Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

16 May 2002, 20:08 p.m.

Much pleasantness today. Zack and Shweta and I had…

Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2002 and it's now more than five years old. So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it! I'm keeping this up for historical archive purposes, but the me of today may 100% disagree with what I said then. I rarely edit posts after publishing them, but if I do, I usually leave a note in italics to mark the edit and the reason. If this post is particularly offensive or breaches someone's privacy, please contact me.

Much pleasantness today. Zack and Shweta and I had a lunch at The Musical Offering on Bancroft, which is a spot-your-professor-or-TA arena as much as anything else.

I watched Chutney Popcorn, a film that resembles a cross between American Desi and Chasing Amy. It's an interesting film that certainly touched a chord in me. Some shots, like one of our protagonist (who reminds me a lot of my friend Priya) watching her Indian family dance at a wedding, quite extraordinarily captured the sense of displacement and outsiderness that I feel vis-à-vis India.

Even when it was bad, Chutney Popcorn was bad in interesting ways. As in Chasing Amy, the ending is pretty open, although less controversially so. And the more I think about it, the more I like the characterizations. Quirky, but not in a faux way.