The Haunting Reality of Being a Refugee and Queer in “Label Me”

The 27-year-old director of the 2019 one-hour feature drama Kai Kreuser says “Label Me” was supposed to be a cheesy romantic movie. We’re glad that it isn’t one. Kreuser took his own time during its development, which is probably the reason that this feature is layered, and portrays power dynamics among a closeted and out queer persons exquisitely. Continue reading The Haunting Reality of Being a Refugee and Queer in “Label Me”

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Feminism Is Still Not Inclusive: A Queer Take

These expectations from different genders and people who don’t believe in the construct of gender — or those who are agender, gender nonconforming, gender fluid or polygender — make us limiting. There’s so much that each one of us can do if and only if society places its fuck in appropriate place. Continue reading Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Feminism Is Still Not Inclusive: A Queer Take

World Book (and Copyright) Day | Reading in the Time of COVID-19

My country is in utter chaos. However, I am one of those who are privileged. (And we must recognize our privileges first, then we can philosophize and recommend people to read.) I have a room of my own and I’m surviving by having books by my side. And I would want to talk about this today: reading in the time of coronavirus. Continue reading World Book (and Copyright) Day | Reading in the Time of COVID-19

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

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

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”