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Tuesday, August 03, 2021

Amrita Dutta


The devastation caused by Covid calls for a reinvention of the obituary
Wed, Jul 28, 2021

Amrita Dutta writes: As the pandemic continues, we must write the ‘little histories’, so that a ‘big history’ may also be written along the way

Surekha Pillai created an online circle of care and love
Thu, Jun 17, 2021

Amrita Dutta writes: On Twitter, Surekha was a woman who spread a spendthrift joy by inviting us to share the things she loved — poetry, trees, good food

Unhappy, like us: The British royal family
Thu, Mar 11, 2021

The Harry-Meghan interview reveals that not much has changed in the House of Windsor in the 26 years since Princess Diana’s tell-all BBC interview

Tamil writer Salma on chronicling the claustrophobia of home
Sun, Jan 24, 2021

The defining feature of Salma’s writing has been the close, uncompromising attention she brings to bear on home and marriage

False hierarchy of gender, caste practices has devalued domestic work. Pandemic has sharpened this inequality
Sun, Jan 24, 2021

This fundamental inequality robs women of self-worth, but also stunts men into pre-fabricated social roles. It radiates out of the home into the public sphere.

From Lahore to London to New York via India: Ved Mehta’s unflinching gaze — and prose
Mon, Jan 11, 2021

Mehta leaves behind a remarkable legacy as a memoirist, and essayist for The New Yorker — and a man who, early on, seized upon his subject: the remarkable life and times of Ved Mehta and his family, which he wrote about, over three decades, in his 12-volume autobiography, Continents of Exile.

DDLJ was spot-on in its confidence in post-liberalisation Indian love
Sat, Nov 14, 2020

DDLJ was spot-on in its confidence in post-liberalisation Indian love. Its power lies in the encounter it stages between tradition and disruption

‘The invisible shield reporters from the West once had is diminishing’
Tue, Nov 03, 2020

Journalist Declan Walsh on the many Pakistans he saw during his time as a foreign correspondent in the country

Is coding a must-have life skill of the future?
Sun, Oct 11, 2020

Once the realm of socially awkward nerds, coding is now being pitched as a new interactive playground for children

Nisha Susan’s debut is a crackling collection of stories about deceits and desires in post-internet India
Sun, Sep 13, 2020

Attraction and betrayal play out over email, Orkut chatrooms, Twitter timelines, dating sites and meditation apps, but The Women Who Forgot to Invent Facebook and Other Stories is about people

Society that lives in denial of its trauma and rage will turn on itself, as we have turned on Rhea Chakraborty
Fri, Sep 11, 2020

Whether or not Rhea is guilty of something more grievous than possession of a few grams of marijuana is for an investigation to find out, but the demonisation of even her most humane responses — why did she say sorry to Sushant’s body? why was she taking him to psychiatrists? — is the sign of a collective moral failure.

Lockdown Lessons: Rain gauges to puzzles, Karnataka teachers reach out through community schools
Mon, Aug 17, 2020

Across the state, several such examples of government teachers’ innovation through the vatara shale model abound.

Prime Woman: Why Shakuntala Devi was a woman who wanted it all
Sat, Aug 01, 2020

Anu Menon's film tells the story of a difficult mother and an unapologetic achiever. But it contests that her husband was a homosexual

Kanye West thinks Harriet Tubman never freed slaves, others place her among the greatest of American heroes. Who was she?
Thu, Jul 23, 2020

Who was Harriet Tubman? Why does her life story resonate with contemporary America?

Why Megha Majumdar’s much talked about debut novel fails to live up to its promise
Mon, Jul 20, 2020

The silences and erasures of A Burning make it a watered-down 'new India' novel

How song and dance made love and desire visible on screen
Sun, Jul 12, 2020

Writer and filmmaker Paromita Vohra on Saroj Khan’s role in bridging different styles and eras of Hindi film dance

Explained | Getting America to recognise caste: previous efforts, renewed push
Fri, Oct 16, 2020

For close to two decades now, attempts have been ongoing at various levels to get institutions overseas to recognise the peculiar challenge of caste, a system of inequality and oppression that is unique to the subcontinent and is recognised by the Constitution of India.

Not fair, but how lovely: Exploitative ideas of skin colour don’t have to define you forever
Thu, Jul 02, 2020

HUL and other brands are not the only ones guilty of colourist bias — from cinema to news television and advertising, there has been little challenge to the upper-caste, North Indian ideal of beauty and desirability. But, given the generations of dark women and men who have been made to feel unworthy because of the colour of their skin, it is not a burden they can shrug off.

Edgy films and web series remain rooted in an all-male aesthetic
Fri, Jun 12, 2020

It is logical to conclude that even if the multiplex is giving way to streaming websites, the ecosystem of writers and producers remains the chummy boys’ club it was.

Confined, beaten and raped, 2 women hide in forest during lockdown; now rescued
Thu, Jun 11, 2020

One of the women alleged that she was gangraped by two men in the factory in Kengeri. An FIR was filed on May 23 against two factory workers under Section 376D of the IPC and SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act.

Face shields to oximeter checks: Bengaluru salons get new protocol
Thu, May 28, 2020

From face shields to shoe covers, temperature checks to oximeter assessments, a temporary halt on facials and manicures to a compulsory hairwash before a haircut — salons in Bengaluru are putting in place a new post-lockdown protocol to draw back customers.

How actor-comic Danish Sait uses aatmanirbhar props to make people laugh
Sun, May 24, 2020

The baby-faced actor has been morphing into an ensemble cast of characters, who pop up in his immensely popular short videos to chat about lockdown blues.

Historian Peter Frankopan on why this pandemic reveals a dangerous lack of global cooperation
Sun, May 24, 2020

‘Inclusivity and tolerance produce better outcomes in practice’

How citizens are helping migrants stranded by the coronavirus lockdown
Tue, May 19, 2020

By pitching into the crisis, the volunteers have felt the scale of deprivation acutely.

More important than govt money is finding some work, says Uber driver in Bengaluru
Sat, May 16, 2020

Until the lockdown confined him to his one-bedroom house in north Bengaluru, Kumar would be on the road for 15 hours a day in his Maruti Swift Dzire. “We had seen jail on TV before, but this is what it must feel like,” he says over the phone.