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I had chanced upon the site pertaining to their Paris exhibition on Guru Dutt by accident. Little did I know that it would take me to discover the Indophile Picard Couple- Sally & François- who are, in their own words, bitten by the Indian Culture bug! Here is my peek-a-boo into their world over a cup of coffee with Sally.

Read more: Meeting a self-confessed Indophile


Manu Rewal belongs to the new generation of 'cross-over' directors like Mira Nair and Deepa Mehta who bring together the best of Indian and Western worlds to present their vision to an urban intelligentsia. Director of the critically acclaimed Chai Pani etc., Manu's cinematic vision is a strong mix of his Indian cultural upbringing refined by his Parisian outlook.


Manu Rewal


Read more: Manu Rewal- Indian under Spotlight


Since morning, there has been a humdrum around. India is the guest of honour at the 3rd Edition of Salon du Cinema at the Grande Halle de la Villette, Paris from Jan 16th- 18th, 2009. Amitabh Bachchan is the special guest whose films will be screened in a special night long back to back screening on Friday night. Aishwarya Rai starrer 'Provoked' will also be screened.

Salon du Cinema

Read more: Celebrating Indian Cinema in Paris


Last year, a beautiful designed invitation card was put on the desktop. The invitation read Journée de Prix de Diane, Chantilly.The cover had a pictorial representation of an Indian monarch mounted on an elephant. Colours of India were evident and why not, India was the country of honour for this edition of the prestigious race. I was amused at the prospect of seeing India through a French lens.


Race in progress Château de Chantilly in background


Read more: An Indian Day at a French race-course


As an Indian, movies are a major part of our entertainment and leisure system, no matter where in the world we find ourselves. Not just for Indians, Bollywood movies provide masala fun to videshis also.


Yesterday, I was receiving a French friend at home. He readily agreed to watch the Om Shanti Om- the Shahrukh-Deepika starrer. Though lengthy, I could see him thoroughly engrossed in the plot, with punctuated expressions of exclamations in between. His irritation at being distracted was obvious if I asked him to refill his cup of tea. That's Bollywood for foreigners!


Read more: Bollywood in Paris


The Indians in Paris gathered last Thursday, the 4th December to show solidarity for the people of Mumbai. Lighting up candles on a wet evening with the Eiffel Tower as the background was poignant indeed. Sombre mood, a need for reaffirmation in our roots and that we stand together as a people was the underlining mood.

Read more: Solidarity for Bombay in Paris


Vikas Swarup - Indian under spotlight

Vikas Swarup is a not a new name to Paris and the French. Mr. Swarup floored his readership at the Salon du Livre, Paris in 2007. He was awarded the Grand Prix du Public- a public choice award in a poll conducted across 400 book stores.


Vikas Swarup

His first book 'Q&A' is a commercial best seller. 'Q&A' is available in French as 'Les fabuleuses aventures d'un Indien malchanceux qui devint milliardaire' from the prestigious Edition Belfond.

Read more: Vikas Swarup - Indian under spotlight


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