My #MeToo Story

My #MeToo Story

Over thirty years ago on an afternoon in Chennai, when lizards crawled down pipes and crows danced on coconut trees, the tenant renting the apartment above our home tapped on the grilled door leading into our living room. I walked towards the door wondering if the man...
The House of Boo

The House of Boo

GOLMAAL AGAIN. Director: Rohit Shetty. Players: Ajay Devgn, Tabu, Arshad Warsi, Parineeti Chopra, Shreyas Talpade, Tushar Kapoor, Kunal Khemu, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Prakash Raj. Music: Amaal Maalik, S. Thaman, D.J. Chelas, Abhishek Arora. Hindi w/ Eng. sub-titles....
No Pride and Full of Prejudice

No Pride and Full of Prejudice

It was April 1978. The results of the 10th standard exam were out. I went to my school, worked my way around the groups of girls excitedly milling around the notice board, and scanned the list. I was relieved to find that I had made it into the “First Class” group. I...
The Burqa Slippers

The Burqa Slippers

SECRET SUPERSTAR. Director: Advait Chandan. Players: Zaira Wasim, Aamir Khan, Meher Vij, Raj Arjun, Tirth Sharma, Kabir Sajid. Music: Amit Trivedi. Hindi, Gujarati and Eng. with Eng. sub-titles. Theatrical release (Zee Movies) Aamir Khan’s cinema has become a textbook...
Not My History?

Not My History?

In the December 22, 1941 issue of Life magazine there is an article titled “How to Tell Japs from the Chinese.” A Chinese public servant and a Japanese warrior are presented to the reader and the racial differences between the two are explicitly highlighted. The...
Be A Man

Be A Man

Males and the power they exercised in the last election cycle continues to be discussed. Male sexual impropriety in the fields of technology, Hollywood and television are hard to miss. Discussions of the actions of men seem to be all around us. Something that rarely...
As American As Apple Pie?

As American As Apple Pie?

Mass shootings: There were 372 mass shootings in the US in 2015, killing 475 people and wounding 1,870, according to the Mass Shooting Tracker, which catalogs such incidents. A mass shooting is defined as a single shooting incident which kills or injures four or more...