Indian Films for your watch list (2017 edition)

For the past couple of years, I have been publishing a watch list of Indian films. I am continuing that tradition for 2017. 2017 was an interesting year for Bollywood. Eagerly anticipated films like Rangoon, Tubelight, Jagga Jasoos, and Jab Harry Met Sejal tanked miserably at the box office. It...

Neither here nor there but fine: Ringing in 36

I recently turned 36. It is quite an ordinary age to be. Yet turning 36 feels quite odd. It envelops me in strange thoughts on the linear progression and symmetry of my life. I’ve crossed over from 30 something to almost 40. Yet, I don’t feel a day over 26....

Why Tera Noor is the feminist cheer you need

No one entertains the desi masses like Salman Khan. Shahrukh maybe the king of romance. Aamir maybe the best actor. But Salman Khan knows what makes the mango people tick. His films are packed with masala and play to South Asian sentiments. No wonder he has such a rabid following...

The Handbook of Laissez-Faire Religion

People often ask me if I celebrate Christmas. The question feels silly to me. Of course, everybody celebrates Christmas. Why wouldn’t they? Unfortunately, we live in a world where religious lines are drawn in the sand. I am born and raised Hindu. I identify as a Hindu. The idea that...

The Harvey Weinstein Effect: Addressing rape culture

The Harvey Weinstein scandal has opened a can of worms in our society. It has exposed the rampant problem of rape and sexual assault in our society. Every week a renown celebrity is getting exposed for a history of sexual misconduct. It has brought the pervasive rape culture in our...

The Importance of being Taylor Swift

I remember listening to and enjoying ‘Love Story’ on the radio. Back then, I didn’t know or care about Taylor Swift. There was this song on the radio I loved. Every time it came on, I would crank the radio up. There was something beautiful and nostalgic about the song....

The Paper Narakasura

The name Narakasura is a combination of the terms Naraka and asura. Fifty Shades of Mythology Devas (suras) and Asuras are mythological beings in Hindu lore. They are usually loosely translated as Gods (suras/devas) and Demons (Asuras). This is an over simplification. The word demon has a negative connotation. It...

Confessions and Aspirations

I have an embarrassing confession to make. Everyone loves to nap on the couch for time to time. Whether it is one of those nights you get home and just pass out or those lazy Sundays where you do not want to move, the couch offers comforting solace to many...

Total Eclipse of the Sun – The Great American Eclipse

The Great American Solar Eclipse of August 21, 2017, sent the nation into quite a tizzy. The last total eclipse visible in mainland USA was in February 1979. Besides, this was also the first solar eclipse visible in the contiguous United States since June 8th, 1918. So naturally, people were...

Women’s Cricket: Passion Gets its due

Meet the Harmonster Take a look at this image below. It is the most bad ass image you will ever see in sports. Not just women’s cricket, but any and all sports ever. Harmanpreet Kaur has just scored a century. It is one of the biggest milestones for a batsman...
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