• Paromita Vohra: Seas of Stories - A fantasy

    Paromita Vohra: Seas of Stories - A fantasy

    I read two stories last week, which made me wonder about how we now respond to stories

  • Paromita Vohra: Baharaon phool barsao

    Paromita Vohra: Baharaon phool barsao

    You know that purple zinnia? Daisy? Whatever - the purple flower on Facebook? Last year, when it briefly appeared I never knew what it stood for

  • Paromita Vohra: Behind the scenes at the movies

    Paromita Vohra: Behind the scenes at the movies

    If there is one thing that the Apurva Asrani-Kangana Ranaut conflict over the script of Hansal Mehta's new film Simran has shown us

  • Paromita Vohra: Yeh dil mango more

    Paromita Vohra: Yeh dil mango more

    It is summer. Yaniki, there are mangoes. This should be enough. But not for all

  • Paromita Vohra: A photo copy

    Paromita Vohra: A photo copy

    Earlier this week, photographer Souvid Datta, who had shot a series of photographs in a brothel in Kolkata's red light district of Sonagachi, was outed by critic Shreya Bhat, for having not simply plagiarised an idea, but photoshopping someone else's work into his own

  • Paromita Vohra: More books in that (C)Bag

    Paromita Vohra: More books in that (C)Bag

    Many people are upset that Chetan Bhagat's book Five Point Someone has been suggested in the Delhi University elective paper, as part of the Popular Literature paper

  • Paromita Vohra: The smoking girls

    Paromita Vohra: The smoking girls

    Here is something that happens to me very often

  • Paromita Vohra: Old whine in new media

    Paromita Vohra: Old whine in new media

    There's a lot to be learned from the world of television soap operas about how to respond to accusations of sexual harassment

  • Paromita Vohra: The Sense of a (Financial Year) Ending

    Paromita Vohra: The Sense of a (Financial Year) Ending

    Soon after I started earning, my father began lecturing me about opening a Personal Provident Fund (PPF) account

  • Paromita Vohra: Yes means Yes

    Paromita Vohra: Yes means Yes

    At the end of Anarkali of Arrah, a film you should've heard of but may not have, I found myself, surprisingly, crying. Not because it has a sad ending - it has a fantastically rousing one

  • Paromita Vohra: Some algorithm thing

    Paromita Vohra: Some algorithm thing

    It's just the algorithm." How quickly we've learned to say that and shrug off every intrusion and manipulation in our digital lives

  • Paromita Vohra: Judging by the cover

    Paromita Vohra: Judging by the cover

    For years, when we spoke about gender and conditioning, the most common things to analyse were the covers and images in women's magazines

  • Paromita Vohra: That victim card

    Paromita Vohra: That victim card

    Whatever else one may imply (as he prefers it) about Karan Johar's orientation, ladies-oriented he has not shown himself to be lately. Folks are shocked that he said Kangana Ranaut should stop playing the victim card and just leave the industry if she doesn't like nepotism

  • Paromita Vohra: A passionate isolation

    Paromita Vohra: A passionate isolation

    Last week, I saw a remarkable documentary about a remarkable woman. "Here the Seats are Vacant" is about Shahrzad, Iran's first woman director but much more. She is a certain kind of woman, indescribable but recognisable

  • 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