Meals from my ‘Jihadi mom’

“Not even water?” “No, not even water,” I replied to the stranger at the office who woke me up from a nap at the pantry on my first day at work to ask if I was alright. I was fasting, I said, and that I dozed off because of fatigue. The surprise on his face … Continue reading Meals from my ‘Jihadi mom’


No Curfew for Qawwali

Qawwalis eulogizing the Prophet and Nizamuddeen Auliya flowed from Mehfil-e-Sama’a singers as if from enraptured bards of yore, enshrouding the captivated listeners in Rajendra Maidan on Friday evening from all the hubbub of the city. Contrary to a corny image that comes along the description - of men in flowing white pajamas and mehndi-stained beards … Continue reading No Curfew for Qawwali

‘Democratically Elected to be Autocratic!’

Interview with Sudarshan Shetty, curator of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2016.   The third edition of the Kochi Muziris Biennale was noted primarily for the deviation it took from the previous two editions that were focused on installations and paintings, by introducing performing arts and music into it. How was it that you came about such … Continue reading ‘Democratically Elected to be Autocratic!’

Never forget the Gujarat genocide

Rakesh Sharma’s Final Solution documented the post-Godhra pogrom of 2002. Fourteen years later, in a sequel, he tries to understand what made thousands of ordinary Hindus complicit in unspeakable violence against Muslims. In an exhaustive interview, Sharma, who was in Kochi recently, spoke to TOI on the hazards of filming in volatile situations, ongoing attempts … Continue reading Never forget the Gujarat genocide