Padmavati Row: Regression to Medieval Norms?

As the Padmavati row rages on, defending the honor of mythical medieval queen has raised a lot of questions. While the Supreme Court of India has rejected the calls for stopping the release of the movie, some states  including Madhya Pradesh have banned the movie. Questionable evidence to support the lore First, the basis of the movie, the legend of Queen Padmini has little historical evidence and many contemporary historians have questioned the story’s authenticity….

Is #HowIWillChange the right response to #MeToo?

#MeToo took over the social media last couple of days, but the sad part was it took a social media hashtag to realize the widespread scale of the issue. The question we need to ask as men is that why did these stories and shares surprise us? What was about this trend that made us uncomfortable? Is it the fact that so many women we know have suffered the ordeal or is it that they…

Dusshera Reflections

Dusshera, the day of annihilation of the evil is also the last day of my novel ‘Ten Days in October’. This is the day that celebrates the Goddess Durga’s victory over the demon Mahishasura and Lord Rama’s victory over the demon king Ravana. On this day we burn the effigies of Ravana with fireworks with the hope that the demons inside us get destroyed with it. I started writing the novel almost two years ago,…