This time of year always brings about the customary reflections on the past 12 months; causing people to wonder if they’ve effectively spent them becoming their best selves, and achieving the lofty resolutions they may have drawn up last January.
Award-winning and internationally lauded Indian filmmakers M. Manikandan, Bramma G., and M. Anucharan form the Advisory Board of the new Viewfinder Film Consulting (VFC). The company, founded by Canadian management professional Dilani Rabindran, is dedicated to helping South Indian films reach international audiences.
On my second visit to Chennai in January 2015, I went out to lunch with a few of my co-workers at Behindwoods. I wanted to try the soup starter but I knew I wouldn’t be able to finish the large portions I saw being served. One of my teammates said “we’ll share” and as the waiter came by he told them “We’ll have the sweet corn soup, 1 by 2”.
“Madam, neenga eana language pesureenga?” (Translation: “Madam, what language are you speaking?”)—an Ola (the popular, app-based cab fleet service) driver asked me about 5 days ago, after I got off a business call on my phone. I laughed and said “umm English”.