india

The noble lungi

The Case for the Lungi (and Against Pants)

Nothing epitomises ‘casual’ more than a free-flowing lungi.

Illustration by Nirupa Roy

Sex, Stories, and Power Trips

We are being told a story; one that elevates downright misogyny to the revered status of Indian Culture.

Sacred Cows, Indispensable Women

Sacred Cows, Indispensable Women

Even in a country as inherently classist as India, a lower class man has far more power than an upper class woman.

The Moral Policeman's Guide to Spotting Immorality

The Painfully Noble Origins of Moral Policing

Apart from what it dresses in, one needs to constantly monitor where the body goes, who it is seen with, and when it can appear in public places.

Words for a Silent Space

Male Justice has marched on undaunted, and mutated into more potent and prurient forms.

Reporting Rape

That a woman is raped every few minutes in the country is more than just a statistic for us crime reporters. It is our bread and butter.

The Virtue of Visibility

As a woman, you are never entirely independent and detached; everyone has a stake in keeping your freedom in check. And they will never let you forget that.

Pins and Needles

Nascent pictographs created from the controlled symbiosis of needle and ink on nothing but bare skin hold a certain allure for this writer.

Pooper Paper

Elrhino, a manufacturer of handcrafted, wood-free paper made from elephant and rhino dung, aims to form an economic bond between humans and animals in Assam.

Monsoon Express

The story of the monsoons is somewhat like the story of my country, where senses and sensibilities are constantly overwhelmed, and then subjugated.

Stories from Paradise

In conversation with Jai Undurti and Jasraman Grewal, creators of the Hyderabad Graphic Novel project.

The Show Must Go On

It was all a show and these people were here because this political rally provided better, more tangible entertainment than the T.V. at home.