Author

Rohini Venkatesh Malur

A BITTERSWEET ODE TO THE RESTAURANT BUSINESS
Jigar Pala could have coasted along, doing what he already did: he could run his little Brahmin Udupi eatery in a small suburb of Mumbai, making a decent living, serving food he has served for decades, food his father served for decades before him. On...
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A YEAR ONWARDS, EMPOWERMENT IS A BLURRY DREAM
I’m not going to argue that the reading down of IPC Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code is not an important milestone for LGBTQIA+ people in India. Of course it is. It is a very small thing we asked for — the right to...
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HONEY, I SHRUNK THE TIGER WOMAN
Calcutta in the 1880s —cultural, artistic, revolutionary. A well-connected class and caste of reformers made waves through India, and the Indian revolution, for generations. One small part of this story, lost in our revolutionary nostalgia, is the nascent formations of the Indian circus — specifically,...
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WHOSE ICONS ARE THESE?
If you are a member of the LGBTQIA+ community, or interested in its history and activism, you have probably heard of Hoshang Merchant. He is one of our most famous poets, critics, academics. In 1999, he edited the first mainstream publication of gay writings in...
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NO COUNTRY FOR SUBTLETY
“That was the Past. Tie me, tether me so I don’t stray there again.” I Have Become the Tide – Gita Hariharan I read a review recently which argued that fiction was not free of the necessity to be political. If we address a subject,...
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“WE CANNOT SOLVE RAPE IF WE LOOK AWAY”
“Patriarchy is the nucleus of this problem and all other factors contributing to violence against women manifest themselves around it.” — No Nation for Women, Priyanka Dubey IN her introduction, Priyanka Dubey reminds us that while we — collectively as a society — are aware...
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THE VOICE OF INDIA’S DAUGHTERS
“In some parts of India, staying alive is perhaps more traumatic than being dead.” — Hunger’s Daughters, pg. 132 Ostensibly, Hunger’s Daughters is about India’s girl child. Her life, her sorrows, her abandonment and abuse. Her labour. On a re-read, Hunger’s Daughters is an indictment...
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