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Dangerous stereotypes couched under song and dance – a film review of “Padmaavat”

So, I usually don't do film reviews on this blog, because a) most of the films I watch are those artsy-fartsy indie films no one has ever heard of (BTW, has anyone seen Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri? I really wanna see it) and b) my film reviews aren't actual film reviews in that I… Continue reading Dangerous stereotypes couched under song and dance – a film review of “Padmaavat”

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Why you like what you like: Ruminations on interests and how they may have actually chosen you.

Upon the discussion of a book that a friend and I disagreed on (I liked it; she didn't), we naturally moved onto my favourite topic of discussion: Partition. Now when I say Partition, I'm usually referring to the Partition of the Indian subcontinent. Though I must say the entire enterprise of partition is a fascinating… Continue reading Why you like what you like: Ruminations on interests and how they may have actually chosen you.

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On the importance of memoirs

I just finished reading Leila Ahmed's A Border Passage last night. For those of you familiar with Leila Ahmed, you're probably thinking "Oh no!" or "Right on!" For those unfamiliar, Leila Ahmed is a controversial figure within Islamic Studies scholarship. Or maybe just with Muslims. I don't know. I honestly haven't really read too much… Continue reading On the importance of memoirs

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Why it matters that India lost

For those of you who have no affiliation to either India or Pakistan, today's significance may only be due to the fact that today is Father's Day. But for those of us who originally hail from the Indian subcontinent (don't forget, it is the Indian subcontinent ;), depending on whether your affiliation lies with Pakistan… Continue reading Why it matters that India lost

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Hyderabad: A Different Kind of Love Story

It recently came to my attention that people might not know what Hyderabad is. In the short story that I just submitted for publication last Thursday (pray for me!), I decided to make the protagonist a Hyderabadi Muslim girl, not unlike myself. Fiction does not come easily to me. In fact, the only kind of… Continue reading Hyderabad: A Different Kind of Love Story