Author: Aakanksha Reddy

Veere Di Wedding- feminism, female friendship and fun!

Female friendship is one of the most underrated and glossed over relationships in media and pop culture. There are very few mainstream films and television shows that celebrate female friendship in its truest form. In fact, the word female is redundant as there is no difference between female and male friendship. The graph of every male and female friendship evolves and strengthens over time with a plethora of disagreements, jealousy, greed, selfishness, anger and competitiveness in between. The negative emotions stated above are glorified in the portrayal of female friendship. Films often narrate female friendships by putting them in...

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How to stay positive after exam results

Note: This is not a sugar-coated article that tries to sell the idea that marks don’t matter. Marks and grades do matter but they are not the only factors that matter. The nation has been talking about the CBSE board results over the past couple of days. The results season is a period of stress and anxiety amongst students. Student suicide capital is one of the biggest problems that plagues our country. Students fall prey to an education system that has indoctrinated them to measure their self-worth and future success by their exam results. An education system that taught them to...

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Royal wedding with misogyny? I do!

NOTE: This is not a typical 8th-grade discursive essay aimed to brainstorm whether social media is a bane or boon. Opinions. You have them, I have them and we all have them. In today’s age of social media, it is almost difficult to resist ourselves from voicing them to the world. The internet is flooded with unsolicited advice, misogynistic and racist comments, moral policing and (constructive?) criticism. The fourth quarter of last year and the past couple of months of this year was indeed a celebrity wedding extravaganza, from the wedding of Samantha Ruth Prabhu and Naga Chaitanya Akkineni...

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Cricket that Multiplies Happiness – IPL 2018

Cricket that Multiplies Happiness Capitalism Aggressive product placement. Internet trolls. Objectification of cheerleaders. Match Fixing Misplaced priorities (as illustrated by the ever-cheeky and witty Amul in the picture below). The dirty side to IPL is captured by the six points above. We need to get over (pun intended) with these six drawbacks. We need to encourage sports (apart from cricket), promote the participation of women in sports and support athletes who lack attention and resources in order for them to unlock their potential. Nevertheless, I am inherently drawn to this national celebration of so-called cricket called IPL. Please don’t...

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