Crooked Lines (blog)

Network for Women in Media in India is one of the best things to happen to me, not exaggerating. Coming in contact with other women journalists from different parts of India, and getting to know of their experiences and exchanging thoughts with them, has helped me put things in perspective, understand the workings of patriarchy…

Read more Ladybird speaking

Recently, I made my debut at the Index on Censorship magazine. Founded in 1972 to “tell the stories of dissidents behind the Iron Curtain”, the magazine has seen the bylines of some of the greatest names in literature such as Nadine Gordimer, Mario Vargas Llosa, Samuel Beckett, Kurt Vonnegut and our very own Amartya Sen. Needless…

Read more Modi, media & the truth

Last month, I visited Margaret’s Hope tea estate. It was in this tea garden, home to some of the world’s finest teas, that workers created history of sorts when six of them got killed in police firing on June 25, 1955. They were part of a protest demonstration, fighting for their labour rights. The incident…

Read more That monsoon day, six decades ago, when Darjeeling tea workers made history in labour struggle

A tin can tied to a dog’s tail. An overwhelmed Rabindranath Tagore thus described the euphoria surrounding his Nobel Prize in Literature 103 years ago. “The perfect whirlwind of public excitement it has given rise to is frightful,” he wrote in a letter to close friend William Rothenstein, the English painter and intellectual who played…

Read more A tin can tied to a dog’s tail: Tagore’s post-Nobel experience

Arnab Goswami “throws out” actor Mita Vashist, a panellist and an invited guest, from his show and Twitterverse has erupted in a frenzy of ecstasy at the anchor’s heroic deed. They are celebrating that she got her “comeuppance”. I did not watch that debate (I don’t watch Arnab Goswami’s shows. I am too weak for that). And I do…

Read more Arnab ‘throws out’ a TV guest, and how does that make him look?