anrita

Amrita Shah

The writer is at the Centre for  Contemporary Studies, Indian  Institute of Science, Bangalore.

Modi, in Rajiv Gandhi’s mirror
Thu, Jul 09, 2015

A look at their sudden ascent to power and their first years in office reveals surprising correspondences.

Seeing is believing
Fri, Apr 18, 2014

Modi has positioned himself not just as a leader, but also as an object of mass consumption — a strategy that speaks of our times.

In the light of history
Sat, Aug 25, 2012

Narendra Modi’s majoritarian and exclusionist policies merely intensify a century-long tradition of elitist politics in Gujarat

Exploring a City
Sat, Mar 19, 2011

A biography of the old,complex,controversial land,Ahmedabad.

Mystique of Mumbai
Sat, Oct 09, 2010

An evocative chronicle of the metropolis and its machinery of seduction

Banning liberty
Tue, Sep 01, 2009

People in Gujarat have become so accustomed to bans,particularly on films dealing with communal violence that they assume such products have been banned even when they have in fact not been banned.

Women In Film
Mon, Aug 24, 2009

When one thinks of the quintessential Hindi film heroine it is invariably someone of statuesque proportions and a certain melancholic beauty.

Young,urban and merciless
Sun, Aug 09, 2009

Crimes by the young in our major metros are becoming increasingly common.

Sach Ka Samna
Sat, Aug 01, 2009

Why would you participate in a show that threatens to reveal your secrets,embarrass you,hurt people close to you?

The Deluge and After
Sat, Aug 01, 2009

Navigating history and geography,a response to the 2005 Mumbai floods

What’s worth the news?
Mon, Jul 27, 2009

In my blog last week I wrote about the phenomenon of restaurants pushing feedback forms on diners.

Rude Food
Mon, Jul 20, 2009

It used to be pesky salesmen on the phone but now they are pestering you at lunch.

Prohibition
Sun, Jul 12, 2009

I was in Ahmedabad the day the hooch tragedy came to light. It started with a few deaths and then the numbers rose,rapidly.

India Grows Up
Sun, Jul 05, 2009

Some weeks ago,on a flight,I watched Milk,a film about the life of the American gay rights campaigner Harvey Milk. The film was about a remarkable man who fought for his beliefs with passion and joie de vivre and who died sadly young.

Remember the Time?
Sun, Jun 28, 2009

We’ve been hearing stories of Michael Jackson’s shady lifestyle for so long that we had almost forgotten what made him famous in the first place.

The Power of A Woman
Sat, Jun 20, 2009

Early last week,the media was full of images of a faceless domestic servant who had caused a celebrated Bollywood actor to be arrested on charges of rape.

Guardian Bees
Sat, Jun 06, 2009

Imagine the following scenario: you are travelling abroad. You check in and proceed for security check up inwardly groaning at the ordeal that awaits you.

Man under house arrest
Sun, May 31, 2009

In an influential essay Virginia Woolf once asked the reader to imagine what would have happened if Shakespeare had a sister.

Mascara and Black Nail Polish
Sat, May 23, 2009

Watching Kris Allen beat Adam Lambert to win the title of American Idol was like witnessing a Maruti 800 steal a march over a Porsche.

Can we keep sex and emotions apart?
Fri, Apr 24, 2009

The squeamishness about sex education doesn’t square with our outrè pop culture

Of shock and schlock
Thu, Apr 16, 2009

Provocation can score important cultural points. But the Akshay-Twinkle act was a damp squib by any measure

ALL OVER THE PLACE
Sun, Mar 22, 2009

M.G. Vassanji’s literary homecoming is rather distracted and dated

Park-ing trouble
Fri, Feb 20, 2009

Fencing parks and charging entry fees may bring benefits. But it comes with a price tag

From babu to baba-log
Wed, Feb 18, 2009

Calcutta to Delhi,Shah Rukh to Abhay: ‘Dev.D’ describes our changes

Sexual politics
Thu, Jan 29, 2009

Will the outrage over Mangalore finally prompt recognition of the Sangh’s woman-hating ways?