Nimtoh (2019) aka Invitation is a Nepali film that was screened at the Cannes Film Festival 2019 and was made available online by ICAF. Tashi is a 10-year old boy living with his grandma in the outhouse of a small farm in a village near Darjeeling. His grandma is a servant taking care of the cardamom orchard, Tashi does the odd-jobs around when he is not going to school.  The film starts with the duo making noise in the night to scare off the wild animals that come inside the farm. In that first five minutes, we are transported to…

Over the Moon (2020) is an animated musical film for kids that can be enjoyed by grown-ups too, I liked it. It blends Chinese mythology, a bright girl & caring parents, science and the emotional drama of losing a loved…

Tribhanga (2021) is an example of a familiar story being made into an engaging watch by having a fine casting, good screenplay and excellent acting by Kajol. Kajol is gorgeous in the film and has single-handedly turned an average film…

Lucky Grandma (2019) is a comedy film featuring Tsai Chin as the 80-year-old  grandma living in New York’s Chinatown. While on a trip to a casino, she lands on a large pile of cash, believing it to be her luck to get it, she keeps it. Unlucky for her the underworld comes calling soon. Tsai Chin acting as the grandma was a delight to watch, other than that the film proceeds on familiar route with no real surprises or turns. Hsiao-Yuan Ha who comes as the 8-feet bodyguard Big Pong to grandma impresses us with his innocent acting. The first…

“Forgetfulness is a national disease” says the multinational villain belittling Indians in the film Bhoomi (2021). If you are suffering from the same illness then you will like the film. I found the film starring Jayam Ravi – a talented…

Recently if you search for the meaning of an English word in Google Search, you get the Tamil meaning along with the English meaning. It is kind of like having a LIFCO or OXFORD English-English-Tamil Dictionary available in the search. A nice New Year & Pongal gift from Google. I have been seeing it in India for the last few weeks, not sure when it got rolled out or for which geographies. Apart from English & Tamil, I am seeing English & Hindi and English & Marathi. ஆங்கில வார்த்தையை கூகிளில் தேடும் போது, ஆங்கில அர்த்தத்தோடு தமிழ் விளக்கமும் வருகிறது. புத்தாண்டு மற்றும் பொங்கல்…

Rose Island (2020) is a comedy film based on the true story of a man-made island built off the coast of Italy in the 1960s in international waters and who declared independence status with the UN and European Council. The…

Sir (2018) is a good film about social inequality and the cultural differences between the city and the villages in modern India. Told from the angle of a maid working for the son from an affluent family in Mumbai, the…

Google Photos pretty much solved the problem of backing up precious photos we take on our smartphone to the cloud. This eliminated the fear of losing the pictures when you upgrade your phone or the unfortunate event of losing/breaking it. I backup all my photos and videos in the full format to an external hard-drive and to Dropbox, even then I keep a copy in Google Photos in lower resolution as it is convenient and fast to search and retrieve photos.  For the last many years whenever I set up a phone for a friend or relative, next to Gmail…