Burning Out At Work? Here’s How To Deal With It

Burning out is an all too familiar phenomenon in the world we live in. The minute you open your eyes, your little heart endures a barrage of pings, tweets, shares and the likes; there is no time to relax even if we aren’t doing anything. Broken hearts, disillusionment, depression; we continue juggling separate kinds of poisons. We all look for a chance to escape; sometimes it’s a holiday, other times into a fantasy. Here are a couple of ways to combat this: Stay weird Nothing can save you in this world except yourself. And a little weirdness always helps. Following…Continue Reading

You Will Survive: Life Lessons That Remind You To Never Look Back

Life is tough. There’s no way to sugarcoat this. Sometimes, we have bad days and sometimes, bad phases. We hope for the best, but remain woefully under-prepared for the worst. In a world full of sheep, we often forget that we must be our own lion. When we tone the whining down and listen to the universe, we will hear the lessons it has been passing down to us on never backing down, since ages. Widen your definitions. We often get tangled in definitions of boundaries that the world has thrust upon us. But, no matter how disturbing they might…Continue Reading

6 Reasons Why The LGBTQ Community Needs Legislation That Goes Beyond Their Bedrooms

Fag. Faggot. Deviant. Dyke. Homo. Sodomite. These words are unacceptable and still exist in human conversations to describe people with homosexual lives, like it is a preference; a disease that must be cured at all costs. Globally, hate crimes against the LGBTQ community have existed since millennia. India still has one of the worst human rights record in terms of protecting the LGBTQ community. India’s association with sex and sexuality isn’t new, but right wing politics have changed the face of this debate. As citizens of this country, all of us should have laws that are designed to protect and…Continue Reading

Fake V/S Real People: A Primer On Identifying The Difference Easily

Adulthood is a complicated mess with decisions to be made, bills to be paid, battles to be fought and bridges that need to be crossed and burnt. One of adulthood’s toughest choices is finding the ones who are going to be true both in front of us and behind us. Often, it’s not people who have changed; it’s the masks that come off. That unguarded moment leaves us with more lessons than anything else. But, we don’t necessarily have to learn things the hard way. Here are a few pointers on how to identify fake people as opposed to the…Continue Reading

7 Characters In Indian Mythology That Were Members Of The Pride Community

Time and again, most debates in this country turn to the great ‘Indian culture’ when it needs to justify bigotry, ignorance and the ability to see things beyond their narrow world vision, even if India has been a confluence of cultures across centuries. As of today, India is a Hindu majority country with strong roots in mythology and spirituality. If you separate the political rhetoric that fuels a modern version of right wing religious beliefs, most of their claims have no basis in real life. Like all major world religions, Hinduism acknowledges homosexuality and gender fluidity. It even goes ahead…Continue Reading

5 Films You Need To Watch If You Are Looking To Understand LGBTQ Culture

Popular narrative is fashioned by terrible portrayal of gay men in KJo movies (Hello, Dostana, Kal Ho Na Ho, Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna) and rehashed versions of old handmaids tales that may or may not have any grounding in truth or science. Effeminate men or manly women have faced regular ridicule owing to their behavioural tendencies that do not fit traditional gender roles; the trauma victims of the LGBTQ spectrum face in real life has been worse. Between all of this, there are some gems created by celebrated writers and directors of our times to shine a light on misconceptions…Continue Reading

15 Instances Of Cross-Dressing In Bollywood That We Indians Celebrated & Loved

Human societies have had gendered dress codes since the beginning of dressing up but humans have also cross-dressed since centuries for different reasons. Historically, cross-dressing didn’t mean a slur and was used to disguise people, ensure comfort and sometimes, self-discovery. Cross-dressing often fuels images of deviant sexualities and lifestyles in the minds of a populace fueled by politics and religion. Never mind the hordes of Bollywood characters we have laughed at/with, applauded, cried with for not just cross-dressing but displaying characteristics opposite to the ones assigned to their gender via our social constructs. The portrayal may be faulty, but here…Continue Reading

5 Key Reasons Why We NEED Community Spaces To Make A Return

Community spaces in our parents’ time used to be parks, playgrounds and indoor game centers like gymkhanas, where people of all genders and ages would meet and have a great time and cholesterol together. Nobody was hooked onto their phones, the camaraderie was warm and the rivalry, harmlessly genuine. It was a beginning point for many love stories, friendships that survived despite everything, and lifelong connections that didn’t need to be connected by blood. Community spaces have the potential to bring social, political, economic and personal growth in the following ways: They build health. Community spaces offer a respite from…Continue Reading

6 Tips From Ranveer Singh To Make You The Greatest Marketeer That Ever Lived

The world of marketing is often complicated for newcomers. Strategy, analysis, hooks and ‘point of saturation’ are terms with a lot of meaning and zero understanding. We often look for inspiring case studies to understand and build upon our knowledge of how brands work and what makes the common man tick. In my opinion, there isn’t a greater case study in India than Ranveer Singh. He rose from nowhere into the collective Indian consciousness and turned himself not just into an actor, but into a star. While it takes a village to maintain an image, here are some simple lessons…Continue Reading

Top Bollywood Psychological Thrillers That Are Sure To Keep You On The Edge Of Your Seat

Psychological thrillers are defined as “a thriller narrative which emphasizes the unstable or delusional psychological states of its characters. Psychological thrillers often incorporate elements of mystery, drama, action and paranoia.” In reality though, the one way to describe a good thriller movie most definitely is, “Oh my God. I did not see that coming!” While Hollywood has had some massive successes in writing and producing movies in this genre, Bollywood is definitely not far behind. If you think Bollywood doesn’t make good thrillers, its time you saw this list of mind blowing, stomach churning, crazy thrillers that expose the deepest…Continue Reading