"The Jo March Effect: Should Classic Heroines Bow to Convention?"

I stumbled across this thought provoking brief essay on Signature that highlights the plight, if that is a justifiable term, of literary heroins who ended up in a conventional life. The author Lisa Rosman ponders on the examples and probable causes of authors, specially female, who often extinguishing by adulthood the the kindle of hope they ignite in their heroin's youth.

A couple of beautifully written passages are shared below.

But it’s interesting, even disturbing that such ambitious lady authors couldn’t, with the exception of Lovelace, grant their literary stand-ins the sort of success they themselves achieved. "Doing so would have meant so much for the young girls dreaming of following in their footsteps."
 "Say what you will, but if Katniss Everdeen excelled at writing rather than archery, you can bet your bottom dollar that she’d “write the book that made the great war,” as Lincoln once said of Harriet Beecher Stowe."

Om Puri (1950 - 2017) - Et tu, 2017?

Om Puri was hugely influential in my life growing up. His early 1980s films (Ardh Satya, Sadgati, Godhuli, Bhumika, Aakrosh and way too many others) helped my young mind understand acting and talent in its most utterly natural state. 

Like too many in the industry, Om Puri has now died too young. While the era of 'Art Movie' or Parallel Cinema or "samanantar cinema" that he and his contemporaries (Smita Patil, Shabana Aazmi, Naseeruddin Shah, Amrish Puri, Farukh Shiekh among others) helped initiate is long gone in its original form, it has nonetheless, had a long and meaningful impact, perhaps the most meaningful of any, on the Indian film industry. 

I will miss Om Puri. I actually haven't seen a movie he starred in in maybe 10 years. An yet still, I feel like I always knew him. His kind. Reassuring.