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Friday, May 27, 2022

Leher Kala

Despite his shaky political future, Rahul Gandhi remains mass media’s darling
Sun, May 15, 2022

Leher Kala writes: If the Congress had been winning elections, RG’s attendance at a wedding wouldn’t be cause for comment. Since they are not, the expectation is that he should be shamefacedly hanging his head down, in hiding.

Legs matter, more than they should
Sun, May 01, 2022

Leher Kala writes: The mini-skirt has been visible onscreen in Hindi films since the 1960s. One of the first and most memorable images is of Dimple Kapadia wearing a polka dotted top with a short, black skirt in Bobby —perhaps the first “good girl” to flash ample leg in a movie.

Searching for love (conditions apply)
Sun, Apr 17, 2022

Leher Kala writes: Internet matchmaking has become ubiquitous even in India, taking on the space once occupied by newspaper matrimonial ads

The joke’s on all of us
Sun, Apr 03, 2022

The world was stunned when actor Will Smith nonchalantly climbed the Oscars stage and punched host Chris Rock last week. Smith went on to win an Oscar and dance the night away, the lack of consequences alarming for whacking someone with billions watching.

Weighty issues: A dilemma of diets
Sun, Mar 20, 2022

After Warne’s untimely death, his manager revealed he had been on a 14-day liquid diet. While it’s impossible to know if it contributed to his heart attack, there is enough evidence linking crash dieting with cardiovascular disease and strokes.

The rage of innocence
Fri, Mar 18, 2022

The metaphors in all these shows align with this moment; there seem to be an inordinately large number of young people consumed by overwhelming hopelessness. There is something especially heartbreaking about teen suicide because it feels entirely preventable.

What it takes to swim with the sharks
Sun, Feb 20, 2022

In this cluttered television landscape, the newest entrant Shark Tank India is shining bright. Parrot Analytics, a TRP tracking firm, has found that the audience demand for it is 18.5 times higher than for any other show.

Keep calm and Wordle on
Sun, Feb 06, 2022

As any economist knows, sought-after luxury items are a function of scarcity — the shrewd Wordle developer releases just one game a day, ensuring a hooked audience is anxiously waiting for it to drop.

Bikini politics: An itsy-bitsy issue
Sun, Jan 23, 2022

🔴 Right after the Congress named Archana Gautam, 26, as their candidate from Hastinapur for the coming Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections, bikini-clad images of her began flooding the Internet. Gautam, a political debutante, won Miss Uttar Pradesh in 2014 and Miss Bikini India in 2018.

How the past informs the present
Mon, Jan 10, 2022

Currently, Indian society is divided into those who feel that an insidious Western influence has turned us into stunted copycats and that we should carefully reexamine our glorious past to appreciate our uniqueness.

Let’s hear it for the school bell
Sun, Dec 26, 2021

🔴 Leher Kala writes: We have reached a stage in this pandemic where the risks of restarting in-person classes are worth it, considering the alternative: having a humungous, misanthropic and unfit generation left behind in so many ways.

There’s an age to splurge; it’s not youth
Mon, Dec 13, 2021

🔴 Leher Kala writes: For mostly everyone, there’s a frustrating gap between what we think we need and what we actually need — relationships, a vocation, good health — which are all worth more than anything money can buy.

The power of ridicule
Mon, Nov 29, 2021

🔴 Leher Kala writes: Many people feel genuinely aggrieved that Vir Das was denigrating India abroad, not realising that articulating the unsaid stirs dialogue.

Ad-vantage who? When companies buckle
Mon, Nov 15, 2021

Leher Kala writes: Backtracking, to maintain a shaky peace, is becoming the norm in film and advertising in India. No one knows what might offend who, so one must live in fear of projects getting derailed at the slightest provocation.

In prison, the right to read… everything
Mon, Nov 01, 2021

Leher Kala writes: In this day and age, it’s hard to justify denying prisoners a wide range of reading materials, newspapers and magazines, crucial to keep up with the dizzying pace of development in the outside world.

What the Aryan Khan episode tells us
Mon, Oct 18, 2021

Leher Kala writes: Whether you have grown up ensconced in layers of privilege or hail from middle-class origins, slander is devastating — and a prison stint is likely to be a (unpleasant) transformative experience.

Deshbhakti: Can patriotism be invoked?
Mon, Oct 04, 2021

Leher Kala writes: The Kejriwal government’s last big innovation in Delhi schools was introducing classes in happiness.

The worth of interpreting Plato
Mon, Sep 20, 2021

Leher Kala writes: The humanities primarily seek to broaden our understanding of the world. We will always need the scholars who put the human experience in context, and continue asking questions of the world around us.

Sabyasachi, and defining appropriation
Mon, Sep 06, 2021

Leher Kala writes: Suggesting Sabyasachi cashed in on the intellectual property of a community disregards a fundamental truth, that all art is appropriation of some kind.

Life, and the roll of the dice
Mon, Aug 23, 2021

Leher Kala writes: The work of life is to prepare ourselves through education, experiences and habits — for the unexpected. But, with the understanding that sometimes there are forces beyond our control that make us vulnerable to both fortune and misfortune.

The Olympics is the ultimate test of the survival of the fittest
Sun, Aug 08, 2021

Leher Kala writes: It feels like the world has done a dramatic U-turn, from stigmatising mental health problems to embracing them manically. So much so that while the greatest spectacle of human endurance is on, quitting is being hailed as some sort of noble act.

Rights, duties and everything overlapping that comes in between
Sun, Jul 25, 2021

Leher Kala writes: Every now and then there are heartening signs that Indian democracy is robust enough to publicly silence those armed with wily lawyers and accountants, the experts at exploiting loopholes that undermine laws and institutions.

Lessons in our closets, all stacked up
Sun, Jul 11, 2021

Leher Kala writes: Notably, the pandemic has rendered ‘trends’ entirely meaningless — did fashion actually change every season and how idiotic is that?

Even in pandemic, pressure to be happy
Sun, Jun 27, 2021

A culture that overdoes joy and slots anger, sadness and fear as emotions to run from, is disregarding the complexities of being alive.

It’s the culmination of prolonged trauma that has so many people reevaluating their lives
Sun, Jun 13, 2021

The cynical scoff at the idea that the battering the world has taken will have a lasting impact. When something like oxygen could become a luxury overnight, it would be a real pity if these brutal Covid lessons are forgotten and life goes back to exactly what it was before.

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