My writing for other publications/websites/blogs, all linked here.
For India Today’s DailyO:
In-depth looks at Game of Thrones Season 7:
Indian ranis in Game of Thrones: Which GoT lady is best suited to rule all of India from Raisina Hill?
Goodbye Ramsay Bolton: On the literary merits of creating a character as vile as the Bastard of the Dreadfort.
What Game of Thrones Season 6 promises and Why Indians Love the Show : Discussing HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 6 trailer, and why the show is so popular in India.
Do we Really Need Sex, Rape and Gore in Game of Thrones? : On the controversial plot change in Season 5, and what it means in the larger context of character arcs and world building.
Rani Mahal: Written after the announcement of an ‘Indian’ Game of Thrones, humorously speculating on what was to come. Little sex, I imagine.
What’s the big deal about the Black Panther trailer?: Everything.
Woman Power: A review of Naomi Alderman’s Baileys Prize-winning novel, ‘The Power’.
It takes a village to kill a child: On TV shows Riverdale and 13 Reasons Why, and their dark universes for teens.
Norse mythology with a Gaiman spin: Reviewing Neil Gaiman’s collection of Norse myth, creatively titled ‘Norse Mythology’.
Legion and Powerless, two ends of a spectrum: New superhero shows ‘Legion’ and the sitcom ‘Powerless’ really push the range of the superhero show, both in amazingly entertaining ways.
Incorporated, a TV show for our times: Depressingly close to reality, Affleck and Damon’s new production venture gets dystopia right.
Wonder Woman’s growing burden: In the wake of her ‘outing’, and the political climate of distrust and intolerance, Gal Gadot’s turn as Wonder Woman may be the superheroine the world needs, now more than ever.
Benedict Cumberbatch, a ‘Strange’ sex symbol: On the appeal of Cumberbatch, and its perfect match with the cerebral, rather ‘arcane’ allure of Marvel’s Sorcerer Supreme.
Luke Cage, the TV series: Reviewing Netflix’s latest entrant in the Marvelverse, and Cage’s importance as a black superhero today.
Of burkinis, bans and Kamala Khan: A short piece on Kamala Khan, aka Ms Marvel, Marvel Comics’ first Muslim superheroine to headline her own series, and her importance in the wake of France’s ‘secular’ ban of the burkini.
Indian fantasy writing, where is it today?: A response to a piece that claimed that Indian fantasy writers are not moving past rewriting the religious epics.
Archie comics’ newer, darker look: Mark Waid and Fiona Staples’s first issue of the revamped residents of Riverdale, reviewed.
Indian comics: A look at how the Indian comics scene is changing the way we talk about myth, politics and movies, among other things.
Being the Batman editor: The editor’s dilemma–to be, or not to be a vigilante?
Bloomsbury’s Illustrated Harry Potter: A review of Jim Kay’s magically illustrated volume of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
Hermione Granger is Black!: And why the choice of Noma Dumezweni is a brilliant one for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
Book reviews for the New Indian Express, Delhi:
Farrukh Dhondy’s The Fifth Gospel: Complete Short Fictions (HarperCollins India)
Arunava Sinha’s translation of Rabisankar Bal’s A Mirrored Life (HarperCollins India)
Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Buried Giant (Penguin Random House)
Book reviews for the Asian Age, Delhi:
For the Huffington Post:
For the Hindu Business Line: