(TW: mention of rape, graphic violence)

As I’m writing this, I have Mahashweta Devi’s 1978 short story Draupadi (please read the short story on this link) opened up in front of me. There are marks of highlighter-pen all over. On the sides of the pages are the diligent notes that I’d taken during my teacher’s class in Miranda House a couple of years ago. She had been visibly excited about teaching this short story to a bunch of equally excited women during a time when the country was witnessing intense political unrest.

I also remember my teacher worrying about how…


Kendall Roy is a drug addict. Kendall Roy steals a lighter from a store and throws it in the trash. Kendall Roy has had adulterous relationships. Kendall Roy has borderline murdered someone. And yet, Kendall Roy is not the worst character in Succession. In fact, I’d say that by the end of the second season, you might end up feeling bad for Kendall Roy, rooting for him even. I don’t know what that’s supposed to say about the rest of the Roys, or even about us as viewers.

Dynasty politics is not new to television but HBO’s Succession (2018-) could…


When a film begins by thanking “Science” and not “God”, you know it’s going to upset a lot of people. Lovely. The very same reason why Bruno was burned at a stake and Galileo was persecuted, science and rationality are themes that are slowly fading away into the folds of religion in our contemporary world. During a time when OTTs are filled with Mirzapurs and Tandavs, The Great Indian Kitchen (2021) comes out as a critical reminder of the woes of the inherently patriarchal society that we still live in.

I believe that this film hits everyone differently and alike…


I woke up today morning to read the news of an honor killing here in Kerala. It’s a supposedly educated and progressive society over here. But their education stops at their pride. We humans are a social species — this is something my parents always tell me whenever I refuse to follow the social code. Rules and regulations are laid down so that we could live a life with cooperation and order. Thus, everything that we say and do become governed by “What will others say?” Even if you know that you do not accept it, you stay mum and…


It takes a very compelling idea to pull someone like me out of a writer’s block. It could be a beautiful Anurag Basu-film like Barfi (2012), which compels you to introspect human bonds and undermine the superficiality of language, or it could be in the form of an Anurag Basu-film like Ludo (2020), which compels you to throw away your laptop in frustration and beg to some superior entity to return those horrendous 150 minutes of your already-boring life. It almost seems as if Basu made this film to mock Ludo King, which saved hundreds of non-PUBG players during this…


Until a few years ago, I was not very comfortable with using social media. It is inevitable that during a time when life without oxygen seems more imaginable to the human brain than a life without networking, fears about who/ what might be at the receiving end of your message or about being “watched” might seem irrelevant, irrational even. Despite my friends repeatedly reminding me that my paranoia is pointless because of the insignificance of my existence in this capitalist world where fake identities and data stealing are no longer news, I was reluctant to be an active socializer online…


We had to study French- Romanian playwright Eugene Ionesco’s Rhinoceros (1960) as part of our undergrad course. A widely popular absurdist play, Rhinoceros is a satirical take on the totalitarian regime that was prevalent across the world during his time, especially the Nazi forces.

Last week, the Supreme Court found human rights lawyer Prashant Bhushan guilty of contempt of court over a couple of tweets he had shared. One was a remark about the failure of the judiciary in upholding justice in our country, and the other was a picture of the Chief Justice of India riding a motorcycle without…


A purely opinionated piece, you can call this a rant if you want.

Every year during the month of Karkkidakom (according to the sidereal solar calendar that Malayalis traditionally follow), my grandmother would wake up early in the morning, light the puja lamp and then ritualistically read the Adhyatma Ramayanam, a retelling of the Ramayana believed to have been composed by Ezhuthacchan sometime around the 17th century. Karkkidakom, which usually falls during July-August is generally believed to be an inauspicious time for Malayalis with regard to the heavy rainfall destroying the crops. …

Geethanjali Rajmohan

Trying to figure out what to binge-watch next.

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