Learning from Hindi cinema’s classroom aesthetics

Posted: October 1st, 2019

THE TURNING OF the seasons is the sign that it’s time to go back to school. The August Bank Holiday on the last Monday of August in England has a feeling of desperation as one tries to hold on to the long days while knowing they will soon be over. I imagine it’s different for people who haven’t been in education all their lives because the slight nip in the air provokes the Pavlovian response of rushing to one’s desk. I still feel the phantom missing limb of not having to check I have set square, compass and protractor, being of the generation after the slide rule but before the calculator. I don’t know if anyone still uses one but I still have my wooden ruler from the 1960s which I keep in a drawer in the kitchen to check pan sizes, revealing that I started out with imperial measures and never quite shifted to metric.

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