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Saturday, November 27, 2021

Amrita Shah

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

The ground beneath their feet
Sun, Oct 31, 2021

In a long history of migrants, indentured or willing, like the Gujaratis of South Africa, the quest for home comes alive in the stories of ocean crossers, rebels and poets

‘Namaste Trump’ in Ahmedabad signalled a new politics, local and national
Wed, Feb 26, 2020

At the Trump event, a line of camels was in place and at least one of the mounts was seen repeatedly mimicking a salaam like a dancing doll. So far, one has noticed a deliberate design in Modi’s moves. What is not clear is who exactly is this elaborate spectacle designed for?

Of a Port City Lost and Almost Found
Sat, Feb 03, 2018

The incredible story of how Surat lost stature in maritime trade and the intrepid Nawab who helped it wrest back some dignity

The city that Ahmed built: Which version of Ahmedabad are we prepared to preserve?
Mon, Jul 24, 2017

The celebrations over the World Heritage Site tag for Ahmedabad begs the question: which version of its past are we prepared to preserve?

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.

Elections 2014
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

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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.

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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.

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Young,urban and merciless
Sun, Aug 09, 2009

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

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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

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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.

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Rude Food
Mon, Jul 20, 2009

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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