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Diversifying LGBT+ Narratives in India

DIVERSIFYING LGBT+ NARRATIVES IN INDIA 23   August, 2018 Satrang   Fire, a 1996 Indian-Canadian movie starring Shabana Azmi (Radha) and Nandita Das (Sita), features a love story between two sister in laws. The film was controversial at the time of its release,...

“Which of the Lord’s favours would you deny?”

Which of the Lord's favours would you deny? 26 MARCH, 2017 Esoterica "Which of the Lord's favours would you deny?" You look around at those less privileged than you and that's when you realise how blessed you are in a world you keep cursing. In a world where we...

A Creeping Disquiet

// A CREEPING DISQUIET // 23 JUNE, 2017 Featured Submissions In the starry abodes of men. Illustrated by Jiyeon Yoo.   He teetered, nigh on the brink of the abyss, thinking Of the creeping disquiet, that seemed to seize him. He spoke of disillusionment, of yearning,...

Part I

//  P A R T  I  // 16 June, 2017 Bewajah He kissed her. But he couldn’t do it for long. It was a quick one on the lips. She stood like a slice of sunshine at the door. And in that moment, he wanted to burn out in it but he had to let it fade away. He stood there for a...

A Lioness Is Rising

A LIONESS IS RISING 11 June, 2017 Featured Submissions She can dance, she does prance. Illustrated by Ishita Srivastava. She can dance, she does prance. She might sing, can fight unbelievably with a lance. She sleeps still to cradle songs. On her awakening, the...

Rèveuse

// Rèveuse // 08 JUNE, 2017 Cornucopia Rèveuse. Ilustrated by Harshi Lal.   I wish one day the smog disappears, To know that the skies are still blue. To feel once more the purpose of my existence, Although far away from you.   To see sunny hours of summer, To feel...

Come What May – Uncle Oscar

COME WHAT MAY- UNCLE OSCAR 04 JUNE, 2017 Time Turner Uncle Oscar. Made by Achintya Vajpeyi The graceful gait down that star-studded path - lined with a hundred camera lenses, those exuberant cheers echoing around the course inducing a sense of accomplishment in the...

A Promise to You

A PROMISE TO YOU  31 MAY, 2017 Esoterica I will become me. Illustrated by Esther Larisa David. Dear Dad, Dear Mom, Dear Teachers, Dear Sharmaji, Dear Dilli wali mausi, Dubai waale maama, and Kolkata waale chaachaji ka beta, Thank you for always asking me about the...

Sawaal

// SAWAAL //  20 MAY, 2017 Bewajah "Aur main poochti bhi kya?" Illustrated by Harshi Lal "My chauffeur's wife was diagnosed with cancer. Despite being almost friends with him, I couldn't get myself to ask him about her. One day, in a foreign city I asked myself why."...

Mental Health: Enough With The Monologue

// MENTAL HEALTH // ENOUGH WITH THE MONOLOGUE  Content warning: This article contains in depth talk of issues pertaining to mental illness and suicide. Mood disorders, eating disorders and anxiety are mentioned and discussed. 18 May, 2017 Satrang Having overcome the...

Diseased

// D I S E A S E D // by Swati Singh Look how she came. She came like a snowflake, Dropped gently from the heavens above; Lovely and white, unique just the same. Look how she blossomed. She blossomed like a flower, Beautiful and pristine, in all her grace; Spreading...

A Cup Of Tea: Featuring Anxiety

A Cup Of Tea: Featuring Anxiety Made by Jiyeon Yoo When anxiety invites you to sup, You pour out your fears in a little cup. You bring it to your lips, And as your hand comes up – You try, In vain, To stop those scalding sips. You try,  To let go, and though It’s...

Everything That You Ever Wanted

Everything That You Ever Wanted 19 APRIL, 2017 Bewajah A freshly punched out 10 second old, wrapped in blood and piss has the potential to make you as happy as you never thought you could feel. It’s wonderful how your sperm (or egg), which you’d washed down the drain...

A Reality Check: You Are Not Cool

A Reality Check: You Are Not Cool 18 APRIL, 2017 Esoterica Sometimes you take a look around and all you see is these amazing people around, doing cool things. You see people boasting of their achievements, making sure everyone knows. Someone is writing a book, someone...

Late March, Death March- Mother Monster

Late March, Death March- Mother Monster 20 MARCH, 2017 Time Turner Born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, this pop culture icon rushed to the rescue when mainstream pop was losing its sheen. Lady Gaga, born on March 28, 1986, had her first tryst with music at the...

Paak Ya Napaak

Paak Ya Napaak 10 MARCH, 2016 Bewajah 1 ghar, 2 gaadi. 4 jeans, 8 shirt. 3 moze, 2 joote. Aadha glass paani, do kaur roti. Made by Esther Larisa David Gine chune dost, 1 baar ka saccha pyaar 4 baar ka jhoota. 2-4 dhoke, 8-10 gawaaye mauke. Kuch lakh rupiye, 5 badli...

The One With Divine Retribution And Narcotics

The One With Divine Retribution And Narcotics 25 JANUARY, 2017 Logorrhoea Janus, the god of beginnings, gateways and transitions in ancient Roman mythology, is usually depicted as having two faces, since he looks to the future and to the past. January truly lives up...

