This article was originally published on The Hindu thREAD. I shuffle through the songs on my playlist restlessly while the bus remains firmly lodged in traffic. I was supposed to meet Zahra at 11 a.m., and I’m already half an hour … Continue reading Strawberries from Palestine
A slightly modified version of this piece was originally published on The Hindu thREAD. “How were you dressed?” the victim is questioned. “Were you under the influence of alcohol? Why were you out with a bunch of guys so late at … Continue reading How is Victim-Blaming Still a Thing?
I only went for the popcorn. And as far as that was concerned, it was a good evening. The movie, however, was an altogether different story. Based on everything I’d read/heard, I knew that Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Padmaavat’ would likely … Continue reading The Larger Implications of Films like ‘Padmaavat’
This illustrated essay that I’ve created focusses on the pressing issue of sexual harassment in India. Read the first page here and then head to the Indian Cultural Forum Continue reading “My Illustrated Essay for the Indian Cultural Forum”
Who’d have thought that despite being absurdly named ‘Wedgie Fit jeans‘, these things would fly off the shelves? As is usually the case when it comes to fads and trends, I’d been blissfully unaware of their existence until recently. Last … Continue reading Wedgie Jeans – wtf?
At Platform 3 of the Chennai Central railway station, Madhu hugged her parents and stepped aboard the Tamil Nadu Express. The train started to pull away and her mother was predictably tearful as she waved goodbye. Her father adopted a … Continue reading Fiction: Transitioning
[Jerusalem Diaries. August 2015.]
I’m back in Jerusalem, interning with the Palestine-Israel Journal. PIJ is a quarterly magazine that aims to explicate complex issues dividing Israeli and Palestinian societies, among other things. Continue reading “Notes from Jerusalem”
Every time I return from India, there is a sense of loss – imprecise, suspended, like a hole without a ring. Yet there is also a feeling of release, as if one had just escaped death by drowning.” – Sasthi … Continue reading Euphoria & Dread: The India I Know
In a matter of mere minutes, his behaviour transforms from loving to abusive. She suffers the blows silently, even in her misery playing the part of the obedient, respectful wife. A woman is chided by society for her loud and … Continue reading My Article on The Hindu thREAD
A few years ago, I volunteered with an NGO in Jerusalem that cares for people with varying levels of intellectual disability, including Down Syndrome and autism. I had tumbled into it with no prior experience or knowledge of Hebrew, and I … Continue reading What is ‘Normal’, Anyway?
“He walked, one of many still abroad in the world, in the street. Every day gone with work unfinished, things to do, places to go, people to see, words to be spoken, a man himself unfinished, unfinishable, even by death … Continue reading One Day in the Afternoon of the World
[Israel/Palestine. September 2015.] When the alarm buzzed at the unnatural hour of half past four in the morning, I had to do everything in my power to resist turning it off, forgetting the world and going back to sleep. At … Continue reading Morning at Qalandia