Category Archives: Opinion

Why I love browsing in a real bookshop over a virtual one

By Enid Grace Parker

In the present day, do we really need to go to a store to buy what we need/want? Most of the time, we don’t. With just a couple of clicks on a computer (or a phone), your purchases will start making their way to your doorstep. No extracting the car from that precious parking spot just to head to the mall, no taking a train or bus or taxi, no banter with salespeople, no standing in queues at the checkout counter. Ah, the easy life.

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The dark side of racism and casteism and why we strive for more humanity

By Suresh Pattali

I’m a racist. A casteist, too. I guess we all are, in one way or the other. It’s a truth we vehemently deny because we don’t have the guts to be candid. We want to present ourselves as the most civilised and refined lot. We masquerade as messiahs of tolerance and harmony.

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When your ‘cool’ relatives head to old-age homes

By Sushmita Bose

A few days ago, my favourite uncle announced he and his wife (my aunt) were contemplating moving into an old-age home. A couple of hours later, they confirmed they weren’t just contemplating; they were pretty sure it was “time” for them to check into a “senior” facility (round-the-clock medical supervision appeared to be the No1 item on their wish-list).

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Why growing up I had to rinse my plate but my brother didn’t

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.

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Make #MeToo meaningful, mere trial by social media won’t nail sleaze merchants

By Sushmita Bose

I really have no idea why journalists in India — and the media industry, in general — have an established bad rep. I acquired a tenuous realisation when, back in the 1990s, one of my relatives, upon hearing that I was entering the profession, remarked, “Journalism? Isn’t the newsroom a place where anything goes?” (I didn’t quite get what he meant; and I couldn’t be bothered to explore the ramifications.)

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Best news of the week? Kylie Jenner’s cereal confession

By Nivriti Butalia

Thank goodness for Kylie Jenner. Amid all the noise on Twitter this week about god knows what all, Kylie Jenner offered respite that I am grateful for.Where to start about the noise? Possibly on an auspicious note, with the news of Anup Jalotia, devotional singer and his student of the year, 28-year-old Jasleen Matharu; or Woody Allen and his wife of 20 years, Soon-Yi Previn, finally “breaking her silence”. There was also Trump’s guy, dodgy Brett Kavanaugh still  harping on ‘I didn’t do it’; India made triple talaq a crime; and beat Pakistan here in Dubai. There was other stuff too obviously, but moving on.

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