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Legalizing Gay Sex in India Does Not Mean Getting Rid of Discrimination

Legalizing Gay Sex in India Does Not Mean Getting Rid of Discrimination

This revolution was televised. I watched on TV as friends of mine huddled together in a café in Kolkata as the verdict on Section 377 came out. They had come with rainbow flags and hope but until the last minute, there was an air of nervous expectation as if they were...
All in a Day’s Work: Subbing Senior Yoga at ICC Cupertino

All in a Day’s Work: Subbing Senior Yoga at ICC Cupertino

When I was a young girl, I read the Reader’s Digest “All in a Day’s Work” section with interest. Contributors would submit humorous or poignant anecdotes about interactions with co-workers and customers. On labor day, I offer a similar “All in a Day’s Work” style...
Eye-opening Concert by SEL+F

Eye-opening Concert by SEL+F

Who knew that it would be the memory of Sankara Eye Foundation (SEF) Founder Murali Krishnamurthy singing that would stay in my heart after the Shankar Ehsaan Loy and Farhan Akhtar 2018 concert? “Jyot se jyot jagate chalo, prem ki ganga bahaatay chalo.”...
The Importance of Being Milkha Singh

The Importance of Being Milkha Singh

This is a story of a man who did not win a medal at the 1960 Rome Olympics. This is a story of a man who did not marry the girl he loved. This is a story of a man who did not give up hope. It is 1950s India. The task of nation-building is ongoing. Sincerity is still...
Dhadak: Ishaan and Jhanvi shine, but the beat is missing

Dhadak: Ishaan and Jhanvi shine, but the beat is missing

Dhadak lacks the unbridled consonance and passion of Marathi movie Sairat, on which it is based, but the lead pair and a compelling second half make it worth a visit. Janhvi Kapoor’s star presence is unmistakable as Parthavi Singh. She is talented, dewy, and has...
Soorma: For The Win

Soorma: For The Win

Diljit Dosanjh, who won acclaim for second lead roles, gets to play his first title role as international hockey player Sandeep Singh in Soorma (2018). The best thing about the actor is the softness about him, along with an endearing earnestness. Diljit adds quiet...