By Nivriti Butalia
There was burnt coffee, chilled water, a massive cheese platter and warm cookies outside the auditorium. Inside, we were a crew of journalists from emerging markets — at the office of a bio technology company in Kendall Square, Cambridge, Massachusetts, spread across blue cushioned seats in what Wikipedia calls “the most innovative square mile on the planet.”
Continue reading Living with angry skin and a constant itch is no cakewalk
By Suresh Pattali
Growing up in the 70-80s in the country’s south, India was merely a concept we read about in text books. The patriotic pledge that we chanted at the school assembly, especially on Independence and Republic Day, stated: “India is my country and all Indians are my brothers and sisters.” It was a reminder that we are links in the long chain of a great system that everyone called democratic, secular and federal.
Continue reading When I was a kid, festivals were this whole other ball game
By Sushmita Bose
In the everyday good-kilter context, I don’t fall ill too easily. Occasional bouts of coughing or feeling mildly feverish or nursing a nagging headache are all par for the course; all I need to do is call in sick for a day (if I can help it), pop a Panadol, put away the phone in a different room, and surrender to sleep.
Continue reading When you’re unwell, alone, and can’t roll out of bed
By Keith Pereña
The first time you get a good look at her, she has a blaster in her hand,” my colleague’s face lights up as she recalls the opening scene of 1977’s Star Wars. In my head, the scene rewinds.
Continue reading Happy b’day, Ms Fisher, from a fan in a galaxy far, far away
By Nivriti Butalia
No shootings took place last weekend in New York, a city of 8.6 million people. That’s because I was in the city, I thought, deluding myself as a mascot of peace. I don’t know why it should matter to me, but I like that the place was the safest it’s been in 25 years (according to CNN) the weekend that I was in town. I see myself harping on this fact.
Continue reading Don’t shoot! New York had its safest weekend in 25 years
By Deepthi Nair
So, I have been happily married for over five years — even though I don’t have kids to prove my conjugal bliss. But, increasingly, I have found this lack of proof to have turned into a topic of discussion, something people feel entitled to ask me about, no qualms, no hesitation, no respect for personal space, or even basic courtesy.
Continue reading When will I have a baby? Don’t know, but stop asking, thanks
By Dhanusha Gokulan
Normalising gender stereotypes begins at home. When I was 11, my mother was steadfast about me washing the dishes after I’d finished my meal. I had to wash, rinse, and leave my plate and glass to dry near the kitchen sink. She drilled the habit so deep into my head that when I turned 13 I almost took a plate in a restaurant to the washroom. Mom instilled the same values into my sister when she turned 11.
Continue reading Why growing up I had to rinse my plate but my brother didn’t