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NSPA Sundowner 2016: Performances to Look Out For.

Saturday, May 21st, 2016

NSPA Sundowner 2016, presented by Marico Evenings is an indie event with a promising lineup of musicians and actors. This Saturday (28th of May) the Carter Road Amphitheater will come alive with mellifluous performances by our artists. With a dazzling mix of genres on the cards, every music lover is sure to have his fill of good music. Here are the performances you should look out for.

First up we have Teehigh, a 3 piece band known for their soulful Sufi pop renditions. They also throw in a few Punjabi pop numbers if you cheer them enough!



Next, we have this fabulous theatre group. They put up a different kind of mime performance called clowning. Their interesting scripts are meaningful and funny and that is wehy it’s an absolute pleasure to watch these guys!


Hakuna Matata is a 4 piece band with a lineup as interesting as their name. Get ready to listen to some amazing mashups and fusion performances.

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This is for those looking for some relaxing music. The acoustic and bass guitars combine with the melodious notes of the harmonica to create harmonious instrumental compositions.


Another 4 piece band, Saranga set the stage on fire with their energy and music. Get ready to listen to some well-loved Hindi pop songs from the 90s. They also perform classic Marathi songs with a pop twist, so stick around to watch these guys!


Our closing band is a 3 piece one called 3 Shool. These talented performs are known for their Sufi pop renditions, so get ready to listen to some of your favourite Sufi tracks!


So, if you’re in the mood for a musical weekend, do attend this event. Don’t forget to get friends and family along for, the more the merrier!

NSPA Sundowner 2016: An Evening of Unadulterated Entertainment

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

Has the stifling summer heat and rather monotonous week at office left you feeling quite down? Fret not friends, for the NSPA has something amazing lined up for you, something that is sure to give you a mood boost that will last at least a week!

We’re talking about our ‘Sundowner 2016’ event, organized by the wonderful and welcoming Marico Evenings. Yes, it’s that fabulous event the Bandra West Residents Association (BWRA) organizes every year with us to enliven the Carter Road Amphitheatre area. If you happened to be part of the event last year, you’ll know how exciting the evening was. For those who weren’t there however, here’s all that you can hope to look forward to.

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Independent Artists showcasing their Talent

We all know about the Rahmans and Sonu Nigams and Coldplays of the world, but little do we realize that there might be some really talented performers in the building next to us, or in the college our child goes to. Many such incredibly talented, but not yet famous artists join the NSPA to earn, hone their talent and garner an audience. These are the artists who’ll be taking the stage and trust us when we tell you that they’re really talented! So, if you’re in the mood to experience some experimental music, performed by fresh faces, you have to attend this event!

Tried and tested is Good, but we’ve Got New Music Too!

Yes, familiar songs will be performed so that you can sing along to the classics. However, it doesn’t stop there because our artists like to showcase their own compositions and musical experiments. So, be prepared to experience some fresh renditions, from a chorus being sung differently to an original composition, there’s a lot of newness to look forward to!

There’s something for everyone

Maybe you’re a Sufi music lover, or you like the energy of a good ol’ Punjabi classic. Maybe retro hits get your groove on or instrumental melodies are what you’re partial towards, no matter the genre, we’re sure to have something for you. From mashups to medleys to nothing but pure music, our event promises a potpourri of musical genres and styles, waiting to be consumed by an open-minded listener.

Oh, there’s something for theatre lovers too, did we mention that?

Who says the Good things in Life aren’t free?

Well, this event surely is! Yes, no passes, no cover charges, no entry fees of any kind. All you need to do is find a chair and plonk down. (If it’s crowded, hang around in the vicinity.) Your love for music is your entry card, for that’s all our performers need!

An unmatchable Ambience

You can hear the rush of the waves as they charge towards their sandy destination, the crash as they explode on the sandy shore and a gentle hum as they retreat into the beautiful blue expanse from where they came. A setting sun rapidly changes colour, bathing everything beneath it in its changing hue. Amidst all this you can hear music, mellifluous and moving, filling your heart with joy and your soul with purpose. Can there be anything better than this?

