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Roopa Swaminathan - The Messy Optimist

Hi...I'm Roopa. I'm also a messy optimist! I'm an academic-cum-artist. I'm a writer, filmmaker and professor of creative writing. Academically, I've a Double Masters and a Phd and artistically I've written and directed my own film for NFDC, published two non-fiction books from Penguin. one of which (Star Dust) won the National Award for Best Book on Cinema in 2004. These days...I'm still writing, working on my own lifestyle website (please check it out -, drinking hot chai and grappling with grief. Please feel free to drop me a line anytime at [email protected]

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Bollywood Is Realising That Hounding Out Older Leading Ladies Is Bad Business

Unlike actresses in the 90s who were hounded out of Bollywood the second they inched closer to being 30…the same Bollywood is now ruled by women who are well into their 30s and 40s.

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Planning A Foreign Trip? Here Are 12 Easy Tips To Get A Successful Visa!

Having travelled a lot (40 countries & more), I am waiting to get inside an airplane! If you're planning a foreign trip, these 12 tips will help in getting a successful visa.

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What’s The Male Equivalent Of Slut And Why It Matters

Words matter, in the way we speak in gender terms. A man is ambitious. A woman is a bitch. A powerful man's voice is deep and dignified while a woman is shrill and hysterical.

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Simone Biles Pulling Out Of The Olympics – Sensible, Brave Choice Or Not?!

Simone Biles pulled out of the Olympics citing mental health issues, but everything has two sides to it. What could these be, in this case?

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7 Things To Never Say To A Person Who Has Lost A Loved One!

After I lost my parents, the things people said to me was like another tragedy. My tips on what NOT to say when someone has lost a loved one.

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Princess Di’s Niece Marries: Older Bride Priyanka Was ‘Aunty’ But Patriarchy Ok With Groom As Old As Dad?

Lady Kitty Spencer, Princess Diana's niece got married to a man 30 years older - and that reminded us of how a much older man is given a pass, unlike an older woman in a relationship who is brutally trolled.

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How Pa Ranjith Transformed A Boxing Saga From The 1970s Into A Modern Day Tour-de-force

Sarpatta Parambarai is an excellent example of how the director Pa Ranjith took an old story that gets us nostalgic while giving it a fresh treatment.

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Why Fahadh Faasil’s Malik Was Just Meh For Me

If you are going to make a gangster movie now – in 2021 - it has to be more than a biographical portrait of a gangster who does bad things in order to do good for his community.

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