Let’s Make Madhya Pradesh Hip Again


Let’s Make Madhya Pradesh Hip Again

Illustration: Sushant Ahire/Arré


ast night, I went out on a date with a woman who happened to be from Kolkata. During our conversation, she had so many stories to share about the people and places from West Bengal. From Satyajit Ray to Rabindranath Tagore, and biryani to rasgulla, it was fascinating. Then she asked me what my state, Madhya Pradesh, was famous for.

I scrambled my brain to come up with interesting titbits about Madhya Pradesh, and all I could think of was the sex temples of Khajuraho, which depict threesomes, orgies, and bestiality in all their glory, or the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy. Considering both these topics won’t make great fodder for conversation on a first date, I decided to skip the question and ordered more alcohol so that both she and I could forget about Madhya Pradesh.