Sharanya Manivannan

A bird’s mating cry, overheard

It was the length of the tailfeathers that caught my eye, and then the statuesqueness of the pose, and only lastly those eyes like beads of ruby.

05 Jan 2019

Can an identity be apolitical and realistic simultaneously?

I wish I could offer the unequivocal hope that he is that unbelievably rare figure — a progressive spiritual leader — and that his welcome to sex workers is a feminist act.

28 Dec 2018

Women, use your self-expression as an avatar, not as an armour

But it’s time for me to come clean. At some point, that camouflage ceased to be an armour.

19 Dec 2018

Indigo, a soother and a fighter

You’d imagine the indigo plant would contain a clue of what it’s capable of, but from root to leaf-tip, it gives little away.

22 Nov 2018

Complex reasons behind every action

Or that this new vocabulary may later liberate her, but for right now it overpowers her in such a volcanic way that she would rather not feel the things it brings up.

25 Oct 2018

Is marriage the end to a woman’s career?

The enigmatic Annapurna Devi died in Mumbai at 91 last week.

17 Oct 2018

The evolving landscape of law and order

This law had no provision for women to lodge a case.

04 Oct 2018

An undemanding coexistence

My closest neighbour is a neem tree, and she rests her lovely-leafed branches on the glass of the window by my reading nook.

26 Sep 2018

Museums house the world in them

Brazil’s national museum was only 200 years old, but contained within it were artifacts aged millennia, like the 11,500-year-old female skull nicknamed Luzia.

05 Sep 2018

When a Goddess is on her period

While so many are galvanizing resources for flood-wrecked Kerala, Kodagu and other parts of South India, a leisurely lot have been spending time and energy spreading the information that the natural disaster (even if not, technically speaking, a national disaster) has been because of the wrath of God

22 Aug 2018

When you were ‘just a friend’ for your ex

I was telling a friend about how I’m likely to encounter a romantic nemesis of mine in the coming weeks, when he asked me to explain the term. Was it just a fancy way of saying “ex”? Ha ha. No. Y

01 Aug 2018

Knowledge of how it is to feel at home is a luxury

Vacating a house that one made into a home is a painful thing. In the weeks before this happens, I leave my space in disarray on purpose.

26 Jul 2018

‘I became an adult as I turned the book’s pages’

A few months before I finished school, due to a set of circumstances that don’t lend themselves to a brief explanation, my siblings and I stayed for several days at the home of a friend of our mother’

19 Jul 2018

Indian vishkanyas  have an Italian connection

Researchers at the University of Southern Denmark have found three books in its library, dating from the 16th and 17th centuries, painted in poison. Bookbinders of that time often reinforced books by

12 Jul 2018

‘Mars is in retrograde and maybe men will come back’

Mars retrograde is supposed to bring the men back.

04 Jul 2018