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The Decline of Man

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Being Male After #MeToo

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Sabarimala: A Trek Too Far

Liby CS, editor of an online Malayalam news portal, was the first woman who tried to trek to Sabarimala after the landmark Supreme Court judgment that did away with the prohibition on females between…

Badhaai Ho Movie Review

The primordial emotions this film gathers around itself is the same as when you watch a David Attenborough natural history programme. An elephant is pregnant. As she goes through her gestation,…

The Future of Desire

WHEN DURYODHANA ORDERS THAT Draupadi be dragged to the assembly hall, she is menstruating and is covered by only a single piece of cloth. Her husbands have just gambled and lost her in a game of dice…

The Decline of Man: Being Male After #MeToo

A FEW YEARS AGO, I found myself in one of the upper floors of a high-rise, gazing out of a balcony. It was a pleasant evening. Below, at one end of the building compound, there was a sort of a garden…

Dissent in the Desert

When I speak of fear, intimidation, arrests and public shaming of intellectuals and religious leaders who dare to speak their minds, and then I tell you that I’m from Saudi Arabia, are you surprised…

Every Unbearable Thing

SAY YOU BEGAN as rib or clod of earth say you were blossoming until someone stared too long at your shirt and leaned in unbuttoned pushed forced don’t mistake me this is not a poem against longing…

Track Record (Continued)

IN THE LAST column, I made the point that to understand India’s railway system today, one has to remember the past. Let me continue where I left off. Circa 1870, several links of the country’s trunk…

To Protect A God

THE PROBLEM WITH being a believer in any God is the absoluteness of the certainty that He is going to protect you. And then, from that assumption, to make a short leap to the senseless idea that it…

Anna Burns: Novelist of No

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS IN BOOKS seldom make for interesting reading. The author thanks her near and dear, those who got her to write, those who fine-tuned what she wrote. Anna Burns’ list of…

Fact and Fiction in Kashmir

MUCH HAS BEEN made of the low turnout in the recently concluded local-body elections in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K). At 35.1 per cent, the overall voting percentage is indeed low by Indian standards…