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Ravana Podcast | Monologue by Ravana in the book 'Asur'

Ravana Podcast | Monologue by Ravana in the book 'Asur'

There are many entry points in any mythology. Ramayana is also the story of Raavan; the antagonist or the anti-hero. We have seen effigies of Raavan being burnt as part of the celebration of good over evil. But the question of evil is a complex one. In Anand...

05 October 2022
Podcast: Nirala Bedasia

Podcast: Nirala Bedasia

In Bihar and particularly, in Mithilanchal, people look at Rama as a son-in-law. In the folk songs, they sing about him being a groom and not about him winning...

04 October 2022

The many Rams and the many Ramayanas

In this issue, Outlook looks at the many versions of the mythology that has come to mean so many things to many people and has been appropriated and reduced to...

Editor Chinki Sinha talks about the Asur Tribes she met in Jharkhand to understand the people who carry the burden of stereotyping.

Editor Chinki Sinha talks about the Asur Tribes she met in Jharkhand to understand the people who carry the burden of stereotyping.

"In Sakuapani in Netarhat in Jharkhand, I finally met Sushma Asur, a poet and a writer who is trying to save her language and culture. Very few in the...

03 October 2022

Ramnami: Virtual Bharat

An ideator and filmmaker on a mission, Bharatbala translates the emotion of his country into films with effortless ease and beauty.

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02 September 2022
Anees Villa, the bungalow in Solan has historic and emotional bond with Indian Origin celebrity writer Salman Rushdie

Anees Villa, the bungalow in Solan has historic and emotional bond with Indian Origin celebrity writer Salman Rushdie

Salman Rushdie, author of famed ' Midnight's children' ( 1981)-- the Booker Prize winner , was gifted majestic colonial era bungalow by his father Maulvi Anees...


29 August 2022
Freedom of Speech After the Attack on Salman Rushdie

Freedom of Speech After the Attack on Salman Rushdie

A range of writers debate on where humanity stands on the right to dissent freely today


28 August 2022
Ashutosh Bhardwaj in conversation with Akshaya Mukul over his biography of Agyeya. Agyeya's life and politics, his alleged CIA links, his stand on the RSS and Golwalkar.

Ashutosh Bhardwaj in conversation with Akshaya Mukul over his biography of Agyeya. Agyeya's life and politics, his alleged CIA links, his stand on the RSS and Golwalkar.

Agyeya is among the giants of modern Indian literature. Ashutosh Bhardwaj in conversation with his biographer Akshaya Mukul about the life, loves and politics...


24 August 2022
Healing Through Sound, Music and Movement

Healing Through Sound, Music and Movement

Delhi-based independent singer-songwriter Pragnya Wakhlu gave up a career in IT in the US to found her company Mousai in 2009, which aims to transform...


23 August 2022
Santosh Thorat, a slum dweller himself, is changing the universe in Mankhurd slums

Santosh Thorat, a slum dweller himself, is changing the universe in Mankhurd slums

Santosh Thorat lives in a tiny tenement in Mankhurd slums. His goal is to explore the hidden talents of the slum. Many gems are lost. Many lives are never...


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22 August 2022
Dr. Aqsa Shaikh - The Transgender Doctor Fighting Ignorance With Empathy

Dr. Aqsa Shaikh - The Transgender Doctor Fighting Ignorance With Empathy

Dr. Aqsa Shaikh, MBBS, MD (Community Medicine), is an Associate professor, at the Department of Community Medicine. She was appointed as the nodal officer for...


21 August 2022
Bombay's Doggie Dabbawala

Bombay's Doggie Dabbawala

The chef runs a fresh, wet food delivery for dog parents to give their loved ones a healthier, longer life.


20 August 2022
Virat Kohli and the Question of Form

Virat Kohli and the Question of Form

As the Indian superstar faces the biggest crisis of his cricketing career, we get experts from diverse fields, including sports, to tell us what they consider...


20 August 2022
Jharkhand Waterman Simon Oraon Dreams Of An End To The Dryness

Jharkhand Waterman Simon Oraon Dreams Of An End To The Dryness

Simon Oraon was awarded Padma Shri for his forest and water conservation efforts, but his journey is far from over


17 August 2022
Than Singh – The Good Cop of Delhi Fights Ignorance

Than Singh – The Good Cop of Delhi Fights Ignorance

Than Singh, a Delhi police constable, runs ‘Than Singh Ki Pathshala’, educates the street children and slum dwellers.


