Contemporary Indian Culture

Brototi

Last Friday, I took Srishti to the annual function of 'Choopkatha' at the Rabindra Okakura Bhavan, Salt Lake. Helmed by veteran theatre artist, Dolly Basu, ‘Choopkatha’ is a theatre group that works with differently-abled children [...]

MY PEERS AT SNU

24 Nov 2019 - This photograph - with two of my former SNU colleagues - was taken in October 2018. It was a random photo, but it came out very well, with us looking a [...]

Experiencing Pain At 7

12 Nov 2019 - Srishti was very sad today. Her 1st best friend broke up with her 2nd best friend in school. She tried to patch up the “brokening”. It didn’t work. At first, I [...]

Kunal Basu Interview, Intro

Teaser: INTRODUCTION - Kunal Basu Interview, "The Byword" #3. Would you like to be transported to other places and times? Romance the strange? Embark on perilous journeys of the self? Explore big questions and ideas? [...]

To the ‘bahus’ of the world

TO THE ‘BAHUS’ OF THE WORLD Please don’t believe what they show on the ‘saas-bahu’ serials in India – the relationship between the ‘bahus’ (sisters-in-laws) of a joint household need not be all jealousy, hatred, [...]

Shakespeare’s talented sister

Every year, on April 23rd, William Shakespeare’s birthday is celebrated by lovers of English literature all across the Anglophone world. Born in Elizabethan England, the ‘Bard of Avon’ remains the world’s most famous dramatist, and [...]

Franziska Tiburtius & Aletta Jacobs: European Women Pioneers in Medicine

From old wives & witches to nurses & doctors In a rare 1975 television Interview, the French feminist icon and author of The Second Sex (1949), Simone de Beauvoir, in trying to give a concrete [...]