7 Spunky Women Characters From Fiction: Pop Culture

An urban dictionary user defines “spunky” as somebody who has attitude and a presence. Spunky women aren’t your conventional heroines. They’re fiercely independent, individualistic and aren’t afraid to question established norms and fight for what they believe in. But their heightened sense of individualism and quirkiness might not be welcomed by the patriarchal brotherhood and…

Looking For Sylvia: Personal Essay

I think I first met her in a dream-she, a teenager and I, a child. We must have sat in the park, among the narcissi and azaleas, or on a beach, soaking up the sun, with a picnic basket filled with half-eaten sandwiches between us. Both of us must have been wearing black—she, a flimsy…

9 Reasons Why You Should Read Paper Towns: Pop Culture

Most people recognize John Green thanks to The Fault In Our Stars as a bestselling author of YA fiction. And although, TFIOS does delight and devastate, and is an unforgettably heartbreaking read, I personally feel that John Green’s creativity and storytelling talent is best expressed in the 300-something paged adventure and mystery love story titled…

to the lover who never wanted me, with retro love

like a love song on the jukebox in the shower, you sauntering into my dream-entangled world; sizzling, my heart misimagining polka-dotted fancies; twisting our barren-desert  bodies to tunes they don’t play anymore; your fingers whispering, We’ve Only Just Begun;my Superstar, the moon is envious; my soul soaked in Chanel No.5, twirling in a red polka-dotted…

Ways of Seeing/Loving: Photo Tale

love, a lonely enchanted garden; i, sunshine shimmering on dew-kissed ivy walls. love, a (w)hole in the wall opening into a parallel life, where a woman (who is not a witch) lives in her own gingerbread house in the birdsong-filled woods, dreaming; necklaces made by her lover glinting on her pale neck. love, whose ivy…

Interview with Kadak Collective: On Comics, Politics and Feminism

Kadak  is a team of eight incredibly talented South Asian women who engage with graphic storytelling as a means to explore the various socio-political and cultural questions of the day – be it daily feminism, sexual and gender identity or life in urban India. Comprising Aindri Chakraborty, Akhila Krishnan, Janine Shroff, Aarthi Parthasarathy, Garima Gupta,…

Pretending it’s the Perfect Christmas: Personal Essay

If I had to pinpoint the exact time when it all fell apart, it would probably be the day I turned thirteen. I was a full self-proclaimed non-believer by then, and my Christmas presents included an enviable assortment of punk-rock music, from classics like the Sex Pistols to Green Day’s latest rock opera. I knew…

The Secret Life of Diaries: Creative Non Fiction

i. Wonderland of Deep Space and Beyond At the age of nine, I was a swashbuckling space pirate. My imaginary friend and I would embark on intergalactic, death-defying adventures, uncover plots of world domination, battle courageously with aliens and save Planet Earth from extra-terrestrial invasion and be back home just in time for supper. My…

What’s Your Sign? Archer Afire

Series: Sagittarius I spent the best part of my childhood falling down rabbit holes and uncovering fantastical alternate realities to escape into. Perhaps the Sagittarian streak in my birth charts was to blame for this, and much more. The world of myths and folklore had always fascinated me, and next to phoenixes and unicorns, centaurs…

5 Reasons Why Smoking Is Still The Shizz: A Guide To World Domination

World No Tobacco Day is tomorrow and we all know what means. Come on, admit it. Aren’t you all bored of those sickeningly long anti-smoking ads before your favourite superhero movie? Don’t you get super annoyed when they ‘seriously’ talk of making the college canteen a non-smoking zone? After all, those crazy activists don’t need…

The 7 Times Indian Politicians Told Women How Not To Get Raped: Perspective

Recently Republican candidate John Kasich came under fire by suggesting that women shouldn’t drink to avoid sexual assault.  In response to a question posed by a college student, he replied, ‘I’d also give you one bit of advice. Don’t go to parties where there’s a lot of alcohol. OK? Don’t do that’, thereby shifting the…

Quandaries Of The Queer: Perspective

I wrote as part of the articles I was required to submit in the Jadavpur University Model United Nations 2016 as a member of the International Press. The lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community has faced discrimination and oppression throughout the millennia, with several key issues remaining unaddressed even today. British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)…