17 June, 2021

Bhubaneswar Diary

There are press clubs and there are press clubs, but none quite so unique, it would seem, than the Press Club of Odisha.

Bhubaneswar Diary

Bond with the worst

When James Bond cannot kiss a 51-year-old woman in the midst of full-grown adults in a darkened theatre, and when the Wolf of Wall Street is beeped 506 f****** times on late-night TV because an uncertified schmuck on the censor board doesn’t like it, it is good to escape to the east, where an ostracised woman gets masturba­ted by a dog in broad daylight. Shocked? Good, that’s the idea. Because gawking at the ‘mai­thuna’, the sacred union of man and woman, at the Sun Temple in Konark is just the treatment sore eyes need in 2015, as the ‘achha’ din over illiberalism and intolerance reaches fever pitch. It is, at one level, illustrative of how much more open our minds used to be; and instructive of the oncoming descent as yogis, babas, sants, sadhvis and ‘chaddis’ try to teach the other 69 per cent how to live, love, eat, talk, pray—and think.

Monica Bellucci and Leonardo di Caprio, res­pectively, might be surprised that Orissa is in the same country Pahlaj...

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