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Readers Write In #525: Jaya Jaya Jaya Jaya Hey- An obscene class narrative masquerading as gender rights story

November 20, 2022


By Sai Ganga R Jaya Jaya Jaya Jaya Hey is the latest entrant into the domestic abuse saga which have come up one too many off late. What differentiates the current crop of these movies from those of similar theme say of the 80’s is an element of black comedy that is peppered- This makes […]

More than enough

November 14, 2022


A plug for a self-help book that guides students to enjoy the experience of learning, instead of concentrating on just marks. Author: Dr. D. V. Sivapriya, Professor and Head, Department  of Physiology, Panimalar Medical College Hospital and Research Institute. Narrative Memoir for students The book is published in both English and Tamil  language and is […]

Readers Write In #521: The Elephant in the Room

November 5, 2022


By ​Eswar On Rohini S.Rajagopal’s memoir of infertility – ‘What’s a lemon squeezer doing in my Vagina?’. In an article about stillbirth, Emily Oster, an American economist, made the following observation: ‘Like miscarriage or birth trauma or countless other parts of pregnancy and parenting, [stillbirth] is not a topic that’s easy to discuss. The result […]

Readers Write In #518: My two cents on ‘serious’ literature

October 22, 2022


By ​G Waugh Whenever someone asks me whether there is any ‘holy’ distinction between a mainstream work of art and a ‘serious’ one, I used to be either tongue-tied or I would plunge into a long-winding sermon lasting for hours and hours. I had never been able to define pithily and precisely what distinguishes a […]

Readers Write In #517: The Impossibility of A Uniform Civil Code

October 21, 2022


By ​Aman Basha Thoughts on the discussion about the Impossibility of Indo-Islamic Reform A few days earlier, I had written about what I perceived as the Impossibility of Indo Islamic Reform and tried to draw ideas for the ideal medium of reform taking the life and work of Hamid Dalwai as a counter example. The […]

Readers Write In #516: Social work, advocacy and activism

October 20, 2022


By ​Aravindan Rajaram As per official data in 2015, India had 31 lakh registered Non-Government Organizations (NGOs). That’s roughly one NGO per 420 people! What are the roles of NGOs? The work done by NGOs should ideally be done by the government or greatly minimized. If the government does its duty, it will make the job of […]

Readers Write In #510: Colonialism and the English language

October 14, 2022


By ​Hari PR This is in response to the recent thrust by a government-appointed panel to replace the medium of instruction in educational institutions, which currently is English, with the respective regional language. The reasons provided for this change are that English is a vestige of the colonial legacy that India is trying to put […]

Readers Write In #503: The Impossibility of Indo-Islamic Reform

October 10, 2022


By ​Aman Basha Thoughts on the troubles of Indo-Islamic Reform and the life of Hamid Dalwai If there is one word to describe Muslim Politics in India, it’s this: “myopic”. The political leaders of the Muslim community, who often are also the religious gatekeepers or are in collaboration with the likes of such seem to […]

Readers Write In #499: Natshathiram Nagargiradhu…and the only thing I could see was a Pen Natshathiram!

October 7, 2022


S Madhumithaa Oh Rene! She has all my heart. I can watch the movie any number of times just to catch glimpses of her again. I know the movie was made to convey a deeper message about caste discrimination but, there are enough of you ( including Pa.Ranjith) to write and talk about it. I’m […]

Readers Write In #484: Why can’t HE do it?

September 6, 2022


By Hari 5 years back, after the birth of our second born, me and my wife went to her gynec to discuss the possibilities for birth control. That is when she told my wife why can’t he do it. It is a complex procedure for you, if it was a Caesarian we could have done […]

Interview: Pa Ranjith (Completing 10 years, ‘Natchathiram Nagargiradhu’)

August 25, 2022


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Readers Write In #467: The need for superheroes in a modern society

June 10, 2022


By Prakash Alagarsamy I recently watched the movie “Vikram”. The movie was good. Definitely could have been better. I loved talking about it with my family members about it. Don’t know the last time a mass movie did that. So definitely a win in that aspect. But u digress. This post is about something that […]

Readers Write In #453: I whole-heartedly welcome the success of ‘The Kashmir files’, and let me tell you why.

March 26, 2022


By Alex John Let me tell you this first, I haven’t seen ‘The Kashmir files’ yet. It is playing in the city I live, but I couldn’t drag my lazy a** to watch it yet. Well, I thought I ought to write something about it at least, as the campaign against the film is getting […]

Readers Write In #439: Continuing the ‘Kadaisi Vivasayi’ comments thread on farming

February 11, 2022


By gnanaozhi So the comment thread on Kadaisi Vivasai was an interesting one so i figured, let’s do a data dump and study agriculture in India the way it is, and from the eyes of the farmer. Fun fact to begin with? 90% of farmers surveyed in a NSSO survey DID NOT want their children […]

Have You Heard the Sound of Your Own Voice?

November 21, 2021


A plug for Krithika’s book, available here: In her words: “I recently self-published a non-fiction book on depression. It’s called “Have You Heard the Sound of Your Own Voice?” It was written with the intention of hand-holding students who feel suicidal/depressed on Indian college campuses. I am wondering if you can help me in […]

Readers Write In #424: Transcript of Interview with Matt Stoller on the Supply Chain Crisis, Great Resignation and Monopoly

November 8, 2021


(by Aman Basha) This is the partial transcript of an interview I did with Matt Stoller on important issues today. The total interview is an hour long and the remaining portions focus on the international finance systems, China, Hollywood, economists Modi and more (credit control, monetary policy, Obama and such). To see the latter, check […]

Readers Write In #413: Why Gandhi?

October 5, 2021


(by G Waugh) The United States of America dropped two powerful bombs – one at Hiroshima and one at Nagasaki in August 1945. They were the first nuclear bombs in the world to be dropped upon human beings and Japan, as a result was forced to surrender instantly. Newspapers all over the world hailed the […]

Readers Write In #406: Why Nehru was a horrible “founding father”

September 11, 2021


(by Sudharshan Garg) Aman had posted a Reddit post (which I had rebutted in a detailed manner. Will repost it here) Let me start out with the easy way, the “positives” as listed ZERO civil wars ( China, Mexico, SL) Why is this “Nehrus achievement” now? Look up our history, starting say 500 bce from when […]

Readers Write In #400: Lessons from a Grandmother to her Grandchildren

August 24, 2021


(by Aman Basha) What Rahul and Priyanka ought to take from 1960s Indira Gandhi to get the Congress its groove back An India suffers its worst crises since Independence, two years after a conflict at the border with Pakistan, there are still high tensions after a conflict with China, Hindu Muslim tensions rear their ugly […]

Readers Write In #388: Hinduism – Its Philosophy, Science and Politics

July 26, 2021


(by G Waugh) I had written a bit about my interest in space and evolution in this piece** almost a year ago. The most interesting part of my space ‘journey’ was the place where Stephen Hawking was to a very great extent able to fully explain what is often meant by ‘The Big Bang’ theory. […]