What Is Nationalism? Rashtravad राष्ट्रवाद क्या है?

I have made a few tweets on Nationalism on Twitter. Here I am presenting a collection of my tweets. Besides gender and public space, gender and nationalism is my other important topic of research and it is becoming more and more important in the wake of the rising hyper masculine aggressive Hindu nationalism in India … Continue reading What Is Nationalism? Rashtravad राष्ट्रवाद क्या है?

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Impeachment of Chief Justice of India – Why The Political Clash?

This is a common person's guide to understand the impeachment motion, I had originally shared these as multiple tweets. First time in independent India #Impeachment of sitting Chief Justice is being moved by opposition because they have lost faith in him, and suspect him of being biased towards certain people. Supporters of BJP, the ruling … Continue reading Impeachment of Chief Justice of India – Why The Political Clash?

Budget 2018 and Women: Liberalism And Secularism For Women’s Rights

Today's Indian Express Newspaper's biggest headline was "Economics with Politics" meaning that BJP's Budget 2018 is more a political strategy with eye on the forth coming general election. BJP has learned a lesson from Gujarat elections, a considerable blow to it's solid structure due to which it lost quite a few seats to Congress, that … Continue reading Budget 2018 and Women: Liberalism And Secularism For Women’s Rights

Rahul Gandhi Sets Record Straight – Socialism, Secularism Still India’s Core Ideologies

An immensely inspiring speech by Rahul Gandhi yesterday as he took over as Congress President. There was a massive crowd at 24, Akbar Road, with immense joy  and enthusiasm among party workers, volunteers. Drum beats, crackers, folk dance and music graced the occasion, outside the gates of All India Congress Committee office. Over the last … Continue reading Rahul Gandhi Sets Record Straight – Socialism, Secularism Still India’s Core Ideologies

Gujarat Election Campaign And The Rise of A Phoenix Named Rahul Gandhi – India Found It’s Mojo Back

In the forthcoming Gujarat state assembly election campaign Rahul Gandhi came across as the proverbial "New and Improved" opposition leader. His new avatar has given a sigh of relief, and a breath of two lungs full of fresh hopeful air to millions of Indians who were desperately looking for alternatives to save the democracy. On … Continue reading Gujarat Election Campaign And The Rise of A Phoenix Named Rahul Gandhi – India Found It’s Mojo Back

Cow Vigilantes Are Criminals: Why CM Yogi Giving Them Encouragement?

Vishwa Hindu Parishad organized a Conference for Gau Rakshaks. That's right, that's how pathetic India is that we now have conferences to encourage and empower jobless hooligans. And guess who graced the occasion? None other than UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. Let me tell you cow vigilantes are a bunch of mindless criminals, plain and … Continue reading Cow Vigilantes Are Criminals: Why CM Yogi Giving Them Encouragement?

Sona Mohapatra Accuses Kangana Ranaut Of Doing Disservice To Feminism. Is Feminism Sona Mohapatra’s Personal Project?

In an open letter on her Facebook page Sona Mohapatra accused Kangana Ranaut of doing a 'disservice' to feminism by washing 'dirty linen in public'. Here is my open letter to her open letter. Dear Sona Mohapatra, Who made you the spokesperson of feminism? If you are not the spokesperson then what business do you … Continue reading Sona Mohapatra Accuses Kangana Ranaut Of Doing Disservice To Feminism. Is Feminism Sona Mohapatra’s Personal Project?

Sharia courts have no place in UK family law. Listen to women who know | Pragna Patel | Opinion | The Guardian

This article makes some important points about secular feminist movement at one hand and marginalized women in Muslim community. The Sharia Law has no place in any civilized community, be it UK or India. But in India for ages, behind personal laws a lot of discriminatory practices have carried on. Status quo was maintained so … Continue reading Sharia courts have no place in UK family law. Listen to women who know | Pragna Patel | Opinion | The Guardian

Cancer The Misfortune That Fell On Us

3rd April 2017 Cancer. Not a disease but a culture. A major story twist. The deadly misfortune has been part of the most tragic films and literature. Mostly it would be the male protagonist, he falls sick and doctors tell him, “You have last stage Cancer, only few days of your life are left” and … Continue reading Cancer The Misfortune That Fell On Us

