Sharanya Manivannan

Life lessons from solitude

We are a long way away from societies in which meaningful support and adequate resources are built into the foundational infrastructure, and loneliness is an intangible.

16 hours ago

Living a moral life with protocols

For weeks, the number of new COVID-19 cases in Chennai that were added to the tally each day plateaued around the 150 mark.

08 Apr 2021

To reconstruct life in an offline world

But, Teigen faced the complete breadth of online harassment from a conspiracy group attacking her family to cheap blows from anonymous accounts.

01 Apr 2021

The moon and its metaphorical stance

Sometimes often, in fact, though not always, not when secretiveness is deliberate you can tell when someone is smitten.

18 Mar 2021

Enduring the loneliness epidemic

When announcing the new Ministry, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga commented that women were at higher risk.

25 Feb 2021

What’s missing in the face of social media takedowns

A few weeks ago, the TV host Padma Lakshmi used her hand to mix ingredients for puliyodharai and people had Reactions to this.

11 Feb 2021

Lurking between the lewd & the logo

Let me tell you how debauched and vain I am. A great artist made an illustration of me, more accurate a likeness than even photographs.

04 Feb 2021

Staying abreast with an ever-changing law

The phrase “sexual intent” bothered me, and I was (as a layperson) unable to find a legal definition, at least in India.

28 Jan 2021

A reality star who gives us a reality check

Fate dealt Shay a very nice hand, in the form of material privilege, but there’s something so down-to-earth about her, and that’s what’s positively dazzling.

23 Jan 2021

Blooming like the kurinjipoo

The summer slipped away in illness and sorrow, and even by the season’s tail — when just enough flowers remained like a whispered rumour — something else kept me away.

07 Jan 2021

Building a shock absorber for creatives

While that experience made me disengage from the film and its attendant discourse, there was one aspect of the hullabaloo that I kept contemplating.

31 Dec 2020

A lonely battle to belong

For everyone in India, the end of this year, just like the end of the previous one, brings another new question on the notion of belonging.

30 Dec 2020

Are we buried under moral and ethical earthquakes?

The notion of belonging addressed then was about nationality, about paperwork or its absence that could render a person either enfranchised or stateless.

19 Dec 2020

When common sense is uncommon in a crisis

Every place in the world that has managed the pandemic well has done so through public cooperation and common sense, not denial and discourteousness.

10 Dec 2020

Look out for the K-Jos in your life

I’ve found myself quite enjoying shows I would earlier have considered badlywritten, boring or even upsetting, in the way that glimpses into lives one cannot have can sometimes be.

03 Dec 2020