• 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

  • Martyrs and mortals

    Martyrs and mortals

    If the dead can hear the living talk about them, I wonder what they’re thinking. You may have noticed how people often speak of the deceased as if they shared a very personal relationship

  • See See TV

    See See TV

    The Karnataka government issued an intriguing order earlier this month

  • My life as a man

    My life as a man

    Here’s a sheepish story. After college I really wanted my own place, for two reasons

  • Keeping our promise to the woods

    Keeping our promise to the woods

    Trees are beautiful.