The last seven days have been about two things— Pa Ranjith’s Kaala and everybody’s interpretation and opinion of the same.
13 Jun 2018
When news came to me that the Tamil Nadu government had called for a ban on consumption, manufacture, and sale of plastic products in the state with the dawn of 2019, I found myself waiting in line at
07 Jun 2018
On a recent overnight interstate train journey, I found myself succumbing to the tropes that have come to represent travel travails of the Indian middle class and our palace on wheels. I
23 May 2018
Here’s how an impromptu game of street cricket begins in Madras: if there is a tree with a trunk that could substitute for a stump, it’s cricket time; or, if there’s a narrow street with limited vehic
09 May 2018
Summers in Madras have always been a good exercise in sociology and human behavior. When the year starts to enter the month of April, when people around you start questioning the speed at which time s
25 Apr 2018
One of the most perceivable iconic scenes in cinema, on the western front, is a monologue of sorts in Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver; it involves the protagonist Travis Bickle played by Robert De Niro
18 Apr 2018
I have been a fan of the Arsenal Football Club for a little over ten years now. The London football club caught my eye when I had to succumb to peer pressure and resort to remote football hooligan
11 Apr 2018
The circle of millennials began when unassuming self-important prepubescent teenagers migrated from Orkut (Remember, scraps) to Facebook sometime during the summer of 2007-08; that had a good run; a l
28 Mar 2018
I find myself engaging in debates with peers from other cities who fall into the same category that I do — millennials who don’t believe they’re products of the cosmopolitan culture, but are anything
21 Mar 2018
It’s not every day that you look at something happening in reality and question if the nature of this obscure, sometimes absurd, but often unreal occurrence has its roots in cinema.
14 Mar 2018
I was a witness to two narratives this past week: I read about the first one in the newspaper; there wasn’t much that I could contribute to, but be a passive observer of it.
09 Mar 2018
Lying down on a hotel bed, on bed sheets that seem to have no particular wash cycle, staring at a yellow wall that sports a television which has over 30 kinds of Doordarshan (There’s a DD Northeast; s
28 Feb 2018
The ultimate pop-political dilemma skimming has been this week’s headlines, and it reminds me of a line from the infamous Tamil film Aaranya Kaandam (2011) — Onglukku Rajini piddikuma illa Kamal piddi
21 Feb 2018
Curled up in my bed at 1 am with my blanket shielding me from questions, and only a laptop screen illuminating my face, my fingers hitting the refresh button in rhythm — there have been times when I h
07 Feb 2018
A classic causality dilemma is the ‘which came first, the chicken or the egg?’ one; the dilemma is a product of observation that chickens lay eggs but chickens hatch from eggs.
31 Jan 2018