I'm a freelance writer and journalist based in Mumbai, India, where I cover travel, culture, and social justice issues. Bylines: Bon Appétit, CNN's Parts Unknown, The Huffington Post etc..
By fighting for access to India’s Sabarimala temple, Hindu women are proving religion and equality can go hand in hand
While some of us were bringing in the New Year with heavy heads, thousands of women in the southern Indian state of Kerala joined hands to form a 620km-long “women’s wall” to champion gender equality.
I was in my second year of university, living in an apartment off-campus, when I realized, much to my dismay, that my mother was right: I missed her dal-roti-sabzi. When that first craving hit, I went to the local Indian joint looking for the staple of lentils-flatbread-veggies. Disappointed to find that it only had Mughlai on the menu—rich curries, the sort of Indian food one finds outside India—I headed to the grocery store. I was convinced that, having routinely seen my mother prepare meal...
At 9:10 a.m., Nilesh Shankar Bachche picks up the dabba (lunchbox) labeled “B 5 W 6N2” from an apartment building in Borivali West, a neighborhood in Mumbai, India.
In 2008, an Indian actress named Tanushree Dutta was set to appear in a film, “Housefull,” alongside actor Nana Patekar. Patekar had been a revered figure in Bollywood for decades and had won numerous awards. Dutta was young and beautiful and relatively new to the industry; she had won the Miss India Universe title a few years prior, and had successfully made the transition into movies.
Her role in the film was a small one, a so-called item number in which she was to dance to one song alongsi...
After Stan Lee's death last week, American actor Armie Hammer called out fans and celebrities alike for sharing selfies of themselves with the legendary comic book creator.
One Twitter user asked, "what else u supposed to do when someone dies armie", to which Hammer responded: "If your answer is ‘post a selfie’ then I think we need a cultural revamp across the board."
The Twitterverse went wild at him for policing people's grieving. While Hammer soon apologised for offending "many who were ge...
It's taken a year, but thanks to the bravery of a handful of women India has finally moved into the MeToo era
Indian women are angry. After years of silence – ensconced in social stigma, fear, ineffective law enforcement and a deeply flawed judicial system – India has tipped into its own Me Too era, a year after it made waves across the western world.
"I didn't realize it at the time, but cooking was the one form of self-care I let myself indulge in."
Akanksha Singh grew up believing that if something came in a glass bottle with French label and a dropper, it had to be good. But after losing her job, struggling to pay bills, and battling adult acne at 25, she decided to take a leaf from her Indian grandmother’s book.