Month: August 2017

“Why Were We Untouchables?” An Indian author’s quest to understand her country’s entrenched and debilitating caste system—and her family’s place in it.

[Sujatha] Gidla tells numerous stories of the ways in which her parents were discriminated against, isolated, and humiliated, even though they managed to become college teachers and lead more of a middle-class existence. One of […]

On Learning New Things

I started this website because I wanted to write about Bollywood. I wanted to share my love, annoyance, disappointment, and hopes. Fear held me back from getting my thoughts out there, and it still does. […]

Snuggles and Straps and Silence

There is a high likelihood that women will snuggle, giggle, squeal, and sob, relative to men. Conversely, men are more likely to strap, gallop, shoot, howl, and kill. “She Giggles, He Gallops: Analyzing gender tropes […]

A Gentleman's movie poster

Review: A Gentleman (2017)

A Gentleman asks its male lead: What do you want? He replies: someone to love, children, a house, a minivan, a family. A Gentleman asks its female lead: What do you want? She replies: A […]

“Tooh” (Gori Tere Pyaar Mein, 2013)

Despite opening with Imran Khan and Kareena Kapoor in beautiful wedding clothes, the lyrics start over playing over wiggling asses. But then a man is revealed to be the singer! Hilarious! He walks down the […]

Ragini MMS poster

Review: Ragini MMS (2011)

Horror movies are particularly difficult to analyze. They often punish vices like premarital sex, but also often present a young woman who is resourceful and brave. But her reward, that is her life, is because […]