culture

Royal Blue Pyjamas

A Eulogy for My Royal Blue Botanical Pyjama Set

Each time I folded the collar of my shirt, it felt like I had dog-eared the day and marked its existence in my mental journal of lockdown memories.

The Baby-Sitters Club

The Baby-Sitters Club

Watching The Baby-Sitters Club on Netflix takes an author back to reading the series of books while growing up in early-2000s Calcutta.

The Greens of My Lives

The Greens of My Lives

A reflection on the myriad and plentiful greens of the listless city of Pune in an attempt to ward off the disparaging heat-fatigue of New Delhi.

Bystander

Standing By

Conceptualised by the Kadak Collective, the Bystander anthology is an ambitious crowdfunded project that aims to gather works created by a diverse group of over 50 South Asian creators from 13 countries.

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.

Woman in Charge

Woman in Charge: Water

Tara had just discovered an ugly truth. This man, this public servant, was flaunting his corruption. She didn’t want him to win.

Boyfriend

Boyfriend

Fear and guilt, judgement and inconvenience: one writer recounts her struggles of staying over at a male friend’s house in a city like Bombay.

Humans of Hindutva

One Giant Inside Joke

In conversation with the Admin of the wildly popular Facebook page Humans of Hindutva, on satire, subterfuge, and skewering the Right-wing on social media.

Woman in Charge

Woman in Charge: Wood

This, the steep path to the forest, was their brief escape to a world free of judgment.

Woman in Charge

Woman in Charge: Mela

Girls, whose bodies had widened, gyrated and swayed, performing in ways society wouldn’t otherwise allow.