Category Archives: Society

Heard about this guy who’s caused 4,000 breakups?

By Sushmita Bose

Two (standout) things happened over the past few days. First, a colleague-cum-young-friend got married. Before she proceeded on wedding leave, I grilled her mercilessly, and she was sporting enough to bear it all with a grin and generally be cooperative with answers, even as she dodged a few bullets. When I asked her, “What does marriage [and, by extension, a relationship] mean to you?”, she responded, in a heartbeat: “A covenant… and not just any covenant, it’s a sacrament, a commitment, one from which you cannot backtrack.”

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How Serena Williams is both right and wrong?

By Anamika Chatterjee

When history looks at the events that unfolded at this year’s women’s finals of the US Open, it will judge Serena Williams on several counts. The question we must ask ourselves, however, is, whose history would it be, anyway? The history of the sport or the history of women’s movement? Because if it is the former, there’s little to contest that Williams was wrong. The latter demands that we understand the experience of being Serena Williams — a tennis icon, a trailblazer, a woman and a woman of colour. Continue reading How Serena Williams is both right and wrong?

What a bunch of school kids familiar with guns pulled off

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.

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I dreamt of Disney and it came true

By Sherouk Zakaria

It all started with a mouse that came from a dream. But Walt Disney initially failed when he created Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, a character that Charles Mintz took credit for. Disney went back to his studio and, determined not to give up, started sketching what would become the most recognisable symbol of Disney: Mickey Mouse. Continue reading I dreamt of Disney and it came true

We Malayalis learnt ‘Manglish’ by writing love letters

By Suresh Pattali

Why did a Malayali cross the road? We have all heard this joke. The answer is “zzimbly” (just like that). Here is another one: How does a Malayali learn English? The answer is — believe it or not — by writing love letters. That’s what emerged from a recent compatriot get-together where humour was served on a platter, beside beef dry fry with coconut. Continue reading We Malayalis learnt ‘Manglish’ by writing love letters