From time to time, I am perplexed by an apparent dramatic declaration I see play out on Facebook
As we know, all traditions are subject to change on the basis of funding. Hence, this year, Agra's oldest Ramlila considered some changes
Two weeks ago, I lost my cousin. He was from the Sikh part of my family so the prayer service was a kirtan in the Gurudwara
When I fleetingly saw a mention of “Shiv Sena protests Ghulam Ali concert”, followed by “Taslima Nasreen expresses dismay”, you can understand that I thought Twitter and I had jointly travelled back to 1998 when the Sena barged into and stopped another Ghulam Ali concert
People say India is chaotic. Yet, what looks like chaos to some, is also an incredible diversity genuinely trying to accommodate different needs, journeys, approaches, contradictions
The Sri Ram Sene, denizens of some phantasmagoric video game called Aspirational Taliban, declared last week that they would cut off the tongue of any writer who dared criticise Hinduism.
What does it mean to belong to something?
Cities are like big dance halls. In them, stratification and unification, public and private, nature and culture, rural and urban, slum and skyscraper, the past and the future wind in and out by each other.
We seem to be in a mutually abusive relationship, never leaving each other’s side, then pouncing on each other’s faults. Yaniki, television news and us.
Murder mysteries are everyone’s guilty pleasure. The human preoccupation with a life and death makes these stories perpetually fascinating.
When I was in the Class 11, my school arranged a movie excursion for students. But not all — only science students
Moving to Delhi as a teen, I discovered the figure of the “crass Punjabi”. Those who considered themselves refined shuddered at the thought of crass
The ongoing discussions around pornography have raised some really useful questions, especially as people try to articulate why they oppose porn while claiming they are neither moralistic, nor in support of bans
There are some artistes to whose work people respond to with all their emotional selves, but for some reason these artistes remain unsung, near-forgotten
Many of us know the story of Ahalya, beautiful and virtuous, wife of Gautama rishi, from the Ramayana. Indra, driven by lust for her, impersonates Gautama to seduce her
Recently singer Sona Mohapatra, along with India’s Raw Star Rituraj Mohanty, performed the iconic Sambalpuri song Rangabati on MTV Coke Studio. The song, beloved in Orissa, got over a million hits online.
As a young one, I never understood this grown-up business of troubled sleep.
In 2005, shooting for Q2P, a film on toilets, I asked a group of men what will happen if women pee on the road just like men? They giggled
Like many who work in films, I often get emails or messages from aspiring actors
As a middle-class kid, I received that lecture surely familiar to many readers: look, we can't afford to give you fancy stuff, but we can give you a good education. Use it well (yaniki fail mat hona)