So, here’s your chance to be part of something really amazing, and we hope you don’t miss it. Come attend NSPA Sundowner 2016, presented by Marico Evenings, at Carter Road Amphitheatre on the 28th of May, 6 pm onwards. We want you to sample this musical treat!

Also, here’s a look at our performances from last year.

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Struggle to Success Stories of Iconic Stars

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

They look confident and radiant when they step on stage to collect awards. It almost seems like they were born to be actors. But, many of our favourite actors and actresses never intended to follow this profession. Here are the little known stories of struggle of some of the biggest stars in the entertainment industry.

Whoopi Goldberg

Her performances have left us in splits and her, with an Oscar Award. However, Whoopi Goldberg never had it easy in life, in fact, her life is a shining example of the difficulties an upcoming artist struggles with. Not only did Whoopi have a difficult childhood (her father left when she was little and was raised single-handedly by her mother) she also faced discrimination due to her skin colour, dyslexia and artistic pursuits. Whoopi struggled with addiction, abortions and a dangerously low self-image. She worked as a brick layer and mortuary makeup artist to support herself and her child before making it big in Hollywood!


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Sylvester Stallone

We all remember the iconic dialogue from the movie ‘Rocky:’

“It ain’t about how hard you hit, it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.”

Sylvester Stallone didn’t just deliver this dialogue excellently in the film, he lived it out in his life. Before getting his big break as the director, writer and lead actor in the Rocky franchise, he struggled hard to make ends eat. Homeless and hungry, he was forced to do regrettable things like sell his wife’s jewellery, stay in bus stations and even sell the dog he loved, ‘Butkus,’ for a measly 25$. Perseverance and determination were the only tools he had and used them fully to achieve his dream of becoming an actor.

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Kailash Kher

Before making it big with hits like ‘Allah ke Bande’ and ‘Teri Deewani,’ Kailash had to stomach many hardships. After trying but failing to keep afloat several business ventures, Kailash left for Delhi at the late age of 29 to pursue music. Her trained under 15 gurus, all the while finding it difficult to find one who would be willing to invest time and energy in him. On coming to Mumbai, he ran around trying to find work and even had to spend nights in railway stations when he couldn’t afford housing!


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Asha Bhosle

Being the sister of an established star didn’t make the journey any easier for this music icon. She too had to run from pillar to post, trying to get a foot inside the doors of this cut-throat industry. Initially, she was stereotyped as a cabaret singer and wasn’t given serious work. Often, rejected assignments were passed on to her. Her personal life too was one filled with turmoil. She was abused and then, thrown out of her house by her husband. Recently, her daughter committed suicide. Yet, Asha has stood rock solid through this all, giving us only the best of her talents.

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Prior to becoming the ‘God of the South,’ Rajnikanth spent his time working odd jobs. He was the fourth son of a police constable, and was named Shivaji Rao Gaekwad. Plagued with financial troubles, he worked as a carpenter, coolie and later on, as a bus conductor to make ends meet!


Well, we hope these stories inspire you and make you believe that anything can be achieved through hard work and determination.

Can you guess the Singers of these Ad Jingles?

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

When we see our icons on stage, singing away to a cheering crowd, we feel jealous. We wish we had the same ‘fate.’  Most of us forget that these stars too have a long journey of struggle behind them. Almost none of them earned success and fame overnight. In fact, many of them didn’t start off as playback singers. They initially worked odd jobs, providing backing vocals sometimes and creating ad jingles other times. But, they diligently worked towards their dream and slowly but steadily, made it to the top. Don’t believe us? Well, here are some singers to started off by doing just these things. You won’t believe that these jingles have been composed by them!



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KK is known for hits like ‘Yeh Pal,’ ‘O Meri Jaan,’ ‘Soniye’ and many more. But, he started off his career singing ad jingles. He has sung more than 3,500 jingles in 11 Indian languages in the years prior to getting a break in the playback industry.

He was also the voice behind the popular Hero Honda ad jingle ‘Desh Ki Dhadkan.’

Caralisa Monteiro

Remember that melodious song that played at the end of the movie ‘Rock On,’ as we were told about the after-stories of each of the band members, the song was titled ‘Phir Dekhiye’ and was sung by Caralisa Monteiro. She has also sung the timeless ‘Jaane Kyon’ from the movie ‘Dil Chahta Hai,’ and ‘My Dil Goes Mmmm’ from the movie Salaam Namaste. Before becoming a playback singer, Caralisa lent her voice to over 4000 ad jingles and voice-over projects!

