Of bans, blasphemy laws and politically correct language: Meanings of words are not solely contained in themselves
A blasphemy law proscribing a certain word may raise awareness that a certain public behavior is socially unacceptable, but it cannot do very much more if the underlying attitudes have social acceptability.
Why Sumukhi Suresh can't help but leave a bit (or a lot) of herself in her fiction show and stand-up special
Comic Sumukhi Suresh discusses presenting a rare female 'stalker' in her Amazon Prime Original Pushpavalli, and why she refrains from big-girl jokes now.
Inside Abish Mathew's mind: Comedian reflects on early days of Indian standup, discovering his voice
Abish Mathew claims that by the virtue of being an experienced stand-up comedian, he gets the room he wants to perform in, but often ends up taking his career for granted.
Parashar Kulkarni on debut novel Cow and Company, fiction writing as therapeutic, and the language inequality in India
Author Parashar Kulkarni talks to Firstpost about his debut novel Cow and Company, his approach to fiction writing, and the language inequality prevalent in India.
There was much amusement in the press and on social media today about an innocent query by a High Court judge, seemingly regarding Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace. It now emerges that the book in question may not have been the Russian classic, but apparently War and Peace in Junglemahal by Biswajit Roy. But I would not be very surprised if in the future some learned judge were to ask quite seriously, if Anna Karenina was a foreign spy spotted in Junglemahal.
These past few months Prompt Twitter has made an otherwise often-depressing website an enjoyable place in a way that it has never been enjoyable for me | Nisha Susan writes
There’s a sense of inevitability about the internet and Hitler jokes, one would argue — at this point, the phenomenon is approaching axiomatic status.
Location: Somewhere in the extreme North of the Seven Kingdoms. A lone direwolf (some call him Ghost) sends missives to his neglectful master, Jon Snow. To be read to the tune and rhythm of Eminem's 'Stan', from whose lyrics these letters *may* have been adapted.
Of 'miserable Hindoo ladies' and barbaric tribes: Reading Favell Lee Mortimer's 'educational' book on India
According to Mrs Mortimer, mothers were the bane of Hindostan. Remember, she was never here and it can be safely said that she was never a Hindoo mother herself but again, she doesn’t let that stop her.
Favell Lee Mortimer's Far Off: How a 19th century Englishwoman wrote about India — without having seen it
The author of Far Off, Favell Lee Mortimer, was best known for a book called 'The peep of day, or, A series of the earliest religious instruction the infant mind is capable of receiving' which has been called “one of the most outspokenly sadistic children's books ever written”.
Whether you are an NRI trying to desperately procure lentils overseas, or a Malayali living outside Kerala trying to navigate through a strange shop in a strange land, this ready reckoner will eradicate friction during your shopping trip.
Sathya Ramaganapathy is the author of 'It’s a Mom Thing: Kickass Parenting' and writes with great humour about her triumphs and tribulations as a mother of two daughters.
72nd Independence Day: From Modicare, rule of law to North East, PM delivers 'feel good' speech on a 'feel good' day
In his Independence Day speech a Red Fort, Prime Minister Narendra Modi avoided the Hindu-Muslim trap, wanted India to move ahead of the pack and we liked it
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
Andaz Apna Apna is a rare classic that was appreciated with the passage of time. Given how lame the film is, I still wonder why.
Humans of Hindutva Facebook page blocked temporarily; 'collective effort to muzzle voices,' says admin
In the past, two posts by Humans of Hindutva were moved, and the admin also received death threats on a couple of occassions.
Last week, Mark Zuckerberg and his team of engineers came up with a path-breaking feature on Facebook called Snapchat. But they called it 'stories'.
The obsession with slapstick humour is ingrained in every Indian because of years of socialisation and conditioning to a myopic definition of comedy.