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Art work shows a man lying on a railway line to commit suicide. A woman wearing a red bindi and a white saree stares straight ahead in grief.

Brushstrokes: When Ganja fell in love with Mahua

The Ganja-Mahua Chronicles is an art project that draws attention to the role that marriage plays in upholding India’s caste system. By illustrating four stories of inter-caste love, project creators Venkat Raman Singh Shyam and S Anand highlight not only the resilience of people who break caste boundaries, but also society’s violent reactions to these…
A brown leather shoe with thick, high heels. On the bottom right corner is written "BATA shoe museum".

Why Did Men Stop Wearing High Heels?

It was the beginning of what has been called the Great Male Renunciation, which would see men abandon the wearing of jewellery, bright colours and ostentatious fabrics in favour of a dark, more sober, and homogeneous look. Men's clothing no longer operated so clearly as a signifier of social class, but while these boundaries were being blurred, the differences between the sexes became more pronounced.
Pooja Hegde in film 'Mohenjo Daro' wearing a big headdres with white and blue roses, and feathers popping out of it.

From Horses to Headgear, Everything the ‘Mohenjo Daro’ Trailer Has Got Wrong

Bollywood’s period dramas have a history of misrepresenting the past. From Mughal-e-Azam (1960), where the story of Salim’s rebellion is wrongly attributed to love, to Bajirao Mastani (2015) portraying Balaji Bajirao as a Marathi superman, Bollywood cannot seem to get the history right in historical fiction. The trailer and posters of Ashutosh Gowariker’s Mohenjo Daro indicate that this tradition will be perpetuated.
An anti-suffragette cartoon. A man washing laundry. On the wall, a board reads, "Everybody works but mother: she's a suffragette".

Of Socks and Sexuality

I grew up with a book cupboard where Paul Gallico’s Love of Seven Dolls rubbed shoulders with Germain Greer’s The Female Eunuch. Paul Gallico was my grandmother’s favourite author. But she also read James Hadley Chase and Wilbur Smith with great joy. I read all the racy bits during long afternoons when she slept with…
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