Social Commentary Why Mumbai Needs its BEST Buses More Than Ever
Mumbai’s ubiquitous red buses are struggling to keep up with the city’s pace. And we will only be poorer without them. Smart cities boast of smart public transport and the devolution of the BEST is a step backward.Add to list
Social Commentary Sabarimala Woman Hit by Mother-in-Law: Who Gives Indian Elders the Authority to Beat Family Members?
Kanaka Durga, the 39-year-old woman who made history by entering the Sabarimala temple, is now in hospital after being hit by her mother-in-law. But when does punishment go from an act of disciplining to a gross violation of someone's rights?Add to list
Social Commentary Virgin Girls = Sealed Cold Drink Bottles: Is There No Difference Between India’s Politicians & Teachers Now?
In a series of Facebook posts, Kanak Sarkar, a professor at Jadavpur University, said that virgin girls are like sealed cold drink bottles and biscuit packets. We thought only our elected representatives were prone to shooting their mouths off on how women should be. Are we now to be concerned about our teachers and academics too?Add to list
Social Commentary “हिंदी की किताब क्यों पढ़ रही है बे?!”: क्यों हमारा Elite समाज देसी को Uncool समझता है
आधा अंग्रेज़ बड़ा विचित्र प्राणी है| एक तरफ तो इसे हर भारतीय चीज़, इंसान और जगह से चिढ़ होती है, वहीं दूसरी तरफ़, यह अपने मनपसंद headphones खरीदने के लिए Flipkart की Big Billion Day sale सेल का इंतज़ार साल भर बेसब्री से करता है| एक तरफ़ इसके फ़ोन में इंटरनेट से उठाये हुए GIFs व cat memes के लिए जगह कम पड़ती है, दूसरी तरफ़ इसे समझ नहीं आता कि बड़े लोग WhatsApp forwards क्यों भेजते रहते हैं|Add to list
Social Commentary “Eww, Is that a Hindi Book?!”: Why the Indian “Elite” Disses Everything Desi
The pseudo angrez millennial is a special creature. It flaunts a flagrant repugnance toward all things Indian, but holds off buying those coveted headphones in wait for the big billion sale. It speaks English with a sprauncy accent, but resorts to maa-kis and behn-kis in moments of rage.Add to list
Social Commentary 2018, the Year of #DeepVeer, #NickYanka, and #IshaAnand Weddings: Who Did It Best?
As the #DeepVeer and #Nickyanka weddings took over our timelines this year, the 2019 shaadi season should just stay home with its head under the blankets. It’s never going to top the unhinged festivities that have defined our Instagram feeds for the past three months.Add to list
Social Commentary Legit Awesome: 2018, a Year of Landmark Judgments from Indian Courts
Following a series of progressive judgments, the Supreme Court has gone from being the Johnny Lever of institutions -- cult following, some people laugh -- to the Ryan Reynolds of institutions -- everyone wants to kiss them on the mouth.Add to list
Social Commentary Naseeruddin Shah, Anupam Kher & Everything That is Wrong in Being Just a “Tolerant Nation”
Naseeruddin Shah recently labelled the atmosphere in the country intolerant, and immediately drew the ire of BJP’s official and unofficial spokespersons. Even if we assume that India is actually very tolerant and perfect, is that really something we should be striving for?Add to list
Social Commentary That’s So 2018: The Year Fake News Became Deadly in India
Gone are the days when the most dangerous fake news you’d read was “Swami Nithyananda cures migraines, but Congress cancelled it last minute.” It’s now so easy to distort videos, photoshop images, and take out-of-context screenshots, that even the most discerning reader can be manipulated into believing complete horseshit. And in 2018, things really went OTT.Add to list
Social Commentary Muzaffarnagar Baaqi Hai: The Film That Launched Mini Campus Revolutions Across India
Muzaffarnagar Baaqi Hai, the 2015 docu which just received a Netflix release, is a painfully dense account of how two districts in Uttar Pradesh burned, as the politicians who stoked the fire lived to reap the rewards in the 2014 elections. The film’s incendiary content is only rivalled by its afterlife.Add to list