She’s the voice behind this famous Limca ad jingle!

Suraj Jagan

He rose to fame with the song ‘Give me some Sunshine,’ however, prior to this, he created ad jingles. The famous Hutch (now Vodafone) ad jingle ‘You and I in this Beautiful World,’ has been sung by him!

Shankar Mahadevan

He’s given us timeless hits like ‘Urvasi Take it Easy,’ ‘Kay Sera Sera,’ and the unforgettable and inimitable ‘Breathless,’ but her too started off his career singing ad jingles. In fact it was a Dairy Milk commercial that led to him being recognized as a singer!

Amit Trivedi

He’s touted to be the next A. R. Rahman of our industry and has mesmerized us with his scores in Dev D, Udaan, Queen and several other movies. However, before achieving fame, Amit worked on ad-jingles as well as background scores for TV serials and theatre!

Here’s a fun fact – He composed the catchy ad jingle for the famous IDEA Honey Bunny ad!

So, if you’ve not yet got the job of your dreams and are still working backstage, it’s okay, carry on. Your claim to fame will arrive soon!

Better Late than Never: The Late Bloomers who made it Large

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

When we read a well-written book, or glance at an evocative painting, we’re tempted to think that the creation was always a fully-formed product in the artist’s head, and all she/he had to do was empty it on to a page or canvas. However, although this might be the case in some instances, it is hardly the rule. Many artists have spent years working on the same project, dealing with disappointments and delays along the way. Many have also had to take a break in their artistic careers to make time for other commitments and responsibilities. Because of these hiccups, they’ve tasted the sweet fruits of success rather late in life. What, however, seems to be the rule though, is that great work ends up reaping great rewards, even if they come rather late.

Are you too a struggling artist who’s already too familiar with rejection? Do you find yourself wondering when you’re going to get that book published or record deal cracked? Worry no more, for if you take a look at the success stories of these artists, you’ll realize that there’s no such thing as being too late or too old, that success can come calling at your doorstep even when you’re 60 years old! All you need to do is stick to your guns and keep working towards your goal. One day, perhaps when you least expect it, you’ll hit a home run, and that’s when you’ll realize that you were destined for greatness all along.

Alan Rickman

We know him best for his performance as the cold, sinister, potions teacher of Hogwarts School – Professor Severus Snape. However, he didn’t get great roles soon after leaving college. He started off by running a design studio and then, dabbled in theatre for quite a while. It was only at the age of 38 that he got his first major television role!


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Paul Cezanne

Today, he is hailed as one of the most influential post-impressionist painters of his time, with contemporaries like Matisse and Picasso drawing from his works. However, Cezanne’s graph as an artist was one filled with downward curves. In his 20s, he was rejected from the art school he applied to, and subsequently by his peers and the art intellectuals of the time. He led a reclusive life and was consumed by self-doubt through most of his career. It was only after his death that an English critic recognized his works and projected them as being valuable contributions to the contemporary art movement.


Bill Withers

The ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’ singer definitely didn’t think he would become one of the most popular singers in music history when he was serving in the US Navy. After serving his country for nine years, we went on to work in a factory assembly line. When he launched his debut album that included the song ‘Ain’t No Sunshine,’ he was 32 years of age!


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Joseph Conrad

Joseph Conrad is best known for his masterpiece ‘Heart of Darkness,’ which was also adapted to film by Francis Ford Coppola in his epic adventure war film ‘Apocalypse Now.’ However, he wasn’t a writer from the start, nor did he harbour such ambitions. He turned to writing at the age of 36, and that was only after ill health prevented him from continuing his career in the Merchant Marines. The book ‘Heart of Darkness’ was published when he was 41 years old!


Marina Abramovic

Most of us know her from a video that went viral on social media, where a lady performance artist tears up after an old lover participates in her experiment titled ‘The Artist in Present.’ As they look at each other after spending years apart, they can’t help but tear up, and nor can we. Marina Abramovic is a famous and highly respected performance artist. However, it took years for her to earn this reputation. It was only in her early forties, after ending her relationship with her partner for 12 years, Ulay, that she began solidifying a reputation for her independent art.


