India gained her Independence amid the violence of Partition. But did my 92-year-old grandmother ever win hers?
WaterAid commissioned 10 visual artists from across the Global South to interpret the far-reaching impact access to clean water and decent sanitation has on people’s lives and the role these vital basics play in the realisation of other human rights
Shakuntala Devi's family on Maths whiz: 'She believed the human brain was capable of far more than a computer'
As a biopic on Shakuntala Devi, starring Vidya Balan, comes to our screens this Friday, a conversation with the Math whiz's daughter Anupama Banerji yields many anecdotes.
Indian cinema and the Dalit identity: How Masaan confronts us with a truth caste norms would have us negate
In post-constitutional India, the meeting points of two castes or of people from two historically opposed castes, has become a vantage point for understanding the process of society’s democratisation.
Indian film and the Dalit identity: Perariyathavar is the cinema that a caste-society needs to become humane
Perariyathavar’s biggest achievement is that it takes us into a long-invisibilised world, through the eyes of a man (played by Suraj Venjaramoodu) employed as a sweeper, and his son.
In Anvita Dutt's Bulbbul, echoes from stories surrounding Rabindranath Tagore's family home Jorasanko
Aruna Chakravarti's Jorasanko gives fascinating insight into the lives of the Tagore women, from which many aspects take centre-stage in Anvita Dutt's Bulbbul.
Revisiting the 2002 NatWest Trophy Final: The win that cemented India’s dominance in limited overs cricket
On a glorious Saturday in 2002 at Lord's, the July sun blazing down from a cloudless sky, Team India faced up to powerful hosts England. At stake was the glittering NatWest Trophy, but more than that, the chance to redeem some much dented pride.
In Nepal, a storytelling initiative engages local women in dispelling stigma surrounding menstrual hygiene
The story of Kumari seeks to empower the women of Nepal to voice their discomfort with practices that should be critiqued, but have been pushed behind a veneer of culture.
Bulbbul and the 21st century global Gothic: How the Netflix Original imbibes the genre's characteristic tropes
Throughout its 90-minute runtime, Bulbbul engages with many different tropes of the Gothic genre.
Fandry is a rigorous cinematic exercise for viewers to contemplate on: what kind of society we have become; what kind of cinema this society has produced; and what kind of society cinema has constructed, in which a man is denied love just because he is Dalit.
45 years later, how Indira Gandhi's 1975 Emergency appears through the lens of the Films Division of India
When the Emergency was declared on 25 June 1975, the Films Division's resources were marshalled to defend the clampdown and sing the praises of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and her Twenty Point Programme.
How public spaces could be customised to suit the post COVID-19 world: Read in new comic by the Leewardists
The Leewardists' latest comic looks at designers' attempts around the globe to shape existing public spaces to fit into the post-COVID-19 world's mould.
Revisiting Basu Chatterjee's Bombay, a city that valued sustainability and small joys over relentless ambition
Basu Chatterjee's Bombay, in films like Piya Ka Ghar and Chhoti Si Baat, was a city that was more than the sum of its parts
India's migrant workers are protesting erasure of their rights amid lockdown. A mapping project documents their resistance
The dominant narratives portray India's migrant workers as perpetual victims without agency, who need to be helped out by others. This charity framework misses a crucial dimension of the current crisis, where there have been hundreds of instances where migrant workers came onto the roads protesting the injustices being meted out to them, trying to change the oppressive conditions in which they are forced to live.
Over 10 ft long, the marsh crocodile's barrel-like body folds into the contours of the bank and as he moves, a black-crowned night heron moves as well… just a tiny bit. Not, to my human eyes, far enough, but then animals and birds always seem to know what they’re doing, unlike another species which shall not be mentioned.| Zai Whitaker writes
India’s first gay film Badnam Basti resurfaces after nearly half a century's hibernation in Berlin archive
Badnam Basti’s fate is as chequered as its history. The 1971 Hindi film considered as India’s first movie depicting a homosexual relationship and thought to be lost, has emerged after 49 years of hiding in an archive in Berlin. It is one year short of celebrating half a century of obscurity.
Capping a sombre Ramzan, this Eid was unlike any other in recent memory. But in homes across India, families managed to keep the ethos of the festival alive.
A critical tribute to sociologist Yogendra Singh (1932-2020) — as a teacher, and his thoughts as a scholar
The troubling aspects of Yogendra Singh’s (professor emeritus of sociology at JNU, who died on 10 May) thoughts as a scholar are critical to understand India’s political future no less than its present and past.
Among first Indians to summit Mount Everest, Sonam Wangyal recounts fabled 1965 expedition on its anniversary
Sonam Wangyal was 12 when Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary made the first successful climb to the summit of Mount Everest. Twelve years later, he would be among the nine Indians to perform the same feat.
Hyderabad’s Old City, with the Charminar, Mecca Masjid and centuries-old Laad Bazaar, has long been the nerve centre of commerce, shopping and festivities during Ramzan. But these once boisterous streets are eerily quiet during the ongoing lockdown.