articles by Radhika Oberoi

Life

Stillborn Season: An excerpt from Radhika Oberoi's book on the chaos, violence of 1984 anti-Sikh riots

Stillborn Season evokes the homicidal madness of the days after the assassination of Indira Gandhi in October 1984.

Life

Sari story: How its 108 wearing styles represent India, its people — and their many mutinies

The sari — pudava in Kerala, seere or bond in Karnataka, lugda or kapad or sado in Goa, jote or pata in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, and bhaaj in West Bengal — has as many regional variations in wearing styles, folding systems, inner end-pieces, and end fringes, as its colloquial names

Life

How the sari wove together Indira Gandhi's politics, Jayalalithaa's power and Mother Teresa's compassion

In the cases of Indira Gandhi, Jayalalithaa and Mother Teresa, the sari was more a proclamation of intent than style | #FirstCulture

Life

Sari story: Satyam Shivam Sundaram to Mr India, how the nine yards reflected Bollywood's favourite tropes

From the quintessential mother played by Nirupa Roy to the sensuous yet virginal Zeenat Aman in Satyam Shivam Sundaram, the sari has come to represent several attributes, from modesty to mischief | #FirstCulture

Entertainment

Sridevi, the style icon: Glamorous, quirky, demure, outré — there was no look the actress couldn't carry off

The uncontainable quality Sridevi lent to all her roles found astonishing sartorial expression

Sports

As the Mumbai Marathon 2018 kicks off, a look at how a great race is a sign of a great city

The Mumbai Marathon is a reminder that a citizenry is capable of great accomplishment, and genuine kindness, even as it competes to reach the finishing line of a race | #FirstCulture

Life

Quickly go, 2017: A review of the year gone by, in verse

Reflecting on the events that marked 2017, from Shashi Kapoor's demise, to Aadhaar and the Virat-Anushka wedding | #YearInReview | #FirstCulture

Life

No country for playful children: Why Indian cities need to get serious about play time

Until spaces are designated for children — including those who live on the streets or in urban slums — to play, menacing places like railway tracks or riverbeds will continue to serve as playgrounds.

Life

How to build a queer city: Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru could take a cue from mid-19th century Berlin

In India, where Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code criminalises gay sex, a thwarted community has managed to survive, protest with a song and dance, throw parties, and crawl under the sheets whenever it pleases

Entertainment

The Hungry, a Shakespeare adaptation, reinforces the Bard's sway over us all

The Hungry is a faithful recreation of the blood and gore of Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus

Life

Open spaces in Indian cities must be viewed as essential community resources, not a luxury

Open or public spaces — a city’s streets, parks, waterfronts, squares, maidans, chowks — are necessary breathers which provide vibrant locations for public encounter, and facilitate a civic culture

Life

Could emulating China's 'sponge cities' help prevent the worst of flooding in urban India?

Cities in India, with their impermeable surfaces, blocked drains, and rampant construction on lake beds and other water bodies, have metamorphosed into water-resistant barriers, prone to flooding.

Life

Elphinstone Bridge stampede is a reminder of role good urban design can play in averting tragedies

Footbridges in India, often hastily-constructed passages of narrow proportions and tacky design, evoke nether awe or oration | #ByDesign | #FWeekend

Life

Portrait of a protest: Notes from the Gauri Lankesh, Not In My Name, JNU rallies

#GauriLankesh, Not In My Name and the 15 August march at JNU are three recent instances of a wave of protest movements across the country

Life

As Doordarshan seeks to replace 'DD Eye', a look at what '70s logos said about a young India

From Doordarshan to State Bank of India and Indian Airlines — logos designed by NID alum in the '70s were reflective of the aspirations of a young democracy

Life

A brief look at protest art in India, and how it is challenging bigotry and dogma

The online poster for the Not In My Name protests is perhaps the most recent example of art’s vital role as a challenger of bigotry and dogma, as the vanguard of a new order, as a non-conformist of remarkable eloquence.