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  • 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

  • Paromita Vohra: Boyz to men

    Paromita Vohra: Boyz to men

    Since the Delhi gang rape of 2012, the conversation about sexual violence has gained a rightfully prominent place in public life with varied effect

  • Paromita Vohra: It's my treat

    Paromita Vohra: It's my treat

    So, you decide to take your parents out for dinner. You know how that goes. "Shall we go out for dinner, someplace nice?" you ask

  • Paromita Vohra: Dial N for Neyappam

    Paromita Vohra: Dial N for Neyappam

    My Malyali friend called me and said: "Hey, Google is crowdsourcing a sweet's name beginning with N for the latest version of its mobile OS, Android N. Guess what the Indian contender is?"

  • Paromita Vohra: Significant others

    Paromita Vohra: Significant others

    I emerged from a few days in what people call 'the interior' — smaller places where the Internet isn't perpetually available, and, like Lata Mangeshkar, no one knows who Tanmay Bhat is

  • Paromita Vohra: The tip of your tongue

    Paromita Vohra: The tip of your tongue

    Last week, two artists were painting an Urdu poem, in the Nastaliq script on a Delhi wall, when a crowd gathered

  • Paromita Vohra: 50 shades of purple

    Paromita Vohra: 50 shades of purple

    Before I say anything, let me make full disclosure. I love purple. We found each other in my early teens, and have been often together since

  • Paromita Vohra: All the lonely people

    Paromita Vohra: All the lonely people

    Last month, 17 year-old Kriti Tripathi killed herself in Kota, the hub for competitive exam coaching classes

  • Paromita Vohra: So what?

    Paromita Vohra: So what?

    Kangana Ranaut has featured in this column a few times. Almost always, it was because of things people said about her on that hit TV show Happy Bitchy Insiders, yaniki Koffee With Karan

  • Paromita Vohra: The Rules

    Paromita Vohra: The Rules

    Recently, the highly ranked Hindu College, in Delhi University, started a women's hostel. Everyone cheered and few asked why it took the 117-year-old college so long. After all, why single it out? This is the story in so many colleges even in the big cities of India

  • Paromita Vohra: And the Revolution

    Paromita Vohra: And the Revolution

    Imagine you’re 14 and already suffering supercilious man-o-logues from IIT-bound boys, about the technical greatness of Pink Floyd

  • Paromita Vohra: My name is Paromita and I am not a Bengali

    Paromita Vohra: My name is Paromita and I am not a Bengali

    Ever since I can remember, introducing myself has been torture. First, it was only the Bengalis. As soon as I said, "I'm Paromita," a tidal wave of Bengali would rush at me. Gritting my teeth, I'd say I am not Bengali

  • Paromita Vohra: Gender vendor

    Paromita Vohra: Gender vendor

    To see R Balki's Ka and Ki is to see a gigantic missed opportunity, both politically and artistically, but also, to see that these two ambitions — the political and the creative — are intertwined. Both require the power to reimagine forms, social or artistic, with genuine insight

  • Paromita Vohra: The loneliness of the cricket un-lover

    Paromita Vohra: The loneliness of the cricket un-lover

    Last year, sick on a weekend, feeling sorry for myself, I called two of my friends and demanded they come see me with flowers and chocolate. We ate our sweets, gossiped and had a convivial time. Then, one of them became pensive. "What is it?" I asked

  • Paromita Vohra: Son preference

    Paromita Vohra: Son preference

    As with notions of the nation, so with feelings about family, popular cinema is often the place where new, still-forming ideas are reflected, emotionally managed and normalised.