Sharanya Manivannan

It’s always the woman who is blamed in an extra-marital affair

Neha Gnanavel, who is married to film producer Gnanavel Raja, obviously wants us to forget the objectionable things she posted about women in the cinema industry last week.

28 Mar 2018

Put on the armour, drop your guard

The doors opened and I was inside a zenana: an erstwhile one, turned into a hotel.

21 Mar 2018

Grit your teeth and roll your eyes at healthcare prejudices

Last year, I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism, a condition in which the butterfly-shaped gland in the neck that controls the delicate and vital thyroid hormone is underactive.

28 Feb 2018

Is it enough to just say  ‘sorry’?

I recently sent a long overdue apology, for the one friendship of mine that had ended in a way in which I could have behaved differently.

21 Feb 2018

Why limit to whispers when you can do justice with the List?

Last week, a young male spoken word poet based in Mumbai was alleged to have sexually harassed teenage girls.

14 Feb 2018

Lady Doritos? No, thank you

A  writer in her 20s, to borrow from Virginia Woolf’s iconic treatise, needs a room of her own and disposable income.

08 Feb 2018

One of the foremost sanskrit poets who wrote her thoughts in scandulous verse

Who can tell what will survive the ages? Sometimes I think of all the beauty we have already lost to neglect, or worse, to elision.

31 Jan 2018

If loneliness is political, then laughter is an antidote and a revolutionary one at that

In George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, the Ministry of Truth concerned itself with propaganda, the Ministry of Peace ran the military forces, the Ministry of Plenty controlled the means of productio

24 Jan 2018

The right language for ‘in-between’

What is the opposite of ‘rape’? Most will say it’s ‘sex’, with the understanding that rape is an abuse of power and sex is something that happens with consent.

17 Jan 2018

When astronomy inspires art through many civilisations

An antlered creature is trapped between two men — we know they are men not only from their smooth torsos but also from the penises that dangle between their legs, indicating their nakedness.

10 Jan 2018

Why I will have the ‘angry Indian woman’ tag for eternity

A fresh calendar year can bring with it so much promise, as dangerous as it is to be superstitious about it.

03 Jan 2018

A walk into the place where you belong

The forest had reconfigured itself in the years of her absence.

27 Dec 2017

Frida, a life of pain in real and reel

There is a peripheral debate that’s raging now in the fields of arts and entertainment, the question of whether one should separate the art and the person (usually, the man) who made it.

20 Dec 2017

Ban condom ads, ban sex education!

From 6 am to 10 pm, Indian televisions will no longer broadcast condom ads.

13 Dec 2017

Take life just as it comes to you

The lines flow like waves along their skin, or radiating circles.

08 Dec 2017

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