Asad Ali

Asad Ali

Articles By Asad Ali

In their own ivory towers

The ascendant right liberal is as elitist and parochial as his left counterpart

The story behind Chuskit, a film about a disabled 9-year-old’s attempts to go to school

Filmmaker Priya Ramasubban on her debut feature film Chuskit, inspired by a true story.

Family secrets

Mukherjee’s debut novel, Dark Circles, explores the human frailty — the inability of the living to hold the dead to account for their faults and fallacies.

Devdutt’s Cycle: ‘When insecure men are pathetic, secure women stand up’

Beyond political and social explanations for #MeToo, Pattanaik offered a mythological prism to look at the movement saying, “This ‘purge’ is a cyclical thing which happens every time things go out of control. "

Extreme Survival

Khan, who is a doctor at AIIMS, has ensured — perhaps, to the point of a slight contrivance — that his lead characters have backgrounds that are judicious nods to the political turmoils of the day.

Out of Lhasa: The last surviving fighters of the Chushi Gangdruk look back at battles won and lost

Sixty years ago, a Tibetan guerrilla outfit enlisted the CIA’s help to fight the Chinese. The last surviving fighters of the Chushi Gangdruk look back at battles won and lost. The history of Tibet’s struggle for independence is intertwined with the operations of the guerrilla outfit.

Please don’t #TalkToAMuslim

Class privileges warp perspectives on what is empowering, and for whom.

A Kolkata cop throws light on the city’s darkest murder mysteries in his new book

A Certain Justice: The Kolkata Police Facebook page had been popular already, says IPS officer Supratim Sarkar, and, initially, the page updated regular crime stories in a “reader-friendly” format. But the readers wanted more.

‘I wanted to express my anguish as a minority’

Filmmaker Ajitpal Singh on why he chose football as the theme for his debut venture, and the uneasy question of caste and class in sports films

Things to remember: Filmmaker Saeed Mirza on his new book ‘Memory in the Age of Amnesia’

Filmmaker Saeed Mirza on his new book 'Memory in the Age of Amnesia' and the importance of throwing shoes.

Ways of Seeing Pleasure

Richa Kaul Padte on her new book on porn, women and women watching porn.

You Are Not the Only One: India stares at a loneliness epidemic

“To anyone looking at me from the outside, I seem like a fairly successful woman. I have a good job with great pay. I am in a relationship and have a bunch of close friends. I couldn’t figure out why I felt so angry or so lonely all the time.

‘The world is suffering from an epidemic of loneliness’

Dr Vivek H Murthy, 19th surgeon general of the United States under the Barack Obama administration, on the necessity of fostering connections at the workplace, the impact of technology on loneliness and why one doesn’t need a medical degree to address the problem.

‘Trees in new environments become invasive’

Environmentalist Pradip Krishen on being enamoured of Pachmarhi, why trees become invasive and his distrust of forest surveys.

The best road trip movies

Two for the Road, If It’s Tuesday This Must Be Belgium, Wild at Heart, Thelma and Louise and Little Miss Sunshine. Which is your favourite road trip movie?

It’s the School, Stupid: In our culture freedom to choose stream of higher education is still an alien concept

For years now, our education system has taught enquiring minds only to chase borrowed dreams. Many students are still forced to take up subjects they have no interest in or aptitude for.

61 Indian academics on crowd-sourced list of ‘harassers’

A DU professor, who has been named, said: “I am deeply saddened to know that this kind of malice is being circulated on social media. This is a baseless allegation against me. I have never been involved in any such activity.”

Hope in an egg roll

In Bengal, cultural identity keeps communal polarisation at bay.

Manipur’s foremost transgender activist, Santa Khurai, looks back at the movement she helped shape

Santa Khurai’s strength now is far removed from the fears that haunted her as a child growing up in a conservative family. Born in Imphal, Khurai says she always had “a sense of who I am and I never identified myself as a boy. Always as a girl.”

Paper Backers: Who Moved My Book?

A departure from the usual lawyer-setting, Grisham's book remains taut as ever right from the get-go: the story starts with an incredible heist at Princeton University’s Firestone Library — original manuscripts of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s works such as The Great Gatsby and Tender Is the Night are stolen.