Lahore Literary Festival's virtual edition amid COVID-19 crisis spurs cross-border exchange in absence of red tape
The transition from physical to digital has opened up a unique opportunity for the Lahore Literary Festival to reach Indians and Pakistanis living all over the world.
With documentary Sab Rab De Bande, Sukhdeep Singh surveys the discrimination faced by LGBTQ Sikhs in India
The filmmaker presents stories of people who are proud of their Sikh identity.
The Tale of the Horse: New book locates the animal's historical import in India by exploring myth, art, literature
According to writer Yashaswini Chandra, the book demanded interdisciplinary research and a layered account due to its premise concerning "the historical presence of the horse across Indian culture and society".
Renée Sen on her debut with short film Suttabaazi, favourite Sushmita Sen films and shooting during the pandemic
Renée Sen makes a strong impression with her performance in Suttabaazi, conveying that there is more to her than being former Miss Universe and actor Sushmita Sen’s daughter.
In The Big thoughts of little Luv, Karan Johar demonstrates a pleasant shift in his portrayal of gender diversity
The fact that Luv’s story is linked to Johar’s makes it a lot more personal, and not just another book on gender stereotypes churned out because conversations around gender diversity and queerness seem 'trendy'.
Paurashpur wants to be progressive; instead, it has problematic takes on queer love, transness and the patriarchy
All those visuals in Paurashpur of a bare-chested Milind Soman with atmospheric lighting seem to be completely out of place, knowing that trans people’s bodies are perpetually watched, policed and violated in cis-heteronormative societies.
Novelist Bhaswati Ghosh on her Partition-era story: Important to remember past brutalities to avoid repeating violent histories
Bhaswati Ghosh’s debut novel Victory Colony 1950 is based on the lives of refugees from East Pakistan.
The transphobia of Pati, Patni aur Panga: MX Player show's ignorant writing uses trans experiences solely to elicit humour
The premise of this show, produced by Jay Sahni and Anushree Mehta, is novel, interesting, and full of potential, but the treatment is atrocious and cringeworthy.
In A Patchwork Quilt, renowned filmmaker Sai Paranjpye reflects on her creative practice, flaws, and failures
Each chapter of A Patchwork Quilt is filled with lively anecdotes, a delightful sense of humour, and an ability to laugh at oneself.
19 years since 9/11, examining historical linkages between national crises and pathologising of sexuality
The queer-immigrant-terrorist type is here to stay. It gives the US a ready justification to invest in surveillance technologies targeting Muslims and people of colour, to detain and deport, to live out its unruly visions anchored in homonationalism.
Michiel Baas’ book explores how fitness trainers in the gyms of urban India use their ‘bodily capital’ for ‘upward mobility’
From Radical Dharma to All About Love, a look at queer Black Buddhist perspectives on spiritual practice in contemporary texts
Several queer Black Buddhist authors have showed me how spiritual practice can be a liberating force in the face of challenges as huge as racism, sexism and queerphobia.
The plot of Friends Under the Summer Sun revolves around a heartwarming encounter between a child named Nimmi and her neighbour Shri who likes to be addressed as Akka.
Friendship as Social Justice Activism examines unconventional forms of kinship as catalysts for change
How do people who meet as part of movements navigate desire, love and heartbreak? Friendship as Social Justice Activism: Critical Solidarities in a Global Perspective offers similar conversations.
The Song We Sang revolves around the romance between Krishna and Alia, an economist and an animator who meet in Ahmedabad during Navratri.
In Fearless, Amneh Shaikh-Farooqui offers an illustrated chronicle of Pakistan's women's rights movement
The timeline in Fearless, which begins in 1943 and goes on till 2018, is helpful in understanding the political context within which the Pakistani women featured in the book made their mark.
The Witch Boy reinforces Wiccan literature as a vital source of spiritual nourishment for queer readers
It is time for us to be more intentional about creating our futures; whether we identify as witches or not, there are things we could learn from them.
In If You Could Be Mine, Iranian-American writer Sara Farizan looks at her own cultural milieu which forbade and criminalised homosexuality.
In reading Vikram Kolmannskog's Lord of the Senses, examining the possibility, predicament of being queer and Hindu
Lord of the Senses is an unputdownable collection of short stories written by Vikram Kolmannskog and published by the London-based Team Angelica.
Out of Line and Offline: Personal meets political in Pawan Dhall's book about people outside mainstream Indian queer narrative
In Out of Line and Offline, Pawan Dhall is interested in three main questions: How do things appear in retrospect more than 25 years into the queer movements of eastern India? Where or in what state are the people reached out to in the 1990s and later? What bearing do the activisms of the 1990s and early 2000s have on the lives of those individuals today?