I'm a freelance writer and journalist based in Mumbai. I write on culture, books, gender, mental health and identity. I also have experience editing copy, writing for B2B publications and web content.
The increase in pharmacy-cum-convenience stores over the course of the pandemic may point towards a financial opportunism on the part of businesses, both established and emergent.
Respect for those older than you is embedded in language itself. In several Indian languages, like Hindi for instance, the pronoun you is translated into tu for those who are the same age as you or younger. For those older than you, the pronoun used is tum or, more politely and often formally, aap. When you’re talking to friends, you always use tu. But when it’s someone you’re calling “older sister”, you’re going to use tum – it follows the logic of the epithet bestowed.
Rethinking the hijab: COVID-19 made masks ubiquitous; will it also spur shift in assumptions about veiled faces?
Clothes embody lifestyle. Your clothes speak about your lifestyle as they speak about your identity, how you see yourself and want to be seen in the world and by it.
Can there be two Black girls in one white workplace? In this breakthrough debut thriller about racism, tokenism and a conspiracy, more is at stake than office politics.
The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris is a workplace horror novel that sets issues of identity, performative diversity and racism against the backdrop of contemporary corporate America.
What does it feel like and what does it make one think, coming across in this way pieces from a stranger’s life, distractedly pressed between the pages of a book that may not have been revisited much any longer, and so given away?
Ramzan in isolation doesn’t make the acts of fasting and worshiping difficult. Those are deeds deeply personal in nature. But what takes a hit is working for the greater good together. When you are looking to usher in change or fight the good fight, the support of a community only strengthens your resolve.
Critics argue that sitcoms rarely depict reality as it is, functioning as a curated world of its own. But, if, like fans say, sitcoms can heal – what is it about them that leads to positive outcomes?
For several people, wearing the hijab, covering up is a kind of negating of the self. When one talks about the modern Indian woman living in the city, a veiled Muslim woman is not the first thing that comes to mind.
In most places, people welcome Ramzan by hanging lanterns on their windows or lighting up the streets. But in Mumbai’s Byculla, or at least its Muslim-dominated neighbourhoold, we welcome Ramzan by fishing for a battered old pair of badminton racquets.
A city or town is most fully experienced when it is measured in footfalls – by walking, preferably aimlessly. Wandering in a city and being open to all that it has to offer has been a favourite pastime for many city-dwellers and most city-lovers.