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Explaining Fandoms: Celebrity Culture and Conspiracy Theories

It’s an old story: a large number of people collectively fall in love with a male act, create a fandom, and over a series of logical leaps conclude that his wife is a criminal who is forcing him to stay in a sham marriage with her. Also, their babies are fake.

Performance and Realism: Reading Mirza Hadi Ruswa’s Umrao Jan Ada (1899)

In this paper, I seek to investigate this title ‘Ada’, Umrao’s poetry, and the work it does in Ruswa’s novel as a socio-economic currency. I then explore the ways through which these couplets shape the form of the novel. Ultimately, I argue that the couplets in Umrao Jan Ada fundamentally delineate Umrao as an individual, hence, constituting as a principal technique through which Ruswa achieves realism in this novel. 

McLennon: A Beginner’s Guide

I should begin by clarifying that McLennon is not the same as ‘John and Paul’ or ‘Lennon/McCartney’.

The Price of Freedom

In this essay, I compare and contrast the divergent ideas of freedom in these utopian societies, and explore what these variations can tell us about the concept of utopia itself. I further question if it is possible to create a seamless utopian society which would demand no compromises of its citizens. 

I Feel, Therefore, I Am: The Role of Reason in the Houyhnhnms’ Utopia

In this essay I explore the rigid nature and effects of the houyhnhnms’ Reason in their utopia, and I, hence, argue that the houyhnhnms’ utopian society is incompatible with human nature.

You shan’t have both: Beauty and Sovereignty in “The Wife of Bath’s Prologue” and “Tale”

In this essay, I argue that The Wife of Bath’s Prologue and The Wife of Bath’s Tale depicts a social space in which the fulfilment of women’s desire for sovereignty is contingent on their physical appearance.

The Hall of Mirrors: Reflections and Ruptures in “Bajirao Mastani”

By reflecting Bajirao and Mastani in Kashibai’s bedroom, the mirrors blur the spatial boundaries present between the private space of Kashibai’s room and the public space of the Aina Mahal; and by reflecting a private moment between the lovers to an outsider, the mirrors disregard the lines between their private and public selves—here, the private becomes the public. The mirrors in Aina Mahal repeatedly facilitate this crossing-over and queering.

Of Mafia Films, Bollywood and India

This tug of war is the most important and fascinating element of Hindi mafia films. Any attempt at integration with the spectators’ reality would fall apart without simultaneous efforts to distance themselves from their lives. The “cracks” become pivotal here.

What of Art?: Reading Oscar Wilde’s “The Picture of Dorian Gray”

The most frightening aspect of Dorian Gray being Art is the fact that he is alive: he is soulless, gorgeous, but alive. Art works as a perfect receptacle for people’s imaginations because it doesn’t possess the ability to use our desires against us.

The “Great” Gatsby

This “vanishing” of Gatsby in his unfinished sentences juxtaposes the “coming” of Gatsby through his static stories (e.g.: having gone to Oxford, spent his time like a rajah in different luxurious cities, etc.) which contributed to the aura of mystery surrounding him, and this in turn inspired people’s imagination to fill in the blanks themselves. 

“Aye Mere Watan Ke Logo”: The Anatomy of Patriotism in the 1960s

However, alongside the inherent brilliance of the song, it was also the anxieties and fears of the Indian public in the 1960s which influenced the way they consumed and produced this text.

The Religion of Cricket

A longitudinal study of Indian cricket brings to light a trajectory very similar to that of Indian civilisation.