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
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
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