By Suresh Pattali
It’s one of my faves from J M Coetzee, recipient of the 2003 Nobel Prize in Literature and two-time winner of the Man Booker Prize. Revisiting Disgrace at a time when the Swedish Academy is engulfed in a sex abuse scandal was a spooky coincidence. The academy, which has conferred the coveted prize since 1901, including on Coetzee, will not name a laureate. Casting a quick glance at the breaking news on TV — I had a kind of hunch — I returned to the book and reflected on the parallels between the early part of the novel’s plot and the academy’s state of affairs: sex, scandal, sleaze and disgrace. Continue reading The Nobel academy’s disgrace and another #MeToo movement
By Harveena Herr
Opportunistic piffle, obviously. The whole Stormy Daniels saga. It’s quite tempting to dismiss an adult film actor and director, who, people are noting has the rare ability in the industry, “to control her own narrative.” On the morality spectrum, however, I find myself increasingly ambivalent as I get older. And wiser, presumably.
Continue reading Lessons from Stormy Daniels on how to control the narrative
By Nivriti Butalia
My god, these kids, so impressive! That was my thought last Sunday morning when I woke up and zoned into the social media feed on my phone. There were back-to-back posts on the same topic: the March For Our Lives rally in DC. Everyone was talking about it, posting and reposting snatches of speeches made. Something momentous was happening in America. Young clear voices of kids were demanding passionately ‘Never Again’ and ‘No More’, demanding a life without gun violence. Everyone was listening.
Continue reading What a bunch of school kids familiar with guns pulled off
By Harveena Herr
Qualified and capable, but overlooked? Could you, perhaps, be a woman? Or a member of a minority? The glass ceiling has been a reality for a really long time, and when the term became common usage in the latter half of the ’80s, there was a curious newness to it. The novelty was not the fact of the disparity in pay grades, but this description itself that accurately described a transparent but real barrier to growth and advancement for women in corporate life.
Continue reading ‘She’s a woman, pay her less,’ and other such thinking
By Kelly Clarke
Every man for himself. That is the mentality of many refugees. It’s a mindset they have to adopt in order to survive; they have no choice. But Pascal Pio Alau doesn’t believe in one man for himself.
Continue reading Escaping conflict and civil war in south Sudan, I am a refugee
By Michael S. Bernstam
Something delightful happened on a day in June 1955 that changed the lives of tens of millions of Soviet citizens: public parks, which were a precious escape from people’s drab urban existence, opened up free of charge.
Continue reading How Nehru became the patron saint of Soviet romance
By Anita Iyer
Every year, the families gather in the grandparents’ home and exchange sweets. Folks have spread far and wide. And the clan and now includes new faces. But the connections hold fast across continents
Continue reading Diwali has meant bringing home sweets and some… er, surprises