Maa Ke Haat Ka Khana When Maa Is a Service Provider

This was first written by my later mother Mita Basu on Facebook, in Bengali. It is a reaction to a recent TV commercial of Everest Garam Masala, featuring Amitabh Bacchan. I have translated the piece and also added my own perspectives, publishing here with her permission. Amitabh Bacchan appears in an Everest garam masala TV advertisement. … Continue reading Maa Ke Haat Ka Khana When Maa Is a Service Provider

Waiting For A Call From TISS, Mumbai

I know I got it tattooed on my arms "Going wherever the wind takes me" but IRCTC plays pretty havoc with 'going wherever' doesn't it. How can we go anywhere unless we plan months in advance for a reserved train ticket and can't afford to fly. We say the world is so connected today, but … Continue reading Waiting For A Call From TISS, Mumbai

Intoxicating Smell of The Devil Saptaparni

This is a love story. Growing up in Delhi at the start of every winter, I have experienced this wild intoxicating smell subsuming my body mind heart soul never knowing what it was. The smell would arrive soon after Durga Puja is over and Diwali is approaching and stay till the bitter December cold takes … Continue reading Intoxicating Smell of The Devil Saptaparni

In Retrospection The 39th Birthday

Writing this on the morning after 23rd Jan 2016 The run up to my 39th birthday was very eventful. This was my 39th birthday and I really wanted to celebrate it in a grand way. The middle age express have seen the green flag, and it should be reaching the 40th platform in just a year, … Continue reading In Retrospection The 39th Birthday

Photo story on Nizamuddin Basti Published in The Diplomat Magazine

I am very proud to share that two of my photos got published in The Diplomat magazine as part of a photo documentary, Finding Delhi’s Lost Monuments, on the conservation work done / in progress in Humayun Tomb and Nizamuddin Basti area, by Ratish Nanda of Aga Khan Trust For Culture (a part of the Aga Khan Development Network). The … Continue reading Photo story on Nizamuddin Basti Published in The Diplomat Magazine

Flickr Photo Walk Delhi – Macro Texture

Article on the Flickr Photowalk coordinated by me in Delhi. I was the only one who actually did the walk and thoroughly enjoyed. The theme was macro texture photography. In this article, I explained what macro texture is and have shared some of the images I have taken. Pls read on my photography website.

Universal Sisterhood – Breaking The ‘Woman is Woman’s Worst Enemy’ Myth

In this series of photographs I celebrate the universal sisterhood, the love and bonding between women. Stories of brotherhood is common, we have films, books and poems on them, brothers in arms et all. But women are never seen to be united in solidarity. They are individuals pitted against each other. Eg. mothers-in-law and daughters-in-law … Continue reading Universal Sisterhood – Breaking The ‘Woman is Woman’s Worst Enemy’ Myth

Poem: Unwritten

Unwritten “Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thoughts” Our happiest stories are those that remained unwritten. You and I are that wonderful story, like a movie script that never got filmed. like that rumour going around, a clandestine affair, a star couple that the fans rooted for, but which never happened. We … Continue reading Poem: Unwritten

The News Sucks And There’s a Femicide in Guatamela

Hello people. A confession, the staying off Facebook / Twitter didn't really work. Social media platforms are no longer just places to share your thoughts but also to seek information and exchange ideas. This bit was missing when we first started blogging. Back then it was only about sharing. So that's a learning from this experiment. … Continue reading The News Sucks And There’s a Femicide in Guatamela

Book Review: The Gun Seller By Hugh Laurie

A wee bit unrealistic (but again which spy novel is realistic), somewhat predictable, yet some twists in the plot, and Hugh Laurie's unique brand of humour, world view and philosophy makes this book really interesting. This is one of those books which you read, because you already know and admire the author. The reason that … Continue reading Book Review: The Gun Seller By Hugh Laurie

Surge Pricing is Unfair, Unethical and Unconstitutional

We have metered billing for water, electricity, we pay phone bills by calls/hours. Imagine for all these things you had algorithm based random billing thrown at you.

