• Paromita Vohra: The Sense of a (Financial Year) Ending

    Paromita Vohra: The Sense of a (Financial Year) Ending

    Soon after I started earning, my father began lecturing me about opening a Personal Provident Fund (PPF) account

  • Paromita Vohra: Yes means Yes

    Paromita Vohra: Yes means Yes

    At the end of Anarkali of Arrah, a film you should've heard of but may not have, I found myself, surprisingly, crying. Not because it has a sad ending - it has a fantastically rousing one

  • Paromita Vohra: Some algorithm thing

    Paromita Vohra: Some algorithm thing

    It's just the algorithm." How quickly we've learned to say that and shrug off every intrusion and manipulation in our digital lives

  • Paromita Vohra: Judging by the cover

    Paromita Vohra: Judging by the cover

    For years, when we spoke about gender and conditioning, the most common things to analyse were the covers and images in women's magazines

  • Paromita Vohra: That victim card

    Paromita Vohra: That victim card

    Whatever else one may imply (as he prefers it) about Karan Johar's orientation, ladies-oriented he has not shown himself to be lately. Folks are shocked that he said Kangana Ranaut should stop playing the victim card and just leave the industry if she doesn't like nepotism

  • Paromita Vohra: A passionate isolation

    Paromita Vohra: A passionate isolation

    Last week, I saw a remarkable documentary about a remarkable woman. "Here the Seats are Vacant" is about Shahrzad, Iran's first woman director but much more. She is a certain kind of woman, indescribable but recognisable

  • Paromita Vohra: Vote for vote

    Paromita Vohra: Vote for vote

    For a few years now, the act of voting has become a style statement. Newspapers ritually carry a photograph of some celebrity showing us their voting finger with its ink stain. Social media updates have become mandatory, also sometimes accompanied by a picture, some of direct, some artful

  • Paromita Vohra: Optimistic latecomers

    Paromita Vohra: Optimistic latecomers

    The Bombay local was once a symbol of romance - Amol Palekar and Tina Munim sang a romantic song that kept time with their thudding hearts and the train’s steady pace

  • Paromita Vohra: The GPS and us

    Paromita Vohra: The GPS and us

    Once, taking a Bombay cab alone meant a chatty drive. Politics, urban development and 'mamas' i.e. traffic cops were the opening subjects. And then, personal life. Many a cabbie discussed their marriages and love lives with me. These conversations taught me much about human nature

  • Rahul da Cunha: My nursery rhymes

    Rahul da Cunha: My nursery rhymes

    So, dear reader, I have an honest confession. I write nursery rhymes. Uh yeah, that's it. I write children's nursery rhymes. I'd like you to read some of my creations

  • Paromita Vohra: Ugly truths, lovely truths

    Paromita Vohra: Ugly truths, lovely truths

    The current outrage (as an aside, surely it is time to assign 'outrage' the status of an event, like lathi-charge or walk-out) over Maharashtra Class XII sociology text books raises some politically thorny questions about political correctness

  • Paromita Vohra: Digital forget-me-nots

    Paromita Vohra: Digital forget-me-nots

    Last week, that most dreaded thing happened. My hard disk crashed. Also, I hadn't backed it up since April 2014. I know. I have no business sounding so calm about it. But. I admit I brought this on myself

  • Paromita Vohra: Woh darzi hai kahan?

    Paromita Vohra: Woh darzi hai kahan?

    Are you, like me, languishing and sighing, waiting for that one man (and sometimes woman) who will fulfill certain dreams for you?

  • Paromita Vohra: Take it easy is the best policy

    Paromita Vohra: Take it easy is the best policy

    As AR Rahman’s MTV Unplugged updated reversion of Take It Easy Urvasi goes viral, it brings back happy memories of how this charming song entered our lives in 1994 and laconically set the pace for so many cultural changes that defined the decades that followed

  • Paromita Vohra: #NotLikeUs

    Paromita Vohra: #NotLikeUs

    In 2008, a gang of 70-80 men molested two women on Juhu Beach. We woke up on New Year's day to these nightmarish images and a deep sense of shock

  • Paromita Vohra: What I learned from Koffee with Karan Season 5

    Paromita Vohra: What I learned from Koffee with Karan Season 5

    It’s that time of the year. You know, when I predict the political, economic and sociological future of India 2017. Yaniki, what I learned from Koffee with Karan Season 5

  • Paromita Vohra: Lots in a name

    Paromita Vohra: Lots in a name

    What's in a name" seems to finally have replaced "India is the land of the Kama Sutra" as the most overused and pointless phrase ever thanks to Mr Taimur Ali Khan Pataudi. And, as the true sign of fanciness is a syllable, or so, silent in your name, I assume Esq. is the silent one in his

  • Paromita Vohra: Old roots, new trees

    Paromita Vohra: Old roots, new trees

    I spent the last month in Myanmar, a country with whom some of our historical roots are intertwined

  • Paromita Vohra: The claim to contradictions

    Paromita Vohra: The claim to contradictions

    Jayalalitha’s death ended a remarkable and unslottable life. Such had been the force of her presence, that many who might have been deeply critical of many aspects of her political methods and personality, nevertheless expressed a sadness at her passing

  • Paromita Vohra: A girl and a book

    Paromita Vohra: A girl and a book

    Shilpa Shetty and Animal Farm set off a lot of jokes, many of which I found myself laughing at reluctantly, last week. In this age of multimedia, I think it’s absurd to assume everyone reads