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Children, Foucault and Media

Scope | Sonia Ghalian As a part of my larger research project that aims to understand the various ways in which notions of childhood are constructed in the cinematic medium, my recent interest has been towards observing the various popular trends that have emerged in the cultural imagination of children and adolescents. For example, my niece, who is now seven …

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Ek Ajnabee Hasina Se: Life and Times of an Indian Commercial

Scope | Parichay Patra Sudipta Kaviraj once read the song of a city, the proverbial ‘Bombay Meri Jaan’, into his experiences and autobiographical imaginings in a suburban town in the distant Bengal, where he didn’t have much access to the world of cinema (Kaviraj 2004). It is not unusual for film critics and scholars to begin a piece of film …

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Velleity, Or Criticism In Vernacular

Scope | Baidurya Chakrabarti vel·le·i·ty:  noun \ve-ˈlē-ə-tē, və-\ plural vel·le·i·ties Definition of VELLEITY  1: the lowest degree of volition 2: a slight wish or tendency : inclination. Origin of VELLEITY New Latin velleitas, from Latin velle to wish, will — more at will First Known Use: 1618   ****************** Let me fist of all make it clear that this piece is a ‘velleity’. A small wish that never overstates, imposes, or overbears. An …