6 Books Every Teenager Should Read

The teenage life can be excruciatingly lonely or devastatingly beautiful or both. Here are six books that evocatively capture the highs and lows of teenage love, life and longing. 1. The Catcher In The Rye by J.D.Salinger:  This book crops up in almost every must-read list so often, that the story of the disenchanted Holden…

Tom Hiddleston, Jared Leto, Doctor Who & More: Blasting News Round Up

I’ve also started work as a journalist for Blasting News. Here are some of the articles I’ve written so far. What the Joker’s got to say about ‘Suicide Squad’ Odin Is Back In Thor 3, But Not On Asgard Who is the Doctor Who’s companion this Christmas? Is Tom Hiddleston dating Priyanka Chopra now? *~…

7 Spunky Women Characters From Fiction: Pop Culture

An urban dictionary user defines “spunky” as somebody who has attitude and a presence. Spunky women aren’t your conventional heroines. They’re fiercely independent, individualistic and aren’t afraid to question established norms and fight for what they believe in. But their heightened sense of individualism and quirkiness might not be welcomed by the patriarchal brotherhood and…

9 Reasons Why You Should Read Paper Towns: Pop Culture

Most people recognize John Green thanks to The Fault In Our Stars as a bestselling author of YA fiction. And although, TFIOS does delight and devastate, and is an unforgettably heartbreaking read, I personally feel that John Green’s creativity and storytelling talent is best expressed in the 300-something paged adventure and mystery love story titled…

The Secret Life of Diaries: Creative Non Fiction

i. Wonderland of Deep Space and Beyond At the age of nine, I was a swashbuckling space pirate. My imaginary friend and I would embark on intergalactic, death-defying adventures, uncover plots of world domination, battle courageously with aliens and save Planet Earth from extra-terrestrial invasion and be back home just in time for supper. My…

Interview with Inedible India: On Comic Satire, Politics And More

Inedible India is a web-only satirical comic strip, created by the politically-astute and jocular Rajesh Rajamani. Inspired by the web comic series, ‘Royal Existentials’, Rajesh began to create comic strips with Mughal-era pictures and Raja Ravi Varma paintings as a backdrop to comment on current political, cultural and economic scenarios. Having fallen in love with…

Sherlock Holmes in the 21st century : Pop Culture

The fascination that literature’s arguably best detective exercised in the popular Victorian imagination can be summed up in a single fact: such was his influence and appeal that Arthur Conan Doyle was compelled to bring his protagonist back to life by making him hold onto a tuft of grass, after having thrown him off the…

David Bowie in His Labyrinth: ​Personal Essay

For me, David Bowie wasn’t an ageless celebrity to rival the likes of Madonna or Bob Dylan, but a strange, god-like figure. The type of celestial being whose career spans generations of eccentricity and experimentation, existing on the fringes of mythology, never quite a part of the mainstream pantheon, but always there, nevertheless, as an…

Five Quirky Films for a Dark Fantasy Movie Night : Pop Culture

For lovers of Tim Burton and Romantic Goth and red wine. I’m a strange person in the sense that although I do not enjoy horror movies, I’ve always been drawn to the macabre and the Gothic. Thus while I carefully avoid stuff like the Exorcist and Poe’s short stories, I can safely enjoy Tim Burton…