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Swara Bhasker

Swara Bhasker

Swara Bhasker is an award-winning Bollywood actor and sometime writer and social commentator.

Bitter Chocolate

Put yourself in their shoes

For me, the first 56 days of the national lockdown was a housebound saga of domestic

By Swara Bhasker June 07, 2020

Nudes and gender naysayers

Last week, an unexpected controversy fired up electronic and social media, following

By Swara Bhasker May 24, 2020

On cloud nine in my zoo

One of my favourite children’s books was Grandfather’s Private Zoo by much loved

By Swara Bhasker May 10, 2020

Let the hair down in lockdown

On January 7, the World Health Organization announced the identification of a new

By Swara Bhasker April 26, 2020

Look back and stay happy

A week into national lockdown and it already seems that we occupy a dystopian

By Swara Bhasker April 12, 2020

The Black Death of our time

The world became more connected in these past two weeks. Unfortunately, the reason

By Swara Bhasker March 29, 2020

In defence of protest as picnic

Ideologies of hate abhor proof of coexistence. This is true of Salafism’s stringent

By Swara Bhasker March 07, 2020

Songs about the dark times

Two weeks ago, some friends and I were discussing how public debates and

By Swara Bhasker February 22, 2020

Spring comes to Shaheen Bagh

India has always been a very exciting place. But nowadays, actions and occurrences

By Swara Bhasker February 08, 2020

Do women scare you, trolls?

In 2018, I acted in a female-driven film about four urban women and their trials and

By Swara Bhasker January 25, 2020

When JNU was saved—not by cops

On January 5, I had packed up early from a shoot in Mumbai. I was looking forward to

By Swara Bhasker January 11, 2020

The mob monster within you

Joseph Conrad’s Heart Of Darkness has the mysterious Kurtz exclaiming, “The horror,

By Swara Bhasker December 14, 2019

My mother, me and JNU

For as long as I can recall, my mother, Prof Ira Bhaskar, has always had her

By Swara Bhasker November 30, 2019

A trip down Nehru lane

The sheer scale of the smear campaign directed at Jawaharlal Nehru in the last six

By Swara Bhasker November 16, 2019

Hope that dispels darkness

We live in a time when our traditional festivals have all turned into mega-shopping

By Swara Bhasker November 02, 2019
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