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So folks, don’t be disheartened if you don’t see your name at the top of the charts, or if you still haven’t finished that book you’ve been trying to write, because, it’s never to late to try for greatness!

Words to Remember

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

When life knocks us down, we deal with the blow in different ways. Some of us pray, some of us withdraw into our safe circle of loyal friends, but what most of us do is talk about the problem, perhaps with a family member, a partner or a really close friend. The encouragement and advice we receive from them helps us get through the hard times. Indeed, there are very few things in life that are as motivating as an encouraging word or a supportive gesture when you most need it.

The people, whose quotes we’ve mentioned below, might not be related to you (duh!) but, they are people who’ve gone through a lot in life themselves, and have still ended up making it big. We can trust them to have the perfect words to say when life gives you the short end of the stick. So, if you’re facing a particularly rough patch in life, here are some honest sayings that are sure to make you feel positive again. Keep fighting!


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“It’s like if you plant something in the concrete and if it grow and the rose petal got all kinds of scratches and marks, you ain’t gonna say, ‘Damn, look at all the scratches and marks on the rose that grew from the concrete.’ You’re gonna be like, ‘Damn, a rose grew from the concrete?” – Tupac Shakur

“The truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain’t goin’ away.” - Elvis Presley

“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.” - John Lennon

“My heroes are the ones who survived doing it wrong, who made mistakes, but recovered from them.” – Bono

“The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively” – Bob Marley

Exploring the Beauty of Nature with Ruskin Bond

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

Many of us fell in love with Ruskin Bond’s writing way back in school, perhaps when we read his ‘Cherry Tree.’ His description of picturesque landscapes makes you want to spend time in a forest and his subjects, simple people leading regular lives, are refreshing and intriguing. Ruskin Bond has made many a child fall in love with nature, and go on to become avid travellers. If you haven’t read his books yet, fret not, for now is a good time to start. His heart-warming stories are perfect for people of all ages. ‘The Room on the Roof,’  ‘The Blue Umbrella,’  ‘Our Trees still grow in Dehra,’ ‘The Night Train to Deoli and other stories,’ are some of his best books. Pick up one of these today to give him the perfect birthday gift! Yup, it’s the octogenarian’s 82 birthday today (19th May) so Happy Birthday Mr. Bond!

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Now mull over these wonderful quotes.

If you too love being in the presence of nature, these quotes of his will fill your heart with joy.

“…for every time I see the sky I’m aware of belonging to the universe than to just one corner of the earth.”

“And when all the wars are done, a butterfly will still be beautiful.”

“Live close to nature and you’ll never feel lonely. Don’t drive those sparrows out of your veranda; they won’t hack into your computer.”

“The adventure is not in getting somewhere, it’s the on-the-way experience. It is not the expected; it’s the surprise.”

“A story never really ends and happiness is something that comes and goes. It is as rare as a rainbow.”

“By day, it does seem that our troubles won’t cease, but at night, late at night, the world is at peace.”

“I have come to believe that the best kind of walk, or journey, is the one in which you have no particular destination when you set out.”

“It is always the same with mountains. Once you have lived with them for any length of time, you belong to them. There is no escape.”

“Happiness is as elusive as a butterfly, and you must never pursue it. If you stay very still, it may come and settle on your hand. But only briefly. Savour those moments, for they will not come in your way very often.”

“It wouldn’t be much fun living on a planet where grass could not grow.”

Greasing the Wheels of Love with Words

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

Warning: The love we’re talking about here is the fiery and passionate kind, the type proudly labelled ‘Romantic Love.’ No “Love you like a friend” nonsense shall be alluded to. Tread carefully.

