Why Israelis Travel to India

Shalev Paller, a tank commander who served in the 2014 Gaza war explains why so many Israeli's come to India to unwind and regain their sense of self I wake up to the sound of laughing children, stare out the ... Read More...

The Hero Myth

Salman Khan unabashedly compared himself to a rape victim recently. The women who questioned him on the statement faced threats of gang-rape and were trolled on the social media. Based on the incident, Sonali V... Read More...

Is Love Dead?

New age communication is making it easier to look for love but it is a bit like shopping—unlimited options, distractions and limited period offers only. Nikita Lamba reports on the state of modern relationships... Read More...

Letters to Nowhere

Sonali Verma reports on the strange after life of letters that don't get delivered and the people who deal with them. The Dead Letter Office or Returned Letter Office (RLO) on the second floor of the Jhand... Read More...

Music Day Recommendations

On world music day sbcltr lists down the best albums of 2016 It has been a gauntlet start to 2016 across the music spectrum. From a musical perspective, so far the year has been a trend killer. Long gestating ... Read More...

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...

Band Pick—Hoirong

Their irreverence for publicity reflects in their interviews and the only thing they take seriously perhaps, is their music. sbcltr speaks to the punk band on the release of their new album, Mwah. Hoirong ha... Read More...

Drugs, Violence and Censorship: Punjab

As the Udta Punjab censorship controversy continues to boil sbcltr recommends GLUT, a documentary that gives you a glimpse into exactly how severe is the drug problem in Punjab. The Bombay High Court has final... Read More...

Racist India

Neha Pant reports on the racial prejudices of Indians in the wake of protests, after a young African French teacher was brutally murdered in New Delhi last week “They regularly beat up auto-wallahs, sell drugs... Read More...

School of Rock: Dharavi Edition

sbcltr meets Abhijit Jejurikar, the man who brought music to India’s biggest slum As we walk across the busy streets of Dharavi and move further into the alleys, in search of the members of Dharavi Rocks—a ban... 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...

The Handwara Killings of Kashmir

Daanish Bin Nabi reports on how the Handwara case is proof that narratives are routinely changed in Kashmir to justify abuse of power Five civilians, including four youth and a 70-year-old lady were killed in... Read More...