Sharanya Manivannan

Who is a ‘Loose’ woman?

The ad stars Priyanka Chopra, one of its investors, and shows her in various scenarios, described with a positive adjective, followed by ‘not loose’.

09 Jan 2019

Quest for a voice with tree-shaped lungs, monarch butterfly glands

A blood clot in the shape of a bronchial tree, a tree in the shape the air takes as we draw it into ourselves.

12 Dec 2018

Hey lady! There is nothing wrong with being fiercely ambitious

At 36, Chopra has spent half her life so far in the spotlight, with a thriving career in beauty pageants, Bollywood films and Hollywood television.

05 Dec 2018

Feminism that tackles the caste system

What a beautiful coup it was to watch unfolding online: the head of a platform on which women and minorities face daily abuse, unwittingly holding a poster with a radical slogan.

29 Nov 2018

When women’s comfort causes discomfort

They say that it was the younger women from self-help groups who made a decision to ‘honour their traditions’. They say that everyone is happy. 

27 Nov 2018

When women’s comfort causes discomfort

Consider the average nightie — ankle-length, sleeved, with a modest collar.

14 Nov 2018

Of animal instinct 

There is one particular detail of the killing of Avni, the tigress, in Maharashtra last week that I keep circling back to.

07 Nov 2018

Treasures to break up life’s monotony

There are other stories of children finding ancient swords in water bodies.

10 Oct 2018

 Understanding worth of everyday objects

Iwas meant to travel so much this year.

19 Sep 2018

Hopefully, one day we will not be voyeurs anymore

Iwant to see people kissing in the streets. Impulsively.

12 Sep 2018

‘Rent a friend’ to cure depression

On Independence Day, Mumbai-based entrepreneur Kaushall Prakash launched an app called Rent A Boy|Friend, through which one can employ male company for brief periods. The line in their name between Bo

29 Aug 2018

Why I love my practice of watching and stillness

Everything moves too quickly, and my worries pulse through me continuously, undercurrents to my every action.

23 May 2018

‘Nothing romantic about being a poet with radical ideas’

Sometimes, copying American observances isn’t a bad thing (this is never going to be true for Thanksgiving, though).

25 Apr 2018

We must breathe as we labour

Why is there a ceramic kitten under a grown man’s bed?” By the time I laughed out loud at this line, I’d already cried at least twice watching Queer Eye.

18 Apr 2018

A naked body in protest isn’t sexual, rather makes a point

There’s a reason why you may not have heard of actor Sri Reddy before she stripped in front of Hyderabad’s Movie Artist Association (MAA) to protest the sexual exploitation of women in the cinema industry.

11 Apr 2018