After watching the brilliant Marathi movie, Sairat, we were inspired to meditate on this complex and consuming emotion called love. Yes, that all-powerful emotion, notorious for making the wisest man abandon wisdom and imparting, even to the most foolish, a startling amount of insight and understanding. Why does it wield the power it does, making the world go round or stand still as per its whims? More importantly, what exactly is love, or rather, how does one know one is in love? Does it feel like the cold shock of a morning shower, or is it more insidious, creeping up on you when you least expect it? Or perhaps it’s like a Jack-in-the-box, springing out at you with such gusto, it makes you want to scream, or scram. Well, it’s hard to find answers to these questions. Generations of brilliant minds have turned these queries over in their brilliant heads, and yet, have been unable to come up with unanimous answers. If anything, they’ve only been able to give us their understanding of love, which is coloured by their experience of it. Perhaps that is why we find so much matter on this emotion, for by eluding definition, it throws open a plethora of understandings for us to explore. Here are some poems that do their bit to make sense of this mystifying emotion.


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I carry your heart with me (I carry it in my heart) – E.E Cummings

We might recognize this poem as the one read by Maggie Feller to her sister, Rose, in the movie ‘In Her shoes.’  Because of its depth and lyrical quality, this poem is quite the lover’s favourite. What is also interesting about this poem, however, is the manner in which it is written. The poet deliberately places the sentences with endearments within parenthesis, such that they are carried inside the lines of the poem, much like his lover’s heart!

i carry your heart with me(i carry it in

my heart)i am never without it(anywhere

i go you go, my dear; and whatever is done

by only me is your doing, my darling)

Another Valentine – Wendy Cope

This smartly written poem is perfect for those in long-term relationships. Having felt and done it all before, the poet is quite blasé about Valentine’s Day, But, as she thinks and talk about this day, romantic feelings begin to creep and she can’t help but get mushy and affectionate with her valentine.

Today we are obliged to be romantic

And think of yet another valentine.

We know the rules and we are both pedantic:

Today’s the day we have to be romantic.

Our love is old and sure, not new and frantic.

You know I’m yours and I know you are mine.

And saying that has made me feel romantic,

My dearest love, my darling valentine.

Valentine – Carol Ann Duffy

In this poem, the poet calls a spade a spade. She isn’t starry-eyed about love, for she knows that it can be an incredibly difficult emotion. She also knows that love can hurt and the pain can stay for a long, long time, just like the odour of an onion. If you’re a realist and avoid soppy saying like the plague, this love poem is for you.

Here’s a snippet from the poem-

Not a red rose or a satin heart.

I give you an onion.

It is a moon wrapped in brown paper.

It promises light

like the careful undressing of love.


It will blind you with tears

like a lover.

It will make your reflection

a wobbling photo of grief.

To his coy mistress – Andrew Marvell

This is probably one of the most flirtatious poems you’ll ever come across. Despite the very overt sexual advances the speaker seems to be making to his mistress, we can still see the truth in his words and this, combined with his wit and directness, make him probably one of the most endearing and persuasive speakers in the history of poems! If you’re trying to win over the affections of a rather shy person, this is the poem to read to him or her.

Read the full poem here: To His Coy Mistress

A Drinking Song – W.B. Yeats

Just six lines long and rather simple in content and form, you might think that the poem cannot take on this weighty and complex emotion. But, it does, simply and beautifully. Just like falling in love.

Wine comes in at the mouth

And love comes in at the eye;

That’s all we shall know for truth

Before we grow old and die.

I lift the glass to my mouth,

I look at you, and I sigh.

Well, we hope these poems help you draw your own understanding of love, well if not, at least you now have some fab lines to use on your next/on going crush.

P.S: Poetry makes good pick up lines.

Time to Update your Summer Playlist!

Friday, May 13th, 2016

There’s a song for every weather and summer, most certainly, has a lot of songs around it. The stifling heat can sometimes be too much to handle, but then again, this season does offer us some fine things, like mangoes and a chance to dress really light and of course, holidays! Summer breaks are the best for they give you a chance to escape from monotony and explore adventure! Here are some popular songs that talk about this season. They also make perfect additions to your summer playlist!

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Walking on Sunshine (Katrina and the Waves)

This peppy number is almost a metaphor for summer exuberance. The fast-paced beats make this a perfect number to jive to at a summer party. If you need a quick mood fix on a hot summer day, this is the song to play on repeat. Soon, you’ll be walking on sunshine too!

