Articles by Shikha Kumar
May 19, 2019
Enter Sultana’s Reality: Exploring the relationship between women and books in IndiaThrough her animated project Enter Sultana’s Reality, artist Afrah Shafiq tells the stories of women who challenged societal conventions, such as Savitribai Phule and Rokeya Sakhawat Hussain. She delves into how reading was seen as something women had to do in addition to domestic work, how it was considered a non-threatening, decorative ability, not something empowering
Jan 16, 2019
Waste of a Nation: Anthropologists Assa Doron and Robin Jeffrey on garbage and growth in India“Never in history have so many people had so much to throw away and so little space to throw it as the people of India in the second decade of the 21st century,” write Assa Doron and Robin Jeffrey in Waste of a Nation: Garbage and Growth in India.
Dec 14, 2018
Bombay Brides: Esther David on her book about a Jewish housing society, the women who inhabit itAuthor Esther David's interest in Indian Jewish traditions grew from a need to understand herself better
Oct 15, 2018
Travels in a Dervish Cloak: Author Isambard Wilkinson on his memoir of time in PakistanFrom viewing the country through the prism of a kind of boyish wonder in his past travels, confronting it as a foreign correspondent meant dealing with conflict and violence. Isambard Wilkinson witnessed the final years of Pervez Musharraf’s presidency, the siege of the Red Mosque and Benazir Bhutto’s assassination.
Jul 13, 2018
Nadia Akbar on Goodbye Freddie Mercury, her novel about the world of Lahore's politics, elitesNadia Akbar's Goodbye Freddie Mercury is a look at the uppermost echelons of Lahore society, where the homes are palatial, drugs flow freely at parties and the politics of power reigns supreme
Apr 27, 2018
Wild Wild Country directors: 'It truly felt like we made this series in a different political world'Many of the themes Wild Wild Country touches upon — voting laws, the gun rights debate and land use issues — find parallels in modern-day America.
Feb 11, 2018
Gurmehar Kaur on her memoir, Small Acts of Freedom, and choosing love over hate'I went from being a hateful child to the person I am today,' says Gurmehar Kaur | #FirstCulture
Dec 22, 2017
Sujatha Gidla's 'Ants Among Elephants' is a searing indictment of caste, untouchability in IndiaSujatha Gidla talks about her memoir, Ants Among Elephants, caste-based discrimination and why she refused to participate in an event alongside Smriti Irani
Dec 20, 2017
#MeToo movement has been in the making for decades: 'Bitch Doctrine' author Laurie PennyBitch Doctrine author Laurie Penny chats with Firstpost about navigating the Donald Trump, #MeToo, Brexit era