Anuja Chandramouli

Existential hacks from a confirmed cynic

We are told that we ought to be happy and content with what we have without constantly striving for more of everything.

20 Nov 2021

'Afterlives' book review: Hope flowers in a field of carnage

A forgotten piece of Africa’s colonial history while surviving Germany’s tyranny

06 Nov 2021

Somnambulism to the rescue!

We have all allowed ourselves to become increasingly divorced from a reality which was never less than dull, dreary and depressing on the best of days

22 Oct 2021

Budhini’s story suffers from bloat

It is a story not lacking in pathos and the unfairness of it all is staggering. 

26 Sep 2021

Benefits of being besotted with IPL

Sport teaches you that in life, you have to take the bitter with the better. 

26 Sep 2021

'The Lost Fragrance of Infinity' book review: A Fabled Flight Across Infinity

This deeply passionate love story imbued with spirituality traverses spectacular landscapes of a fading Mughal Empire 

18 Sep 2021

'Valmiki's Women' Review: Anand Neelakantan's latest is a contrarian’s take on mythology

Anand Neelakantan tells Medha Dutta Yadav that Ramayana and Mahabharata will always be relevant. They delve deep into the human psyche. As long as humans exist, these epics would keep evolving.

11 Sep 2021

Kavitha Rao’s book 'Lady Doctors' stir stories of the stupendous six

These women doctors came from differing backgrounds but were all rebels who dared to embark on a highly unconventional course

05 Sep 2021

When wokesters attack jokesters

Now, this reminded me of my childhood at a boarding school in Yercaud, where it was fashionable to diss whatever was served to us, even if it was actually decent.

04 Sep 2021

'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood' book review: Good writing hit by misogyny

Tarantino’s strength is his audacity, but but every once in a while, his creative choices can be in surpassingly poor tast

14 Aug 2021

Why do women put up with it?

Experts agree that it is surprisingly difficult to bail out of an abusive relationship.

14 Aug 2021

Abolish the curse that is caste

Over seven decades later, not much has changed. The caste system compounded by the class divide remains a pernicious, malignant presence, tainting every single aspect of society.

31 Jul 2021

Authenticity vs Perceived Authenticity

The greatest success stories on Instagram or YouTube are those who insist that it is all about keeping it real.

10 Jul 2021

Treasured Trifles

There is mounting pressure to be positive at all times and count thy blessings which are usually manifold.

18 Jun 2021

Worthwhile Pursuits

When one is not vertical-scrolling away to ignominy, there is plenty of time to reflect.

28 May 2021