As socialization increasingly shifts online, we are likely to form more (and more intense) parasocial bonds and see a blurring of the boundaries between the real and the parasocial.
The Chair points to how the academy centres on white mediocrity and incentivises white entitlement through the entanglements of racism and sexism, but does not interrogate this status quo.
In the introduction to 'Midnight’s Borders', Suchitra Vijayan asks, “What function does a nation still perform if it has consistently failed to offer the most basic of human dignities to its people?” The “people’s history” she has put together is an astute rejoinder to this question.
There is a broader point that Priyamvada Gopal is making through her extensive archival work in 'Insurgent Empire' – that unearthing and archiving genealogies of dissent and resistance is crucial because it inspires, informs and sustains future dissent and resistance. In this, archival work has transformative potential.
When Masterchef Australia contestant, Kishwar Chowdhury made panta bhat on the popular show, it started a conversation about the role of certain ‘humble’ foods.
The value of queer cinema does not lie only in reflecting the intersectional identities of queer communities, but a diversity of representations can only bring richness to the genre and save it from its own parochialism.
Queer friendships, built on a shared sense of belonging and care, can be transformative. My queer friendships not only offered me solidarity and support, they were also a space where we could collectively question and unlearn the heteronormative patterns we had inadvertently internalized.
Kavitha Rao’s Lady Doctors visits the forgotten history of six women who persisted to become pioneering practitioners in the field. Their story remains prescient in our contemporary times.
The lopsided power relation embedded in language that determines who must necessarily adopt English and who can choose to eschew it, is something Lahiri never engages with: neither in her memoir nor in her essay about writing and self-translating 'Whereabouts'.
Megha Majumdar’s 'A Burning' speaks not only to this openly hateful rhetoric and the physical persecution of all political dissenters and minority communities by the present-day government and its social wings but also to the ethical and moral bankruptcy of our political and social institutions.