Ain’t No Sunshine (Bill Withers)

Billy Withers is most likely singing about a wayward girlfriend, but it could also be a song about the summer sun. “Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone, It’s not warm when she’s away.” Remember this the next time you curse the summer heat.

You are my Sunshine

This melodious country song was first performed by Jimmie Davis and Charles Mitchell. Since then, it has been covered by a number of artists, from Nat King Cole to Johnny Cash to today’s turntable scratching DJs. Listen to any version, for the song just doesn’t lose its charm.

Summer Holiday (Cliff Richard)

This lilting song is perfect for a long summer drive. The lyrics too are fitting for the laid back pace of a hot summer day. Sing along with Cliff as he tells you,

“We’re all going on a summer holiday

No more working for a week or two

Fun and laughter on our summer holiday

No more worries for me or you

For a week or two.”

Here Comes the Sun (The Beatles)

This song is considered to be one of George Harrison’s finest compositions. The optimism of the song can put a spring in anyone’s step. Escape the boiling cauldron-like conditions and all the irritation that comes with it by listening to this lilting song that will make you feel as cool as a cucumber!


Exploring the Work of the Obscure Genius Sadaat Hasan Manto

Friday, May 13th, 2016

Although academics has exposed young literature enthusiasts to the works of several gifted Indian writers, it’s unfortunate that the work of one particularly perceptive writer has been conveniently and purposely omitted from syllabuses. Perhaps that’s because he isn’t Indian but a Pakistani; or because the topic he writes extensively on is more uncomfortable than his nationality – The Partition of 1947. We’re talking about the controversial short story writer Sadaat Hasan Manto. Manto was a writer and playwright who used his talents to explore and expose human nature under dire circumstances. He drew inspiration from the stories he seen unfolding around him, during and after the partition, as well as from his own experience. His plot lines are bold and he often touch upon subjects that were considered too sensitive to be written about. ‘Khol Do’ and ‘Thanda Gosht’ are brilliant examples of his courageous writing. Unfortunately, his frank treatment of such topics led to him being tried for obscenity six times and this, along with the social stigmatization he experienced, caused him to hit the bottle and eventually lose his life at the young age of 42. However, his legacy lives on till today through his work and is read not just by Pakistanis or Indians, but by all those who wish to understand better the impact one of the most tragic chapters in our nation’s history had on the people of those times, through an honest, upfront and ballsy storyteller.

It’s difficult to do justice to the genius of this writer in such a short article, but we can celebrate his intelligence and wit by revisiting some of his profound sayings. To fulfill that purpose, and to celebrate his birthday (11th May, 1912) we present 6 of his most powerful quotes.


On the partition. The strength of this observation is, however, felt even today.

“Hindustan had become free. Pakistan had become independent soon after its inception but man was still slave in both these countries — slave of prejudice … slave of religious fanaticism … slave of barbarity and inhumanity.”

His rumination on the capriciousness of life and the powerlessness of the individual.

“For me, remembrance of things past has always been a waste of time, and what’s the point of tears? I don’t know. I’ve always been focussed on today. Yesterday and tomorrow hold no interest for me. What had to happen, did, and what will happen, will.”

Even during the years when patriarchy was an unquestioned norm, Manto stood up for women and questioned society for its hypocrisy.

“A man remains a man no matter how poor his conduct. A woman, even if she were to deviate for one instance, from the role given to her by men, is branded a whore. She is viewed with lust and contempt. Society closes on her doors it leaves ajar for a man stained by the same ink. If both are equal, why are our barbs reserved for the woman?”

Manto takes a dig at the self-appointed custodians of the nation’s ‘honor.’

“We’ve been hearing this for some time now — Save India from this, save it from that. The fact is that India needs to be saved from the people who say it should be saved.”

Manto tells you what it feels like to be an honest writer.

‘In that sense, I don’t consider myself a writer so much as a pick-pocket. One who picks his own pocket and hands over its contents to you. Have you ever seen such a fool as me?’

Manto’s touching understanding of one of the most powerful emotions we are capable of experiencing – love.

“But love, whether in Multan or on Siberia’s icy tundra, whether in the winter or the summer, whether among the rich or the poor, whether among the beautiful or the ugly, whether among the crude or refined, love is always just love. There’s no difference.”