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Stranger Than Fiction

Some stories are neither fact nor fiction.

You Can’t Breathe, We Are Blind

I am not a hypocrite, India is just not the same, as the west.

“Cinema Will Help Us Survive”: Five Assamese Filmmakers on the COVID-19 Crisis

A new wave of Assamese cinema had just taken off when the COVID-19 crisis hit. Five prominent filmmakers talk about the damages caused and what the future looks like.

Encounter

Who will believe you, Muslim man?

Crisis and Compassion: How Six Music Stars of Assam Are Spending Their Lockdown Days

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a crippling effect on Assam's music industry. How are the state's top music makers coping with that?

Hunger, Helplessness, Hope: How Five Young Assamese Poets Are Spending Their Lockdown Days

Jyotirmoy Talukdar speaks to five prominent young poets from Assam about how they see the COVID-19 crisis and the ensuing lockdown.

There is a tunnel

Where are those good old days? / Will they ever be here, anymore?

In Alfonso Cuarón’s ‘Roma’, the Story of a Civilisation

'Roma' is a nuanced and soulful take on class, colonialism and gender through the fluid spaces of a Mexico City middle-class neighbourhood.

Festering Wounds and Little Closures

The India-Pakistan partition might have been “one of the greatest administrative operations in history” for Lord Mountbatten, but it was a calamitous event for many others.

A Ballad of Bawling Babies

Verses on war and what follows.

The ‘Gay Cure’ Experiments That Were Written out of Scientific History

Robert Heath claimed to have cured homosexuality by implanting electrodes into the pleasure centre of the brain. Robert Colvile reports on one of the great forgotten stories of neuroscience.