A digital magazine on sexuality in the Global South
the script of love: still of a crying 'tulsi' from 'kyunki saas bhi kabhi bahu thi'

Issue in Focus: The Script of Love

The discursive power vested in audio-visual media can prove to be emancipatory if it seeks to re-write the scripts of love, to expand it to include various subjectivities, disturb the patriarchal gendered dynamics that it is based on by introducing a story that allows the audience to imagine it in various different ways.
A still from the film Rangeela a girl in a white dress with floral patterns and a hat dances with one leg up
A still from the film Rangeela

वो ‘फिल्मी’ शरीर – सार्वजनिक स्थानों में नृत्य और आनंद को समझना

इस तरह से नाचना न केवल सार्वजनिक स्थानों पर अपनी मौजूदगी दर्ज करने का तरीका हो सकता है बल्कि यह अपने निजी शरीर में आनंद पाने का उपाए भी है – एक ऐसा आनंद जिसे आजतक केवल काम करते रहने में ही आनंदित होने तक सिमित कर दिया गया था।
poster for the bollywood film, 'badhai ho', where four people are trying to listen to s pregnant woman's belly

Growing Up With Bollywood

While pop culture will continue to exist in the mainstream, it also provides us the scope to create alternative narratives and/ or counter-narratives that question, challenge and unpack the existing stereotypes and norms.
A collage of the covers of various Nacy Drew books
Mills & Boons Covers

The Unlovable Love Handles

Each time I would look into the mirror, I would see the love handles bulging through my shirt and cringe inwardly. Mills and Boon had convinced me that my body was not loveable like that of the thin, beautiful protagonists, and thus, there would no knights coming for me on horses, now or later.
A fogged glass window with the word 'Delhi' outlined in it

हमारे शहर, सेक्स और दोहरे मानदंड

यहाँ लड़कियों के लिए सेक्स करना सामजिक रूप से बहिष्कृत हो जाने जैसा अनैतिक काम है या कहिये कि यह गैर-कानूनी ही है, हालांकि कानूनन इसे गैर-कानूनी घोषित नहीं किया गया है।

Brushtrokes: Representation in Comics

Comicbooks sell us the fantasy of larger-than-life superheroes, the victory of good over evil, the promise of fighting for a better, inclusive world. But alas, when it comes to the characters themselves, this very inclusivity is often nowhere to be found.