sandeep sawant's national award winning shwaas will be the indian nominee for the academy awards. a tremendous achievement for sandeep sawant considering that its his directorial debut.
hopefully that will allow an opportunity to see the movie here in the states.
on a totally different note, here is suketu mehta's new book Maximum City: Bombay Lost And Found - he is being interviewed in a bar(?) named Olive in Mumbai [somewhere in south bombay i assume!] - the description of the folks visiting the bar makes me wonder if it was the same mumbai i grew up in ... and then there is shanta gokhale's analysis of the psyche of mumbaichaa marathi manus... again makes you sit back and think hard about the completely different worlds existing in mumbai - the millworker on the one hand and the myriad of folks at Olive with too much money to spend!