Runjhun Noopur

Runjhun Noopur is a writer based out of nowhere (or anywhere, depending on who you ask). She writes, talks, eats, and inserts oxford comma, mostly in that order. She also likes to believe that she can teach people all about happiness.

  • TVwriters Washing a Laptop and Other Gems on Indian TV: What Are Our Daily Soap Writers Smoking?

    In a clip from an Indian soap that recently went viral, a couple is seen having a lovers’ tiff. Nothing unusual here other than the fact that they were fighting while falling off the cliff. Because when you are the top-rated TV show, who cares for physics?

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  • Section377 The Long Fight Against Section 377 and the Kantabens Among Us

    Kantaben, from Kal Ho Naa Ho, who swooned at the sight of two men getting cosy, is our society. The one thing that this long, painful battle against 377 has achieved, is breaking the code of silence: A silence that had been weaponised to deny sexual minorities their identity and humanity.

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  • This Liberal’s Heart Beats For Atal Bihari Vajpayee

    Atal Bihari Vajpayee kept humour and poetry and all those softer emotions that keep our politics humane, alive – all the emotions that have so thoroughly vanished from our public life. His tenure is a reminder that political ideology notwithstanding, there is a world of difference between being a statesman and playing one.

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  • Weather Mausam Bada Beimaan Hai: Our Weather is the Great Indian Unifier

    Weather in India is as contentious as our language, cuisine, and politics. It is not just a conversation starter, it is where our differences go to die and find a new life. If we didn’t have the weather, how would we discuss our government’s corruption and apathy, based on that one pothole, with perfect strangers?

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  • ijaazatwomen Ijaazat: Bollywood’s Finest Take on Love, Marriage, and Adultery

    Gulzar’s Ijaazat can tell you almost everything you need to know about love and marriage. It reminds you that falling in love is an instinct beyond our wilful control. And that an “extramarital affair” is often a reductive way to define what might be an inescapable maze of emotions and sense of responsibility.

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  • Lavasa Lavasa, the Dream City that Became a Ghost Town

    Lavasa’s story is not just a story of an environmental disaster or an economic nightmare, it is a cautionary tale of the failure of human hubris and a reminder that it may be easy to build a perfect city, but it is damn near impossible to buy its heart.

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  • eid Is Lucknow Really a Muslim City?

    For everyone who wants to know, Lucknow is not a Muslim city as much as it is not a Hindu, Christian, or Sikh city. Lucknow is a city where despite social problems, religious and cultural identities are woven together seamlessly and elegantly like a handiwork of local chikankari.

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  • religion Satsangs: The Showmanship that Fuels India’s Religious Obsession

    Religious satsangs are like a live gig where the preacher is the rockstar. And because the target audience doesn’t usually google its guru’s credentials, the one with the bigger hoardings and better penchant for grand theatrics is the one who draws the largest audience.

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  • Bollywood Mamas: A Little Less Farida Jalal, a Little More Ratna Pathak Shah Please

    In between Nirupa Roy’s martyred mom and Farida Jalal’s laissez-faire approach to parenthood, very few Bollywood films have dared to narrate stories of motherhood with the nuance and sensitivity —and sometimes the humour — they deserve.

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  • InfinityWar Infinity War and the Evolution of the Indian Fan

    Not everyone who watches the “first day, first show” of every Avengers movie is a true fan. If you didn’t start sobbing like a fool when Tony reminds Steve that he was his friend too, you, my friend, are no true fan.

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  • Mumbai Meri Jaan: Kabhi Cushy, Kabhie Kaam

    The first time I met Mumbai, I was looking at the city through keyholes that were actually the glassed domes of its fabled high-rises, tinted with expensive weekends. My second encounter with Mumbai was when I was between jobs. It was harsh and overwhelming – an eye-opening reality check into my privileges.

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  • AndazIllus Andaz Apna Apna: Celebrating the Mahapurushes of the Fool’s World

    We love Andaz Apna Apna for the same reason we enjoy a good April Fools’ prank. Sometimes and in small doses, being a fool can be exhilarating. Andaz Apna Apna is what life would look like if we stopped taking ourselves so damned seriously all the time and embraced our inner idiot.

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  • KumarSanu How to Win Friends & Influence People, Kumar Sanu-Style

    Music from the ’90s has an uncanny ability to bring people together. From the veterans of the cool jamming in some abandoned garage in Mumbai to seasoned hippies grooving around a bonfire in the remote Himalayas, the ’90s is a theme that finds resonance in the unlikeliest of the settings and with the unlikeliest of people.

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  • Teetotaller Hello Friends, Chai Pi Lo

    Life is not a Quora thread and hence not all teetotallers have grand backstories that involve prisons, arrests, and a dozen deaths. Sometimes our reasons are as simple as we don’t friggin’ like alcohol. So stop urging us to “loosen up and embrace the times”.

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  • Euthanasia Can the Euthanasia Verdict Undo India’s Gag Order on Death?

    Death and its aftermath is sacrosanct in our culture, neatly packed and regulated by elaborate rituals and presided over by a deafening silence. Will the Supreme Court judgement on passive euthanasia change this? Can the fact that we now have the right to die make us finally start talking about dying?

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  • The Celebrity Death Syndrome: Mortality on Our Minds

    Death happens. We ignore it, if we can. When we can’t, as is in the case of celebrities like Sridevi or a loved one, we rush deep into denial, frantically looking for scapegoats to explain the freak occurrence. And then we move on.

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