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Point of Pain
By Namrata Kolachalam · In conversation with Annie Zaidi about her new book Prelude to a Riot, inequalities within South Asia, and why we can never escape home.

Contents

Meat-and-Greet

In conversation with Bhaskar Hazarika about his critically acclaimed film Aamis, and its place within a genre that combines the bleak with the beautiful.  

Book Review: His Father’s Disease

Aruni Kashyap's stories call for greater humility, acceptance of difference, and keeping our strongly held (maybe even ill-formed) opinions about others to ourselves.  

Art in Conflict, Conflict in Art

In conversation with the makers of Raqs-e-Inquilab about creative freedom, censorship, and the one-sided narratives of hate and fear about Kashmir and its people spread by the media.  

No Easy Answers

In conversation with Nandita Dutta, whose book F-Rated examines Indian filmmaking through the eyes of eleven women directors who have been central to the industry across decades.  
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Interviews

  • Bhaskar Hazarika Aamis

    Meat-and-Greet

    In conversation with Bhaskar Hazarika about his critically acclaimed film Aamis, and its place within a genre that combines the bleak with the beautiful.
  • Raqs-e-Inquilab

    Art in Conflict, Conflict in Art

    In conversation with the makers of Raqs-e-Inquilab about creative freedom, censorship, and the one-sided narratives of hate and fear about Kashmir and its people spread by the media.
  • Nandita Dutta

    No Easy Answers

    In conversation with Nandita Dutta, whose book F-Rated examines Indian filmmaking through the eyes of eleven women directors who have been central to the industry across decades.

Features

  • Fertile Baldness

    Fertile Baldness

    Shame, non-acceptance, and exclusion unfailingly accompany baldness. But baldness can be fertile, too—for humour and style, if nothing else.

  • Bombay

    Verticals

    Modern, Western-aspiring society has a crisis of lifestyle; its problem is not its physical distance from nature, but its emotional distance.
  • Woman in Charge: Gram Sabha

    Woman in Charge: Gram Sabha

    Tara wished she could speak more at these meetings, but there were important people here. She had to make a good impression.

Reviews

  • Book Review: His Father’s Disease

    Aruni Kashyap's stories call for greater humility, acceptance of difference, and keeping our strongly held (maybe even ill-formed) opinions about others to ourselves.
  • Kumbalangi Nights

    Film Review: Kumbalangi Nights

    Facial hair plays an important role in Madhu C. Narayanan’s Kumbalangi Nights, a film that brings to the surface the perils inherent in popular notions of masculinity.
  • Celestial Bodies

    Book Review: Celestial Bodies

    Jokha Alharthi’s Man Booker International Prize-winning novel employs elaborate and poetic prose as it gazes into Oman's cultural bounty.

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