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A visit to the house of Alice Boner

By Vivek Nath Mishra
The building seems one of the foremost constructions at Assi Ghat, on the river bank. It is just next to the Harmony bookshop – a tiny, charming bookshop that attracts every passer-by like a flower attracts a bumblebee. It’s fairly easy to notice the bookshop as one goes down the street to the river but the house of Alice Boner is almost invisible. One passes it as one passes a beautiful roadside flower surrounded by the long grass.

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An interview with the infectious disease specialist, Dr. Om Shrivastav

By Rimli Bhattacharya
In 2007, the doctors at Lilavati hospital, Mumbai, gave up all the hopes on my father. He as suffering from multiple transmissible indispositions. A heavily pregnant me still clung to hopes. When I asked the doctors for alternatives, Dr. Abhay Bhave, the hematologist under whom my father was initially admitted, referred to the infectious disease specialist Dr. Om Shrivastav.  

Speaking in Tongues: The Promise of Black-Dalit Women’s Dialogue

By Shilpa Menon
While Dalit women’s writings have always drawn from Black feminist ideas, why does Dalit-Black women’s solidarity, their speaking and writing on equal grounds as political allies, enter so late into the narrative of Dalit-Black solidarity and transnational women’s movements in general? And most importantly, what promises for a new paradigm of politics emerge when Dalit and Black women speak and think together?

Poetry: Oh Kashmir!

By Sabyasachi Nag
If I tear your veil and force my lips on the blue flame that burns
Your eyes, could you not keep them shut tonight? Not see, just sense?
Kashmir, why do you look at me and make me cry?

Dog menace is real: Time to acknowledge the problem

By Aarti Mangal
According to one of the reports of 2016, more people are killed in India due to dog attacks than the terror attack. Civic authorities in Mumbai made a claim that more people are killed in Mumbai of dog bite than the two terror attacks – 1993 serial blasts and 26/11 attack in 2008 – in the city.

Representation of Women in Video Games: Questions on Social Control

By Shubrojyoti Mookherjee
It is mostly suggested through games like GTA (Grand Theft Auto) and the like, that girls are expected to be dependent victims and that their only concern is to maintain beauty and sexual appeal. On the other hand, boys may understand their role to be a protector of women, as they are apparently inherently stronger and powerful.

Marriage, Law and Bollywood Songs

By Devangana Kuthari
When such a similar model of women’s place in a marriage and society is found to exist in criminal or family law, it often goes unnoticed as it has already been normalised in society through popular culture. Law is nothing but an extension of the society we live in. If a problem exists in society, it is more than often echoed in the laws and legal understanding of the judges.

‘Field Notes’: The Noise Within

By Neha Basnet
His life-history was filled with stories of people abusing and exploiting him and somehow making him feel that he was not worthy. As a researcher I felt helpless and hopeless at this point. Would my research make his life better in any way? Would it be able to reverse the time and make things right for this kid?

That best friend

By Rimli Bhattacharya
I felt betrayed. I felt cheated. I shed bitter tears. But something in me had changed. I could no longer make close friends. In high school, in the college and in the university, I met new people but I would maintain a distance.