How I Learned to Accept the Inevitable and Came to Terms with My Parents’ Mortality
The inevitability of death is at the back of my mind at all times. The thought of a world without my parents terrorises me. But even though the future haunts me, I have vowed to give them the best of everything they deserve.Add to list
How Smartphone Cameras Changed the Way We “Perform” Violence, From Christchurch to BJP’s #JootaFight
We once lived in a time when we feared what the ISIS would upload each time a beheading took place. Now, we have the Christchurch attacks where a man livestreams a massacre. The video as evidence, but not shame, has become a part of the cycle of violence, and we’ve quietly accepted it as a part of 21st-century existence.Add to list
Does Hasan Minhaj’s Patriot Act Play Into the BJP Narrative of “There is No Alternative”?
The Indian election episode of Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj is a primer on the upcoming polls. Even if Minhaj didn’t intend it, the episode, with its alarmist tone, buys entirely into the “There is No Alternative” theory floated by the BJP.Add to list
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
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
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
What It Means to Be “the Guy Who Wants Babies” in An Age Where Everyone is “Childfree By Choice”
I am a millennial who wants kids. There. I said it. I've had a case of baby fever since I first held my niece. This opens me up to ridicule from my friends and makes me appear like a “softie” on dates.Add to list
Why are Indians So Embarrassed About the Bra?
As Indian girls, we are raised with the strict instruction that our bras should not be hung out to dry like the rest of the dirty linen we wash in public. Perhaps the reason that the bra has come to be a trigger garment is not because men can’t deal with it, but because with all our hiding we haven’t really given them a chance to.Add to list
CST Bridge Collapse: How Many More Disasters Before Mumbai Stops Saying, “Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro”?
The CST bridge collapse in 2019. The Andheri bridge mishap in 2018. The Elphinstone stampede in 2016. The breakdown of Mumbai’s infrastructure means that no one, rich or poor, will be spared. And yet, there are no protests, no angry outbursts from a citizenry too preoccupied with living for the day.Add to list
Mere Pyaare Prime Minister: A Poor Cousin of Toilet: Ek Prem Katha
In the midst of election season when Bollywood is all too willing to play along with the ruling party’s narrative, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s Mere Pyaare Prime Minister just adds to that noise: a film that is so much about its expired message that it forgets to have a believable story.Add to list
Politics Where Are the Viral Hashtags and Candlelight Vigils for the Survivors of Pollachi Sex Abuse Case? There is the India that outrages over the Surf Excel ad and wonders how Yogi Adityanath maintains his mane. This is the India unperturbed by the brutalisation of women in “other India” that lives Pollachi, in Kathua, in Unnao. The general public, the news media, folks on social media, don’t hear of the other India. Add to list