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

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?

“Look for a Guy in White T-Shirt,” He Said

Disclaimer: You need to read till the very end to make something out of this blog entry, judging by reading the first two lines won’t help you. A late night conversation on dating app Last Saturday, I was using the gay-dating app, the ever popular and instant gratification provider, Grindr. I was bone-tired but after a long day, I just wanted to ‘see,’ if-there’s-anyone-new-around. There’s … Continue reading “Look for a Guy in White T-Shirt,” He Said

Paradise

I see your reflection in the moon,I long to chase it.I know that it ain’t the ‘real’ youbut the heart wants what it wants;I throw my hands in the airhop-and-jump, what all I didn’t doto map this length. This distance, this separation,it’s unbearable.But O, my love, I adore the sparklingand shimmering lightwhich this moon emanates.I feel like you’ve sent the warmthacross andI see the stars … Continue reading Paradise

Amrita Pritam: Her Poems, My Life and Love

हैरान होता था जब बार बार ऐसे सपने से आते थे की अमृता प्रीतम कुछ कह रहीं हैं मुझसे, मुझसे? कहाँ वो रूहानीयत की मूरत और मैं बेग़ैरत इंसान । पर अच्छे से याद है “आज वारिज शाह नूं “, “साहिर “, और “इमरोज़”। ….. लगता था की वो बगावत थी या सिर्फ रूह की आवाज़ को सुनने वाली, इक पंजाबन। पता नहीं, पर जबसे … Continue reading Amrita Pritam: Her Poems, My Life and Love

The Story of Adèle

It’s been a year or two that I’m purposefully watching ‘Queer Cinema.’ There are plethora of movies which I’ve watched, ranging from stereotypical, maligning the image of the community to some which strongly portrays same-sex desires and bio-pics on some of the great figures of all times. And pursuing this very dedicatedly, I had curated a list of movies which I wanted to watch and … Continue reading The Story of Adèle