An unlikely heroine – my story on DW Worldlink

In December of 2012, when “Nirbhaya” was brutally raped and killed, documentary filmmaker Ram Devineni was visiting India. What he encountered moved him to create a comic book, his first, with an unlikely action hero – Priya, who astride a tiger, with the aid of Goddess Parvati, takes on prevailing attitudes and #everydaysexism.
I met him in December 2014, at the launch of Priya’s Shakti at the Mumbai Comic Con – and it couldn’t have been more topical. Yet another rape in a moving vehicle was leading the headlines.
So, we ask: can a comic book effect attitude change? Listen to my latest piece that went on Deutsche Welle Worldlink.

You can *listen* to it here (of course you should listen, it’s a radio piece)!

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"I stand with Priya" - creator Ram Devineni at Mumbai Comic Con

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Honk to be fine(d) – my piece on PRI’s The World

oren India is infamous for a couple of things – and leading the list is its noise pollution. Depending on which index you look at it, India has three cities in the top 5 noisiest cities in the world. The noisiest of the all is Mumbai. The worst offenders are on the road and while some people complain about it, Jayraj Salgaonkar stepped up to the challenge of taking it on – by making honking a privilege with an upper limit that can be fined if you cross a threshold.

Here’s my latest piece that went on PRI’s The World.

You can both *listen* as well as read it here; of course you should listen, it was a radio piece!

Just the audio:


The Right To Pee – my piece on PRI’s The World

public loo We’ve all been there. We’re out and about and that urge suddenly become urgent. You have to pee. So, you rearrange your errands and calibrate a new route that includes a coffee shop or mall so you can pop into the restroom. But, in India, it’s a slightly different story. More people in India have access to a mobile phone than a toilet, according to a WHO report from earlier this year. 636 million people in India don’t have a toilet at home. And it’s especially hard for women. So much so that a coalition of 32 Not for profits has come together to agitate for the Right to Pee.

Here’s my latest piece that went on PRI’s The World.

You can both *listen* as well as read it here; of course you should listen, it was a radio piece!
Just the audio:

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Parodies, Pop, and Violins – my piece on PRI’s The World

Ashok KrishHere’s my latest piece that went on PRI’s The World.

A lot of songs sound like one another — sometimes, they’re nearly identical. There are only a finite number of notes, after all. And sometimes it’s easy to see where someone has been “influenced” or “inspired” by another melody.

Ashok Krish is one of those who can not only spot similarities, but reshape an entire tune — across genres, styles and cultures.

I first heard of him when someone forwarded me his take on Adele’s 007 theme song, Skyfall. There are any number of cover versions of the song — from a rock take to the Russian Army Band’s interpretation and everything in between.

But Ashok Krish’s is likely the first that sets it — and other pop music — to a classical Carnatic raga. Check out his solo work and also his band (with Harish aka @hariflute) Parodesy Noise. Listen to the story for yourself below or on The World.

Ashok Krish


KCRW radio race 2013

In August, Sonologue jumped into the fray of the first annual 24-Hour Radio Race, organized by the fine folks at KCRW’s Independent Producer’s Project. The concept was simple. Teams from more than 100 countries registered. On August 17, 10a.m. EST (10:30 p.m. IST local time for me) they dropped the theme by presenting this video […]