What's Up With... What's Up With India's Suhaag Raat Obsession?
If there's one thing Indians know how to do well, it's the shaadi. And it all builds up to the hallowed first night -- with kesar doodh and a literal bed of roses. Stay with us through the big night, as we ask: What's Up With India's Suhaag Raat Obsession?Add to list
Culture The Diwali Shopathon: When Mothers Bargain Like Pros and Children Become their Personal Coolies
A Diwali preparation is incomplete without a trip to the old city market. In Mumbai, it’s Dadar; in Delhi, it’s Chawri Bazar. This is the time of the year, when every mother across the country trots out their bargaining A-game.Add to list
Culture All Souls’ Day: Forget Halloween, This is the Real After-Party with the Dead
All Souls’ Day is pretty fun. Given the fact that the cemetery stayed open late on All Souls’ Day, as teenagers we’d take advantage of the darkness to visit graves and gather cigarettes and alcohol left behind by families for their late relatives. We’d find the occasional piece of fried fish left unsullied by the birds and have ourselves a good ol’ fashioned party.Add to list
What's Up With... What's Up With India's Hindutva Pop Obsession?
From India's hinterland comes a new music sensation, where popular songs are painted saffron. In the run-up to India's general elections, we're asking: What's Up With India Obsession with "Hindutva pop"?Add to list
Culture Lessons from Navratri in Gujarat: You May Not Get Laid, But You’ll Feel the Love
Like every outsider I believed Navratri in Gujarat was about music and mating. But after attending a garba night in Baroda, I learnt it wasn’t the sausage fest everyone thinks it is. It’s just all of Baroda having the time of its life, soaking in the music, twirling, skipping, and jumping.Add to list
Culture What If We All Laughed a Little More Like PG Wodehouse Would’ve Wanted Us To?
The rose-tinted escapism that defines PG Wodehouse’s oeuvre speaks volumes of a social observer who knew that the days of this rarefied existence were numbered. In his tumultuous times, his refusal to take anything seriously, be it political patriotism, the sacred lion of MGM Studios, or his own work, was its own form of irreverent resistance – one that is just as effective today as it was a hundred years ago.Add to list
Culture My Favourite Part of Durga Puja? Remembering the Pujos of My Childhood
Growing up, Durga Pujo was all about garnering a shot of freedom, of carefree behaviour, every single year. But adulting compromises the novelty of Pujo. Now, as an adult, reminiscing about the Pujo of my childhood is possibly my favourite Pujo activity.Add to list
Culture How RK Narayan’s Malgudi Days Helped Me Understand My Grandfather
Malgudi might have been a made-up Tamil town of the 1940s, supposedly located near colonial Madras. But its realism came from slice-of-life tales about a community that, however far removed from me in space and time, felt like home.Add to list
Culture Arranged Marriage, Tinder, & Why Manmarziyan is Completely Wrong About Modern Love in India
For all of Manmarziyan’s feminist pretensions, its lead Rumi is a cipher, waiting for validation from the men in her life. Where are the fun, confused young women who end up by themselves and become stronger because of it? Where are the women who bid their orthodoxies goodbye and try to fly solo?Add to list
Culture Elephant Gods, Flying Insects, and Crabby Crabs: A Ganpati Visarjan Horror Story
I’ve been jostled in the crowd, groped by a stranger, covered in cheap gulaal, and sacrificed at the altar of the DJ wale babu. But no trauma compares to the ordeal of attempting visarjan from the deck of a ferry in the middle of a downpour.Add to list