Recommended Reading

sbcltr recommends the books to read right now Summer is for the brave hearts and we are not them. If you’re like us, you’ll spend most of your time admiring the glorious clear views and enjoying the bounty of ... Read More...

Killing Ishrat Jahan

Sbcltr explains all you need to know about the encounter of Ishrat Jahan and the political controversy surrounding the 12 year-old case which is yet to go to trial. In the early hours of the morning on June 15... Read More...

The Great Indian Drought

Sharmistha Lal reports on the water crisis that has affected 253 districts and 330 million people in the country The moment the trains arrive, activity breaks out in the otherwise listless Marathwada region of... Read More...

Anatomy of a Riot

As the Judicial Commission set up for the Muzaffarnagar riots absolves majoritarian Hindutva and political leadership of communal violence, sbcltr reviews the documentary film Muzaffarnagar Baaqi Hai that highl... Read More...

The Sbcltr Mixtape: Volume 03

sbcltr recommends the music you should be listening to right now We don’t like summer. It is cruel, relentless and comes with a mandatory playlist of music that sounds and feels like a rehashed version of what... Read More...

Manufacturing Fantasy

India’s relationship with Game of Thrones goes beyond fandom. Neha Pant on the two manufacturing units of Dehradun that supply to the hit HBO series and many other Hollywood productions. Before we find out t... Read More...

Art that Liberates

sbcltr speaks to Nimisha Bhanot. The artist behind the Badass Indian Pinups series Cheeky pictures that show Indian women as they ought to be--confident, sexually liberated and in-charge of themselves have b... Read More...

The Sbcltr Mixtape: Volume 02

sbcltr recommends the best of music out this month In the last month we discovered many things, one of them being the acoustic magic of Miley Cyrus. Yes, you read that right. Despite our bravest measures to de... Read More...

Under Siege: Hyderabad University

Ayesha Minhaz goes undercover at the University of Hyderabad to chronicle the events unfolding there The Cherlapally Central Jail of Hyderabad is bustling with visitors since the last 24 hours. Some local me... Read More...

Rape Is Legal

Kruttika Kallury explains how India is failing its women by refusing to criminalise marital rape Once upon a time, in 17th Century, there lived a Chief Justice in England by the name of Sir Mathew Hale. He wa... Read More...

Popcorn Sundays

sbcltr lists down all the quirky movies you need to watch right now Now that you have binge watched all the Oscar movies from last year, what do you have to look forward to? Forget main stream films for a few ... Read More...

A Case for Nostalgia

Gunjeet Sra on the unlikely connection between Umberto Eco and Harper Lee Spring isn’t the time for nostalgia, one usually saves that kind of self-indulgence for October. But two of my childhood literary heroe... Read More...

Bad Feminists?

Being a woman is just not enough anymore to choose who gets the chance to steer a powerful country writes Bushra Ahmed With its furious debates, patriotic hyperboles and glitzy campaign drama, nothing is more ... Read More...

JNU: Anti-Nationals or Free Thinkers?

I don’t want khoon ka tilak or goliyon ki aarti, I don’t want Afzal in every house either. All I want is a campus back to normalcy writes Violina Bohra, a resident at Jawaharlal Nehru University My father is t... Read More...

Harassed at Work? So What

The recent appointment of R.K. Pachauri as Vice President of TERI, despite allegations of sexual harassment, prove that India is not ready to stand up for its professional women There is a huge disconnect betw... Read More...