October 13, 2012

Event Announcement: Lecture

Paternalistic Politics and Feminine Fates: The Legacies of Rani Laxmibai of Jhansi and Begum Hazrat Mahal of Oudh

Date & Time: Sunday, October 14, 2012, 2:00pm

Venue: India Community Center

525, Los Coches St., Milpitas, CA, U.S.A.

About the event:

This is a lecture hosted by the India Community Center. Laxmibai of Jhansi and […]

May 09, 2012

The Return of 80s Cinema and Why it Makes Me Squirm

Sometime back I was looking at upcoming Hindi film releases for 2012 and I saw this poster.

Then I saw this…

…and this.

A few years back, Ghajini and Dabangg started a revival of sorts of 80s style cinema, replete with high drama, revenge and action a.k.a. the masala entertainer. If […]

April 14, 2012

Adrienne Rich: Where does strength come from?

A critical analysis of things as they are, wearing a gender lens — this is an important feminist preoccupation. It helps let the community of gender-watchers know what to look out for, what to take a view on and perhaps, also, what to oppose/rebel against.

But does it widen that community?

It does that […]

March 30, 2012

Bangalore Launch: ‘Our Pictures, Our Words: A Visual Journey through the Women’s Movement’

Interesting event in Bangalore with some great speakers. Check it out if you’re in the city. Via Ammu Joseph and Padmalatha Ravi on Facebook.

September 13, 2010

A Closer Look: Q2P by Paromita Vohra

“TO PEE OR NOT TO PEE, that is the question.” Hamlet would have found this a more pressing concern if he was a woman living in 21st century India. This is what Paromita Vohra’s incisive look at the national state of public lavatories in Q2P brings home. The film charts a map through the toilets […]

July 01, 2010

The Redemption of Elizabeth Gilbert

LIKE MANY WOMEN, my reaction — or shall we say relationship? — to Elizabeth Gilbert’s juggernaut bestseller Eat Pray Love (first published and 2006 and by 2008 a global sensation) was complicated. On the one hand, the book is mildly embarrassing; Eat Pray Love falls squarely in the chick lit category, a schmaltzy fairytale-like […]

June 22, 2010

Indian Values, Raising Children

THE DVD OF LOVE, Sex aur Dhokha has been lying around at home for some time, but it was only over this weekend that I got around to watching it. Directed by Dibakar Banerjee (of Khosla ka Ghosla fame), LSD is actually three stories in one, with peripheral links to each other.

The first […]

April 30, 2010

To be or not to be: On Queer Nazariya

I JUST ATTENDED the Queer Nazariya film festival in Bombay and I loved the experience. In the discussion about queer communities, law and culture, Ponni Arasu, a gay rights activist from Alternative Law Forum, Bangalore, spoke of the need for the queer community in India to redefine itself and its goals after the groundbreaking […]

January 13, 2010

Queer Film Fest: Call for submissions

THE BANGALORE QUEER FILM FESTIVAL (BQFF 2010) is calling for submissions. The deadline is 30 January 2010. Details here.

The festival will be held at the Alliance Francaise de Bangalore on 26, 27 and 28 February 2010.

The BQFF 2010 is a non-ticketed free event aimed at providing a venue to screen films based on […]

November 19, 2009

Thoughts on Eve Ensler’s “I am an Emotional Creature”

THE AUDIENCE WAS FLUSH WITH estrogen, but had a heartening dose of the Y chromosome. I wondered if the cocktail reception that preceded the event was a marketing ploy or a genuine attempt to fortify our spirits for what was to come. I found out soon enough.

The world premiere of Eve Ensler’s ‘I […]

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