Smart & Curious

A list of good reads 

  • The Hindu’s Sunday read looks at the spate of sexual abuse allegations sweeping Chennai’s top schools.
  • New York Times revisits ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’the most R-rated movie for kids.
  • Also in The Hindu: the central role of food in Indian LGBTQ+ culture.
  • Anand Menon writes a moving essay in Tortoise on an impossible yearwhen he lost his mother, father, brother and sister, one after another.
  • Narayani Basu in FiftyTwo profiles the wonderful Chonira Belliappa Muthammathe woman who aced independent India's first civil services examinationand who challenged the glass ceiling at the highest ranks of the diplomatic corps. 
  • New York Review of Books asks how we should judge the women who participate in fascist and patriarchal regimes.
  • Asim Ali in The Telegraph has an interesting take on the Congress party’s path to revival.
  • Mashable has an interesting story on a strike among Black TikTok creators who are refusing to create dance routineswhich are soon enough ‘borrowed’ by white middle class peers without giving any credit.
  • Wondering what’s happened to Ever Given and its Indian crew? Wired UK offers an extended update on the stranded mega-ship.
  • Economist looks at the secret economics of footballers’ hair. Yes, hair.
  • The India Forum has an excellent read on the battle between Baba Ramdev and the Indian Medical Association.
  • Al Jazeera offers a moving look at the former Indian TikTok stars who are lost and forgotten.
  • Vice has a lovely piece on Muhammad Sarim Akhtarthe Pakistani cricket fan whose face has become the universal meme to signify disappointment.
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