• Let's (not) talk about sex, maybe

    Let's (not) talk about sex, maybe

    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

  • Lasting songs and lost people

    Lasting songs and lost people

    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

  • Telling stories

    Telling stories

    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

  • Rights and copyrights

    Rights and copyrights

    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.

  • To sleep, perchance to dream

    To sleep, perchance to dream

    As a young one, I never understood this grown-up business of troubled sleep.

  • Despitable me

    Despitable me

    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

  • Anarkali apne disco chali

    Anarkali apne disco chali

    Like many who work in films, I often get emails or messages from aspiring actors

  • The FTII strike and the future of education

    The FTII strike and the future of education

    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)

  • Copy that

    Copy that

    A venerable newspaper down south has been having diverse plagiarism woes. First it was gynaecology then it was Veerapan Moily

  • Jhankar beats

    Jhankar beats

    Back in the early 1990s, a time before cell phones, and in my case a time of economic precariousness, auto rides were a spa-style getaway of sorts

  • Women of (100 rupee) note

    Women of (100 rupee) note

    If you haven’t heard of the Women on 100 campaign, I’m telling you about it now. It’s a campaign to include a woman on the 100 rupee note...

  • Second guesses

    Second guesses

    What happens when you keep second-guessing? You usually guess wrong. Ask Sonam Kapoor. Sonam Kapoor is a style icon

  • Sex work and the city

    Sex work and the city

    People are always saying it’s about location, location, location

  • Dheela about character

    Dheela about character

    What does this it mean that Salman Khan has a golden heart? People brought it up in 2002 when his drunk driving killed people

  • Dancing democracy

    Dancing democracy

    Among the many important days last week — May Day, Maharashtra Day— there was also, International Dance Day

  • Before our eyes

    Before our eyes

    I had the same tense discussion with two close friends in the same week

  • Paanch Saal Paro-normal

    Paanch Saal Paro-normal

    On April 18, 2010 I wrote my first-ever column of Paronormal Activity. I had great doubts about producing a weekly column

  • The beauty of net neutrality

    The beauty of net neutrality

    It’s that time of the month. Time to do one or all of these things: Sign the petition on net neutrality for India...

  • The context of choice

    The context of choice

    The word of the week, was, for better or for worse, choice

  • Think


    Rishi Kapoor was my first movie star crush, the first poster inside my cupboard. There was something light and fun about Rishi Kapoor on screen