Posts Tagged ‘Tamil’


They don’t make them like they used to…this Valentine’s Day, we’re taking you back in time with some recommendations for romantic classics in Indian cinema.  Here are our picks:


Tere Ghar Ke Samne (1963:  Dev Anand & Nutan Behl).  Dev Anand’s classic film about a young architect who falls in love with the daughter of his father’s business rival.  Lighthearted, fun and with some memorable tunes.

Padosan (1968:  Sunil Dutt & Saira Banu).  A spirited comedy about falling in love with the girl next door.


Malliswari (1951:  N.T. Rama Rao & Bhanumathi).  A story set in the days of the Vijayanagara Empire involving a woman whose fate had it written that she live in the royal palace but is in love with a sculptor.  Don’t worry, it’s a happy ending.

Missamma (1955:  N.T. Rama Rao & Savitri).  How can 2 teachers not fall in love when they have to feign marriage to be hired?  Especially when it’s NTR and Savitri.


Harano Sur (1957:  Uttam Kumar & Suchitra Sen).  Alok, an amnesiac after a train accident, falls in love with Roma, his doctor, only to forget her when he regains his memory.  Can Roma woo him back?  Kumar and Sen are one of the most magnetic duets in Bengali cinema.

Baksa Badal (1970:  Soumitra Chatterjee & Aparna Sen).  A lighthearted romantic-comedy about two people who have their luggage exchanged during a train journey.  A very cute story.  Screenplay by Satyajit Ray.


Thillana Mohanambal (1968:  Shivaji Ganesan & Padmini).  A classical bharathanatyam dancer and a nadaswaram player fall in love.  How artistic is that?

And no list of romantic movies would be complete without one starring Audrey Hepburn.  Love in the Afternoon, starring Audrey and Gary Cooper is as good it can get.


Want a glimpse of our new products?  Take a look at our Coming Soon page for a peek!  We’ll be formally introducing the new line up during our New Products Week in September, where you’ll be taken behind the scenes to meet the artists and the history behind each project.

Our new line up includes 18 books (3 books offered in Gujarati, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu (and 2 in Kannada), as well 4 precious handmade memory/keepsake books), a fabulous high-style Alphabet Poster, new apron designs and adult-sized aprons, as well as a collection of eco-friendly personalized stationery and prints featuring bold, colourful and (of course) South-Asian-inspired graphics.

So you see, we’ve been quite busy this summer!  Gnaana is growing…thanks to you, our readers and customers…so keep the fire going by spreading the word!


Sure there’s Jhumpa Lahiri and Arundhati Roy.  But what of Indian fiction written in native languages?  We in the West are pummeled with the importance of reading translations of War and Peace and Madame Bovary, but what of the Tolstoys and Flauberts of India?

I admit I don’t know have a huge knowledgebase of classical Indian fiction writers (meaning, those who write in their native languages).  I picked up few novels while living in Bangalore:  some by Sarat Chandra Chatterji (Devdas (of course), and Parineeta (much better than the movie – and I liked the movie) and Nishkriti (a little disturbing)) and also Tagore (Chokher Bali – absolutely brilliant).

There is certainly something to be said about native Indian fiction.  And I found a goldmine of a website:  DK Agencies – a Delhi-based book supplier which ships worldwide.  They have translated works from writers all over India – both classical and contemporary.  Hindi, Telugu, Punjabi, Tamil, Kannada…and the list goes on.  I can’t wait to get my hands on Premchand’s Short Stories.  Or maybe The Blaft Anthology of Tamil Pulp Fiction – a little more contemporary(Outlook India calls this “the best produced paperback in the history of Indian publishing.”).  And many others that would be great additions to the library

Beach reading, no?


Image by Delhi Public School Indirapuram

Our June Newsletter is out – and this month we’re featuring some traditional games played by children in Indian villages.  We did some investigation, emphasizing games which required little or no equipment (so games like Caroms, Chess (Shatranj), etc. were excluded).  Here’s a list of what we came up with – so you’ll have plenty of tube-free activities for the kids this summer:

Indoor Games

Pallankuzhi (also called Pallanguli) – Many claim this game to be a South Indian game from Tamil Nadu, but we found that it’s been played for centuries all over the world!  It’s similar to mancala – with 2 players shifting and capturing coins in 14 crevices.  Although you can buy a wooden Pallankuzhi board (and tamarind seeds were originally used as the coins), we made our own “board” with paper and a marker and used almonds for the coins – see picture above.  This is a great counting exercise for kids.  Rules of the game are here (but note there are many variations).

Kanche (marbles) – Infinite possibilities!  Here are a few possible games to play.

Lattoo (tops) – See who’s top can survive the longest OR try to get your top to travel to a particular spot.

Outdoor Games

Gilli Danda – Probably the most well-known traditional game, it’s similar to cricket (and featured in the Bollywood move Lagaan).  Rules of the game here.

Pitthoo – All you need is a soft rubber ball and 5-6 flat stones.  This is a team game for 4-20 players – perfect for a family reunion.  Rules here.

Poshampa – Kind of a variation of musical chairs – 2 people make a gate-like structure with their arms, and other kids form a line and pass through the gate.  When the song ends (you can sing a song or use a CD player/radio), the “gate” closes, and the person trapped inside must answer a question.  Depending on the answer, he/she joins 1 of the 2 teams.  A tug of war (rassa-kashi) between the teams serves as the finale.  More here.

Gucci Garam – A player draws a circle and stands inside of it with a stick.  Other players throw a ball at him, which he tries to deflect.  If the ball touches him, or if he steps outside the circle, he is out of the game.

Giti Phod – Another team game, members of one team have to try to arrange rocks in a pre-selected configuration, while avoiding getting hit by a ball thrown by the other team.