Consciously non-committal, purposefully non-possessive, and a decisively un-domesticated version of romance
Tolerance runs scarce except when citizens are expected to tolerate adversities—demonetisation, lockdowns, surveillance, raids, and religious processions.
The coexistence of the old and the new is an inevitable part of our everyday life
Satyajit Ray’s Devi (1960) is much more than a head-on collision between tradition and modernity. Even though there is a constant confrontation of these two opposing forces, our modern man eventually fails to rescue his wife from the clutches of blind faith
Sara Akash and 27 Down examine lack of agency through their male protagonists.
How not to parent - some lessons from childhood
Dipankar Gupta's book leads us to differentiate between ‘learnings from history’ and ‘remembering the past’
Choosing a ‘right’ answer from a set of multiple choices does not do justice to the subject and nuances of social issues
Commodities are increasingly being premised on semiotics that are visually curated to trigger the aspirational-impulse
The beauty industry makes us forget a basic physiological fact: that bodies come in all shapes and sizes
Mediation is the life-force behind all images
Is the world’s biggest lockdown a fake reassurance? It mindlessly creates boundaries that will not delay the inevitable.
In ‘Consumerist Encounters’, Sreedeep Bhattacharya explores how our relationships and representations of commodities like T-shirts have evolved in urban India.
Let us hope against hope that this pandemic turns out to be an equaliser in matters of domestic work.
Should I feel guilty and stop being a consumer? What can I possibly sacrifice? Can I stop living my life because of a virus and its social impact on the poor? Our lives were vastly different anyway.
The guilt of the middle class as we witness the mass movement of the migrants across India.
Cohabitation and carnal status-updates in a pandemic.
Reflections on getting back to normal after Covid-19 has changed how we live, work and consume.
Latest article at FORSEA on the critique of the film Parasite in the context of the current pandemic virus.
Neither ‘janata curfew’ nor absolute lockdowns will work. We have to detect and drown the virus with medically-sound measures.
He is not the Angry Young Man of ‘70s celluloid, who framed his rage against a harsh and ineffective state. Kabir’s superficial rage has no wider meaning except blatant sexism and harsh impositions
Other than offering her or him the right to choose an electoral candidate, which other rights are ordinary citizens entitled to? What does this system give them, and what does it extract in return?
The idea behind the government's advertisement campaigns is to meet numbers and targets, not to necessarily bring about actual change
Why am I being stopped: aam admi encounters an arbitrary rule
Farmers are on the brink and the tragedy of Sangrur tells us why
Living dangerously inside with the cameras