In the Time of Pandemic: A Letter to my Daughter
Full disclosure: I write this after seeing the first two episodes of Disney's (or Pixar's, same difference ever since the buyout) Monsters At Work.
दिलीप कुमार भी चले गए. वे एक भरा-पूरा जीवन जीकर गए हैं.
This is what I call home. Away from work and away from a world that has its own expectations.
I am an introvert, never ashamed of accepting this.
In a recent email to alumni, Symbiosis Law School said it was suspending its association with two former students who were part of the #MeToo movement in 2018, where they called out Srinivas Methuku, then an assistant professor at the Hyderabad-based college. While they were students, Apoorva Yarabahally and Snigdha Jayakrishnan were evicted from the college hostel for ‘disciplinary action’ for their role in outing Methuku. Last month, the college asked for its former students to sign an apology if they wanted to participate in an alumni meet or they would “suspend…their collaboration” with them. Many saw this as a clear punishment for Yarabahally and Jayakrishnan for speaking out. The law school’s director Shashikala Gurpur said that a majority of the students apologized, and the others wanted to “normalize without accountability.”
You know as you grow up in your journey from being a teenage girl to a woman the pressure of marriage indirectly or directly starts building upon you . There could be many factors contributing to that pressure and one out of them is the mindset .
In 2012, as I waited for Taj Mahal Foxtrot to roll off the presses, I burnt some nervous energy by trying to tame the mountain of research material that had grown steadily by the side of my computer over the previous years.
"When the lights go out, will you take me with you
मेरी राहें अशोक रोड हैंबीजेपी ही तो मेरा हक़ हैकांग्रेस मेरी तू बेशक़ है बीजेपी ही तो मेरा हक़ है
LGBTQ+ rights have come a long way in the past few years but talking about it to your family is still a daunting task, especially with Indian families. Sexuality and gender are topics still considered taboo in many Indian homes and this marginalization can be traumatizing for the country’s gay population which stands at over 2.5 million. And even if you don’t belong to the LGBTQ+ community, it can be a difficult subject to broach with family and educate them, never really knowing how they will react.
I’m waking up every morning with monstrous pain,
Germany was seduced by stories into starting not one but two World Wars. Because of this, in the aftermath of their "20th century double blunder", the Germans had to rely on a kind of anti-hero approach to stories. This audio essay is about Herophobia - the fear of heroes. And it is about how best to avoid it.
What does Duck Tales have to do with the human condition? What do animal fables teach us about being human? How do religions tap into the same impulse that guides the creation of these stories? I made this episode long back for an old (and defunct) podcast of mine about animal fables and the clues they hold to understand religious thinking. Apologies in advance for the stilted narration and the less than perfect audio. I made this on an old phone using a mobile app.
"We are our choices." ~ Jean-Paul Sartre
Move over, Instagram - there's a new app for you to copy competing for everyone's goldfish-like attention spans now: Clubhouse. I never imagined people would move from visual content to audio content. It's like live radio except everyone can chime in, without having to call the RJ. (this it it. the moment when I realise what an old millennial I am :P). You can check out their origin story here, always loved myself a good startup story. But first, a shameless self-plug :P
Sharoky Suarez’s life in the Dominican Republic is fairly simple. When the 24-year-old is not working as a cashier in a store, she’s dreaming about a life in the mountains as a mother of two cats. But while this dream remains out of reach, she finds solace on her “cottagecore” Instagram account.
TRIGGER WARNING: Mental Health
Osama is a round peg in a world of square holes.
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