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Saturday, Dec 04, 2021
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Post-Mortem

No Sex In Gummidipundi

If there's life outside the urban North jungle, Outlook missed it

No Sex In Gummidipundi
No Sex In Gummidipundi
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Someone who was at IT told me, when I asked her why they didn’t carry more stories on rural India, "India Today is not interested in anything without an urban angle, because its readers are in the cities."

I get heated up by talk like this, and it’s with difficulty that I keep from swearing in print. I spent the last decade in rural India —in Bihar, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka—and it hasn’t been wasted time. One great insight I gained is there are not two Indias, urban and rural, but at least three: metropolis, small-town and village. ‘National’ magazines like Outlook cater solely to the first; they give denizens of the second a voyeuristic thrill; and they ignore the third.

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