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February 17, 2010
It's Buddhism 2010
‘It’s about the Buddha, yo. Hey brother, listen carefully! You got it? No? You don’t? Okay, baby, no problem.’This hip-hop excerpt is just a small taste of a new wave of Japanese Buddhism that is becoming increasingly popular, at least according to a
It's Buddhism 2010
February 15, 2010
India TV Ads No Good?
I couldn’t resist a headline which read, ‘Best Ever Commercials of India,’ jumping out at me on a popular aggregation website recently. Clicking through, I found myself on a strange marketing website that despite its lack of cohesion, as promised, ha
India TV Ads No Good?
February 04, 2010
Darker Side of Reality TV in India
After briefly mentioning the phenomenon of reality TV in India last month, I’ve since had a chance to speak with our India correspondent Shreyasi Singh about it in more depth. And I was delighted to find that she had some insightful thoughts to share
Darker Side of Reality TV in India
February 01, 2010
India's Mozart Hits LA
The biggest annual music event in the West-the Grammys-has just wrapped up in the US. And thanks to the still-reverberating success of Slumdog Millionaire, India has made its mark again on the international scene, with renowned Indian music composer
India's Mozart Hits LA
January 29, 2010
China's 'Gen Y' NOT Western
Want to be cool in China? Try taking on some family values. According to an article published Monday in BusinessWeek, ‘Reckoning with Chinese Gen Y,’ while younger generations in the country (aged roughly between 15 and 30) are becoming more ‘modern,
China's 'Gen Y' NOT Western
January 28, 2010
Will Asia Buy Into iPad?
I miss the jungle. Last year I spent an epic night in the wilderness of Cambodia, with nothing but a netted hammock to protect me from the elements. It was an experience I still fondly recall, in part because for once I wasn’t wrapped in that other n
Will Asia Buy Into iPad?
January 26, 2010
A Made-in-China Mountain
Does China have a love-hate relationship with Avatar? Or is it all just media hype? Last week headlines highlighted the fact that the hit film was being removed from 2-D screens nationwide-with some sources framing the event as an act of defiance aga
A Made-in-China Mountain
January 20, 2010
China: 'Goodbye Blues!'
Getting as much (if not more) media coverage than the on-going ‘Google vs. China’ saga today is the ‘China vs. Avatar’ story. According to news sources, China’s state-run China Film Corporation this week made the decision to shut down all two-dimensi
China: 'Goodbye Blues!'
January 18, 2010
Taking it High-brow
Is there a Japanese Andy Warhol? Perhaps, some say, contemporary artist Takashi Murakami fits the bill. His likeness to the late art icon is attributed to his similar ability to transform pop culture to appeal to ‘high-brow’ audiences. And, while his
Taking it High-brow
December 15, 2009
Charismatic Author of Upcoming Rock & Roll Jihad
I didn’t know there was a ‘Pakistani U2,’ but according to my recent research into the region there is, and it’s rock and roll band Junoon. Although the group has been in hiatus since 2005, it’s still arguably one of the most popular and influential
Charismatic Author of Upcoming Rock & Roll Jihad
November 18, 2009
Top Actor No. 1 -Shahrukh Khan
Indian Cinema Series ’Shahrukh Khan’ (also Shah Rukh Khan) has a rather regal ring to it-appropriate for a figure who looms so large over the Bollywood scene that his most famous nickname graces the cover of the book, King of Bollywood: Shah Ruk
Top Actor No. 1 -Shahrukh Khan
November 17, 2009
Top Actor No. 2 - Aamir Khan
Indian Cinema Series Aamir Khan is a somewhat mysterious figure on the Bollywood scene. I say that, because he doesn’t play the celebrity game the way many stars do. Take for example, the fact that he won’t attend Indian film award shows, even t
Top Actor No. 2 - Aamir Khan
November 16, 2009
Top Actor No. 3 - Salman Khan
Indian Cinema Series The slick, muscular torso of devoted bodybuilder Salman Khan is a familiar sight to anybody who follows the Bollywood scene, who is No. 3 on our Top Indian Actors countdown.  The well-sculpted celebrity has been in the
Top Actor No. 3 - Salman Khan
November 13, 2009
Top Actor No. 4 - Amitabh Bachchan
Indian Cinema Series  Yesterday marked day 570 of Amitabh Bachchan’s diary-style blog, and his entry today already has over 300 comments posted to it. Some days more than 600 fans reach out to the megastar via this channel, churning out heartfel
Top Actor No. 4 - Amitabh Bachchan
November 12, 2009
Top Actor No. 5 - Hrithik Roshan
Indian Cinema Series The 2000s saw a flurry of activity in Bollywood. Increased global interest led to more international releases which, combined with what was seen as an overall boost in film quality and innovation and surge in urban theatre c
Top Actor No. 5 - Hrithik Roshan
November 12, 2009
Resistance is Futile. It's the Bollywood seduction
Having wrapped up our countdown of actresses yesterday, I’m now jumping straight into our list of Top 5 Actors in Indian Cinema.  And on a more personal note, I’ve recently joined some on-line Bollywood fan groups and started following the lates
Resistance is Futile. It's the Bollywood seduction
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