Thursday, December 30, 2010

Manil Suri's "My Life as a Cabaret Dancer"

The monthly magazine The Caravan is an excellent forum for long-form feature writing and journalism, and the January issue is special for me on two counts: first, it carries a piece I've written about Jaane bhi do Yaaro - the film and the book. Here's the link.

Second, the issue excerpts this wonderful essay by author Manil Suri about the "Helen dance" he performed in drag after a public reading at the Brooklyn Book Festival. The piece is one of 13 original essays in The Popcorn Essayists: What Movies do to Writers, an anthology of film-related writing that I've edited for Tranquebar. The book should be out in February, and needlesss to say I'll keep feeding you information and updates about it. But for now, do read Manil's piece, and watch his Bollywood dance here.

P.S. It's purely coincidental that the Helen number Manil picked for his dance was from a film titled... Caravan.


  1. Please let us know if/when the anthology will be available for purchase in the US. Look forward to reading it!

  2. Will do - it will probably be available in India around mid-Feb.