On September 5th, thousands of farmers and labourers from various parts of the country marched across New Delhi to demand loan waivers for small farmers, effective implementation of labour laws, minimum wage of Rs 18,000 per month and food security, … Continue reading In Photos: Farmers & Labourers Rally in Delhi
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”
[Delhi Diaries. June 2013.]
I arrived at Ben Gurion Airport to find a surly security guard waiting by the entrance. He asked me a couple of questions that lead up to, “Did you ever travel to the West Bank?” “Yes,” I replied; it’s not illegal, after all. Continue reading “From Jerusalem to Delhi”
(This piece was originally completed as part of the ‘Journalism for Social Change’ course offered by UC Berkeley on the edX platform) The box, as it is commonly referred to, is a tiny 6-by-8-foot cell consisting of a bed, sink, … Continue reading Dispatches: Mental Illness Runs Rife on Rikers Island
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?
I spent a good chunk of September back home in Chennai, India, which partly explains why I haven’t added anything to this space for over a month. Back when I used to live in Chennai, my friends and I regularly whined … Continue reading Of Cinema, Literature & the National Anthem
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
[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