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.
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.

Editorial: Friendship and Sexuality

The statement “We are just friends”, does it make you wonder? Just friends? As in – merely friends? As in – friends not lovers? Even so, why the ‘just’? Is being friends and not lovers a lower category? While lovers are falsely privileged over friends, the truth is that friends may last longer than lovers…
Painting of trees, birds, butterflies, fish superimposed on a piece of written paper.

The Editorial: Fiction and Sexuality

For many of us, it was fiction that fed our souls as children, and now as adults who are still ‘growing up’, it feeds us still. Fiction makes, remakes and unmakes us who walk in worlds of the imagination. It liberates us to dream various versions of ourselves and others into being as the articles in this month’s In Plainspeak eloquently reveal.
Shohini Ghosh at a film set. Lights, cameras, and reltaed instruments are hanging from the ceiling.

Interview: Shohini Ghosh

Both fiction and non-fiction are capable of great complexity if the making is in the hands of someone capable and complex. I have always held that good films – fiction, non-fiction or hybrid– emerge not from a familiarity with the subject, though that’s essential – but an understanding of the language of cinema.
Poster of the film 'Satyam Shivam Sundaram', showing a man dressed in a red shirt caressing a woman dressed in a blouse and lehenga that exposes her midriff

राज कपूर की सत्यम शिवम् सुन्दरम में आकांक्षाएँ और समझौते

सयद साद अहमद द्वारा लिखित “हम क्या वास्तव में सच जानना चाहते हैं? सत्य की क्या आवश्यकता है? उसके बदले में झूठ क्यों नहीं? अनिश्चितता? अज्ञानता?...कोई वचन झूठ हो, ज़रूरी नहीं वो गलत हो...हमें ये देखना है कि वो कितनी ज़रूरी हैं हमारी ज़िन्दगी में...मनुष्यों का ऐसा झुकाव है कि बड़े से बड़ा झूठ हमारे…