Ananya N

Ananya has lived in Mumbai all her life, but her heart is in the mountains. Someday, she wants to be a nomad.

  • Why the Dancing Tinder Girl Should Be All of Us

    In our desperation to look for tangible happy endings wherever possible, we forgot to look at dating and relationships as distinct facets of romance. Tinder reminded us that dating is an evocative dance.

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  • Jagjit Singh, Our Saint of Endless Sorrows

    If I were to compartmentalise my heart into different rooms, all the vacuum left behind by my last heartbreak would be filled by Jagjit Singh’s haunting voice. The voice that assured you, even when it broke your heart, that everything would be alright.

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  • Bollywoodstruggler Forever the Extra: The Alternate Reality of a Bollywood Struggler

    Bollywood strugglers are routinely ridiculed, for their “Main Madhuri Dixit Banna Chahti Hoon” aspirations. But when you’re a struggler, what you need most is a thick skin, and a steely determination bordering on delusion.

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  • ShilpaShinde How to Win Bigg Boss: A Guidebook by Shilpa Shinde

    Shilpa Shinde went from being the most annoying contestant on Bigg Boss 11 to the most adored one. The show revolved around her love-hate relationship with Vikas Gupta and her rivalry with Hina Khan. The arc of Shilpa Shinde then became the central narrative of the show.

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  • ThisIsUs This Is Us: The Family Drama India Deserves But Never Got

    NBC's This Is Us is a show that teaches us that there’s no love greater and more selfless than that of a close-knit family. It's a theme that most Pakistani dramas also hook us with. But Indian TV is yet to get a hang of it.

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  • Why Millennials Should Read the Bhagavad Gita

    That the Gita is given a religious connotation which limits its reach, is a pity. Much before Twitter threads told you that your biggest enemy is within, the Bhagavad Gita had already got it covered.

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  • Biggbossseason11 Bigg Boss Season 11: The Best is Here

    I’ve been so emotionally invested in Bigg Boss Season 11 that I secretly wish they aired two episodes instead of one every day. And the best part about the show is undoubtedly the Shilpa Shinde-Vikas Gupta drama.

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  • Ganeshji & My Gharwapsi

    Moving in with my parents was supposed to be a temporary thing. I was supposed to find a place, make friends, and have new experiences. Three Ganesh Chaturthis later, I’m still here.

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  • IndianKid Why the Crying Girl Video Haunted Me

    Why do we love the video of the crying girl being forced to repeat numbers? Because we’ll love anything “cute AF”, even if the cute is delivered on the back of fear and cruelty.

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  • Porn Porn OK Please: A Single Woman’s Pursuit of Pleasure

    It took me a long time to muster the courage to watch a porn video. Unlike the guys I grew up around, the pursuit of pleasure continues to be coloured by a patina of embarrassment.

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  • WorldCancerDay Love in the Time of Cancer

    When my mother’s cancer came, I got a crash course in adulthood. I had to become the mother that my mother needed.

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  • MyMotherCitizenCane My Mother, Citizen Cane

    It’s been seven years since I last met the cane but I think my mother still has it hidden somewhere in memory of the children she raised.

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  • Band Baaja Bakwaas

    The modern wedding experience starts much before the ceremony, tracking the couple’s journey on Facebook, and ends much after the nuptials, with the screening of the wedding film.

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  • ICameITinder-edIQuit-Arre I Came, I Tinder-ed, I Quit

    I met some clingy men on Tinder. The dating app, for its promise of a one-night stand, was becoming a multiple-night mess. So one fine morning, I deleted it.

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  • A Star for My Girl

    On Propose Day, the story of Ravi who decided to name a star for his girlfriend, inspired by the lunar crater named after Shah Rukh Khan. Ravi's discovery is less than stellar.

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  • 36 B, He Wrote

    When Rukhsana and Altaf were around, Prakash hated their intrusive presence. Now that he's gotten them off his chest, he's begun to miss them.

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  • Hinduism: The Sanatan Sanstha Way

    All you need to know about Hinduism, according to Sanatan Sanstha, the organisation linked to the masterminds accused of killing journalist Gauri Lankesh.

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  • Sairat A Parshya I Knew and the Archi I Might Have Been

    Sairat reminds me of my summer romance. We held hands when no one was watching and kissed under a mango tree. And then…

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