November 4, 2008: I succumb to a combination of ennui and an all-encompassing love for old cinema. The result: a blog named Dustedoff.
Yes, Dustedoff today celebrates a year of being in existence. This was inspired largely by the superb Memsaabstory, though I’d decided from the beginning that I’d prattle on equally about Hindi and English cinema. Then, along the way came Bawa, who gifted me a DVD—the unforgettable Bienvenido Mister Marshall!—and made me decide I should perhaps increase the scope of this blog to cinema in other languages as well.
But Memsaab and Bawa aren’t the only ones who’ve made this blog what it is. There are plenty more. Bollyviewer, enthusiastic and ever-encouraging (and unrivalled when it comes to thinking up whacky captions for screen caps!); Harvey, friendly and funny and knowledgeable; Richard, who’s inspired me to finally get hold of a Noorjahan film (Anmol Ghadi, which I’ll be reviewing shortly), and Bollywooddeewana, who brings alive a lot of the films I saw as a teenager…
… and pacifist, ava, DG, Yves, himsingz, Sabrina Mathew, sitaji, Shalini, Beth, The Count, and the many, many others who have, at some point or the other, dropped by to leave a comment on Dustedoff. Thank you to all of you, for sharing a passion with me, for giving me interesting little titbits of information, for making me laugh, and for making me think.
Having said which, I’d better sign off before I burst out crying and short-circuit my laptop.