May 26, 2012

Pride Over The Counter: Queer India and the Pink Economy




A magazine recently published a version of the following piece I wrote, and I wanted to share the unedited original here.

Following the repeal of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code by the Delhi High Court on 2 July 2009 – in effect decriminalising sexual acts between consenting adults, […]

May 23, 2012

In My Skin

I have a very complicated relationship with my body. The one thing that stands out is this – I have never truly felt that this skin I walk in is mine. So bear with me as I try to give a biography of my skin.

I never felt any real consciousness or special connection to […]

May 19, 2012

Sidhartha Mallya ne tweet kiya: The sameness of response to molestation

On the 18th of May the Delhi Police arrested Luke Pomersbach, an IPL player owned by the Bangalore team, on charges of molesting a woman and assaulting her fiancé. This incident was followed by Sidhartha Mallya, ‘director’ of the Bangalore Royal Challengers, tweeting the following:

“The girl who is accusing Luke is saying he […]

May 10, 2012


“The greatest feminists have also been the greatest lovers. I’m thinking not only of Mary Wollstonecraft and her daughter Mary Shelley, but of Anais Nin, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and of course Sappho. You cannot divide creative juices from human juices. And as long as juicy women are equated with bad women, we will […]

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 […]

May 03, 2012

holi “khelna”: playing without consent

Once upon a time, one played holi*. A literal translation from the Hindi “holi khelna”, play could certainly mean to have fun, to fool around, to amuse yourself, to take part in. Playing holi as a child and then as a teenager in my growing up years in Bombay (now Mumbai), that is what it […]

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