Is this cool, old school toy on your wishlist?

By Nivriti Butalia

A couple of months ago, end July, at a ‘house party’, our host ordered a dozen sliders from this Syrian restaurant under his house, addressing the needs of even the vegetarians. It’s nice when hosts are thoughtful. He then took out a not-particularly-sleek looking blue camera and told a bunch of us to huddle together. There was time till the food arrived. We saw the camera and the room grew curious. We wanted a confirmation on what that thing was, that thing in your hand. This thing? A polaroid… Oh! Cool. Continue reading Is this cool, old school toy on your wishlist?

What does it mean when you’re told you don’t look your age?

By Sushmita Bose

Natalia Dzenkiv is an Ukrainian singer who’s been in the news recently. A few days ago, while she was about to catch a return flight home from Turkey, she was detained by passport control and then airport security because she didn’t look her age. Yes, you heard me right! Her passport revealed her age to be 41, while airport personnel felt she can’t be more than 20 and assumed she was travelling with a fake passport or someone else’s passport. Continue reading What does it mean when you’re told you don’t look your age?

RIP Hugh Hefner. Thank you for the entertainment

By Chelsea Barnett

As news broke today that Hugh Hefner, founder of Playboy, had died aged 91, many were quick to point to the complicated legacy of both the magazine and the man behind it. Now popularly associated with his bevy of young lovers and infamous parties at the Playboy mansion, it would be easy to dismiss Hefner as merely an enduring barrier to the fight for gender equality. Yet to do so would to overlook the significant cultural impact of both Hefner and Playboy, particularly during the 1950s under the shroud of Cold War anxieties. Continue reading RIP Hugh Hefner. Thank you for the entertainment

Playing games with blood and gore is a dangerous scenario

By Bikram Vohra

By the time a child is five years old, he has seen over 5000 killings on cinema, TV and social media. These staged deaths have been multiplied infinitely by the child killing various characters on hi-def screens of video games. To him (or her albeit on a lesser scale) blood, gore and unsupervised access to destruction at the point of a button, death holds no trauma and is merely a sport. Continue reading Playing games with blood and gore is a dangerous scenario

Why is it easy sharing our deepest thoughts with a bunch of strangers?

By Purva Grover

Music transcends all boundaries. Not only have we heard these words often, but we’ve also experienced it. I was introduced to traditional Chinese music by a fellow journo — this was a couple of years ago. He said, ‘You’ll feel their pain, don’t fret about not knowing the language.’ And the songs did bring me closer to their emotions, so much so that I found myself recommending my favourite titles to others. Continue reading Why is it easy sharing our deepest thoughts with a bunch of strangers?

Assad is no longer pure evil, he’s now being called the lesser evil

By Allan Jacob

Sole survivor or mass murderer? I shared Santhosh Kumar’s dilemma when he sat down to sketch Syrian President Bashar Al Assad. The chief illustrator wasn’t sure how to portray him, nor was I on how to make sense of the madness that gripped Syria for six years and has now come to an end. Continue reading Assad is no longer pure evil, he’s now being called the lesser evil