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Dance Music as Escape

June 12

"You approach the dance floor as the sound of a synthesiser playing a single chord grows louder and louder, seemingly rising inside you as well, causing an almost involuntary sway... dips and crescendos changing the shape of movements around you, eyes widening and people smiling."

Shorts


Three Stories on Class

June 10

3 flash stories that in varied ways address strange intersections of class and societal dynamics, from household help to trash pickers to hawkers in a city.

Fragments


On the Onset of Disaffection

June 10

A juxtaposition of different pieces of literature that address the ennui and disaffection felt, at some moment or the other, by so many of us, the upheaval and crisis that appears to be a permanent state of being in 2019.

Argumentative


Does the News Really Matter?

June 08

"Supposedly, news is meant to help you to be more informed, knowledgeable and open, to have something to discuss and care about, to be a part of the world around you." We examine the validity of this assertion in the age of information overload.

Second Person


Constant Urban Dread

June 08

"You argue with yourself, trying to cling to logic, to think of positives. It’s crazy to see this street and think of these abstract threats to the future. It is just a road, in a crowded city, being constantly renovated."

Reflections


A Dance Bar, Four Women Writers, and Me

June 08

A writer's workshop in Kolkata turns into an unexpected cultural experience, a surreal journey into an unknown milieu that is defined by its clandestine coyness and absurd demographic distribution.

Second Person


The Struggle for Balance

June 08

"You want constant happiness, a lack of stress and discomfort, but you know that turmoil and discontent give happiness its meaning, its significance. You want the world to happen to you, but at the same time, you want to take control and steer it in your direction."

Reflections


Bombay, Schizophrenic Global City

June 08

An ode to the many faces and layers and sides of Bombay, a city that embodies every kind of contrast and contradiction.