Kaleidoscope

Many Shades of Feminism

In Meg Wolitzer’s novel, The Female Persuasion, a character called Faith Frank, a second wave feminist, gives a speech to students at which she says, “Wh...

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War of Words

Though many of his plays have been absurd or surreal, Makrand Deshpande wanted to experiment with an all-out farce, and what invites ridicule more than an Indian wedding? Howe...

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Through The Looking Glass

What happens when the quiet world of children’s books collides with Hollywood?  Nothing much on the surface, but much turbulence underneath.  A House Amo...

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A Tale of True Grit

Today, if a girl wants to be a doctor, she is encouraged by her parents and teachers to go for the high marks needed for medical college. But there was a time when just going ...

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Daughter of The Sun

Circe, who was a footnote in male-dominated Greek mythological stories, is a full-blooded and fascinatingly strong character in Madeline Miller’s new, bestselling book n...

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It Happened One Night

Noir thrillers had their own visual glamour—smoky bars, shadowy streets, men in trench coats and Fedoras, femmes fatale, damsels in distress and an innocent caught in a ...

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Into the Mind of A Cop

A lot of writers have come up with bestselling crime fiction, but not many of them would know the workings of a police force inside out, as one who has been there. Clare Macki...

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Daddy's Day Out

The saas-bahu domestic conflict is old hat now, Atul Satya Koushik comedy-drama, Dad’s Girlfriend, twists genders for sasur-damad tug-of-wa...

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Hidden Prejudices

After the uproar over the denial of restroom access to two African American men, on May 29, the coffee chain Starbucks announced that it will close more than 8,000 stores acro...

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Difficult Daughters

Neil Simon (along with Moliere) must be the most popular western playwright whose works are adapted (often plagiarized) on the Mumbai stage. There is something about so many ...

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Witchy Brew

In common usage, the word chudail describes an aggressive or quarrelsome woman—cou...

November 30 2019

Back to Basics: Political Organizations in India

In progress and evolution, few basics always remain fundamental to any system or organiz...

November 30 2019

Simran Puri’s Kangan

Women are equals now by law but back then it was different… The story unfolds am...

November 1 2019