Cinema & Bollywood · Culture & Life · History · Religion

Bhansali Attack: ‘Hurt’ Feelings Are No Justification For Violence

This was published in HuffPost India on Feb 8 2017. Here is the link. Below is an excerpt. “These emotions are so subjective and varied that often even members of the same family are at opposite ends on whether, for example, a particular statement is offensive or not. In the Padmavati case also, while the… Continue reading Bhansali Attack: ‘Hurt’ Feelings Are No Justification For Violence

Cinema & Bollywood · Medicine & Doctors · Public health

These Movies Show How Sending Doctors To Villages Isn’t The Cure For Rural Healthcare in India

This article was published in HuffPost India on 27 June 16. Here is the link. Below is an excerpt: In many community health centres and district hospitals, for example, surgeons frequently cannot operate because surgical and radiological facilities are not modernized, and obstetricians are often compelled to refer patients elsewhere (generally expensive private hospitals) because… Continue reading These Movies Show How Sending Doctors To Villages Isn’t The Cure For Rural Healthcare in India

Cinema & Bollywood · Culture & Life · Politics

‘Achhut Kanya’ To ‘Sairat’: Tracing Love And Caste, 80 Years Apart

The recent movie ‘Sairat’, while being wildly entertaining, also did a commendable social job of enlightening people about the ultimate cruelty and futility of our society’s general opposition to inter-caste relationships. Way back in 1936, a movie touching on the same aspects had become one of Indian cinema’s first huge blockbusters: Achhut Kanya. In this… Continue reading ‘Achhut Kanya’ To ‘Sairat’: Tracing Love And Caste, 80 Years Apart

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Piku – India Finally Talks About Being Mortal

This was published as an op-ed in the Times of India on Oct 2 2015. Here is the link. Excerpt: Kids need to start eliciting from parents, maybe in subtle ways, their thoughts and choices about death and dying: How they would like to be treated in a ‘worst-case scenario’, what their priorities are, what… Continue reading Piku – India Finally Talks About Being Mortal

Cinema & Bollywood · Public health

It is High Time Bollywood Acknowledged Cancer Survivors

This article was published in HuffPost India on Aug 11 2015. Here is the link. Below is an extract: A cancer survivor indeed is an extraordinary kind of human being, surviving through multiple tremendously agonizing events: the initial scare of possible diagnosis, the subsequent pain of certain diagnosis, the trauma of hospital visits and therapy… Continue reading It is High Time Bollywood Acknowledged Cancer Survivors

Cinema & Bollywood · Culture & Life · Fiction · Politics

A Satire on India’s Porn Ban and other Censorship

[Almost every government at national and state levels in India has always given in to the tempting fumes of the seductive political dope called ‘Indian culture and tradition’. But being so mindblowingly diverse, in India one woman’s culture can be another woman’s sin and one man’s tradition can be another man’s abuse. Still, each govt… Continue reading A Satire on India’s Porn Ban and other Censorship

Cinema & Bollywood · Medicine & Doctors

Getting Rid of the ‘Doctor’s Complex’ in India

Of late we are observing a huge change in Indian society: the profession of medicine is kind of losing much of the ‘prestige’ it has been used to for centuries. While this is not a huge cause for worry (after all, the world around is rapidly changing in every sense), the fact that Indian health… Continue reading Getting Rid of the ‘Doctor’s Complex’ in India