Social Media Validation. Really?

“That validation isn’t real.” They said. And yet, we all know how this game plays out. This one’s for all those who feel the need to be socially accepted or celebrated. I know you feel that your self-esteem hinges on how your image is being perceived by your followers, and I also know that you’ll outright…

13 Reasons Why: Season 2 Review (Spoiler-free)

The sophomore outing of Netflix’s divisive teen drama, 13 Reasons Why is here. Last year, the show found itself in the midst of controversies particularly targeting its modus operandi of romanticising and sensationalising teenage suicide. Either incredibly bold, or tremendously irresponsible – the show’s approach of involving rape, bullying, slut-shaming & depression as subplots amidst…

Fatima: Story of a sex worker.

Everyone called her Amma, and I was too young to discern what a ‘pimp’ was at the time. I was 14 years old, recently orphaned after my single mother passed away from dengue hemorrhagic fever, and I had absolutely nowhere else to go. Amma took me into her brothel, provided me with a room, some…

She fades away, everyday.

Mumbai, 2012. I still remember the first time I ran my fingers through her hair – we were casually sitting at Marine Drive right opposite the Pizza Bay that fine evening, facing the city rather than the sea, silently tittering looking at our beloved neighbours – the fellow junior college couples whose prime intent to…

Mumbai: Twenty Million Heartbeats

Hey Mumbai.  It’s been almost 22 years. I know we don’t see each other quite often these days. I know I only get a handful number of days a year to spend with you, but guess what – nothing’s changed. I still love sitting for hours on Marine Drive and just peacefully taking trips down…

“The Robin”

I always believed that life was an amalgam of millions of crazy little moments. Those long walks, the late night chat sessions, that first candlelit dinner, those cheesy melodramatic gestures, the old school love letters, the first kiss & the subsequent sweet slide into utter mindlessness, and of course – the first midnight dance in…

Star Wars: Why & How to Watch?

Four decades. Non-fanatics are still astounded by the fact that a sci-fi trilogy of the late 70s made using tacky special effects, rubber puppets, miniature starships and what not, went on to become such a big cultural phenomenon with millions of ardent followers. Not kidding, there are people who literally live & breathe Star Wars…