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Friday, May 07, 2021

Leher Kala

The wretchedest April of all
Sun, May 02, 2021

We are not heroes. We are desperate. We have been abandoned. We awake to messages of cries for help, and we sleep to news of bereavements.

What is it about ripped jeans that divides fashionistas and politicians alike?
Sun, Apr 18, 2021

Is it a fashion statement or a faux pas? In a country like India, that has steep economic disparities, ripped clothes carry different implications for different people

Clutter and what to do with it, is one of the definitive quandaries brought forth by the pandemic
Sun, Apr 18, 2021

Forced indoors, people around the world have been re-evaluating their possessions, trying to make better use of objects and space.

Reliving those days of epic uncertainty
Sun, Apr 04, 2021

When this catastrophic time is over and scholars are analysing State response, the humble endeavour for future disaster planning should be that in situations when you’re unable to ease citizens’ burdens, at least don’t make things worse.

Estrangement from family is a psychologically traumatic experience, as bad as divorce and cancer
Sun, Mar 21, 2021

Nine times out of ten, a quiet out achieves more than drama, with none of its side effects. But the human capacity for self-delusion is apparently infinite: it’s too easy to mistake a craving for oneupmanship as a desire for escape.

There has been an important transition in the status of pets, to peers and human equals
Sun, Mar 07, 2021

By trying to convert dogs and cats into next level spiritual beings and our intellectual equals (who conveniently can’t argue back), we miss out on appreciating their traits that we could all do with imbibing.

Accusations against Tandav are more than mere language
Sun, Feb 21, 2021

One has to wonder if it’s the recreation of contemporary protest movements (reminiscent of JNU) that might be the cause of ire.

Fresh spurt of cases bring to fore questions of responsibility we need to continue making in 2021
Sun, Feb 07, 2021

Sure, it would be lovely to have a change of scene. But perhaps the question to be asking is not, is it safe for me to travel, but is it even ethical to be travelling for leisure right now?

Happenstance placed Ashok Kumar on the school bus in which the victim travelled in
Sun, Jan 24, 2021

Hypothetically, if Ashok Kumar had been a conductor on any of the other 20 buses except the one the victim travelled in, he would not have even been an accused.

In 2020, some have discovered that a life stripped down to bare essentials is ultimately freeing
Sun, Jan 10, 2021

If one must look for the proverbial silver lining in the corona cloud, it’s that the pandemic has made a strong case for scaling down.

2020 was the year to do whatever gets you through the day
Sun, Dec 27, 2020

If there is anything this Covid year has proved, it’s we have to find our own methods of salvation to guard against reality.

As we return to normalcy, it’s difficult to foretell if pandemic will fundamentally alter the way we live
Sun, Dec 13, 2020

Waving, air kissing and namaste will replace the handshake. Maybe in retrospect, we’ll miss this bizarre time that has provoked a universal bout of mass introspection.

Acceptance of size, easier said than done
Sun, Nov 29, 2020

It might be more freeing to accept that conflicting feelings on body image will be the lot of mankind till kingdom come.

Rise and spectacular fall of designer Manish Arora
Sat, Nov 21, 2020

What’s amply clear is that behind all the glitz and glamour, India’s fashion industry is largely a mom-and-pop enterprise, operating in a haphazard and unstructured manner.

Considering the surfeit of skin in mass media, can streaking still be considered countercultural?
Sun, Nov 15, 2020

While Soman might be a very pleasant sight to behold, that doesn’t hold true for mostly everybody else. Besides, there’s something intensely creepy about forcing bystanders to look at one’s naked body without seeking their permission first.

This Diwali is about recognising this painful moment for what it is, and doing our bit for a return to normalcy
Sun, Nov 01, 2020

For a generation used to downloading a book in seconds on Kindle or asking Alexa how World War 1 started, the painstaking rigmarole of vaccine trials feels even more outrageously long. This lost art of patience is causing more epidemic fatigue.

Maybe Rhea Chakraborty should be grateful she was merely incarcerated
Sun, Oct 18, 2020

Maybe we'll see a Netflix show on this mockery of an investigation or a TED talk on surviving bullying. Or a tell-all book on Rajput’s last days. For anyone who asks why she should benefit from a suicide, I ask, why should she not?

Civility is always welcome but the greatest courtesy in an office is an atmosphere free of gender-based complications
Sun, Oct 04, 2020

While today’s cut-throat environment might require a differentiator that marks one as unique, referencing difficult family situations as a show of resilience comes across as grossly entitled.

This is that rare year in adulthood, when all you can do is to sit back, and observe the mundane
Sun, Sep 20, 2020

There is a tendency these days to look back on other horrors, the Plague, the Spanish Flu, famines and world wars, perhaps as a source of reassurance that the human race has survived so much worse.

Sushant Singh Rajput’s death provides a glimpse into the social forces that drive isolation
Sun, Sep 06, 2020

We discover too late that the redemption narrative of karma so confidently espoused by our virtuous ancestors rarely comes to our rescue. Which is why we do the young a grave disservice by not emphasising enough that loneliness is a fundamental part of the human experience.

Childhoods at least should be spared from the painful drudgery of chasing superlatives to add to a CV
Sun, Aug 23, 2020

While the world reboots post pandemic, maybe more people will question the stressful route to college and address the far more important question, how to thrive beyond it.

Indian Matchmaking is a canny indictment of a fraying institution
Sun, Aug 09, 2020

I have often wondered if or were to create a subcategory of orphaned eligibles, would they be in overwhelming demand. Alas, like a perfect partner, that too, is an illogical dream.

Wash, spray, repeat: When danger lurks everywhere
Mon, Aug 03, 2020

You can have all the dumbbells, the exercise mats and resistance bands at home. It’s not the same as working out in an atmosphere where everyone is dedicated to self optimization.

The matchmaking show everybody’s so conflicted about
Mon, Jul 27, 2020

Indian Matchmaking on Netflix is that rare show that bridges the gap between the Balika Vadhu and Four More Shots viewer.

In the time of a pandemic, when will we dress up and go out?
Sun, Jul 26, 2020

However liberal one’s notions of beauty and sophistication, COVID and its masks have made everyone equally unappealing