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Alternative Journalism — Makeover time?

The last decade has witnessed mainstream media content making a not-so-subtle shift from ‘hard news’ towards infotainment. Journalist reportage is said to have succumbed to sensationalism, where malpractices such as commercialization and tabloidization abound.

Atheist? OMG!!

This morning I woke up in a mood that bled intransigence. Sitting Myself down, I declared in a terse, zero budge-circumference tone: ‘We are going to have a tête-à-tête’…

Bacha Posh: Misogyny’s Love Child

I recently came face to face with a bacha posh through Nadia Hashimi’s eminently readable novel, One Half from the East. Bacha posh is a cultural practice in parts of Afghanistan and Pakistan, in which some families without sons pick a daughter to live and behave as a boy (Wikipedia)…

Bhutan – Should You, Shouldn’t You?

I alight from the DrukAir flight, at the Paro airport, in an oddly ambivalent state-of-mind not quite knowing what to expect of my host country…

British Humor and Three Men in a Boat

Wit, they say, is educated insolence. I like such definitions. No frills. No flab. Two words — and the gist is yours. In a developing country like India, fodder for dark humor abounds in every abyss of irony, every crevice of poverty…

Corona isn’t funny. Or is it?

Corona is not funny; it’s really not. But it does bring about some weird eventualities, some deep ironies, and some productive life lessons. Concern about the virus has permeated every part of people’s lives…

Corona: Homing in with Covid 19

”SENDING you LOVE and FLOWERS if you are STUCK AT HOME. We’re ALL in this TOGETHER” — this rather innocuous message from a well-meaning friend last evening set me thinking.

Corona: Uncle Covid hangs a planet

The whole world is in power saving mode at the moment, thanks to Uncle Covid. There’s a new oxymoron doing the rounds in the Cov’Indian context: A country of 1.3 billion has come TOGETHER to stay AWAY from each other…

Covid spawns the stupidity paradox

“We must practice VIRUS RETARDATION. If everyone can practice safe distancing this will retard the growth of the virus. All of us working together can become retards, so do your part and be totally retarded in your behavior and we will win…

Emojinatively yours!!

In 2015, Oxford officially declared ‘the face with the tears of joy’ (emoji) as the word of the year – although there’s nothing ‘official’ about it since the word of the year is not even a word!…

Facebook – It’s a Jungle Out There!

It was 2013 when I first came face-to-face with Facebook.  Joining the FB bandwagon wasn’t exactly out of a need to widen my social horizons or even the result of any techno-fascination. It was simply on account of peer pressure… 

Forever 21

I sometimes wonder what life would really be like if this universe was devoid of all reflective surfaces. Imagine if there were no mirrors and we didn’t know what we look like! What foundation, then, would our towers of Vain be built on?…

Grand’Motherhood

Hello Everyone… you’ll be happy to learn that after being a mere Mom all these years, I was elevated to the status of ‘GRANDMOM’, on Apr 29th, 2013, courtesy Nyna Bhakoo …

God needs a Makeover

Consider this: a baby chimp and a baby human are marooned on an island somewhere south of the boondocks. Who do you think stands a better chance at survival?…

How I became a tapestry artist

Growing up in a mofussil town has its advantages. The languid lifestyle – devoid of all distractions – helps you discover your latent faculties, widening your creative horizons in ways a metropolis can only aspire to.

Is the Indian Society Breeding Rapists…?

Last month, my driver — a rather timid fellow of sub-zero looks (and zero IQ), returned from his village with a beautiful, cultured and soft-spoken bride in tow…

Karva Chauth -The Uncle Sam of Indian Patriarchy

Here’s a scene straight out of a ubiquitous Saas Boohoo K-serial. Or a live telecast from your neighbor’s house. Or possibly, yours: It is Karva Chauth. The urban Hindu wife draped in servility, a big bindi of enslavement on her forehead, the mehndi of servitude on her palms,…

New Zealand – are you for real?

Sipping a Cabernet Sauvignon en-route my long haul flight back to India from New Zealand, I settle down to watch a movie. But my mind flips focus and my eyes refuse to converge.

Parental Pairing

It was s a balmy April afternoon three summers ago. My mother-in-law went to the hospital for a routine health check-up, brimming with life. She returned home 3 hours later. In a coffin. Lifeless….

Retire or Rewire

After observing a 12-hour work schedule as an ad professional for 26 elephantine years, slogging my hippocampus out at client presentations and board meetings, I planned to call it an evening by the time I hit half a century hoping to build a retirement corpus to cover my ageing back by then…

Sammy — A Double Whammy

“My life was torn like wind-blown sand … then a rock was formed when you held my hand..Sammy (err.. Sunny).. one so true … I love you”… Boney M’s deathless number looped in my mind with melismatic flourish since the day Sammy zoomed into my life straddling the new year…

Screaming Willow

It was a regular Sunday outing. En-family. Catching an inane Bollywood potboiler, in an inane multiplex. The most exciting part of the movie was on — the interval…

Social Trivia

It is my constant endeavour to shine in the assembly of the learned. But sadly, every time I get an opportunity to give the world a glimpse of my gleaming intellect, my foot makes a beeline for my mouth…