It just gets deeper and deeper

My favourite feature on Facebook is the 'On This Day' feature which reminds you of the updates you made each year on the given date. I love it because I love to live my life looking at memories, I don't have much plan for the future anyways. On today's date it brought me back memories of … Continue reading It just gets deeper and deeper

‘Malala is a feminist after all’ – Feminist Film Review He Named Me Malala

It is not like the Taliban woke up one morning thinking “let’s kill some school going girls” and Malala by chance happened to be in the way. No, they targetted her because of her defiance.

Aside notes on Mohan Bhagwat, Sanghi Trolls and Abhijeet Bhattacharya

Mohan Bhagwat appears on national television and gives his expert opinion about how great the government is functioning. Who th hell is Mohan Bhagwat? Why is he on TV telling us how good or bad govt is? What's govt got to do with Dusserah? Again who the F is he— Sanjukta Basu (@sanjukta) October 22, … Continue reading Aside notes on Mohan Bhagwat, Sanghi Trolls and Abhijeet Bhattacharya

Is the Ad campaign for Resurgent Rajasthan Partnership Summit gender biased?

While flipping through the latest Outlook Magazine I came across the advertisement of the forthcoming Resurgent Rajasthan Partnership Summit to be held in Nov 2015 in Jaipur. The campaign had an image of an impressive masculine male face complete with beard and mustache set against the background of a beautiful tribal illustration, with the caption "I … Continue reading Is the Ad campaign for Resurgent Rajasthan Partnership Summit gender biased?

Porn ban in India – mainstreaming of women’s lack of sexual agency

Global porn industry is worth $97 Billion. It can be safely assumed that many women derive economic independence and sexual agency from this industry. It is absolutely ridiculous to presume that all such women need saving by self-righteous men.

PVR Saket security guards won’t let me in with my bag: What I did next will shock you

Feel free to try this at a cinema hall near you. The security guards at PVR Saket cinema hall wouldn't let me enter the hall with my bag which was not enough lady like. What I did next sure did shock them, something they would remember for a really long time, if not rest of their lives.

Raja Sen gave 4 stars to Aamir Khan’s PK: That’s enough for a review

Around 7 years ago I stumbled upon, for the first time, an unimportant never heard before film critique called Raja Sen on Rediff. It was his review of Taare Zameen Par and it made me furious. I found him being nasty and nitpicky to a film as good as TZP just for the heck of … Continue reading Raja Sen gave 4 stars to Aamir Khan’s PK: That’s enough for a review

New Garia Halt Station at Panchasayar Garia – Inauguration by Sh Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury

Panchasayar, Garia, one of Asia's largest housing societies, a cooperative society for the staff of Accounts and General West Bengal and Income Tax Department of West Bengal, is the place where I spent the first 7-8 years of my life. Once upon a time this place was a wet land with just shrubs and bushes … Continue reading New Garia Halt Station at Panchasayar Garia – Inauguration by Sh Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury

Let a woman sing

Why don’t we have many such songs or poems? Why is there no female version of a love song like “Chaundvi ka Chaand” or “Chandan sa badan?” In Abhigyaana Shankuntalam Kalidasa wrote verses after verses in praise of Shakuntala’s physical beauty, which included vivid description of her bossom, waist, bust and other body parts of … Continue reading Let a woman sing

Strange story of Lali (touching story of a stray dog)

Lali was born to a homeless mother on a fateful monsoon night in a small residential colony in Panchasayar, Garia, Kolkata. That night when she realized it was time, she, Lali's mother silently crawled under the gate of that big mansion, she pulled herself through the green lawn in search of a secure place and … Continue reading Strange story of Lali (touching story of a stray dog)

Happy Diwali

Happy Diwali Originally uploaded by samyukta_basu Gone are the days of fire works and crackers on Diwali, gone are the days when we used to wake all night up to have the Kali puja's maha bhog. This year we didn't even buy phuljharis. But we got lots of candles and diyas. And we lit the … Continue reading Happy Diwali

Quick hello

In case you noticed my absence from this page...I am engaged in something important. Announcements will happen if things work out. I have been off the internet for this thing, what I miss the most is blogging and twittering. Just to give you a glimpse of how I survived...here's my offline alternative to tweets and … Continue reading Quick hello

