A Cultural Mix!

I don’t view culture as a monolithic entity. Fluid, visible and sometimes tangible in the garb of language and and at others, detected in the grammar of day to day living. Creativity and its manifestation in music, theatre and dance are also informed by cultural influences. Recently, British Council, in its…

Atop the Delhi Sky!

The past week saw the Insider join a book discussion, attend the exclusive launch of a rooftop Lounge and is now walking the Fashion talk at the Amazon India Fashion Week, as you read this.The Royal Plaza hotel is a little nugget of a heritage property hidden from the luxe traveller’s eye, at Janpath,…

Of Bhopal House

If you’re slightly familiar with Bhopal, my case in point, you  would know the languid, luxurious charm the city possesses. My solitary visit to Bhopal has been for a, yes, you guessed it, a family wedding in Arera colony, one of the oldest colonies, South in the lake city. Amidst the manicured gardens in the sprawling bungalow teeming with…

Decoding a Fashionable Play!

Most sports stars are that, stars, on and off the field. Especially now, when Instagram filters don’t let you have a bad hair day! Though the stipulated protocol of dressing has to be adhered to on the field ,  we’ve still seen Tennis power women turning out at the court, in no…

Lawyers as Politicians, Anyone?

I have very little faith in politics and no experience with lawyers ( touchwood!) to make up my mind on them yet! The previous paucity of trust stems from a purely personal distrust emanating from years of nursing the middle class hang up – ‘Do as you say and say…

Of History and a Sense of it

India- its past, present and future has been a fertile inspirational ground for many a writer. Part of it has to do with the the expanse of the land- topographically and also in its complex cultural manifestation, played out against the mercurial technological advancements globally and locally. If you have…

Unveiling the Drama Queens

Lipstick Under My Burkha’s, initial reception exposed the hypocrisy of the times we live in, where gender  parity is far from a palpable reality. This battle is not new, especially in the arts and culture scene where women were extraneous or erotic aspect of the dramatic piece.  Drama  Queens, Women Who Created History on…

Inside Shah’s Shenanigans!

A memoir is a delicate genre to choose reading, you succumb because you are interested in the author’s life, at the same time, can’t guarantee the author’s deftness at writing, to sustain you through the passage of pages. Unless of course it is of a writer, even then, can’t be…

Inside the Working Woman’s World!

As a working woman (is there such a thing as a working man’s issues? No right?), our issues concern me deeply and are unfortunately here to stay! Patriarchy and misogyny coupled with an unsupportive work eco-system make it a doubly hard for women to shine, stay safe and work just as any…

The Insider Travel Staples!

I like a routine on a holiday… there I said it!  Not for me the laze-all-day siesta that extends into a snooze and then a slumber. Neither for me are the watch the sea ebb and retreat (there are those moments too) frames that translate into days and nights of…