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

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

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

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?”

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

Insomniac City: My Personal Favorite and His Boyfriend

Bill Hayes’ Insomniac City: New York, Oliver, and Me is a tale, an autobiography, a portrait of New York and its citizen, a search for home – in a person or in a city; it may be one of them or all of them. It’s difficult to review such a rare book. It’s a potpourri of thoughts translated immediately as if it will lose its … Continue reading Insomniac City: My Personal Favorite and His Boyfriend