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Sharing is Caring

Hand-me-downs and “swapping” clothes were a quintessential part of growing up in the 80s and 90s, and of college life. Vani recollects instances of sharing clothes and why she thinks it brings people closer.

Samayal Kurippu

Radhika is the host on a cookery show, though that’s not where she wants to be. Vani’s story is about whether Radhika manages to break free.

Despondent in Delhi

Hope could carry us forward with positive vibes, but that’s all it does – sometimes circumstances are beyond our control. The characters in Vani’s story deal with hopelessness in their own way.

Romantic Ideas of Being an Aunt

There’s a certain romance to being an aunt to your sister’s children. Vani Viswanathan wonders if she can bring some practicality into this romance and pick a favourite. 

The Memory Junkie

Biju can’t make sense of his girlfriend’s obsession with collecting junk in the name of memories. What do they do when they move in together and he has to deal with all her stuff? Vani Viswanathan tells the story.

Messy Marriages in Mani Ratnam’s Movies

Tamil movie director Mani Ratnam is one of the few directors who dares to tread into the murky world of couple life and romance post marriage, says Vani Viswanathan, listing her favourite moments around marriage from his movies.

The Dream Catcher Woman

Vani Viswanathan writes about her vivid dreams and the hilarious details in them that she distinctly remembers. Her dreams give her much enjoyment – both through the dreaming process, and later, when she narrates it to others.

Learning at Work

The word “learning” evokes memories of school and life lessons, but what about work, where adults spend such a large part of their days? Vani Viswanathan shares some personal learnings from working at an NGO.

The Men from Kanpur

Abhay and Gaurav, two men far from their comfort zones, realise they live in two different Indias.

Mothers at the Airport

Two mothers reflect on their hassles handling their kids at the airport. Story by Vani Viswanathan.

Whose House is it Anyway?

Who makes a home? When does a house become a home? And when does one truly mentally ‘move on’ from the home she grew up in, to build her own home? Vani Viswanathan ponders, but has no answers!

Crescendo

A mother, a singer, navigates the world of music with her young daughter. Vani Viswanathan tells you how the mother deals with the surprises life throws at her.

Fighting for Women’s Right to Public Spaces

Why is it important to demand the right of women to “loiter” in public? What does it mean in a country where women need to fight bitter battles for a range of (basic) freedoms? In an interview with Vani Viswanathan, Neha Singh, who founded the Why Loiter? movement in Mumbai, discusses women’s right to public spaces for leisure and pleasure too.

Driving Home Inspiration

A mother and her teenaged daughter reflect on how the Indian society views educated urban women today, based on print and TV ads that they have recently seen. Vani Viswanathan tracks their conversation.