Category: Politics

Prayer against the surveillance state

The colourful ceilings of Mumbai’s taxis, from @thegreaterbombay. Image description: A diptych showing two pictures side by side. The first picture shows the ceiling inside a taxi, in colourful floral pattern with black background covering 1/3 of the whole frame. Visible also is the partial face of a woman in scarf, who also looks down at […]

Poets, visionaries, mothers of Grendels

Artist Paolo Cirio published photos of 4,000 faces of French police officers online for an exhibit called “Capture,” which he described as the first step in developing a facial recognition app. He collected the faces from 1,000 photos he had gathered from the internet and from photographers who attended protests in France. Cirio, 41, took the photos […]

Thank the human alarm clocks

Suzani textile from Tashkent, Uzbekistan, by Madina Kasimbaeva. Image description: A spread of a Suzani textile from Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Floral motifs adorned the entire spread, made up of the earthy colour combinations (red, brown, green etc.) against a dark navy blue background. In the previous edition of Courtney Martin’s the examined family, she quoted a line […]

Mentally I am here

“Everything that you fought for was not for yourself, it was for those who came after you.” — Howard University alumnus Chadwick Boseman provided words of inspiration to the Class of 2018 during Howard University’s 150th Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 12 in Washington, D.C. If you have survived grief before, you would understand there […]

To be chopped up in peace

This week’s illustration by the ever brilliant Bangalore-based Sonaksha Iyengar, whose work revolves around the ideas of self care, body image, gender, feminism, social justice, community care, and inclusion. Hire her for your illustration needs! This week I am thinking of the trust I am bestowed to be allowed in one of the many opportunities where I get […]

We cast a shadow

(Announcement: I started a Substack! The content, while pretty much similar to the blog, is more polished since, well, there are audiences. The pressure hit me the moment I sent out my first edition and realised I have to commit to sending this out x times y month/week and that there are people, most of […]

No such thing as neutrality

There has never been Palestine on Google Maps. I had been reading Ibram X. Kendi’s How To Be An Antiracist over the weekend and was struck at how much of his central argument — that there is no such thing as neutrality — should always be one of the tenets and cautionary tales when dealing with technology. […]

How embarrassing it is to be cruel

As a fan of commonplace books, this particular edition of Book Post on Sei Shonagon’s Pillow Book caught my attention. According to the post, Shonagon was a Japanese writer living between tenth to eleventh centuries who served the empress entourage in Kyoto. She got encouraged to write after given a sheaf of a very precious paper to use, and from […]

Collective action is a life-changing experience

Image Credit: Joao Fereira This is another excellent piece from Zeynep Tufekci, answering the question as old as time itself: Do protests work? Protests sometimes look like failures in the short term, but much of the power of protests is in their long-term effects, on both the protesters themselves and the rest of society. […] Protests […]