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Essay: Queering Karva Chauth

While many feminists view Karva Chauth as a regressive practice rooted in misogyny, a growing number of LGBTQ couples are celebrating the festival

Deepa Mehta’s film Fire (1996), which is loosely based on Ismat Chughtai’s short story Lihaaf (1942), revolves around the bond between Sita and Radha. The sisters-in-law adapt Karva Chauth to their own needs.(Film still from Fire)
Updated on Nov 11, 2020 05:08 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByChintan Girish Modi

Interview: Annie Zaidi, Author, Prelude to a Riot

A timely tale about religious intolerance, political propaganda, and fragile intimacies, Prelude to a Riot is one of the five books shortlisted for the JCB Prize for Literature

Author Annie Zaidi(Harneet Singh)
Updated on Nov 06, 2020 08:22 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByChintan Girish Modi

Review: 10 Indian Champions Who Are Fighting To Save the Planet by Bijal Vachharajani and Radha Rangarajan

A glowing tribute to the work of individual environmentalists and traditional communities that engage in conservation practices

A deadly king cobra rears up and expands its hood as herpetologist Romulus Whitaker gets ready to catch it in the jungles of Kerala in this picture from 2014.(HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 16, 2020 04:50 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByChintan Girish Modi

Review: Bread, Cement, Cactus: A Memoir of Belonging and Dislocation by Annie Zaidi

An examination of the familiarity and estrangement, identity and confusion encapsulated in the idea of home

Cactus and forts in Rajasthan: The cactus features in Annie Zaidi's earliest memories.(Shutterstock)
Updated on Oct 08, 2020 04:00 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByChintan Girish Modi

Review: Outrage; The Rise of Religious Offence in Contemporary South Asia edited by P Rollier, K Froystad, AE Ruud

Without reducing religious offence controversies to battles between tradition and modernity, or between faith and freedom of expression, a new book of essays looks at how struggles for power in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Myanmar are shaped by history

Buddhist monk Wirathu is the leader of a Buddhist extremist movement in Myanmar and was once jailed for anti-Muslim violence.(Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)
Updated on Oct 02, 2020 04:25 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByChintan Girish Modi

Essay: Maan, Firoz and queer love in A Suitable Boy

Though Vikram Seth’s novel and Mira Nair’s series based on it is mainly structured around matchmaking for Lata Mehra, there is a tender love story unfolding in the background between Maan and Firoz, which exists alongside their love for women

Maan (Ishaan Khatter) and Firoz (Shubham Saraf) in the BBC web series, A Suitable Boy.
Updated on Sep 07, 2020 03:49 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByChintan Girish Modi

Essay: Free Speech or Hate Speech? The Curious Case of Bloomsbury India

Indian twitter is witnessing a pitched battle over the fate of the book Delhi Riots 2020 with followers of the Hindu Right accusing Indian Left Liberals of promoting cancel culture

MCD workers clear burnt vehicles at Chand Bagh, in New Delhi on Sunday, March 1, 2020.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Aug 24, 2020 03:31 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByChintan Girish Modi

Essay: A tribute to Ilina Sen

The author and activist seen through the eyes of her friends and co-travellers

Ilina Sen smiles outside the Supreme Court in New Delhi in a picture dated 15 April 2011 after the apex court granted bail to her husband Binayak Sen, who was sentenced to life imprisonment by a Chhattisgarh court.(PTI)
Published on Aug 14, 2020 06:10 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByChintan Girish Modi

Essay: Vidya Balan’s Shakuntala Devi biopic suggests the genius lied about her husband’s sexuality to sell her book

Is this true and if it is, does it make the ‘human computer’ less of an LGBT ally?

Vidya Balan in and as Shakuntala Devi.
Updated on Aug 01, 2020 12:50 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByChintan Girish Modi

Review: The World That Belongs To Us: An Anthology of Queer Poetry from South Asia edited by Aditi Angiras and Akhil Katyal

An ambitious undertaking, this anthology ensures that trans, non-binary, Dalit and Muslim voices, which are often marginalized in mainstream queer spaces, get to have their say

Taking wing: Members and allies of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) community take part in Delhi’s 12th Queer Pride March on November 24, 2019.(Amal KS/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jul 23, 2020 06:31 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByChintan Girish Modi

Review: Reel and the Real; Portrayal of Gay Men in Bollywood Films by Himadri Roy

Bollywood films have played a significant role in widening the discourse around gay rights in India

Smooch: Contrary to popular belief, this kiss is not the first ever expression of sexual intimacy between two gay men in a Hindi film.(Ayushmann Khurrana and Jitendra Kumar in Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan)
Updated on May 25, 2020 01:01 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByChintan Girish Modi

The solace of poetry on Easter during the pandemic

A meditation on how a poem by WB Yeats, written after WW1, acquires new life in these times of COVID-19

The Resurrection of Christ, 1554. Found in the collection of Museum der Bildenden Kunste, Leipzig.(Getty Images)
Updated on Apr 12, 2020 04:49 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByChintan Girish Modi

Reading Rilke in a difficult time

Great poetry leads the reader to fundamental truths. Reading Rilke during the lockdown has led Chintan Girish Modi to be patient amidst discomfort

Bohemian-Austrian poet and novelist Rainer Maria Rilke (1875 - 1926)(Universal Images Group via Getty)
Published on Apr 08, 2020 04:44 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByChintan Girish Modi
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