• Keeping our promise to the woods

    Keeping our promise to the woods

    Trees are beautiful.

  • Biennale, Dharavi ishtyle

    Biennale, Dharavi ishtyle

    Some months ago, I got a call from SNEHA, an organisation that works with maternal and adolescent health issues in Dharavi

  • Sorry sorry raat

    Sorry sorry raat

    Last week, I was reminded of a column I wrote in the early days of Paronormal Activity, titled ‘No Sorry Please, We're Indian’ (August 8, 2010), about RR Patil refusing to apologise for a traffic violation

  • Censoring the sangeet

    Censoring the sangeet

    When I came to know Ashoke Pandit has become a VIC (Very Important Censor) meri ankhen bhar aayeen

  • Pinstripes and checks, kings and commoners

    Pinstripes and checks, kings and commoners

    The first film to use the technique of parallel cutting, or cross-cutting, was DW Griffiths’ Birth of A Nation, made in 1915. Parallel cutting edits back and forth between two or more sets of events that occur simultaneously, in different locations, thereby showing how they impact each other, and are linked conceptually

  • Kissa Kainchi Ka

    Kissa Kainchi Ka

    It was quite sweet how happy some folks were when Arun Jaitley, said the other day, that the era of censorship was over, hai na?

  • The several sounds of silence

    The several sounds of silence

    Silence = Death, a resonant slogan from the 1990s, used by many political movements over time, encapsulates the essential nature of much political activism and protest, no matter what the political complexion

  • The potty party

    The potty party

    Good morning everybody. Happy New Year ji. And now that we’re done with the small talk I must ask you an important question

  • In sickness and in wealth

    In sickness and in wealth

    It seems fitting that Christmas is jostling for presence with the newly-devised Good Governance Day. I don’t make this remark in the light of the (rather improverished) debate on communalism

  • Holiday homework

    Holiday homework

    I’m one of those kids who did not do too well in essay writing competitions. I did not win a year’s subscription to Children’s World where my prize-winning photo with Shankar was printed with my prize winning essay on ‘Children are the Future of the Nation’ (never mind if you’re under 30, you don’t have to get every reference in the world).

  • Something like a war

    Something like a war

    When there are wars, rapes are common. The foot soldiers of conquering armies, brutalised by war, rape women in the wake of conquest, and burn the houses of villagers

  • Ms Vohra to you

    Ms Vohra to you

    Nowadays, when your land line rings then you know it can only be an older relative who retains suspicion of mobile phones. Or, more likely, a sales call

  • Give us a good laugh, not a stupid one

    Give us a good laugh, not a stupid one

    I'm sure it's just me, and Comedy Nights with Kapil is a good show but though I’ve often tried to watch it, I've found it hard to get into

  • In a complicated relationship with a book

    In a complicated relationship with a book

    In my college years — the 1980s — a folk art object was very popular amongt all us young girls

  • That number game

    That number game

    What is a human being in the world except a body? Given to us with birth, its senses help us make sense of the world; once it is done with, we are no longer in the world

  • Waiter, there's a machhar in my Feng Shui

    Waiter, there's a machhar in my Feng Shui

    See it’s okay if you get your flat ka legalities checked out by lawyers and loan-giving bank and all

  • One of the boys

    One of the boys

    There are some women that men will say this about complimentarily: She’s just like one of the boys

  • That lamp called my heart

    That lamp called my heart

    As children, festivals were an oasis of indulgence in the dreary journey of normal. A time of excess, especially thrilling for us pre-liberalisation kids

  • Stars from another sky

    Stars from another sky

    Last week Saif Ali Khan wrote in a national daily about his family’s history of love marriages across community, the open-ended religious upbringing of his children, the need to respect choices and diversity

  • Ministry of the interior

    Ministry of the interior

    The American writer Eudora Welty, in a famous essay, Place in Fiction, wrote: “Fiction is a lie. Never in its inside thoughts, always in its outside dress