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From the Web (FTW) #4: The wives who discovered they were gay

March 12, 2023


From today’s Hindu Sunday Magazine: These women left socially secure marriages with men to find love, respect, and authenticity away from the rigid family structure. “Why is it that I can’t be someone at 20, someone else at 30, and someone quite different at 40? Sexuality is exploration.” The year I turned 40, I decided […]

From the Web (FTW) #1: Rahul Gandhi and Kamal Haasan in conversation

January 3, 2023


Starting a new series of stuff from the web that I think will generate some interesting comments…

Readers Write In #535: Love today…Wait, what love?

December 30, 2022


By Madhumithaa S Respectably enough, Pradeep Ranganathan’s Love Today begins with a disclaimer that no animals or birds were harmed in the making of the movie. Errrrrr…did he forget something? What about harming humans with this movie? I am so furious that I’m not sure about where to start, and how to go about. But, […]

Readers Write In #534: Balls of Steel

December 29, 2022


By Anonymous PART 1 – Houston, we have a problem! The period when you are 16-18 years old can be a harrowing phase in your life. There is not only a turmoil that is happening on the inside,  but also a battle that is being waged on the outside.  A period when every relative of yours is […]

Readers Write In #529: Thoughts on GASLIGHT, RANGOON RADHA 

December 8, 2022


By Vijaysree Venkataraman Gaslighting is the word of the year in 2022. According to the Merriam-Wester dictionary,the verb refers to the psychological manipulation of a person. Typically, the manipulation happens over a period of time and causes the victim to question the validity of their own perception of reality or memories.It often leads to “confusion, […]

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 […]