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A Kind of English


"A Kind of English": It is a pleasure to see this soulful rendering of the plights of a Bengali family in the ghetto of London's east end through the eyes of their nine-year-old son who is witnessing the helplessness of his parents in the face of financial ruin and unemployment due to racial discrimination in late eighties. The focus is the child and his silent psychological trauma as he sees his mother struggling to meet the ends while his unemployed father takes his frustration out at her and the rest of the family which comprise his uncle Tariq who is a minicab driver symbolizing the heroic valor of Asian men who indulge in this hazardous profession worldwide from Chicago to Sydney when there is no other option available to financial stability. Yet add to this the heady wisdom of a withered old granny who relates the magical fables of the golden rivers of Bangladesh to her grandson and you have a delightful but thought provoking concoction which goes straight to your heart. The stage is set in the redbrick council states of Hackney where we see the camera poetically sweep through the lanes and parks of east London like a gentle caressing breeze, yet this poignant story does nott treat its characters as Asian caricatures seen recently in Bollywood and Hollywood presentations but as individuals that we really are and how we as a community have established ourselves worldwide, not without a struggle but with absolute faith in our family structure. The little boy is the focus of this tale yet you care for every character from the mum who stitches for a local garment factory to the proud Muslim Bengali father who is ashamed of his wife supporting the family while he struggles ineptly to find a job, mean while the son builds a model toy house from his imagination which symbolizes his domestic haven and the heartbreak intensifies as he sees his parents rowing for financial reasons. The movie is a true portrayal of Asians living abroad and not the erotic fairy tales I have seen recently from Hollywood and Bollywood, the inspiring finale has to be seen not revealed as the solid script and soulful but complete characters proceed with their everyday life and head into a chaotic crisis.

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Google previewPocket dictionary of dry-goods, etc (1896)

by George W. Bible, Daniel P.. Bible

WINDSOR: A kind of English traveling rug. WINDSOR BRILLIANTS: A cotton wash fabric in rich and varied colorings in a large variety of styles for each trade season's demand. WINDSOR CRETONNES: Are made of standard cloth, and run in ...

Google previewDictionary of National Biography (1891)

by Leslie Stephen

,' a kind of English and Latin grammar combined ( 1683), was the most popular school manual of the age, and before 1773 reached its eleventh edition.

Google previewThe Encyclopaedia Britannica (1911)

A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and General Information

a kind of English Cobden Club, though it aimed chiefly at free trade among all sections of the ...

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