• Paromita Vohra: A way to remember

    Paromita Vohra: A way to remember

    Some artistes generate admiration and acquire cult followings. Others generate love and turn their fans into lovers

  • Paromita Vohra: A Dil ka Afsana

    Paromita Vohra: A Dil ka Afsana

    Recently there was a call to boycott the new Karan Johar film because of the dialogue, “Rafi rote zyada aur gaate kam the.” Some fans of Mohammed Rafi thought this was an insult

  • Paromita Vohra: Traditional sweetness

    Paromita Vohra: Traditional sweetness

    Diwali is one of those gazette days for people to display their DQ - yaniki Desi Quotient. Sari selfies are posted. Alarmingly good rangoli items are presented. Sugar free delicacies setting healthily, temptingly in gleaming thalis are photographed

  • Paromita Vohra: The meek and the weak

    Paromita Vohra: The meek and the weak

    They say you can understand the state of a society by how it treats its weaker sections

  • Paromita Vohra: It ain't me baba

    Paromita Vohra: It ain't me baba

    Let me declare first that I like Bob Dylan. I do. I’m also happy that song-writing has won a Nobel

  • Paromita Vohra: What's in a name

    Paromita Vohra: What's in a name

    Last week people debated endlessly the ‘investigation’ into the true identity of the writer called Elena Ferrante

  • Paromita Vohra: The Look

    Paromita Vohra: The Look

    Last week, two actors brought to the surface — in two very different ways — how, for all the fashionable talk of woman-power, female identity continues to be deeply constrained by stereotypical norms about feminine appearance

  • Paromita Vohra: A window into nature

    Paromita Vohra: A window into nature

    For the longest time (as some regular readers of this column know) I have declared I’m not a nature lover

  • Paromita Vohra: Life's little ironies

    Paromita Vohra: Life's little ironies

    When trying to explain why “just a joke” to one is deeply hurtful to another, comic artists sometimes use the concept of punching up versus punching down

  • Paromita Vohra: Unmistakeable me

    Paromita Vohra: Unmistakeable me

    For a few weeks, we, in this city have been waking up to repeated stories of young middle-class people assaulting the police

  • Paromita Vohra: School for scandal

    Paromita Vohra: School for scandal

    In 2005, a television event marked a turning point in Indian public culture

  • Paromita Vohra: Booty and the beat

    Paromita Vohra: Booty and the beat

    So, I'm absolutely loving this song Beat pe Booty from The Flying Jatt. Tiger Shroff usually creates a sense of anxiety in me

  • Paromita Vohra: A family's tryst with a delinquent

    Paromita Vohra: A family's tryst with a delinquent

    A cousin from Delhi, whom I’m very close to, but who rarely calls, called me last weekend. When I saw the call, I wondered why.

  • Paromita Vohra: Rakhi bandhan

    Paromita Vohra: Rakhi bandhan

    Rakhi Sawant, who's been awfully quiet since her brush with politics and her love for Ramdev Baba, is back, with a new episode of Rakhi Does Anything She Wants

  • Paromita Vohra: To dosti, on Friendship Day

    Paromita Vohra: To dosti, on Friendship Day

    It seems each day of the year now commemorates something — teddy bears, safety pins, parents, lovers.

  • Paromita Vohra: In whose shoes?

    Paromita Vohra: In whose shoes?

    The aim of argument, or of discussion, should not be victory, but progress.” So wrote Joseph Joubert, an essayist and moralist in 18th century France, a time and place of much change

  • Paromita Vohra: Insult passing and failing

    Paromita Vohra: Insult passing and failing

    You know what a re-exam is, na? It’s when you fail in an exam but are allowed to sit for it again, given a second chance to pass

  • Paromita Vohra: The latest state of sorry

    Paromita Vohra: The latest state of sorry

    “SORRY” is such a tiny word, but it is packed more tightly with meanings and narratives than a drop of shampoo in an advertisement is packed with fruit oils and wholesome sighs or a hair follicle with dandruff

  • Paromita Vohra: All you can see

    Paromita Vohra: All you can see

    On Thursday, I watched, in spite of myself, the live video of 32-year-old Philando Castile, a black man from Falcon Heights, Minnesota, filmed and broadcast on Facebook Live by his girlfriend, after he was shot point blank by a white policeman, as he reached into his backpocket to pull out the ID he had been asked for

  • Paromita Vohra: Truth out

    Paromita Vohra: Truth out

    I think it’s time for me to Come Out. To Tell The Truth. Mostly, I think it’s time because at this point I’m pretty sure no one will care about it