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A Japanese film, Shoplifters (2018) is about a poor family who takes to stealing items from supermarkets, has won many accolades including Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2018. I watched at a special screening as part of the Inauguration of the 16th Chennai International Film Festival. A wonderful film it was, don’t miss it. The family of a grandma, a young boy, a working girl and a middle-aged couple residing in a shabby…

Many years ago when I first visited the USA, a friend of mine living there gave me an advice that I recollect every time I travel abroad – when visiting an Indian Restaurant outside India to peep in first to see if there are more foreigners than Indians eating there, if so to stay away from that place as it would’ve been tailored for their taste-buds and not ours. I remembered this when I was…

Whenever I visit Singapore, where I have relatives and many friends, I have mixed feelings. On one hand, I am amazed by the growth, advancement and the hygiene that this tiny nation-state has achieved; yet on the other hand, it makes me think how long can this wonder last, when will the other nations copy what they do? Asking this question to himself, the Singapore Prime Minister Mr Lee Hsien Loong in this interview for…

We are in the deserts of southern Israel, a father and daughter are travelling in an SUV after what’s probably a shopping trip, the girl “Layla” is driving and the father “Suliman” is attentively asking about her studies and the need to study well. As we think what a progressive father he is, the car enters their Bedouin village, which is getting ready for a wedding – for the second marriage of the father to a…

The frog can’t remember the time when he was a tadpole (개구리 올챙이 적 생각도 못 한다), a Korean Proverb The growth of South Korea after the Korean war was meteoric – Samsung, Hyundai and LG are now household names around the world – this success was achieved on the back of the hard working classes of Korea – just like Japanese, generations of Koreans knew nothing outside being loyal and dedicated to the success of…