Hotels have been central to several narratives. Recently we learnt the fictional Society of the Crossed Keys, a guild of top concierges whose deep connections in The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014, dir. Wes Anderson) help save the life of Ralph Fiennes’ suave Gustave H., was inspired by the Society of the Golden Keys, first started as a French-only […]Read more "Notorious Hotel Rooms: The Case of The Sealed Suite"
The New York Times on April 30, 1976 came out with an editorial, ‘‘If India ever finds its way back to the freedom and democracy that were proud hallmarks of its first eighteen years as an independent nation, someone will surely erect a monument to Justice H.R. Khanna of the Supreme Court.” The Time Magazine, […]Read more "Supreme Court Judges on Indian Magazine Covers"
Criminal cases based on circumstantial evidence can be resolved in several ways in a work of fiction. Judges do not have that liberty. It would be in the fitness of things to assume, there is only one right way for them to interpret the ‘circumstances’. Two lovers, in love forever, alone in a stranger’s house, […]Read more "The Baazigar Suicide Letter"
An innovative, 51-year old, Former English Batsman was coaching the South Africans during the 1999 ICC Cricket World Cup. He went by the name Bob Woolmer. He allowed his captain Hansie Cronje to take the field against India wearing an earpiece. The move was unfair but did not technically breach any rules. Only later would […]Read more "A World Cup Murder"
Vakasha Sachdev (@VakashaS) recently commented on ‘Live Tweeting Court Proceedings’: “A stream of live tweets, posted over the course of six days, recently went viral in the Indian Twitterverse. Surprisingly, these tweets had nothing to do with Shah Rukh Khan or Baahubali or the IPL or some ridiculous reality TV star or farragoes or any of […]Read more "The Live Tweets Ailment"
The Don always sells. There is even a sweet, fan-girl account in Sheela Raval’s Godfathers of Crime (Hachette, 2015). She attended the reception of Mahrukh’s wedding in the summer of 2005 and said, “Mario Puzo would have been proud of the scene“. In Khullam Khulla: Rishi Kapoor Uncensored (HarperCollins India, 2017), the actor has his […]Read more "D For Don II: Khullam Khulla"
While discussing ‘Colour Blindness’ before the SC [Pranay Poddar v. State of Tripura, Civil Appeal No. 4393 of 2017], Senior Advocate K.V. Vishwanathan quoted Shinobu Ishihara, a Professor at Tokyo Imperial University who, in the year 1916, had developed a diagnostic method which is still the most common test for ‘Colour Vision Deficiency’; and that […]Read more "The Ishihara Test"