It makes no sense to protest the release of a political movie

By Anamika Chatterjee

It’s not often that one finds that someone penned a book titled The Book I Won’t Be Writing And Other Essays. And yet, H.Y. Sharada Prasad did just that. In the brief introduction, the former media adviser to Indian prime ministers Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi made a case for not writing the book his peers so badly wanted him to write: an insider’s account of the leader that was Indira Gandhi. He said he lacked “the capacity to do justice to her complexity” — that prevented him from trying.

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Saris vs t-shirts: a no-brainer in the sustainable fashion contest

By Nivriti Butalia

The $2.4 trillion fashion industry is a ringleader when it comes to battering the environment. In a 2018 TED Talk, Canadian fashion enthusiast, Amit Kalra explains how fashion is the gift that keeps on giving — to landfills. Being a part of the industry, he’s troubled by the scenario because when it comes to offences against our lovely planet, fashion is second only to the oil and gas sectors — and those, he says, come as no surprise. You’d expect oil and gas to pollute, more than clothes, surely.

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What a data analyst discovered about the TV show Friends

By Sushmita Bose

Talk about timing. Some would call it serendipity. Thing is, the exact time when I undid a great wrong by buying myself a Christmas-cum-New Year gift in the form of a box-set of Friends — which I’d so far watched only in snatches and not in its entirety, much to the jaw-dropping horror of a lot of people I know — some strange revelations about the television series landed in my inbox. So, the last week was not just about me trying to catch up furiously with (allegedly) the world’s most popular ‘ensemble’ sitcom, but also about trying to demystify the “findings” I stumbled on to.

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The patriarchy they stood up against deserves more walls

By Suresh Pattali

In the beginning, I wasn’t a big fan of the Vanitha Mathil, or Women’s Wall, conceptualised and marshalled by the Left Democratic government and some Hindu organisations in the Indian state of Kerala. The basic premise behind the formation of a human wall on New Year’s day was the consolidation of women’s voices for gender equality. And that’s where I had a problem with the wall.

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