacket has interestingcontrast floral embroidery, complete with a frontal zipper. Fitted at the bust, it looks best with high waist denim. `26,950 at his store in Noida. Details: 09582580083

         

         

         

        Text: Lavanya Lakshminarayanan

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          The Duff (Comedy/ Romance), Romedy Now, 12.55 pm

          Cast: Mae Whitman, Bella Thorne, Robbie Amell

          A senior high school student growing up in the US, Bianca (Whitman) is leading a considerably happy life. Though her best friends Jess and Casey appear to be more popular than her, this doesn’t bother Bianca. However, when she finds herself attracted to Toby, a cute guitarist at school, she ends up attending a party in an attempt to spend time with him. But when Bianca is suddenly revealed as the DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) by Wesley (Amell), her former friend and nextdoor neighbour, she is devastated. Duff is inspired by Kody Keplinger’s book of
          the same name.

          Ek Paheli Leela (Mystery/ Drama), UTV Movies, 11.10 pm

          Cast: Sunny Leone, Rahul Dev, Jay Bhanushali

          Karan (Bhanushali), a young musician living in Mumbai, comes across Meera (Leone) by chance during a fashion show. Though Meera is initially reluctant to shoot with them in India, once she makes her way to the country, everything falls in place. Except for Karan, who’s haunted by a series of mysterious dreams. As he visits a pandit to find the reason behind the same, he is taken back to a story, which took place 300 years ago, and might be connected to the present. Ek Paheli Leela also sees Leone’s partner Daniel Weber in a cameo role.

          Yaariyan (Comedy/ Drama), Movies OK, 2.10 pm

          Cast: Himansh Kohli, Vikas Verma, Vivek Bhatnagar

          Lakshya (Kohli) and his four best friends are having the time of their lives while studying in a campus in Sikkim. But when they realise that their campus will be transformed into a casino soon, the team decides to put up a fair fight to save it.

          However, the five round challenge proposed by the Australian who was planning to take over the campus, is a lot tougher than what they had expected. With hurdles ahead of them ranging from emotional betrayal to self-doubt, the quintet must find a way to overcome their shortcomings.

          Directed by Divya Khosla Kumar, Yaariyan is one of the first movies to be completely filmed in Sikkim.

          Zorawar (Drama/Action), UTV Movies, 10.55 am

          Cast: Yo Yo Honey Singh, Parul Gulati, Gurbani

          Marking the entry of acclaimed rapper Yo Yo Singh into the big screen, Zorawar is set in Punjab.

          A government security agent by profession, Zorawar Singh (Singh) is the pride of his department. While he seems happy and successful at work, things aren’t going well in his personal life. Having mysteriously lost touch with his dad Mukul Dev (Sangram Singh) several years back, Singh has a single mission in his mind now — to find his missing father and bring him home. Will he succeed?

          Directed by Vinnil Markan, Zorawar was showcased at the Melbourne IFFM Festival 2015.

          Black Mass (Biography/ Crime), HBO, 10.50 pm

          Cast: Johnny Depp, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dakota Johnson

          Set in 1975, Black Mass sees James “Whitey” Bulger (Depp) as the Set in 1975, Black Mass sees James “Whitey” Bulger (Depp) as the undeclared don with control of almost every activity happening South of Boston.

          But when rival gang Angiulo Brothers push hard against him and his allies, Whitey finds himself in a compromised position.Concerns over the safety of his wife Lindsey (Johnson) and their son Douglas, who suffers from Reye’s Syndrome, make the situation even more dangerous, with Whitey being forced to work for the FBI. However, making Whitney worry further is William Michael “Billy” Bulger (Cumberbatch), his brother and the Massachusetts Senate President. Guy Pearce was initially considered for the role of James “Whitey” Bulger.

          Ludo (Horror), Netflix

          Cast: Ranodeep Bose, Soumendra Bhattacharya, Ananya Biswas

          Followed by a series of fun adventures gone wrong, Babai (Bose), Pele (Bhattacharya), Ria and Payal (Biswas) end up in a locked-up shopping mall. When an elderly couple appears out of nowhere, offering a game to pass time, the teenagers accept immediately, unaware of the dreadful fate that awaits them.

          Comprising of a leather board and a bottle containing two dices made of bone, the game titled Ludo is slowly altering the lives of the players, as they roll the dice. But it is too late to back out once they realise that the board is a live one. Ludo is put together by the team who brought out Gandu and Tasher Desh.

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            Koffee with Karan, Star World,
            Sunday, 9 pm
            After the entertaining episode featuring Ranveer Singh and Ranbir Kapoor, the show has been taken up a few notches. The guests for this weekend, Parineeti Chopra and Aditya Roy Kapoor, will add to the fun with their quirky rapid fire round and some intense conversations.

            Vogue BFFs, Colors Infinity, Saturday, 9 pm
            Tune into Colors Infinity tomorrow to watch the finale of Vogue BFFs, where actor Ranveer Singh and director Zoya Akhtar share the couch and also each other’s secrets. Expect an extremely high-on-energy Ranveer Singh to share some funny stories.

            Whose Line Is It Anyway? Season 4,
            Comedy Central, Tonight, 10 pm
            The skit comedy show, hosted by Aisha Tyler, has the three actors Wayne Brady, Colin Mochrie and Ryan Stiles performing improvised comedy pieces. The performers create characters, songs and dialogues on the spot to entertain viewers.

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