• 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

  • Paromita Vohra: What's your emotional position?

    Paromita Vohra: What's your emotional position?

    Last week, in the midst of renewed artillery fire in the civil war that is Twitter, I read one of the most moving stories I have in a long time

  • Paromita Vohra: Post-truths and poster-truths

    Paromita Vohra: Post-truths and poster-truths

    The declaration of ‘post-truth’ as word of the year by the Oxford English Dictionary has been met with what-have-we-come-to resignation

  • 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