Grey

Grey 10 JANUARY, 2017 It's a Metaphor Disclaimer: The following is a fictitious narrative of events as they may have occurred on the fateful night of the 26th of November, 2008. While the inspiration from the story comes from Mr. Karambir Singh Kang, General Manager...

With Love and Longing, Your Calendar.

With Love and Longing, Your Calendar. Made by Swati Singh I begin, The week of resolution, Until your facade of resolve, Melts, In its dissolution. I, Watch your memories overflow Into the flowers in nascent bloom- Fresh with the sky’s own teardrops, Growing behind...

Silence is a privilege, don’t let it be your voice.

Silence is a privilege, don't let it be your voice. 30 DECEMBER, 2016 Satrang In a recent visit to the largest mosque in UAE, just amidst the dreary deserts of Abu Dhabi, I was stopped at the entrance as the sleeves of my jacket fell short of their standards of...

Talking Body

Our country is one where people would rather go to questionable so-called professionals for health advice (sexual or otherwise) and checkups than an actual doctor. Where, at the mention of the word ‘sex’, you can cut the tension with a knife. Where, during biology...

Our Concerns About Disability

Our Concerns About Disability 25 DECEMBER, 2016 Mental Floss Tommy Edison is a comic, a YouTuber and a radio jockey. He also happens to be blind. Time and time again, he has emphasized how his disability is not a constant source of agitation to him. This however, is...

Baby, You’re No Firework

A big part of the modern self-help feel-better bullshit is telling people how they’re all unique. Like a snowflake (interestingly, all snowflakes fall into one of 35 shapes). While that’s awesome if you’re battling a low self-esteem, a philosopher doesn’t care. For...

Of Seas and Waves and Thoughts

Of Seas and Waves and Thoughts 20 DECEMBER, 2016 It's a Metaphor Made by Harshi Lal Been sitting here for an hour, trying to pen down some thoughts;  Racking my brains, twisting them into unbreakable knots.  Sifting from here to there, trying to make some sense; ...

Hamlet 2k16

Hamlet 2k16 Made by Swati Singh In a hamlet near the hill, Another Hamlet does roam Who tries paying for rickshaws Through a fancy telephone. His father retired And his mother is broke. His uncle was the banker (Alas! An ugly joke) So in went Hamlet’s cash With no...

Philosophy and I

A fungus called Unilateralis cordyceps enters an ant's body through its respiration. It invades its brain and makes the ant climb up the stem of a plant and bite hard on a leaf, with an abnormal force. The fungus then kills the ant, and continues to grow, leaving the...

November Rain

November Rain 01 NOVEMBER, 2016 Time Turner Disclaimer: All names, characters, businesses, places, events and incidents are neither the products of the author’s imagination nor used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual...

The Complexity of Complexions

  It is the year 2016, a time where Fair and Lovely and Fair and Handsome are still a thing, and the practice of making fun of dark skin in the name of “comedy” does not only exist, but is also socially acceptable. I’ve been thinking about this a lot, and things took...

An Open Letter to Every Pretentious Science Kid

An Open Letter to Every Pretentious Science Kid 01 NOVEMBER, 2016 Satrang When I tell people that for the next two years of my academic life I have chosen to study the seemingly bizarre combination of English, History, Psychology, Biology and Math (a rare occurrence...

There’s Nothing Pretty in ‘Pink’

There's Nothing Pretty in 'Pink' 01 NOVEMBER, 2016 Monocle Shoojit Sircar’s ‘Pink’ is anything but the rosy romantic comedy that it’s title so deceptively implies. Instead, it is a gritty tale surrounding three urban women who are forced to fight various forms of...

The Glamorous Disease

The Glamorous Disease 01 NOVEMBER, 2016 Mental Floss The world in the past five years has quickly come in terms with mental illnesses and their gravity. While the taboo of being diagnosed with a psychological disorder is now becoming a thing of the past, a new trend...

The One With Neuroscience Fun Facts And Roman Prostitutes

The One With Neuroscience Fun Facts And Roman Prostitutes 01 NOVEMBER, 2016 Logorrhoea There’s nothing quite like an obligatory unfunny nerd joke to inaugurate an equally nerdy column. Why did the nervous system defy the authorities despite the potentially...

Mirror

Mirror 01 NOVEMBER, 2016 It's a Metaphor As the guide leads me inside the Sheesh Mahal- the Palace of Mirrors at the Taj Mahal, I clutch the letter in my hand tighter. It is a letter from my brother. His last letter to me. I wander to the corner of the room as the...

Trump: Not in Support, But in Defence

  Disclaimer: The aim of this article is not to support Trump, but to defend him, that too, not in terms of his misogynistic, outrageous entirety, but solely with reference to the points mentioned below.   With Donald Trump winning the presidential elections, the...

Welcome to the New World Order

Taking into account the recent happenings around the big blue ball, bringing the truth to the eyes of the people is a difficult task. We're about to finish 2016 and we've already heard a lot of nattering nonsense, the latest being The Best Reality Show Ever: the US...

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