Anuja Chandramouli

Khadija Mastur’s The Women’s Courtyard: A bonafide feminist classic

I’ll go right ahead and write this down: Khadija Mastur’s The Women’s Courtyard is one of the most satisfying novels I have ever read.

11 Nov 2018

Horror for the head and heart

A searing look into the bare bones of a dysfunctional marriage, played out against the backdrop of encroaching madness, Kiran Manral’s Missing, Presumed Dead makes for a troubling read.

21 Oct 2018

The battle has just begun

Forget Vicky Kaushal, everybody seems to be crushing on the Supreme Court nowadays thanks to landmark judgements which will no doubt have a major impact on the great Indian future.

04 Oct 2018

Messy History of Desire

Infinite Variety: A History of Desire in India by Madhavi Menon is what it says it is and so much more.

20 Sep 2018

The liberated woman

When it comes to what women wear, everybody has an opinion.

14 Sep 2018

A frustrating exercise in feminism

The Buddha is one of the most beloved and revered figures in the realms of history, mythology and legend with his teachings resonating to this very day.

01 Sep 2018

Age of negative nellies

Nowadays reading the news disseminated via newspapers or smartphones is an excruciating experience.

11 Aug 2018

Mughal roses minus the thorns

Ira Mukhoty’s Daughters of the Sun is so engrossing, one is filled with resentment, every time the demands of real life intrude and yank the reader back from a glorious past.

21 Jul 2018

Kaala Lays bare our dark underbelly

Between Rajinikanth’s shenanigans on and off screen, the good news is that people are finally talking about things they are normally content to ignore such as untouchability and caste politics.

16 Jun 2018

A divided nation and its consequences

It was hoped that with the dawn of a new age, Indians would set aside their traditional differences and live together peaceably.

21 Apr 2018

A question of marriage and sexual misconduct

In a bizarre turn of events, the Gujarat High Court ruled that marital rape is not a criminal offence under Section 375 of the Indian Penal Code.

07 Apr 2018

How do We Solve a Problem like Women?

Ashwini, an 18-year-old, was publicly attacked outside her Chennai college, by Alagesan, and left to bleed to death with a slit throat. This appalling crime is all too reminiscent of the Chennai techi

15 Mar 2018

The novel seeks to capture defining moments in the troubled transitional period of a nation

The novel seeks to capture defining moments in the troubled transitional period of a nation

17 Feb 2018

Fabulous or faux profound?

Even at the height of despair, the narrative holds out the promise of hope

03 Feb 2018

When the heart becomes a minefield

Right alongside the heady romance, the perks and pitfalls of communal living are highlighted with delicate brushstrokes

27 Jan 2018