Kripa Krishnan

Kripa Krishnan is a Delhi girl living in Mumbai, she is a hunter-gatherer of information and has spent the past decade justifying her love of both Germaine Greer and misogynistic rap.

  • taimuralikhan When I Became a Taimur Ali Khan Reporter

    I lived my life around the many actions, moods, and moments of Taimur Ali Khan, and they weren’t much. On the days he came out in public, there was palpable excitement in my life.

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  • Mission Impossible: How to Get a Yoga Body for Cheap

    Health is a performance and an expensive one. So what is a broke girl, who has no coin for quinoa, New Balance sneakers, and a bottle of green juice to do?

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  • All the Babas in My Life

    In India, every corner has a baba and every baba has a history of controversy like Sathya Sai Baba's. In a world full of baba cynics, what’s it like to be a true believer?

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  • What’s the Beef with Tunday?

    As the Uttar Pradesh government cracked down on slaughterhouses after Yogi Adityanath's ascent to Lucknow, the city’s beloved Tunday kebabs have become contraband.

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  • TheLadyHasaGunUttarPradesh The Lady Has a Gun

    In western Uttar Pradesh, the country’s gun bazaar, women are locking and loading. For UP’s men, though, this is a change they can’t quite comprehend.

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  • TheWeddingDetective The Wedding Detective

    Ranjeet Wadhwa has been “saving innocent lives” for two decades. A wedding detective, he spies on prospective brides and grooms to rule out alcoholism and affairs.

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  • The Safawallah of Paris

    Meet the globetrotting foot soldier of the Big Fat Indian Wedding.

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  • HowtoFYourselfWithoutGettingCaughtsextoys How to F*** Yourself (Without Getting Caught)

    Selling sex toys in India is risky business, but a “wellness” website has found an ingenious workaround.

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  • Room101-maritalRape The Silent Survivors of “Legitimate” Rape

    Some women have been raped with unmentionable objects; some have been stripped naked. All victims of marital rape, their only refuge is a room at Mumbai’s KB Bhabha Hospital.

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  • Diary of a Gold Smuggler

    Prasad is a gold mule, the carrier of smuggled goods, the lowest, yet the most vital link in the chain. His initiation into the trade was painful, in more ways than one.

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  • TheMarriagethatLasted46Days The Marriage that Lasted 46 Days

    In the conversation surrounding forced marriages, the halo of the victim is very firmly placed on the gay spouse. And the wife suffers in silence.

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  • The Man Who Made Scarlett Keeling Beautiful

    Scarlett Keeling first came to Elroy Noronha days after her death in 2008. With a touch of foundation and a hint of blush, he breathed life into her body.

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  • म से मद्रासी

    It was a romance which surprised everyone. My parents were unimpressed, my friends dismissive. This is the story of a Madrasi girl who fell in love with Hindi.

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  • The Balika Vadhus of Bombay

    Popular imagination maintains that child marriage is an evil restricted to the hinterland of Jharkhand, UP, or Rajasthan. But the practice is rampant right here, in modern Mumbai.

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  • The White Nun’s Burden

    The question is not whether Mother Teresa did in fact create a legacy of humanitarianism, but it is one of overcoming the white saviour complex some day.

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  • Hit Hit Hurray

    At a Bollywood “success” party, cheap champagne flows, selfie sticks are brandished, and our hero is determined to make it to the papers the next day. Arré is a fly on the wall.

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  • The Secret Society of Self-Harm

    Blood has always been a testament to human emotions – anger, love, bravery, grief. And cutting themselves seems almost a rite of passage for the angsty teenage soul.

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  • The Rime of the Ancient Submariner

    A retired naval officer recounts living in a submarine with 70 men, who have not seen sunlight or breathed natural air for months on end.

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  • Soul to Seoul: The Dreams of a Desi K-pop Star

    YouTube, croon, copy. Repeat. The daily grind of Korean-pop hopefuls.

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  • MeetMyColleagueDeath-Hospital Meet My Colleague, Death

    When the hospital corridors finally fall silent, the footsteps of death somehow ring louder. And the nurse is often the last person standing between life and death.

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  • Desperately Seeking Madonna

    I might not have been able to adopt Madonna’s swagger, but she taught me to stake a claim to my own space. I had as much right to the dance floor and the sidewalk as men.

