Barfi

Deaf/mute boy meets autistic girl – an unusual topic for a Bollywood movie and an unusual treatment of an important issue. Chaplinesque and full of slapstick humour and much pathos, with some great acting performance, though at times its a bit too cute and gooey. Certainly worth a watch but it does drag a bit…

3 Sri Lankan writers

Seeing as we were going to Sri Lanka, I read 3 books by Sri Lankan writers over the last few months. First was Chinaman by Shehan Karunatilaka, a very clever and witty “mockumentary” novel about Sri Lanka’s greatest spin bowler. As well as being about cricket (and he nails the cricketing ego perfectly) it satirizes…