Ashanti OMkar

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Occupation Journalist
Location London, United Kingdom
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Introduction aSHANTI OMkar is a London based print and broadcast journalist who has a passion for music, films, food, travel and life as a whole. "The restless soul taking the path of the absolute truth" All images are (c) AWORAN ( and are not to be taken off this Blogspot without photographer's permission. The words are by Ashanti OMkar ( - please contact via website email for permission if they are to be reproduced and credit must be given to the author and photographer if reproduced anywhere else on the web. They are subject to UK copyright laws and as this was a piece published in a UK newspaper, the words are copyrighted too. Thank you.
Interests Music, films, food, travel and life as a whole! Carpe diem is my motto!
Favorite Movies Remember, PIRACY FUNDS TERRORISM! Having an unlimited cinema card and being a journalist means that I get to watch most movies as they come out. Some of my faves in no particular order, are: Sindhu Bairavhi Unnal Mudiyum Thambi Pudhu pudhu arthangal Rhythm Taal Water Lagaan Rang De Basanti Guna Punnagai mannan Thevar magan Mudhalvan Salangai oli Alaigal Oyvathillai Thavamai Thavamirundhu Mozhi I'm a HUGE fan of Mani Ratnam's Tamil movies (re-watching Roja, Mouna Ragam, Thalapathy, Pagal Nizhavu, Agni Natchathiram, Uyire, Bombay and Nayagan brought back a wave of nostalgia) and Hindi ones like Guru, Dil Se. Rajiv Menon's Minsara Kanavu and Kandukondain Kandukondain (after spending a week with Aishwarya Rai and Abbas in Dornie Village, Scotland, when they filmed the title song by AR Rahman, I have nothing but love for the movie), I steeped myself in the ups and downs of Mira Nair's Namesake and Mississippi Masala Cried my eyes out at Jag Mundra's Provoked as I did with Hotel Rwanda - both for their storyline. I adored 'Black' (my friend Ravi K Chandran did the amazing cinematography on this) A Wednesday Parineeta Page 3 Masala movies Dhoom 2 & Krrish (for the sheer quality of stunts and of course the gorgeous Hrithik Roshan) Jaane tu ya jaane na Dil Chahta Hai Taare zameen par Many Hollywood films that I watch in succession on weekends... And notably of late, the Oscar/BAFTA/Golden Globe winning Slumdog Millionaire, which I saw at London film festival 2008
Favorite Music AR Rahman Ilayaraja Nitin Sawhney Fela Kuti Lagbaja King Sunny Ade Angelique Kidjo Youssou N'Dour Kanye West Common Lupe Fiasco Alicia Keys Dr L Subramaniam Balamurali Krishna Sudha Ragunathan Nithyashree Bombay Jayashree Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
Favorite Books Dan Brown (Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons) JK Rowling (Harry Potter) Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni (Mistress of Spices, Sister of my heart) Jumpa Lahari (The Namesake) Paulo Coelho ('The Alchemist' literally changed my life in 2004) Dr Brian Weiss (his past life regression therapy stuff is fascinating) Raga Pravaham Dr Sambamoorthy's Carnatic series Eat pray love