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Posts from the ‘Issue 1/ Beyond Mumbai, 2012’ Category

From Shared Dreams of Music to Hot Showers: Motherhood and Changing Roles in ‘Margarita With A Straw’

By Gayatri Aich and Joy Chakraborty
Margarita With A Straw begins with an opening scene where Laila's mother makes a smoothie for her daughter, and drives her off to the college. The relationship that Laila shares with her mother deals with shifts as Laila begins to try and understand the intersections of her identity as a bisexual differently-abled woman.

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Kahaani’s Vidya Bagchi: New Woman, Goddess and Avenging Mother

By Priyam Sinha
Bollywood has been lately putting forth an ambiguous effort to replace the hero dominating the screenplay with the modern woman who was once a figure of the nationalist discourse. Now a subject of discursive study that captures the true essence of the Indian imagination and not the monolithic discourse.

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The Space of Amma Sentiment in Tamil Cinema

By R Rohit
Tamil mothers (Amma) in the films are idolised and projected to have a false sense of superiority, while being marginalised under the protection of a male figure ultimately. The Amma is seen as the backbone of the family, the one who is beloved for her sacrifice, the one who takes the mantle of raising children, ultimately becoming a part of the cycle. In hindsight, nothing of their contributions has been acknowledged, on screen or in life.

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The Reluctant Mother: A Study of ‘Motherhood’ as a Tool of Patriarchy in Bollywood Films

By Rituparna Das
Bollywood has yet to grow up to accommodate women like Aruna and Kia who are very much a part of the contemporary society yet who, like their Bollywood counterparts, are silenced and negated in the mainstream discourse on Indian women.

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Contents: Fantasy (Issue 61)

Contents: Fantasy (Issue 61)

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Issue Editor’s Note: On Fantasy or Our Mundane Powers of Enchantment

By Atreyee Majumder
Does fantasy reveal in hidden, hitherto unthought-of version of the already known and domesticated reality? Does it reveal a yearning for the familiar just in a different package? Does capital usefully aid in providing such a shiny package?

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The Worlds of Fantasy: Listening to Alien Voices

By R. Krishnaswamy
The activity of working is so fundamental to how we exist that even philosophers, like Marx, Engels, etc. have built their career around explaining the socio-economic consequences of such an activity.

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Of the ‘Thing’

By Vishnupad
One such object – ‘the thing’ par excellence in Lacanese – was the cell phone. In its avatar before the smartphones it had already made a place for itself in public’s imaginary and practices after an initial phase of uncertainty.

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Fragment, Fantasy, History: Towards Newer Projects for Re-Imagining National History

By Manhar Bansal
This essay argues that it is in the ‘unhistorical’, ‘silent’ and ‘scattered’ fragments that historical imagination must find its true place. In this endeavour, it must shun the hegemonic and homogenising forces of mainstream imagination and use oral tradition, collective memory, poetry, literature and fiction – alternative sources I broadly call ‘fantasy’ – to reimagine our multiform pasts.

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Agha Shahid Ali and the Poetry of Exile

By Sheikh Shayan Fayaz
What are the problems of treating exile as a fantasy and a literary motif, which is partly how it was for Ali, a voluntary expatriate in America and certainly how it is for his non-exile readers?

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Allegories of Primitive Accumulation: On ‘Lazzaro Felice’

By Virginia Lee and Suvij Sudershan
Lazzaro Felice presents an allegorical vision of this process through the fantastical depiction of its setting and characters.

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To Dream, Perchance to Change

By Sandeep Banerjee
Across cultures, poetry has always been a key site for articulating the relationship between the fantastic and the transformative mediated by the shaping powers of the imagination.

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