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…

The Koh-i-Noor Amongst Diamonds!

Chances are, if you Wikipedia or Google ‘Kohinoor’ you download the colourful and fanstastical history richly supplied by the market scandal and city yaks as gleaned by the junior Magistrate Theo Metcalfe, upon Lord Dalhousie’s directive 170 years ago. William Dalrymple who I consider the only last Mughal left (his…

Alternative Schooling Anyone?

As aspirational parents we seek that elusive ‘Good’ school that would guarantee the very best education (whatever that means!): the holy grail of a ‘good’ parent!  What do you do? You ask around, check a zillion websites and go on a sanitised guided tour to schools- scouting for that mirage…

Kidzania it is for a 10 year old this Summer!

No, don’t get me wrong, Kidzania, an indoor, interactive  theme park is for kids from 4-16- but I am writing about how a kid who is mentally 16 (or more) can also do justice to his time, considering he’ll have a lot of it this summer! So, The Insider was invited (read disclaimer) to take a taste…

In the Footsteps of The Raj

The times of the Raj, since its establishment in India in the late 18th century, has been the subject of many an Indophile’s book- seminal amongst them are those of Charles Allen, Kipling, Dalrymple, Philip Mason, Forster etc. Themes for their writings, ranged from military to familial to the mutiny…