The conundrum of voting for an Independent candidate.

In the last two state elections, I have been voting for an independent candidate in my constituency. A man named ‘Traffic’ Ramaswamy. The last two times I had to spend on flight tickets to go to Chennai, vote and get back to Hyderabad. And many in my family and friends circle advised me to not…

What I think are my thoughts on Jathi Ratnalu… but I can’t be sure!

Spoilers ahead. Jathi Ratnalu, probably, has more jokes per reel than any film ever made. Jokes that work. Every single one of them! The surface level makes for such a bizarrely original and hilarious watch, that nobody will want to bother unpacking it. But scratch beneath the surface and there’s a bitingly witty, deliciously satirical,…

RIP Padma Shri Irrfan Khan.

I Remember watching him in The Warrior (2001) first. Well, if I discount the fact that he was in the absolutely fantastic Salaam Bombay that I had seen before. A 1988 film that I had only seen around the turn of the millennium. Honestly, I don’t remember Irrfan in it. Not until his Wikipedia page…

I know what you’re thinking…

Once again, a ghastly incident of rape and murder gets people discussing. Once again, many well meaning people think to themselves.. why would she go out late… why would should go alone… is a career/partying/ having fun so important? The opposite of that is a life long house arrest, basically. So are we going to…

The gender politics of culture.

First things first, please don’t let your kids read this. Some of the topics discussed in this blog are very adult in nature. I’ve never been trolled as much as for this one quote tweet. Initially it was fun reading some of it. Thankfully, I didn’t have the time to read all of it. Then…

It’s never, ever, ever your fault.

Dear young girls who are growing up trying to make sense of the world around you…. please respect people like Sowcar Janaki amma and Y G Mahendran sir and plenty of other ‘such’ people, for all that they have achieved in their respective fields. But please don’t be influenced by what they say about things…

True Story Bro…

It’s been a lifetime ambition of mine. One of the first items on my bucket list if you will. Something I’ve been dreaming about since the time I was smitten by football as a child watching Italia ‘90 on Doordarshan. Something I have desired since I had my heart broken when my all time favorite…

Sweet Surrender

Sometimes my mother would look at me in a certain way on a Saturday evening. For no rhyme or reason. A look of overwhelming affection. Of fondness. A look that would almost pop out and embrace me warmly. I may not even notice it. She’d suddenly be overcome by the need to make me happy….

Jingo-lala

‪I have Hindu friends who are fans of Australia, West Indies etc. They cheer for those nations even when India plays them. I had Hindu friends who were huge fans of Wasim and Waqar when we were growing up.. would have their names stencilled into their school bags. Heck, I was a fan of Wasim…

Where land meets the sea; when darkness meets the light.

She’d stand in the rain, my woman, But she’ll hold on to that umbrella tight.. She’d love to dive into that sea and wander far, But she’ll just stand at the edge and the urge she’ll fight.. For she can’t hurt the one she loves, Don’t you mistake it for fright The chaos of a…