Category: My Books
Life in Metaphors: Portraits of Girish Kasaravalli
I met Girish Kasaravalli for the first time in November 2012 in Goa, at a workshop organized by the FTII. A modest man dressed in an inexpensive kurta pajama was conducting a masterclass on filmmaking, explaining the nuances of the science and art of cinema. He gave examples from the films of Satyajit Ray, Robert Bresson, Ozu, Godard, Bergman, Fellini and the like. There was a palpable honesty and earnestness in the way he was speaking to the audience. His explanation of complex subjects like the structure, grammar and metaphors was simple and relatable. It was obvious that his understanding of cinema as a medium of expression was deep and profound. All his comments and explanations added to the understanding of cinema and provided an insight into the craft of filmmaking. The masterclass was followed by the screening of his film Dweepa (The Island).
The film completely mesmerised me with its cinematic beauty. Intuitively I felt that if I ever made a film, it should be one like Dweepa – so magical was it, yet so rooted in culture and humanity. The magic of Kasaravalli’s cinema had overpowered me. Something within me told me that here was a filmmaker who could be my role model, cinematically and otherwise. This was the beginning of my association with Girish Kasaravalli, a simple, down-to-earth human being and an outstanding filmmaker.
Two years of rubbing shoulders with him and absorbing his cinematic wisdom during my visits to Bengaluru and his to Mumbai gave me the courage to make my first film, that too on the filmmaker I adored.
Life in Metaphors: A Portrait of Girish Kasaravalli was my attempt to explore the world of Kasaravalli’s cinema and unravel the delicate undercurrents of his films and their metaphors. It was an attempt to see the world through the eyes of the great filmmaker and delve deeper into his conscious and sub-conscious mind. The film received National Award for Best Biopic for 2015.
Even after making the film, I felt there was so much more to Kasaravalli’s cinema than what I had captured in my film. Hence, I decided to put together this book: Life in Metaphors: Portraits of Girish Kasaravalli. It has not one, but twenty four ‘portraits’ of Kasaravalli sketched by his colleagues, friends, family members, filmmakers and critics of cinema.
Life in Metaphors: Portraits of Girish Kasaravalli is my dedication to my inspiration, my mentor and an outstanding filmmaker.
I wish to thank all those who have generously contributed the portraits in the book.
And as always, thanks from my grateful heart to Girish Kasaravalli for all his support, inputs and assistance in putting together this book. I also wish to thank the entire team of Authorsupfront for their sincere efforts in putting together this book.
Banking on Technology
Banking, as we understand now, has traversed a long distance from the ledger banking of 1970’s to the App banking of today. Looking at the way technology has been driving banking for last few decades, it is expected that these interventions will only accelerate in the years to come. Infusion of technology in banking, on one hand, has enhanced the convenience of doing banking and, on the other hand, has thrown open a plethora of new challenges for the Indian banks to grapple with.
The increasing number of frauds, the burgeoning non-performing loan books of the Indian banks and the recent failures of small and big banks has brought into focus the need to critically examine the ‘ways and means’ in which banking is being practiced in India and to figure out a way forward to make Indian Banks more user friendly, efficient, robust, trustworthy and safer institutions.
The book critically analyses the challenges thrown up by the changes induced by the rapid pace of technological interventions in the banking industry and explores a ‘ New Model ’, which could meet the demands of the fast changing banking paradigm in India. According to the author, who has hands on experience in making pioneering contribution to the introduction of technology in banking in India, Indian banking over a period of time has got compartmentalized into various segments, which need to be segregated and treated differently- technologically and otherwise. While taking the readers on a nostalgic trip down memory lane, the book recounts the story of Indian banking starting from the days of brick and mortar branches to the point of block chain banking. The book also has a very interesting chapter describing the side effects of technology in banking industry. The chapter gives an insight as to what can go wrong while introducing technology in banking and how important it is to reengineer the entire banking structure rather that only focusing on introducing the latest technology. The book is a must read for the members of the banking fraternity for the valuable insights it provides for redesigning of the banks for meeting the challenges of the day. It also makes an interesting and enlightening read for a common reader interested in knowing about banking. The most interesting thing about this book is its story telling narrative, which makes a complex and dry subject like technology an interesting story to read and enjoy.