Bovinity: Original Sin

In conversation with Kesari, the woman who turned into a Cow… Kesari is the queen of his heart. Strong, sturdy, fair as milk, and expensive like a diamond from Ghaziabad’s most renowned jeweler, she is everything a man could hope for– Cash cow extraordinaire. That’s Kesari for you. But she wasn’t always a cow. She was…

Yogi Adityanath- The Undoing of UP

I was thousands of miles away from home, more concerned about Donald Trump’s radioactive visa policies than the various state elections in India. Of course, as a politically conscious person, I was keeping one ear on the results, but no amount of preparation readied me for the news that tore through my eardrums from across…

Why I cannot forgive Modi

In 2014, when Narendra Modi became the prime minister, many of my friends rejoiced. They were hopeful that he would usher in a new era of economic development, an abundance of jobs,  an end to black money, stringency towards corrupt businessmen and politicians, among other fairly amazing things. One of my dad’s employees distributed sweets…

The Monster in the Room- A Liberated Woman

Her cleavage was visible through her sheer nightwear. And like a woman uncaring about her modesty, she came out in her skimpy attire, unaware that she was being such a tease. You are overcome by a rush of desire, and something is tightening uncomfortably in your pants. She knows what she wants.  And it is…

ABVP, I am not scared of you

My city is burning. The place I called home for three years, is fighting an existential battle. My alma mater, the University of Delhi, is standing strong even while being battered by people who say they want to protect the country from corrupted ideas. Corrupted ideas of freedom. Corrupted ideas of justice. Corrupted ideas of…

Faces of Resistance: Syracuse

Syracuse is one of the sanctuary cities in America, where refugees have been welcome since 1970s, perhaps even earlier.  The last few weeks saw increasingly frustrated Americans take to the streets to protest President Trump’s executive order banning refugees and immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries (Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Libya, and Sudan. Currently,…

Remembering Anne of Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen

It was a warm summer day and there was a bite to the hot wind that blew sand into our school playground. The other girls were playing inside while the boys were out in the sun, throwing fistfuls of sand at unsuspecting teachers. I was seldom invited to be a part of the games. That day…

Bleeding Heart Liberal and Proud of it

Trump is President. And the beginning of an uncertain time is upon us. The election was divided and even as Trump took the oath yesterday, protestors gathered outside, dejected but not yet defeated. I am a bleeding heart liberal and there is nothing else I would like to be, at least politically. It is all well…