Amulya Gopalakrishnan

Amulya Gopalakrishnan is a columnist with The Indian Express.

Speaking for myself: Lucky, Lucky Us
Sun, May 25, 2014

A check-your-privilege exercise would be so useful on our own campuses.

Speaking for myself: Us and Them
Sat, May 10, 2014

We all exist in two states — one rational, and one given to lazy stereotypes.

Mirth of a Nation: Political satire finds a new home on the internet
Mon, Mar 03, 2014

In an election year, political satire finds a new home on the internet.

The Missionary in Politics
Sun, Dec 29, 2013

2013 was the year of the aam aadmi,as Arvind Kejriwal came out of nowhere and suckerpunched the political establishment

The Marriage Plot
Sun, Sep 22, 2013

Shuddh Desi Romance deserves applause for upturning the assumptions of Hindi movie romance

Audio cassette: Rewind and Remember
Sun, Sep 01, 2013

Half a century of the cassette,a technology that truly brought music home

Mera Wala Green
Sun, Aug 18, 2013

When a sophisticated art form like Kathakali is cheerfully appropriated by commercials and movies

A Language of Foreign Things
Sat, Jul 20, 2013

An absorbing story about immigration,race and romance

Because It’s Fun
Sun, Jul 07, 2013

What,really,is the point of a degree in literature?

First Person Singular
Sun, Jun 02, 2013

In her story about herself,Madhu Purnima Kishwar is a woman without attachments,an ideological free agent.

A Life Less Hackable
Sun, May 19, 2013

Like everyone else,the more chaos my life is pitched into,the more I seek out visions of calm and control.

Painful Illusions
Sun, May 05, 2013

How much is too much to suffer in the pursuit of beauty?

Talk to the Hand
Sun, Mar 31, 2013

We’re all adept at communicating without words.

People Unlike Us
Sun, Mar 10, 2013

A book that will change how you think of difference,parenting and commitment

A Magazine for All of Us
Sun, Feb 24, 2013

A young man called William Roy DeWitt Wallace,recuperating from a shrapnel wound in France after World War I,found himself reflecting on the media-saturated times he lived in.

Difficult Pleasures
Sat, Nov 03, 2012

NW is an impressive formal experiment for Zadie Smith,but less fun than you might expect from her

‘This East versus West narrative is just a construction of Western elites,a pep talk’
Sun, Aug 26, 2012

From the Ruins of Empire: The Revolt Against the West and the Remaking of Asia,Pankaj Mishra’s new book,traces submerged strands of anti-colonial thought in Asia,exploring the intellectual journeys of figures such as Jamal al-Din al-Afghani,Liang Qichao and Rabindranath Tagore. He talks to Amulya Gopalakrishnan about that history of engagement,about India’s ideological climate,and why we need a culture of reasonable expectations

‘This East versus West narrative is just a construction of Western elites,a pep talk’
Thu, Aug 23, 2012

From the Ruins of Empire: The Revolt Against the West and the Remaking of Asia,Pankaj Mishra’s new book,traces submerged strands of anti-colonial thought in Asia,exploring the intellectual journeys of figures such as Jamal al-Din al-Afghani,Liang Qichao and Rabindranath Tagore. He talks to Amulya Gopalakrishnan about that history of engagement,about India’s ideological climate,and why we need a culture of reasonable expectations

Where the stress falls
Sat, Jul 07, 2012

Even in a politically correct world,accents remain the one thing we feel free to mock.

The Epistolary Dilemma
Sat, Jun 23, 2012

I’ve been reading Philip Larkin’s Letters to Monica,a book I coveted greatly,from reading the reviews.

The descendants
Sun, Mar 04, 2012

There’s a flip side to “soft” nepotism,you never know the freedom of real self-reliance.

Curtains up
Sun, Feb 19, 2012

Some people never get over the anxiety of facing an audience.

Bare Minimum City
Sat, Feb 18, 2012

Katherine Boo takes you into the dreams and schemes,the decencies and selfishness of a Mumbai slum

Say You Care
Sun, Dec 25, 2011

Why do people buy cards? It's not because they want to say how they feel. People buy cards because they can't say what they feel or are afraid to.

Message in a Bottle
Sun, Nov 27, 2011

What keeps the prohibitionists going,generation after generation?

Something Old,something New
Sun, Oct 30, 2011

In this time of gifts,of crackly packaging and new things,I’ve been preoccupied with the old and used.

A car of one’s own
Sun, Oct 16, 2011

In parts of Saudi Arabia,women have been driven to defiance by a political-religious establishment that forbids them from taking claim of their own cars.

Cliches of the Imagination
Sat, Oct 08, 2011

David Davidar’s new novel is a decent apologia for the publishing industry,but a failed work of fiction

Dare to Say ‘I Don’t Know’?
Sun, Oct 02, 2011

I don’t know” – why does it seem so rare and radical for someone to utter these three little words?

Schooled in elitism
Mon, Sep 19, 2011

Why are otherwise egalitarian people so obsessed with college hierarchy?

Work Unsigned
Sun, Sep 11, 2011

We have a fairly fixed idea of intellectual property,there’s a gate and a name-plate around your imaginative labour.

Singing in the Dark Times
Sun, Aug 28, 2011

The Lokpal anthem is jaunty and self-assured,and it is also clichéd and cringe-making.

Read My Lips
Sun, Aug 07, 2011

The ignored and necessary art of movie subtitling

In the Right Circle
Sun, Jul 24, 2011

I’ve been on Google Plus for a few weeks now. In the beginning,it felt like showing up early at a much-talked-up party.

Playing the Fool
Sun, Jul 03, 2011

Why everyone loves a good comic sidekic

Sloppy seconds
Sun, May 29, 2011

The hollow pleasures of sequels and franchises