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Indian. Lazy English major and part-time book hoarder. One day I’ll read all the books in my bookshelf, until then I write here.

I kept my legs closely shaved to mimic some level of aesthetic beauty and acceptance that I then found in smooth, hairless skin.

Picture from Rife Magazine (Amy Glasman)

Getting rid of body hair is like getting used to make-up. You start off thinking you’re not going to do it again for a while. But then it grows back too soon, just like the urge to dab some lipstick to avoid having to look at the real shade of your lips. Before you know it, you’re accustomed to it.

However, somewhere in the back of your mind you still believe you can go back to your…


When a progressive brand accidentally promotes period stigma.

Photo from menstrualcup.co

Sirona calls itself “an award-winning product innovation brand, committed to solving those intimate and menstrual hygiene issues for women, which are not adequately addressed in the country”. And I honestly thought it came in earnest when I heard about their menstrual cup. Purchasing it continues to be one of my best decisions.

However recently, an Instagram ad led me to one of their products: biodegradable black pads. Naturally (pun intended), I searched up the product description and it appears the product is made of carbon captured from natural resources like corn, Sugarcane…


We all have that one friend who refuses to use the right pronoun.

Image from Alison Czinkota / Verywell

So it’s Pride Month and your social media is probably filled with colourful posts and gay memes. There’s an increased awareness around the use of pronouns, the gender spectrum, different sexualities and there’s so much to learn and discover. It’s all so new and exciting but there’s always that one friend who hates new things.

Why so many new terms? It’s not even in the dictionary! and the worst of them all — They/them pronouns are so weird, how can you refer to someone in the plural?


Lee Sang-hee and Ryu Abel in Our Love Story (2016)

Our Love Story cannot be called “satisfying” but it’s surely a good watch.

6.8/10 · IMDb

Director: Hyun-ju Lee

Starring: Lee Sang-hee, Ryu Abel

Our Love Story or Yeon-ae-dam (2016) is just that: their love story. Of all the Korean romantic movies I’ve seen, this one stands out for two reasons: its simple, underwhelming screenplay and of course, the queer romance.

The plot traces the love story of Yoon Ju and Ji Soo, two young women in Seoul. Until the part of the plot, where the protagonists start dating, everything’s rosy. …


Crushes, unrequited love and everything in between.

Image credit: scmp.com

Wonderful feeling isn’t it? When you think you’re in love and all that stuff?

My friends always called me the “logical” one in our group because I was the one forcing them to think unemotionally when any of them were going through relationship troubles or breakups. That is, until I started maniacally crushing on a random guy everyone loved.

My friends stopped calling me logical anymore because I went crazy. Reason didn’t matter anymore; what mattered was the twisting sensation in my stomach when he walked by or talked to me. …


2 years after the novel, 6 years after the Hollywood film — John Green’s The Fault in our Stars continues to get torn apart for its favourite readers.

Credits: republicworld.com

I’ve been meaning to write this piece for a while now but some part of me wanted to mourn Sushant Singh Rajput’s untimely death last year. Besides, all the chaos surrounding the incident would never have allowed an unsympathetic dissection of his last ever film. Because as bad as the 2014 Hollywood adaptation of the novel was, the 2020 Bollywood version murdered the novel and conducted a funeral for it.

As a 15-yo I was quite impressed by The Fault in Our Stars (2014). But a few more years studying history and context made me realise that the Anne Frank…


Photo Credit: Help Us Stop Body Shaming in its Tracks (girlscouts.org)

I’ll make this short because the message is simple: stop judging humans bodies for the sake of it.

Recently my grandmother happened to confess at a family gathering that one of her grandsons hated it when she let him know that he’d gotten too thin and needed to eat better. This particular man in his mid-30s is a hardcore gym-goer and most probably suffers from body dysmorphia. But that is his story.

I want to focus on this particular discussion at this gathering. My aunt shares her experience saying that her son hates it when she does that too. And…


Nozomi Sasaki in My Rainy Days (2009)

My Rainy Days leaves its conscious, woke viewer with mixed feelings.

7/10 IMDb

Director: Yuri Kanchiku

Starring: Nozomi Sasaki, Shosuke Tanihara

The most distinct feature of My Rainy Days aka Tenshi no koi (2009) is its aesthetic cinematography. That is probably the only reason it gets away with its portrayal of a variety of tricky themes. A 35-year old man agreeing to date a 17-year old high school girl would be called pedophilia. Instead, in My Rainy Days a young and pretty Rio (played by Nozomi Sasaki) follows the sombre-looking Kouki (played by Shosuke Tanihara) to the subway station and…


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Late into October of 2018, I was done with my hair.

I might identify as a 2B or 2C type of curly and I had recently moved to a part of the country where drinking water was the only kind of soft water available.

I remember the feeling after the first shower. The sticky, hard water touched my hair and left it clumped afterwards. I had tried shampooing in desperation a few days later. …

Anjali Joshi

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