17 August 2022
Freeway Francis – The Traffic Safety Crusader of Ghaziabad

Freeway Francis – The Traffic Safety Crusader of Ghaziabad

For last fourteen years, Dorris Francis has been managing traffic at a Ghaziabad intersection near the spot her daughter was killed.


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14 August 2022
Mumbai's Birdman and Our Feathered Friends

Mumbai's Birdman and Our Feathered Friends

Pradeep D'Souza rescues troubled birds, and nurses the sick ones, and love is his only motivation.


15 August 2022
Raghvendra Kumar - The Helmet Man of India

Raghvendra Kumar - The Helmet Man of India

Raghvendra Kumar won the Asian Excellence Award in 2022 for his hard work on spreading traffic safety awareness.


13 August 2022
The Doctor is Always In - Healing Touch for Ranchi’s Poorest

The Doctor is Always In - Healing Touch for Ranchi’s Poorest

Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee of Ranchi has been providing medical attention to the poorest. His fee ranges from a smile to rupees five.


09 August 2022
Close 'Encounters' of the Third Kind

Close 'Encounters' of the Third Kind

Extrajudicial killings go against the very grain of the fundamental rights enshrined in the Constitution. Yet, security forces resort to such tactics with the...


04 August 2022
Chaturangam — The World Of Dance And Chess

Chaturangam — The World Of Dance And Chess

Amongst various oeuvres celebrating the 44th FIDE Chess Olympiad in Chennai a dance video titled ‘Chaturangam — A Dance Depiction’ wins every heart.


02 August 2022
On Tattoos, Taboos, and Stereotypes

On Tattoos, Taboos, and Stereotypes

Outlook went to a tattoo studio in Hauz Khas Village to meet Bruna Freespirit, a transwoman tattoo artist based in New Delhi. Bruna recounted her story and...


30 July 2022
The Gift That Keeps Giving

The Gift That Keeps Giving

Loving, hating, sharing, caring and being happy together on Friendship Day


23 July 2022
Mumbai Meri Jaan

Mumbai Meri Jaan

Bombay. Bambai. Mumbai. India's commercial capital through the eyes of the native, the migrant worker, the politician, the gangster, the filmmaker. What makes...


18 July 2022
Sainik Pandharinath Sawant on what went wrong for Shiv Sena

Sainik Pandharinath Sawant on what went wrong for Shiv Sena

In the big debate concerning what has led to the downfall of Shiv Sena, journalist and close associate of the Thackerays, Pandharinath Sawant tells Outlook...


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Opinion

In Bihar and particularly, in Mithilanchal, people look at Rama as a son-in-law. In the folk songs, they sing about him being a groom and not about him winning wars. But there’s also the sadness that Rama’s abandonment of Sita brings upon this region. Sita, after all, was Bihar’s daughter. Parijat lends his voice to this interpretation of Rama.

04 October 2022

In this issue, Outlook looks at the many versions of the mythology that has come to mean so many things to many people and has been appropriated and reduced to a narrative to even suit political agenda.

02 October 2022

"In Sakuapani in Netarhat in Jharkhand, I finally met Sushma Asur, a poet and a writer who is trying to save her language and culture. Very few in the community speak Asuri, she told me. I had grown up with stories about Devs and assure and the battles that were fought to secure earth but these battles always kept us apart like wars always do. It was important for me to find Sushma and listen to her story. After the story was published in Outlook's Many Ramayanas issue, it was sad to see many people post racist comments referring to Sushma Asur. Many also tried to co-opt their identity by saying how Ravana descended from Brahma. But Ravana was also the son of Kaikasa, a demon princess. Sushma and her community mourn the death of Mahisasura during the nine days of Navratri. He was their ancestor. They don't know about gods and demons as we have cast them. They worship nature. That's all there is and that doesn't make them a subject of such racism and ridicule by the society, which has been shaped by reductive narratives, which is always a dangerous thing.

03 October 2022

An ideator and filmmaker on a mission, Bharatbala translates the emotion of his country into films with effortless ease and beauty.

29 September 2022
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