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
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