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  • Why men love bitches and other relationship quirks Feb 27, 2021 07:57 AM IST

    Why men love bitches and other relationship quirks

    Needy, clingy women, who drape themselves like a vine around men, catering to their every need and whim go unappreciated.

  • Love, sex aur dhoka: Three books on man-woman equation in the heterosexual universe Feb 20, 2021 07:49 AM IST

    Love, sex aur dhoka: Three books on man-woman equation in the heterosexual universe

    Gayathri Prabhu’s Love in Seven Easy Steps, Rucha Chitrodia’s It’s Also About Mynah and Madhavi S Mahadevan’s Bride of the Forest look at love and its many aftermaths.

  • Color me blind — waxing eloquent about tints Feb 06, 2021 09:46 AM IST

    Color me blind — waxing eloquent about tints

    In India, where we have our own ‘wheatish’ version, the use of the word ‘colour’ itself denotes only one particular complexion. ‘She has no colour’ and ‘she has good colour’ only speak of that single shade, white aka ‘fair’.

  • Melania: Madonna or Lady Macbeth? Jan 30, 2021 07:19 AM IST

    Melania: Madonna or Lady Macbeth?

    Melania has kept the world guessing about her true feelings for her husband. A world that scrutinises everything about her, including the wordings on her jacket. So is she a victim or vamp?

  • Self-care, the new sunrise industry Jan 23, 2021 07:25 AM IST

    Self-care, the new sunrise industry

    There is only one self-care package and that is us ourselves. We bleed, we put the band-aid on. We are the ones who set things right in our own life – this is the newest mantra, the latest spiritual understanding.

  • Grief, reincarnation and reconnections — Surviving Death explores myriad venues, ends up handing out hope Jan 16, 2021 07:31 AM IST

    Grief, reincarnation and reconnections — Surviving Death explores myriad venues, ends up handing out hope

    The Netflix documentary series, which looks at life after death in normal and paranormal ways, is a new style of series altogether and hard to be labeled.

  • The changed rules on mingling: Two is a party, three a crowd Jan 09, 2021 07:31 AM IST

    The changed rules on mingling: Two is a party, three a crowd

    We remember to socially distance from time to time, making us dancers in a new dance where we dart forward and then lean back at a whim. To hug or not to hug is the new question.

  • Bridgerton: Bringing sexy back Jan 02, 2021 07:10 AM IST

    Bridgerton: Bringing sexy back

    Bridgerton takes us back in time only to tell us that the sex was perhaps better in the days of yore, that there was nothing fuddy duddy about our dada dadi. From the gravity-defying cleavage served on lace-trimmed trays, to the tight corset that leaves shoulders bleeding, it is wink, wink, nudge nudge all the way.

  • Bad sex writing prize pulls out this year Dec 19, 2020 07:17 AM IST

    Bad sex writing prize pulls out this year

    Now we will never know this year’s contenders, or indeed the crown prince, of strangely worded sexual encounters between fictional characters.

  • Bangalore Literature Festival wears a mask Dec 12, 2020 07:23 AM IST

    Bangalore Literature Festival wears a mask

    Bangalore Literature Festival this year is both online and offline, giving you the choice to be or not to be there.

  • Why infidelity is everybody’s business Nov 21, 2020 07:46 AM IST

    Why infidelity is everybody’s business

    At the heart of any healthy relationship is plain camaraderie. It is all about support, loyalty, friendship, sharing laughs and having a cry together.

  • Age is just a number Nov 07, 2020 09:24 AM IST

    Age is just a number

    Age cannot be the defining feature of anyone’s identity; we are who we are whatever our age. I have seen evil toddlers and I have seen angelic octogenarians. Being really young or at death’s door doesn’t render anyone precious or saintly.

  • Pandemic goes to print Oct 31, 2020 08:18 AM IST

    Pandemic goes to print

    Newspapers and social media ensure that opinions and analyses reach us on the spot. Interpretations are multiple and we have a choice if we want to feed preconceived notions or dramatically change story so far.

  • Pope and passion Oct 24, 2020 08:06 AM IST

    Pope and passion

    Pope Francis’s recent statement in support of the gay community is a step in the right direction for all of humanity, gay or not.

  • Where do you go to (my lovely)? Oct 17, 2020 08:01 AM IST

    Where do you go to (my lovely)?

    So next time you are busy lambasting your face in the mirror for being less than perfect, do think about what a burden it would have been if you were a beauty queen.

  • The pursuit of happyness... Oct 10, 2020 07:38 AM IST

    The pursuit of happyness...

    Tranquility was always seductive in a ‘catch me if you can’ way, but its context has shifted in the current ‘nothing to do, nowhere to go, no one to meet’ climate.

  • In the grip of chaos Oct 03, 2020 08:00 AM IST

    In the grip of chaos

    Books on dystopia were always a good read. But now that it has actually descended upon us–in a rain of confusing headlines both global and mofussil–dystopia feels like a cooked up word on Scrabble.

  • Love in Tokyo Sep 26, 2020 08:05 AM IST

    Love in Tokyo

    The Japanese connection in Indian cinema and literature got more discerning and subtle over the years.

  • Around the world in eight days Sep 19, 2020 07:17 AM IST

    Around the world in eight days

    As COVID continues to tap-dance on our heads and Christmas seems to be a couple of years away, here are some of the intrigues that kept the globe going since last Sunday.

  • The joys of being a madcap Sep 12, 2020 07:23 AM IST

    The joys of being a madcap

    If head is permanently crystal-clear and breath never speeding or slowing, if the heartbeat is always rock-solid and steady, then we are sure to live long and healthy but, oh, what a tall mountain of dullness we climb….

  • You can never be too famous Sep 05, 2020 07:22 AM IST

    You can never be too famous

    It is only now, after the 1990s turned into the 2000s, that fame became famous for itself and lost its ‘infamous’ tag. Any publicity is good publicity, as any savagely critiqued artist or actor will tell you.

  • The Byomkesh Bakshi in all of us Aug 29, 2020 07:35 AM IST

    The Byomkesh Bakshi in all of us

    This is not about a film star’s death; it is about us coming of age. We have woken up to the happenings around us; no more sweeping doubts under the carpet. Sushant Singh Rajput is not just a beloved late actor. He stands for the common man’s dissatisfaction with his country.

  • When it's not love... Aug 22, 2020 07:22 AM IST

    When it's not love...

    They are not The Man or The Woman we talk about to family and friends; they are just people who turn up mysteriously when we are stood up or ghosted. It takes time and effort to fully appreciate these underrated co-stars. Who gift you equality – never running you down.

  • If Romeo and Juliet grew old... Aug 15, 2020 09:25 AM IST

    If Romeo and Juliet grew old...

    The truth is there is nothing calm and mature about love at any age; it is an inbuilt flaw in that feeling, that it heaves the breast and dials up the breathing.

  • Poetry festival goes virtual Aug 08, 2020 07:28 AM IST

    Poetry festival goes virtual

    This weekend Bengaluru Poetry Festival gamely goes online, like all else before them, and still tries to keep intact the intimacy between poets and their audience.

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