The Hindu calendar is dotted with religious festivals and one of the most fundamental ritualistic accompaniments is the fast. The list is quite exhaustive; from Annapurna, to Navratras to karvachauth,....

Fasting: A Gendered Perspective

September 21, 2016

For a country which has tailored the famous Kamasutra and spoken about the beauty of sensuality openly in the scriptures and through architecture, it is surprising to be obsessed with the idea of virg....

On the eve of the 70th Independence Day, a young woman from the third smallest state in the largest democracy of the world was attempting a deathly vault to bring home a glint of Olympic glory in a sp....

Saved by the girl child

August 24, 2016

Its Monday morning and nearly half a dozen women in Khaki uniform can be seen outside Valley’s biggest college for women. It’s a very recent addition to their daily routine, they are brought here ....

Classically speaking, art is a concept supposed to be forbidden to those who are not sufficiently prepared. Art and chastity don’t exactly blend, maybe because art is primarily about alternate think....

As LGBTQ+ Pride events start to take place all over the world this summer, queer communities everywhere reflect on whether the superficiality of the support given by allies is helpful to societal prog....

In popular imagination a tourist guide is usually a man who accosts people outside monuments and other historical sites offering guided excursions. This image has been further reinforced by the 1965 c....

The 100-decibel noise made around the censorship suggestions for Anurag Kashyap’s Udta Punjab brings back the whole question about whether in a democratic country like India censorship really holds ....

It’s a struggle to defend one’s sexual orientation, an uphill task to be accepted as ‘different’ and still find a place in the mainstream. Being part of the LGBT community openly is not one of....

It’s 6 a.m. and the sound of air strikes wakes her up with a start. She rushes to the window, which is shielded in plastic to protect the 110-strong-staff living in the UN compound from shrapnel. Sh....

Recently Commented

The Guardian Deities of Tamil Nadu- lesser know deities of Hinduism

loved ur article. i am interested in knowing the names and history of each of those deities in the picture.

Dharavi’s Newspaper: impressions beyond Slumdog

Nice article on our dharavi. Thanks.