Between the lines by Nandita Das

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Between the lines‘, casts Nandita Das (as Maya) and Subodh Maskara (as Shekhar) – a real life couple, whose characters bring out the subtleties of their relationship as a lawyer couple.

Shekhar Anand is a successful, sought-after criminal lawyer, while, Maya is today’s urban woman, who juggles between home and working at a law firm.

The couple met at a law school, 14 years ago and fell in love while teaming up for ‘arranged marriage’ against ‘love marriage’ in a debate competition.

10 years of marriage, a 8 year old Arjun, life of this couple has come a long way with clear demarcation of job descriptions for each to perform and execute.

Everything seemed perfect like the brownies Maya made at home. Until one day, where they realize that they are on the opposite sides in an attempted murder case, Shekhar as prosecutor and Maya, as defense lawyer.

As they fight the case in the court room, there is only a thin line difference between their professional and personal life. We see that, their own inequalities begin to surface through the lives of their respective clients.

At the end, as audience, we only become witnesses to those subtle emotions that emerge out beautifully through their characters and more so enthralled, when it hits hard on our own emotions.

Directed by Nandita Das, written by Nandita Das and Divya Jagdale, this theatre act deserves all the standing ovation it received last night.

Special mention goes to The Hindu, Evam for organizing this extremely well!

from the city of gold.

My 2014 couldn’t have begun in a better way. 2 weeks into the year and I am in Johannesburg (South Africa) for work and the everyday learning is something I am completely addicted to. Its a nice feeling to look out for new things, be inspired by a new culture, people, food, routine, etc. 

Quick observations from the past 1 week – 

  • Nelson Mandela is like god to every native person here
  • The weather is very pleasant here. (atleast around January, its very good. Maybe its due to the summers)
  • There is ample day light throughout the day (between 5am – 730pm)
  • Roads are very neat and all of them follow lanes here. The directions are pretty similar to Indian driving 
  • The currency of South Africa is Rand. And, the cost of living here is pretty decent and manageable. 
  • The place is so vast with a variety of options, that one can’t get bored here. 
  • There are all kinds of food cuisines available. But, if one is a pure vegetarian (read : no eggs included), then the options are pretty limited. Again, you could choose to cook. 
  • Work timings for most corporate companies are anywhere between 730am and 6pm. 

As of now, I can’t wait to explore more of Joburg, especially the art and music scene here. And, I would be more than happy if any reader of this post could suggest me with some places / links I could visit / refer to.