Development Shevlopment

I have been sitting on this article for a few weeks now and have been using Manto’s retort that the story will write itself as a valid excuse to not write. In reality, I have not known where to start, but I found inspiration while watching Newton. For the uninitiated, the film is about an…

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Books & Starters Seeing Like a Feminist (Nivedita Menon) The first book that equipped me, a layperson, to see the world through a feminist lens. I surprise myself by finding valuable learnings to be gleaned from the book each time I revisit a page.  Described thus: “For Nivedita Menon, feminism is not about a moment…

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  Films & Starters The Intouchables This is one of those feel-good movies, something that can be watched idly on the weekends, a movie that stays fresh and resplendent even after multiple viewings. The majority of that is down to the sheer camaraderie & bonhomie on display throughout the two lead actors. The premise of…

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Web Series & Starters Lauren (WIGS Youtube Channel) The WIGS Youtube channel tells stories about the lives of women, from a series that centres around a woman struggling with postpartum depression to one who is exploring speed dating to a short film on abortion. Lauren is about a young woman soldier who reports her gang-rape by…

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  Films & Starters (500) Days of Summer [2009] One of my favourites, this is the perfect light but smart romantic comedy– that is, full disclosure, not a love story – good for weekend viewing. Perhaps romantic comedy is a bit of a misnomer – by its own definition, it is a ‘boy meets girl‘ story…

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  Podcasts & Appetizers Remembering Oliver Sacks  Over the past weekend, famed British neurologist Oliver Sacks would have celebrated his 83rd birthday. The author, known for his eclectic work in documenting curious cases of neuropathology and its effects on behaviour and mental health, captured the imagination of his readers with his narrative style of unravelling…

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  Podcasts & Appetizers REVISIONIST HISTORY (Episode 1: The Lady Vanishes) Best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell’s new podcast “Revisionist History” got off to an interesting start this week with its first episode “The Lady Vanishes“. Gladwell delves into the story of Elizabeth Thompson, one of very few female historical painters who rose to fame in the…

Ron Woodrof: From ‘Homophobic Asshole’ to ‘Someone Kind’

“And a small town don’t like it when somebody falls between sexes. No, a small town don’t like it when a cowboy has feelings for men.” I can’t shake off the idea that Ned Sublette’s 1981 song, Cowboys are Secretly, Frequently Fond of Each Other, has inspired the blinding, poignant Dallas Buyers Club (2013). Jean-Marc…

Wildest Dreams and Exotic Bodies: Colonialism’s Tainted Legacy

Although colonial rule no longer functions, its legacy still persists, every now and then making an appearance in the most unexpected of places. This became apparent in September, when Taylor Swift was called out for the representation of Africa in her music video, ‘Wildest Dreams’, which features an unspecific beautiful African desert with no native…

Master(piece) of None

“You’re out of tacos??!! What am I supposed to do now, go to the second-best place taco place in town like some asshole??” The line above, said incredulously (and hilariously) by Dev Shah (played by Aziz Ansari), is a perfect encapsulation of everything, good and bad, that millennials face today in a maelstrom of technology….