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Beyond shaming her into submission — the female antagonist narrative

By me. Published on March 29, 2017, The Hindu Thread. When I pitched this essay about female antagonists, my editor replied with, “Great, lead with the unrepentant Neelambari!” Eighteen years on, Neelambari of Padayappa (1999) appears to be the most remembered ‘villi’ (colloquial for villainess) in Tamil cinema. With good reason. NeelambariContinue readingBeyond shaming her into submission — the female antagonist narrative

Beyond shaming her into submission — the female antagonist narrative

When I pitched this essay about female antagonists, my editor replied with, “Great, lead with the unrepentant Neelambari!” Eighteen years on, Neelambari of Padayappa (1999) appears to be the most remembered ‘villi’ (colloquial for villainess) in Tamil cinema. With good reason. Neelambari is classic Tamil film villi — a stock character andContinue readingBeyond shaming her into submission — the female antagonist narrative

The old woman and the city

By me. Published in April 2014, Fountain Ink Magazine Seema Moses’ Bangalore was very different from the chaotic, traffic-stricken city it is today. The matriarch of one of Bangalore’s last Jewish families, she saw the city change over the decades. Read the story at Fountain Ink.

Day three

<The diary of a Twitter v0yeur – day three> If you don’t know what this means, you’ll probably have to read the previous posts tagged <the diary of a twitter v0yeur> Ayyo. Sunday. This is the time when the #knowledgeableChennaiCrowd is talking about the fantastic-ness of the Sunday coffee. Ayyo.Continue readingDay three

Day Two

<The diary of a Twitter v0yeur – day two> If you don’t know what this means, you’ll probably have to read the previous posts tagged <the diary of a twitter v0yeur> It was a Saturday and hell, what else to people do on Saturdays than tweet about it? I decidedContinue readingDay Two

Day One

<The diary of a Twitter v0yeur – day one> If you don’t know what this means, you’ll probably have to read the previous posts tagged <the diary of a twitter v0yeur> Phew. This was a Friday. If normal Friday wasn’t bad enough, this was my first no-Twitter-Friday in ages. IContinue readingDay One