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  • How to Live on 3 Hours a Day

    Gharapuri island, an hour away from Mumbai, comes to life at 7 pm. Three hours of electricity is all that its 1,200 residents get. But this Independence Day will bring some light.

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  • The Girl Behind the Kaala Chashma

    The gori item girl has invaded B-town, but remains a face in the crowd. Robyn, who I met during the shoot of “Kaala Chashma”, is one such invisible.

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  • Section 377: A Spectre of the Raj

    Section 377 was introduced by Lord Macaulay in the pre-independent India of 1860. The story of thousands of men and women, who are still caught in the clutches of this archaic law.

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  • The Grave-seekers of the Raj

    Ahead of I-Day, Arré looks at what was left behind by the British. Our search takes us on a genealogy trail to Kanpur, where descendants of the Empire look for their lost legacies.

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  • Devi of Iron

    Men don’t look at Vaijayanti Jadhav the way they used to. Her femininity is often questioned. But for this bodybuilder from Mumbai, with strong muscles, comes a strong willpower.

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  • ‘Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Hell’

    Men’s rights? Yes, it’s a thing. Ask these angry young men from Mumbai. Their grouse – they are used as ATMs, and often falsely charged with rape.

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  • The Man Who Always Gets the Eid Dates Right

    Pakshas and pournimas are its mainstays. But Kalnirnay, the world’s best-selling calendar-cum-almanac, has a secular take on it.

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  • Thou Shalt Not Sext

    Will the Church apologise to the gay community and will Jesus finally be down with Tinder? We peek into the churches of Mumbai for an answer.

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  • The Piano Man

    Dressed to the nines, he’s invisible in a plush hotel lobby. It takes a little chit-chat for Ivan Rodericks to strike a chord with his tales of Bombay, The Beatles, and Beirut.

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  • My Years with a Killer Elephant

    If you don’t believe love can be blind, allow us to introduce you to Sajid, the devoted mahout of a murderous pachyderm.

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  • Into the Secret Online World of Truth or Die

    The unforgiving world of the social networking site, ASKfm, is a black hole of teenage anxiety filled with “dragon ds”, adolescent hookups, and its vicious after-effects.

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  • Udta Punjab

    The Punjabi dream is to fly high, far away from the problems that plague the state. Most of Punjab wants to be in “Umreeka” and they are shouting it out from the rooftops.

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  • The Leftover Godmen

    The words Dalit sadhu are in themselves a bit of an oxymoron. Why is a tribe of men at a holy event tied together by virtue of caste? We go to Valmiki Ghat to find out.

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  • Humans of Kumbh

    What does it take to stand out in a crowd of a few million? We scout the most interesting personalities at the most colourful fair on the planet.

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  • Holy Encounters of the Third Kind

    In a sea of saffron, it’s the yellows, pinks, and purples that stand out. At the holy Kumbh, where religion is a spectacle, the transgender sadhvis of the Kinnar Akhara play along.

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  • The Great Indian D**k Trick

    At the Kumbh in Ujjain, I was caught unawares by a daunting display of dicks only to realise that here, it’s not a symbol of sexual prowess. It’s a repository of sacred power.

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  • A Class of His Own

    When Brijesh Saroj, a Dalit boy from UP cracked IIT, the media celebrated the story. But once the cameras turned away, loneliness crept in.

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  • “When I’m Happy, I Dress in C Major”

    Neil Harbisson sees the world only in black and white. But he has the ability to hear colour. Telephone lines have now become green, and Amy Winehouse’s Rehab is pink.

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  • How Much Is That Doggie in the Window?

    The St Bernard tops the pecking order of brag-worthy pets. But what happens once the novelty of having a price tag at the end of the leash wears off?

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  • Widowed by English

    What stands between the reunion of 22-year-old Jashan Waraich and her husband in Canada? An English test.

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  • The Hype Men of Hemp

    A group of young entrepreneurs is cutting through the white noise of drug scares and moral panic to promote a promising cash crop – cannabis.

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  • Talk Me Off the Ledge, Please

    In a city that crushes many a dream, the line between life and death is gossamer thin. In Mumbai, a group of selfless volunteers keeps the distressed on the safe side of this line.

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  • Lights, Camera, Caste

    If Rohith became the "martyr" of the Dalit cause, Ravichandran is its valiant foot soldier. And he comes armed with a handycam.

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