Exploring Feminism and the Normalisation of Heterosexuality

What does it mean to be queer in India? In ‘Because I have a Voice: Queer Politics in India’, a book of essays edited by Arvind Narrain and Gautam Bhan, we explore just that. The anthology features the work of 27 queer writers from all over the country. Read an excerpt from Nivedita Menon’s essay, ‘How Natural is Normal? Feminism and Compulsory Heterosexuality’, which explores identity politics, disturbing the status quo, and the concept of compulsory heterosexuality.


Rest in Dreams

This comic, written and illustrated by Mia Jose, is a meditation on dreams—their mysterious nature, how critical they are to our reality and how bleak our waking lives can get when we don’t have them.


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Personal Essay

Unheroic Journeys: Master Narratives and Collective Imagination

Storytelling plays a crucial part in shaping a collective imagination. Joseph Campbell’s hero’s journey monomyth has had an outsized impact on storytelling for past decades. Starting with his own student, there have been a number of responses to his ideas about myths, gender and universality. In this essay we examine the pitfalls of the dominant heteronormative narrative and the need for diverse storytellers.


Braced for Impact: The Devastating Repercussions of Climate Disasters in South Asia

What happens after climate disasters strike? ‘Living with the Weather: Climate Change, Ecology and Displacement in South Asia’ (2023), an anthology of essays edited by Piya Srinivasan, explores just that, tracing the social, economic and political ripples created by such events. Read an excerpt from chapter five, Jyothi Krishnan and Abey George’s essay on the devastating aftermath of the Kerala floods.


Through Thick and Thin: Introducing Critical Zones

Susan Mathews introduces Critical Zones, a spin off of our flagship podcast The Subverse with an identity of its own. Join Bhumika Saraswati and the rest of the Dark ‘n’ Light team as we explore the layers of Earth that hold all life.

Personal Essay

A Tibetan Take: Sherlock Holmes Through a Revolutionary Gaze

Jamyang Norbu’s The Mandala of Sherlock Holmes subverts colonial stereotypes to spin a fantastical tale. But why would a Tibetan revolutionary write about the world’s greatest detective? Anjali Alappat revisits an epic tale which encompasses Holmes’ missing years.


In Constant Movement: The Paradox of Stillness

In the second instalment of the States of Motion series, theoretical cosmologist Paul Sutter considers the pursuit of meditative stillness while acknowledging the eternal motion of the Universe, from the quantum fields of a vacuum to the cosmos itself.


Embodied Imagination: An Interview with Anitha Santhanam

We kick off States of Motion, a series on movement, with an interview with Anitha Santhanam, dancer, actor, and director, whose career has spanned a variety of disciplines from Bharatanatyam to movement therapy, always anchored by the pursuit of creative possibilities.