Sharan Saikumar

Sharan Saikumar

Sharan can usually be found chasing down stories about blackmarket baby-sellers and reformed cocaine carriers. She makes up for her dark side by writing feel-good, puppy-driven prose in her free time.

  • Navratri Navratri And The Mating Dance Of The Gujarati

    Navratri, to me, is all about beautiful, reckless nights that are danced away in an ode to young love. And if young love is being advised to wear a condom by Sunny Leone, I think the Gujratis should thank her for doing their job.

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  • KaaliPeeli Aamchi Kaali Peeli

    Everything has a use-by date. And Mumbai’s kaali peelis might have passed that date in an Uber’d and Ola’d city.

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  • Confessions of a Backbencher Mom

    Have I failed as a mother if my son is not acing every single life experience just because I chose chor-police over chess mastery?

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  • BigLittleLiesandtheEverydayViolenceinWomensLives Big Little Lies and the Violence in Women’s Lives

    Emmy-winner Big Little Lies starts as a show about women of privilege, but pivots into one about the interior lives of women whose lives are invariably marked by violence.

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  • Harper Lee and the One-Hit Wonders Club

    Harper Lee is burdened with producing only one masterpiece in her life. But what’s wrong with that? Authors like her told us one story and then gracefully laid their pens down.

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  • MyRendezvousWithAPimpSexwork My Rendezvous with a Pimp

    Amit tells me about where he keeps his girls, the number of clients they can service a day, and the potential that can explode only if he can get online.

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  • The Dollhouse of Disrepute

    Gopal has made a name for himself rescuing underage girls from brothels. This is the story of his first undercover operation.

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  • Lessons from My First Threesome

    In a threesome, cunnilingus is acceptable – a cuddle is not.

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  • Diary of a Sex Addict

    At 14, Armaan was considered the school’s sex guru. Twenty-five years later, he claims to have slept with over a hundred women.

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  • The 22-Day Hunt for a Man-Eater

    Robin Mistri looks like your favourite Parsi uncle, but his deadly aim has taken down 14 man-eating leopards. He hates his job, but someone’s gotta do it.

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  • Dear Zindagi, Are You Mad?

    Touted as a film on mental health, Dear Zindagi carried a pretty heavy responsibility. But what it did with that responsibility is, dressed it up in chic clothes and clichés.

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  • TheNightoftheGoldenEggs-NoMoreBlackMoneyArre The Night of the Golden Eggs

    Hours after the demonetisation of the ₹1000 and ₹500 notes, panic struck Mumbai’s richie-rich. With zipped gym bags, they descended upon jewellery stores.

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  • SittheFkDown Sit the F**k Down

    Enforced patriotism now has India standing up in theatres. What if I hold my hand over my heart, as I sit on my seat? Does that make me anti-national?

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  • ChetanBhagat One Idiotic Girl in 850 Words

    Don’t bother reading Chetan Bhagat’s One Indian Girl because we’ve done it for you.

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  • It’s Official: Osho is Dead

    Osho said, "Many people will come, and our work will expand incredibly beyond our ideas.” Little did he know that his ashram would fade into oblivion, or even worse become a spa.

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  • IndianIndependence Behind Bars in the Shadow of the Raj

    My jail term in Tihar brought back memories of the Raj. Regular thrashings, restriction of movement, CrPC are legacies of the British that loom large even today.

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  • TheDeafeningSilenceoftheRapeSurvivor The Deafening Silence of the Rape Survivor

    Smita Sharma was molested by a professor and then, her cousin committed suicide after facing abuse. Today, this photojournalist traverses India to hear the stories of rape survivors.

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  • What We Owe 14-year-old Shakti

    Last July, one teenage girl changed the course of law. The story of young Shakti, who is the reason why women who need late abortions have a case.

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  • GurmeetRamRahimSingh On the Trail of a Sex Baba

    The true story of a paedophile baba who exploited desperate families, promising a “paiso ki baarish”. Arré tracks down the events that led to his arrest.

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  • Chasing Blue Skies: My Stint in Rehab

    An alcoholic checks into a rehab centre only to find drug addicts abandoned by their kin and beaten by their supervisors. A first-person account from inside the hellhole.

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  • The Rise of the Right

    The Brits aren’t the only ones coasting along on the fear of outsiders and loss of identity. The world is swiftly taking a turn right.

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  • How I Smuggled Smack into Tihar

    A man who spent seven years in Tihar Jail on a narcotics charge tells us about his first day in the system.

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  • MyLoveAffairwithUmaParmeshwari-WorldHeritageDay My Love Affair with Uma Parmeshwari

    Vijay’s fascination with an 11th-century Goddess drives his quest to recover India’s stolen antiques. After an eight-year struggle, he fulfils his promise to bring her home.

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  • A Terrible Kind of Love

    Last year, Shibu, the mahout of Kerala’s tallest elephant, committed suicide. The media spun a tale of a heartbreaking love story – but love had no role to play in this tragedy.

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  • Fetch Me a Life, Angel

    Karan Shah has been wheelchair-bound all his life but ever since his furry sidekick Angel came home, he's taught her to do everything for him -- except grab a sandwich.

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