articles by Rini Barman

Life

The Occasional Virgin: Hanan Al-Shaykh's book tries to tell story of empowerment, but is let down by translation

Hanan Al-Shaykh's latest book attempts to show how two women empower themselves, but their confusion and clichéd reactionary responses to traditional Arab norms make for dreary reading

India

Amid NRC chaos in Assam, how widely circulated memes fanned regionalism and discrimination

In the run-up to the final draft of the NRC 2018 being released on 30 July, memes in Assam fanned sentiments of regionalism under the guise of ironic humour

Entertainment

Beyhadh reinforces familiar 'paagalpan' stereotypes instead of sensitively portraying mental illness

Rather than taking responsible stand towards mental illness, Beyhadh served a mashup of 80s and 90s Bollywood clichés about the mentally ill.