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Dystopian sci-fi ‘The Platform’ on Netflix offers appropriate allegory for coronavirus pandemic

The Spanish movie “The Platform,” which can be interpreted as a twisted allegory about greed, makes viewers question the recent period in...

Dabangg in Singapore

Dabangg is an illustration of how Bollywood processes the filth, crime and corruption of India’s heartland into celluloid masti, and probably, into a blockbuster.

Life Under Capitalism

Sofaman is a collaboration between Singapore’s The Necessary Stage and The KnAM Theatre from Russia.

The Silent Sufferers

I’ve not seen all the plays that Director Alvin Tan and Playwright Haresh Sharma have done together in the last 20 years but amongst the ones that I have seen, “Model Citizens” is one of their best—honest, direct and biting.

Bengal’s Balzac

When I was asked to review Rajat Das’ debut novel (Paper Boat, Flame of the Forest) I approached the offer with skepticism.

Inside a Borgesian dream

Chris Nolan’s Inception could well have been written by Argentinean short story writer and poet Borges, with inputs from Freud and Jung.

A Rewarding Read

In Ankur Betageri’s debut collection of short stories, Bhog and Other Stories, the last story, Malavika, is about a Bangalore-based materialistic girl.

Disparate Ways

"All my life I have had to think about ways of looking and how they alter the configuration of the world." With this prologue, Naipaul starts his book, A Writer's People: Ways of Looking and Feeling (Picador, 2007).

Of the Diaspora

Capturing the havoc of war-torn regions and the consequent trauma of forceful human displacement have always been a business of storytellers.

A Potent Blend of Humour and Woe

Jayant Kriplani, an India film and television actor, famously known for his lauded screenplay Well Done Abba (2009), now dabbles his hands in writing books.


Bangladesh Media on Ventilator: Survival is in the Paywall

The old revenue model of newspapers was first hit by a degenerating disease some two decades ago. The coronavirus crisis has sent...

Coronavirus – the end of globalization?

The Coronavirus is bringing radical changes to humanity. It has already brought severe consequences to the global economy. Stock markets around the...

The C** Word: Covid-19 and Calculation

Calculation is omnipresent in the current pandemic. And yet, Continental philosophers never talk about calculation: it seems to be the c** of...

Power, Appearance, and Obscenity: Five Reflections

ONE: The New Obscene MasterThe obscene public space that is emerging today changes the way the opposition between...

How Scientism Spawns Pseudoscience and Science Denialism

Scientism – the belief that science is the only valid source of knowledge and that all legitimate questions can be answered by...
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