Violence Is too Narrow an Adjective for a Colossal Loss in Kashmir

“I knew I could not remain neutral or objective any more, although objectivity in research in much valued but here it was imperative for me to take a position – politically and emotionally – and it soon became clear to me where and on whose side I stood: by the side of the people and their struggle for justice.” — Sahba Husain Continue reading Violence Is too Narrow an Adjective for a Colossal Loss in Kashmir

Unruly Visions: Understanding and Interrogating Queer Diaspora Via Visual Culture

Unruly Visions: The Aesthetic Practices of Queer Diaspora (Zubaan, 2019), is a work of immense scholarship by Gayatri Gopinath. Itis a quest to studying, evaluating and meditating queer studies and diasporic areas through different avenues of visual culture — movies, texts, photography etc. Continue reading Unruly Visions: Understanding and Interrogating Queer Diaspora Via Visual Culture

A Dazzling Anthology of Stories from Manipur by Manipuri Women

This anthology is full of stories that question the status quo. The ease with which each of these stories critiques the society, and the simple language in which they’re written is the quality that a reader will cherish every time one is reading this book. Debunking the popular patronization of a woman from Manipur — which is a result of efforts made by the tourism industry; their brochures full of coy dancing girls — what makes this work most authentic is its sheer originality and no misappropriation. Continue reading A Dazzling Anthology of Stories from Manipur by Manipuri Women

Art as a Medium of Resistance and Protest

When traditional media outlets shied away from doing their job, the students and the members of civil society took on themselves the onerous task of speaking truth to power. And that too with art. Fear is an instrument of the oppressive regime, and BJP tried to instill and deter people with that; but it miserably failed. Students and general public took to the streets, they brought creative posters with them. Continue reading Art as a Medium of Resistance and Protest

The Curious Case of Shefali Vaidya

A Hindutva Ideologue Couldn’t “Unsee” Queer Person With a Bindi

The invisibilization of the trans* community that this Bill ensures and the vile intentions of the ruling party are not unknown to us. It’d be fair to assume that the contemporary India is a perfect place for people like Shefali Vaidya to proliferate and play instrumental role in spreading all kinds of exclusionary messages. Continue reading A Hindutva Ideologue Couldn’t “Unsee” Queer Person With a Bindi

Society, If Same-Sex Love Isn’t Part of Your Definition of Love, Then You’re in for Trouble

A very poignant narrative based on the lives of a lifeguard Russell (Tom Cullen) and an artist Glen (Chris New), this movie is deftly directed by Andrew Haigh. I choose to write this epilogue to put things in perspective. There are so many reasons behind homosexual people remaining closeted. The major factors, unsurprisingly, are their families and society. Continue reading Society, If Same-Sex Love Isn’t Part of Your Definition of Love, Then You’re in for Trouble

32 Naga Girls and Women Write About Naga Womanhood

Beginning with, literally, a print of an ‘acrylic on hand-woven nettle shawl’ and going on to traversing all the literary forms: short stories, personal essays, poems, slam poetry (performance poems), and each literary genre interrupted, and beautifully so, by painting prints, The Many That I Am: Writings From Nagaland edited by Anungla Zoe Longkumer (Zubaan, 2019) is a genre-defying book. Continue reading 32 Naga Girls and Women Write About Naga Womanhood

Two Greatest Myths of Writer’s Block, and Two Lessons to Overcome It

Writing a single sentence after typing this title was difficult. May be they call this “Writer’s Block.” I don’t know, but I do know that I can explain this phenomenon and ways to combat it. Writer’s Block: A state in which a writer becomes incapacitated to produce anything of value. Or she likes to believe so. Anyone who calls herself a writer knows this: “I … Continue reading Two Greatest Myths of Writer’s Block, and Two Lessons to Overcome It