Karanjeet Kaur

Karanjeet Kaur likes Mughal miniatures, mountains, moot points, and alliteration. She tweets as @kaju_katri.

  • Shape of Water and Our Fascination with Monster Romance

    Greek mythology is full of lusty satyrs and centaurs that sleep with goddesses. Hokusai's “The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife” is considered an early progenitor of tentacle porn. And The Shape of Water is a story, lush with adult desires, about outsiders. Why are we so fascinated by beasts and monsters?

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  • Adeathinthegunj Death and Fragility in the Gunj

    Men like Shutu from A Death in the Gunj are all around us, but rarely do we see their internal struggles on screen. Where are the sensitive heroes, who suffer for feeling too much?

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  • Phillauri and the Ghost That Haunts Women Writers

    Two kinds of spectres slip in and out of Phillauri’s frames. There’s the one played by Anushka Sharma. And then there is the ghost that has plagued women’s writing for centuries.

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  • DiljitDosanjhTheUnsuitableBoyofBollywood Diljit Dosanjh: The Unsuitable Boy of Bollywood

    Diljit Dosanjh is an unlikely hero for Bollywood. I can’t remember the last time someone with such son-of-the-soil appeal made it as a leading man in a mainstream film.

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  • YogiAdityanathandtheRiseofRabble-rousers Yogi Adityanath and the Rise of Rabble-rousers

    Yogi Adityanath is an extreme, hyperbolic endpoint of the world’s love affair with rabble-rousers and strongmen. What else explains the popularity of Duterte and the Donald?

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  • B-TownWonderWomenandtheirWingmen-Dangal B-Town Wonder Women and their Wingmen

    In 2016, we saw movies like Pink and Dangal that were premised on the struggles of female heroes – and the men who enabled them.

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  • Love in the Time of La La Land

    La La Land reminds you of what love used to feel like, before we dived headfirst into the age of irony and started to abide by an uncodified playbook.

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  • WhenCondomsSavedtheDay-Condom When Condoms Saved the Day

    There is no one way to remember a war. For Colonel K’maneck, who served in Bangladesh in 1971, memories of the war are linked to rifle muzzles covered with condoms.

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  • The Invisible Artist

    We all know Sudarshan Shetty, the artistic director of the Kochi Biennale this year. Ever wonder how his most famous artwork, "Love", where a dinosaur humps a Jaguar, was realised?

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  • How to Script a Historic Funeral

    Jayalalithaa and Fidel Castro’s final farewells, symphonised by their followers and the state, will now become part of their personal mythology.

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  • Pansexual and Proud

    Veer had been in a relationship for four years when he embraced his pansexuality. He did not want to hold back such an important part of his life from the person he loved.

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  • When Surgical Strikes Were a State Secret

    Our wars now unfold on a public stage. Twenty-eight years ago, surgical strikes were business as usual. Colonel Abir Choudhuri recalls a gripping operation in Myanmar territory.

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  • Pink Pink and the Case for Jurrat

    Pink should have released with a trigger warning for half this country’s population, where living as a woman is an act of jurrat.

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  • IndianIndependenceDay A for Aspiration, B for British Raj

    In a nation where only 4 per cent of the population speaks English fluently, the other 96 per cent struggle to get a foothold and join the world’s march to progress.

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  • Where the Cold War Never Ends

    Nothing endures at -55°C except the commitment to your nation and your men. Sachin Bali, a decorated former officer, recounts a rescue mission at the highest battlefield on earth.

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  • The Room Where The Battle Never Ends

    A bullet in his back has not deterred Arun Sawant in his fight for justice. He has taken on the police, the civic body, and is now gunning for the PM.

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  • The Santos Family vs Silent Spectators

    Valerian Santos raised his boys to never be mute witnesses to a crime, to always intervene – no matter what the consequences.

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  • Mobile Mics of Chhattisgarh

    In the media-dark zones of rural India, life and death issues go unreported. Shubhranshu Choudhary, who bagged the Google digital activism award in 2014, brings light to that dark.

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  • WorldAnimalDay How to Breed a Champion Horse

    Where do studs get their horsepower from? A visit to an equine-breeding farm reveals insights into the secret world of these majestic steeds, born to run.

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  • No Country for Dissent

    An elaborate dossier on JNU has catapulted the university back into headlines. In the resulting cacophony, we've missed out on how these events filter down to the man on the street.

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  • “We Didn’t Start the Fire”

    Mumbai’s mountain of waste, the Deonar dumping ground, is a source of livelihood for ragpickers and scrap dealers. Why then, would they start a blaze that scorches their homes?

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