THE WRITTEN WORD

Roshini Suparna Diwakar

When we engage in poverty tourism

Let's start with a disclaimer: I write this in a personal capacity based on what I have witnessed. This article in no way projects the views of any organisation with which I work. I write as Roshini Suparna Diwakar, independent human being! Now that that's out of the way, I'll tell you a story. I… Continue reading When we engage in poverty tourism

Roshini Suparna Diwakar

Savda Ghevra: A Story

This is the story of an adolescent girl. Imagine a young girl who has just finished her 10th standard board exams and is looking forward to continuing her education. Only, one night, her house is bulldozed over, and the only place she has ever known as home is lost. This is the story of many… Continue reading Savda Ghevra: A Story

Roshini Suparna Diwakar

Where I Live

Withdrawal is a f**king ****. But first, some context. After chacha passed away in February, I have spent the past 8 months on anti-depressants. I have written about this earlier, right after I had my first breakdown. I was in an extremely dark place then, not really seeing the point of making any effort to… Continue reading Where I Live

Roshini Suparna Diwakar

Development Shevlopment

I have been sitting on this article for a few weeks now and have been using Manto’s retort that the story will write itself as a valid excuse to not write. In reality, I have not known where to start, but I found inspiration while watching Newton. For the uninitiated, the film is about an… Continue reading Development Shevlopment

Roshini Suparna Diwakar

CONFESSIONS OF A RESTLESS MIND

A good friend recently shared a personal story about mental health, and spoke about how important it is to have conversations on it. I have been meaning to write this, but to articulate something this personal, and be brutally honest about it, is not something I have done before. So, be kind. I have been… Continue reading CONFESSIONS OF A RESTLESS MIND

Asnah Anver, Mihir Choughule, Prashanthi Subramaniam

The Weekend Specials

TV Shows & Starters Jane the Virgin (2014-) Jane the Virgin is a great show, full of over the top drama, comedy, romance, and even mystery. But really the show is much more than what it first appears to be. While it follows the tropes of the soap opera genre (fun fact: the show is… Continue reading The Weekend Specials

Asnah Anver, Mihir Choughule, Prashanthi Subramaniam

The Weekend Specials

Podcasts & Appetisers Looking Back with Leonard Cohen This week, amid the chaotic cocktail of politics and economics, we lost a great from the world of music and poetry - Leonard Cohen. Through his illustrious life and his profound meditations on life, religion, philosophy, even democracy, through performing, Cohen captured the imaginations of millions across the… Continue reading The Weekend Specials

Mihir Choughule, Mouli Banerjee, Roshini Suparna Diwakar

The Weekend Specials

TV Shows & Starters Borgen For someone who lives on political dramas, I am surprised I haven't recommended this yet. Borgen is a Danish drama that focuses on the lives of the first female PM, her family, her spin doctor, and a young ambitious journalist. Think House of Cards but less dirty and more riveting.… Continue reading The Weekend Specials

Mihir Choughule

A Tale of Three Countries

If you ever thought, in a momentary brainfart perhaps, that misogyny is completely made up and a figment of people’s imaginations, then this past week offered up some reassurance that despite it being the 21st century, women are still treated as secondary citizens. What’s more, even famous women are subject to the same level of… Continue reading A Tale of Three Countries