Essays

For the Spirit of Sport: Cricket’s Culture War

A few months ago, a new quote began to make the rounds on basketball Twitter. It picked up from Latin American Marxist revolutionary Che...

Reckoning with Dutch Imperialism and Racism: CAPE X UTRECHT Exhibition

Image: Farren van Wyk's collection of eight photographs titled, "Thirppy." The subtitled words face the pavement in front of Utrecht University of Arts’ (HKU) space...

Hand-holding in the Streets

‘To hold each other’s hands is to have balance. Yet it also means having their weight with you, should there be a sudden fall.” - D....

Retribution or Rehabilitation: Death Penalty as Final Justice

There was a time in history when people were hunted down and burnt to death for being witches, without any evidence.  Although the lack of...

Shakespeare, Gender and Renaissance Comedies

In Shakespeare and several Renaissance plays, chiefly comedies, a particular aspect that can be singled out for its frequency and its repetition is the...

Greta Gerwig and Necessary Femininity

Despite only having three movies under her belt as a solo director, Greta Gerwig has already made a name for herself as one of...

A Retrospective: The Curious Case of Qala

Now that the dust has well and truly settled on 2022, and we wait poised for a summer of big Hindi film releases (although...

Between Nowhere and Manywhere

I am mixed. Multi-ethnic. Biracial, if you will, although this word is an uncomfortable one for me. While the word “biracial” suggests division, the...

‘THE CAR’ by the Arctic Monkeys

To entertain, in some way, is to surprise, to question, to tease, and even to ruffle. The Car, the 7th LP by the British...

The Miniaturist of Junagadh–Deafening Silences and Blank Canvases

Kaushal Oza’s short film is a gently crafted meditation on grief, memory, identity and art