Why Doordarshan is telecasting Hindu supremacist serials like Ramayana and Mahabharat, which was responsible for the murderous Ramjanmbhoomi movement, despite knowing that Muslims were massacred in Delhi last month only?

Wow! That’s one loaded question, Anonymous. I understand why you preferred to be Anonymous now. Okay, now the question. It’s too full of assumptions, presumptions and invitations for hate that I am forced to dissect it into a more manageable one. Why Doordarshan is telecasting Because it is a national television network Because it has explicit permission…

What are the scary things about living by yourself?

Indian woman here… hence speaking from an Indian perspective about how things are for an Indian woman living alone in a predominantly or all-Indian neighbourhood… You are liable to be the subject of annoying relatives’ gossip at family dos, with the main topics being your virginity/morality and/or the lack of it. There will always be…

What culture is the most interesting to you?

Spartan Because they are the closest to what my own ancestral heritage was not so long ago. Despite being miles away from each other with little or no direct influences on each other, the Spartans of ancient Greece and the Nairs of ancient Kerala were eerily alike in several aspects. Both were predominantly militarized communities…

Do you like public displays of affection?

Not really. I don’t indulge in any of it. And if I accidentally spot a couple indulging in it, I tend to politely look away and pretend that I hadn’t seen it… much like I’d look away if I spot a couple of dogs mating in the middle of the street. Will I try to…

What is the weirdest thing you’ve witnessed in an Indian wedding?

So I was attending a wedding in Trivandrum (Thiruvananthapuram) in Kerala a few years ago. As I have written on a couple of earlier answers, Hindu Nair weddings are generally a demure affair. There’s nothing garish or loud about the entire function. So I was standing near the wedding dais as I was one of…

What is an unpopular opinion you hold?

A person’s sexual orientation is nobody’s business except theirs. I don’t understand why such an intimate detail about a person’s life is suddenly okay to be a part of news debates and coffee table talks. I didn’t grow up with this and I still find it extremely difficult to stomach. The other day, somebody had…