Conversation With a Murderer: Amrita Pritam on “Masculinity” and “Izzat”

Killing seemed to be a better option than negotiation, what more worse can it get for a society? Men calling violence masculinity don’t know what it means. It is 1980. Amrita Pritam learnt about a husband who has killed his wife to guard his family’s honor. Intrigued on knowing that the husband was an educated fellow, Amrita Pritam desires to meet him. The area (Punjabi … Continue reading Conversation With a Murderer: Amrita Pritam on “Masculinity” and “Izzat”

Oliver Sacks — His Life & His Times

The first time I learned about Oliver Sacks was via the only blog of its kind Brain Pickings. Maria Popova‘s (founder and author at Brain Pickings) wonderful article — Love, Lunacy, and a Life Fully Lived: Oliver Sacks, the Science of Seeing, and the Art of Being Seen — arrested my senses and I was introduced to, the person who will become a major inspiration for … Continue reading Oliver Sacks — His Life & His Times

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

This book, an essay to be precise, We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a modified version of her TEDxEuston talk. An extremely rich in experience and full of small but significant anecdotes from her life this essay serves as a handbook of definition of feminism for all. She [Adichie] helps us understand what feminism means and how the word has probably … Continue reading We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Diary of Discrimination  —  An Artist’s Face-Off With Racism

Initial Education in Racism When ‘racism’ was taught to me first, I recall, I was in eighth grade, my teacher would emphasize how the colour ‘White’ was almost dictatorial, once upon a time — I want to tell her how grossly incorrect she is — and how badly it crushed the ‘Black’. It was not the definition which got stuck with me; it was colour. Why would two colours be … Continue reading Diary of Discrimination  —  An Artist’s Face-Off With Racism

A City Happens in Love

What Happens When “A City Happens in Love?”

I know him as an anchor on Prime Time, NDTV (Indian News Channel); a journalist who voices his opinion freely, never observed to be biased, and is loved for his freewheeling thoughts often filling our living rooms while he discusses issues of public concerns very candidly. And, in a language understood by a majority – Hindi. He is Ravish Kumar.   I learnt that he … Continue reading What Happens When “A City Happens in Love?”

The Porous Border of Gender in “Please Mind the Gap,” Or Anshuman: An Identity in Transition

An interesting border, if I may say so, of ‘gender’ is navigated in one of the most deftly made short-films exhibiting and highlighting the concerns of the LGBTQIA+ community – Please Mind the Gap.  And, our navigator is Anshuman, a transman. I happen to watch, Please Mind The Gap – a short film by Mitali Trivedi and Gagandeep Singh at the Open Frame Film Festival held at … Continue reading The Porous Border of Gender in “Please Mind the Gap,” Or Anshuman: An Identity in Transition

Who Is Society Anyway?

“You’ve a license to love now!” Saying this, they rushed towards me. Overwhelmed with joy,  they couldn’t contain their happiness for me. I stayed calm. They’re disappointed. “Ye kaunsa pyaar hai?” (What kind of love is this?) I listened to them as well, who couldn’t help but scream at me. I screamed back with 2x decible level. They’re disappointed. At two different places, I have … Continue reading Who Is Society Anyway?

Insomniac City — A Scintilla of Memories

On the 5th of May 2018, I visited Chapter 101 bookstore in Gurgaon; a fancy place, I heard about this bookstore during a book meet. The place indeed was lovely, it exuded warmth which you receive from an unknown known person/thing/place.  Like always, I wanted to buy all the books. After realising that I have already spent a fortune on books since last book fair … Continue reading Insomniac City — A Scintilla of Memories