Dotting the ‘i’

#1. The censor board, after consulting with its specially constituted panel, has decided to clear Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film — after the makers carry out 26 cuts. Oh, and change the name of the film from Padmavati to Padmavat.

Does it occur to you that as a nation, our collective “sensibility” is extremely fragile, and also extremely malleable? That these “sensibilities” are easily offended and as easily appeased? What is an ‘i’, more or less, among friends anyway?

Don’t imagine for a moment, though, that this is the last you are going to hear of a tiresome movie by a tiresomely pretentious film-maker — once the release date is set, now-dormant sensibilities in Rajasthan and elsewhere will be duly aroused again, and much ruckus will duly follow.

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Pilgrim’s progress

Tug of religion

The Mental Floss list of top pilgrimage sites to visit has Jagannath in pole position. And not that this should be particularly surprising, but the list is dominated by Indian religious sites: The Golden Temple, Shatrunjaya Hill and Bodh Gaya.

Memo to self: Add Shatrunjaya to the list of places on the to-visit list. Additional memo: find time to work on the items in that list.