Technology From the Jetsons to Black Mirror: When Did the Future Go from Utopia to Dystopia?
In the last two decades, our approach to technology in pop culture has swung from the unremarkable Jetsons to dystopian web series like Black Mirror or A.I.SHA. What changed? At some point, we had to deal with the very immediate prospect of robots taking our jobs, and inevitably, the world.Add to list
First Person Christchurch Shooting: My Brother Escaped the Australian Terrorist. But He Might Never Escape Islamophobia
My brother was in the mosque when Australian terrorist Brenton Tarrant opened fire at Christchurch’s Masjid Al Noor, leaving 50 people dead. Long before the call came, it was as if my family had been preparing for it our entire lives. Tarrant was only turning another cog in a giant wheel of violence, greased by generalised Islamophobia.Add to list
People Manohar Parrikar Left a Huge Void in Goa’s Politics. Will Anyone Match His Stature?
In Goa, the BJP was synonymous with Manohar Parrikar. As he rose in stature, the fortunes of the party changed. With his demise, the BJP faces a huge challenge, especially with general elections around the corner.Add to list
POV Liberal Indians, Remember to Thank Your “Non-Woke” Parents For Your Broadmindedness
Growing up, my highly educated, intelligent parents, who ran a double-income household even before Cosmopolitan said it was in, were an inspiration. They taught me to question everything, which worked out great... until I started questioning them.Add to list
First Person Why Leaving Campus Reminds Me of an Amicable Divorce
Graduating from college, if you’ve lived on campus, is like a bittersweet parting, like a divorce. You love its positivity, but you know it’s over. You know that everything has an expiry date.Add to list
Pop Culture Delhi Crime Review: An Unsettling Retelling of the 2012 Delhi Gang-Rape Probe, Minus Any Super Cops
Delhi Crime chronicles the three days of a nationwide manhunt for the six men responsible for the 2012 Delhi gang rape. Much of what happens in the series is well-known, but it is still compelling for it doesn’t glamourise either the police’s job or its capability to do so. This is reality, the series seems to say – deal with it.Add to list
Humour BMC Mimics Mutual Funds Advertisements, Announces “Crossing Foot Over-Bridges is Subject to Risk”
To prevent tragedies like the CST bridge collapse recurring, the BMC has announced a slew of new measures: From putting up warning signs at the stairs of each bridge to fining pedestrians who insist on using the foot-bridge instead of jaywalking across the road like normal Indians.Add to list
Arré Sunte Ho! Does India Have A Wedding Problem?
Introducing Arré Sunte Ho!, a weekly podcast featuring hot takes on hotter topics. This week, we delve into India's wedding mania, from the media circus of the Ambani Wedding to the runaway success of Made In Heaven.Add to list
Politics Danger Zone: Why Kashmir’s Only National Highway is No Shortcut to Paradise
National Highway 1A, the only road connecting Kashmir to rest of the country, often gets blocked and puts commuters to extreme hardships. At a number of locations, it’s little better than a patchwork of mud and rocks. It summarises the apathy of the rest of India toward the northern state.Add to list
POV Why Moving Out of Your Parent’s House is Overrated
I thought moving out would be about no deadlines, no curfews, and no rules. But it is about waiting for a plumber, paying rent and bills, waking up early to fill the water tank, and eating bland, self-cooked food. I didn’t do drugs, I did dishes.Add to list