By Rohma Sadaqat
These past few years have proven to be a good time for anyone looking to see more of powerful female characters on the big screen. We have seen everything from royalty-turned-combat generals to superheroes, cyborg battle angels, and even a power-hungry Asgardian diety. Well, maybe not everything — still waiting on a full length Black Widow movie — but the future looks bright.
Continue reading How can we not admire these superheroines
By Sushmita Bose
In a recent New York Times’ column titled ‘Where is all the color in the September issues?’, journalist Matthew Schneier writes, “In a survey of the last 10 years of September issues of 10 of the top international fashion magazines, people of colour appeared on… covers 26 per cent of the time”. But this year, he notes, the upcoming September issues have 50 per cent of covers devoted to “women of colour” (the reference to the month is about how, historically and traditionally, September is one of the most significant watersheds in the annual fashion calendar). Continue reading Can putting ‘women of colour’ on fashion mags tackle racism?
By Sujata Assomull
Ever since Sonam Kapoor and Anand Ahuja announced their wedding, I have wondered what they would wear. Sonam is known for her fashion sense, whether it’s the sari (that blush pink Anamika Khanna Cape dhoti drape — concept sari — she wore at The Cannes Film Festival in 2014), or the evening gown (the structured ball gown by Jean Paul Gaultier Couture in 2011), or just a pair trousers (in Delpozo in Dubai to celebrate IWC’s anniversary just a few weeks ago), she has been a style sensation. Continue reading The verdict on style maven Sonam Kapoor’s many wedding outfits
By Oscar Yáñez
Fans of The Simpsons will remember that the new perception (and therefore ‘problem’) with Apu started in November 2017, with the release of The problem with Apu, a documen-tary produced and directed by Michael Melamedoff. The Problem with Apu is a 49 minute-long film in which Hari Kondabolu, a New York-based stand-up comedian with Telugu origins, exposes his suffering at being compared to the stereotype of Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, the most famous Indian character of the popular animated series. Continue reading After 20 years, why Apu is now a problem for The Simpsons
By Keith Pereña
In the process of writing this story, I had to do a quick Google search to find the origin of the cliché “you should never meet your heroes”. Partly because I wanted to know who in fact said it and also because I wanted to know if it was really the case — as if meeting my own heroes wasn’t proof enough that it was otherwise. Continue reading Alodia Gosiengfiao: I met one of my heroes and she was more than meets the eye
By Harveena Herr
The sharp suit is a nod to power. Being grilled by Congress is a different sandpit clearly — the rules of play change, and over the last week, Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg has acknowledged that in his dressing, demeanour and indeed, drama. Continue reading How Mark Zuckerberg showed us that image is everything
By Suresh Pattali
The Korean receptionist at the hotel in Atlanta was so nonplussed by my first question that she refused to take her eyes off me. For a moment, I wondered if my query contained blasphemous slang. I replayed it hesitantly. Continue reading I had a dream… I visited Martin Luther King Jr at home