There she blogs

So happy to see a dear friend starting to blog. Welcome to the wonderful world of blogging my friend. Manasinakkare (Beyond my mind) - by SR I did notice her blog is anonymous, also figured she isn't too keen on getting traffic. In her introduction she has only mentioned to be a Mallu migrated to … Continue reading There she blogs

Jadeja met Me

23-mar-07 1.45 am. I don’t like to follow the crowd, but I also don’t like being left out. So while whole of India is watching the ‘life and death’ defining match between India and Sri lanka today, I would prefer to stand out of the crowd and say, "I don’t waste my time on this … Continue reading Jadeja met Me

Happy New Year

Am almost back.. hang on just a bit more.. been on my toes since Mid of Dec.. Been to South to North to West... will write all about my adventour soon.. Meanwhile A new Year wish I quickly scribbled and send accross to all the contacts on Yahoo, Gmail and Orkut... Season's Greetings. Yeah that … Continue reading Happy New Year

It rained today Man…

It was an awesome rain that delhi had today in the evening and its awlays a beautiful sight to see those shining blades of water falling on the concrete road and the car splashing by...the traffic obviously came to a halt all around and I waited almost an hour at the Jungpura stop for a … Continue reading It rained today Man…

Hypocrisy be damned

People sometimes act so cowardly and hypocritically. I once wrote this testimonial for some one I knew. Asked for his feedback on what I had to write about him. He read it and got so panic stricken, left offliners for me, comments on the blog itself and then spoke over the phone asking me to … Continue reading Hypocrisy be damned

One of these days, I will fly

Coming back from work today (Dilli Haat after work) I felt like driving till the end of the world. Wished the 6.5 Km long road connecting Dwarka to South Delhi never comes to an end, felt like taking the NH8 to jaipur and from there to some where else. I just wanted to go on … Continue reading One of these days, I will fly

DBM went great | Quick updates

The XIth DBM went great. Here is keeping a track of all the write ups and pics of the event...till the the time the official blog is updated... I can update the blog since I have the password now, unless of course they have changed it... but the original creator of that blog has issues … Continue reading DBM went great | Quick updates

My Favourite Men

Aamir Khan A man who has always stayed away from the media, rarely attended a Celebrity Show, be it awards or other cause, in the past decade, his movies comes after a gap of 3-4 long years, he endorses just few products........and yet is always ruling the Indian Movie Goers mind. In an industry where … Continue reading My Favourite Men

Robert Deniro

He needs no introduction, if there is any actor in Hollywood who is synonymous to versatality that is him. From being funny to scary to romantic to satanic he has done it all with equal ease and style . Can't get enough of him... Aka Don Vito Corleone. I think I liked God Father II … Continue reading Robert Deniro

random thoughts

How we keep hearing this term "True Love". I say, love is never true or false. The people involved might be, the circumstances might be but love in itself is like God. Not true not false, not black not white...colorless, shapeless, ageless, timeless...Love is just love. It gives you the same feeling even if it … Continue reading random thoughts

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We all have heard the song "I'd do anything for love" by Meatloaf. I found this hilarious letter to Mr. Meatloaf. An open letter to Meatloaf: Dear Mr Loaf, In your hit single I Would Do Anything For Love, you claim, "I would do anything for love, but I won't do that". [My italics.] A … Continue reading 113432300367697080

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Finally my pic on the blog... some of the child hood pics. I have re taken the printed pics then with my webcam, just wanted to put them here, couldn't wait to get them scanned. Sorry bout the quality would scan them and update this space. The present day image is coming soon...

just that

No one ever got me flowers. Never.......... can you believe that?? There are more things about me which are unbelievable that you can possibly think of. And that's why I call it "This is my truth"... Truth which is stranger than fiction, Truth more scary and bewildering than fiction.... ____________________________________________________ "Once I can understand it … Continue reading just that

Let me be your friends

That’s it…I can’t take it any more. Please stop. “I can see a great leader in the making from the mails, one who has everyone’s interest in mind balancing the act…at least some one would walk out of the masses as a true persona…we should rather be proud to call her Sanju Boss” – A … Continue reading Let me be your friends

where is my truth

‘This is my truth’ was the theme of my blog. I started it because there were, and still are, these times when I want to talk a lot about my life but got no one to listen to... I thought I would share the bizarre truth of my life, which I think are stranger than … Continue reading where is my truth