I may sound like I'm gushing when I write that meeting the wise, striking Dev Patel and listening to a talk with the handsome, funny Jake Gyllenhaal were the highlights of this year's Dubai International Film Festival for me. And make no mistake, I am.
Touring poverty has its obvious ethical questions. We felt a little less self-conscious about it because our hotel had set us up with a company that only employs university students who currently live in Dharavi.
I went to India to clear my head, to give my songs a different point of view. But the Universe has a way of saying "Ha" all the time. Back in the safety of my Laurel Canyon nest, I couldn't write a word for weeks. In fact, a pop song was the last thing on my mind.
A talented young filmmaker approached us and told us about this group of women who were making laptop bags out of old sarees and were interested in learning about technology, so that they could make apps to market their products.
Anyone who has ever been to India doesn't need me to explain the incredible, mystical vibe of this great country. But to those who have yet to journey there and experience its beauty, its undeniable magnetism, its incredible culture and its depth of spirituality, I suggest watching an Irrfan Khan film.
Based in New York, India born songstress Falu drops her new album Foras Road on May 28th, which was produced by Grammy-award winning producer Danny Blume of Jewel and Lisa Loeb fame.
As a person of East Indian descent, but an American through and through by birth and upbringing, I have always wanted to journey to the motherland to explore my Jain heritage.
My movie's character is Sami Malik, an Indian who comes to 1970s America on a crazy quest for success and to impress a girl. While the bulk of the film involves his escapades with several misfit roommates, I still put the idea aside. Who wants to see a movie with brown people?
Are you ready to go down the rabbit hole of possibilities with your own life? Start with a moment from your past in which rapid, intense, and clear change occurred. Now, thoughtfully consider who you would be today if the turning point incident had never occurred.
We landed in Mumbai in the dead of night, that mysterious window right before twilight, where anything can happen but nothing feels real.
It started with the Time magazine cover which pictures Manmohan Singh with the caption "underachiever." No big deal, right? I mean, it is an independent press doing what it is supposed to do -- expressing it's independent opinion.
Gorgeously shot and acted with aching tragic truthfulness, Michael Winterbottom's Trishna is a romance of depth and feeling.
Having discernment for the roles he takes on certainly helps, but the way McGregor fully embodies the characters he plays is not only enjoyable to watch but downright rare.
I'm a bit embarrassed to admit that the impetus for my visit was the film Slumdog Millionaire.
From the teams who brought us Entourage as the labels Def Jam now comes Leverage Records, a division that will focus on developing and releasing projects by new talent as well as music placement in films and television.
Dharavi may not change much in this generation, but the power of entrepreneurship offers great hope for the next.