articles by Joanna Lobo

Arts & Culture

Shubnum Khan talks her new memoir, traveling solo, and writing ‘strange and wonderful stories’

Meeting jinns, getting stuck in a flat after a volcano, accidentally becoming a bride in Shanghai: Shubnum Khan pens an introspective travelogue-cum-memoir in How I Accidentally Became A Global Stock Photo

Entertainment

Decoding the irresistible appeal of Money Heist: Nothing ever goes according to plan. Just like my life.

Money Heist could easily be a Bollywood film: It is mindless, there's too much drama (much of it unnecessary), there are a clutch of good-looking people, there is emotion, and there is even singing and dancing. The exception: I won’t watch those Bollywood films but I will watch Money Heist again.

Arts & Culture

Bina Nayak on debut novel Starfish Pickle, and why water is a strong theme in the book

In an interview, Nayak talks about a different version of Goa, the world of diving, why raves are like modern-day tribal gatherings, and more.

Lifestyle

Bene Appétit: In a new cookbook, Esther David documents Indian Jewish community's largely unknown cuisine

'I realised that this fast-diminishing, microscopic community needed to preserve its food heritage,' David says.

Arts & Culture

Gods and Ends author Lindsay Pereira: 'Bombay has the ability to horrify or surprise at every turn'  

In Gods and Ends, Pereira paints an honest — if despondent — look at the lives of Goan Catholics living in a chawl. Obrigado Mansion is in Orlem in Malad but, it could be any chawl in Mumbai, where residents are boxed in by paper-thin walls, their lives on display for everyone around.

Lifestyle

How Goa crib-hopped in smaller numbers in 2020, but without losing its spirit and thrust on social dialogue

Across the state, people came together to create life-size Nativity scenes in cribs that were often themed on social issues. In the pandemic, the number of crib-hoppers may have reduced, but the sentiment remained unchanged.

Lifestyle

Remembering Aunty Nonie: A reflection on the life of my family’s most prolific talent, Eunice de Souza

It was only after coming to Mumbai to work as a journalist that I fully understood Aunty Nonie’s legacy. Or as the world knew her, the late poet, teacher, literary critic, researcher and novelist Eunice de Souza.

Lifestyle

With Unlock 1.0's social distancing, sanitation guidelines, small restaurants in India face an uphill struggle in reopening

Much has changed in this post-pandemic world. The new guidelines, hygiene and social distancing norms, changed curfew time (which doesn’t factor in dinner), rent issues, restriction on liquor sales, depleted staff, and people’s hesitance to dine out could well sound the death knell for many a standalone eating house.

Lifestyle

Easter in the time of coronavirus: Empty churches, unused communion hosts reflect a world where prayer has gone online

As countries around the world starting urging people to stay at home amid the coronavirus outbreak, and India announced its 21-day lockdown, priests and other clergy had to suddenly befriend that familiar beast, technology, ahead of Easter. | Joanna Lobo writes in our #SummerWithout series

Life

Love Jihadis: New book traverses West UP, hotbed of communal strife, to capture voices of the 'dispensable'

Love Jihadis: An Open-minded Journey into the Heart of Western Uttar Pradesh, by journalists Mihir Srivastava and Raul Irani, charts the territory of Western Uttar Pradesh, and uncovers why most communal clashes find their origins in this region.

Life

Jokha Alharthi, Man Booker International Prize 2019 winner, on Arabic literature: 'Diverse, beautiful, deserves to be read'

In 2019, Jokha Alharthi became the first Arab woman to win the Booker International Prize for her novel Celestial Bodies. Alharthi was recently in India to attend the Zee Jaipur Literature Festival 2020, where she spoke about her book and how some people weren’t too happy with her portrayal of Omani society.

Life

With her new book on 1971 Indo-Pak war, Anam Zakaria attempts to understand one of the most defining years in South Asian history

Anam Zakaria’s 1971: A People’s History from Bangladesh, Pakistan and India is an attempt at probing one of the most defining years in South Asian history.

Life

There’s something about Asma Khan: The woman behind the popular Darjeeling Express in London

Asma Khan on changing perceptions of Indian food, being called a feminist, featuring on Netflix’s Chef’s Table.

Entertainment

Long Distance: Anoop Lokkur's short lesbian film explores a familiar reality for unmarried Indian women

Long Distance was one of the shorts, and one of over 240 films, screened at the recently concluded Outfest Los Angeles.

Entertainment

Neelu Bhuman’s sci-fi omnibus TRANSFINITE shines spotlight on queer identities behind and in front of the camera

Neelu Bhuman, the director of TRANSFINITE, says it centers queer characters by placing them in positions of power, wisdom and magic. The sci-fi omnibus has been screened at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale in Kerala, the Bangalore Queer Film Festival and Outfest Los Angeles 2019

Life

Pico Iyer's Autumn Light is a reflective musing on death, grief, and transience

Autumn Light is Pico Iyer's second book on Japan. It is slow, melancholic and reflective. There is no linear progression to the story. There is no story as much as thoughts on death, guilt, separations and reunions.

Life

Sarnath Banerjee on subverting 'truth-manufacturing industries' with fiction, and the therapeutic power of imagination

In an interview with Firstpost, Sarnath Banerjee speaks of today's post-truth world, his love for history, and how bedtime stories with his son sparked the idea for his next book.

India

No Nation for Women: Journalist Priyanka Dubey on her searing reportage on rape in India

Journalist Priyanka Dubey spent six years travelling across India to document cases of rape and sexual assault. Her reportage, compiled in a book, presents a stark picture of the problem, and looks at the path ahead.

Life

At the Zee Jaipur Literature Festival, artist Nishant Jain's project SneakyArt captures ordinary yet evocative moments

US-based freelance writer and illustrator Nishant Jain's SneakyArt project showcases the beauty in everyday urban life through ‘sneaky spots’ in public places, from cafés and bars to museums and parks.