Rini Barman

OPEN TO OPINION

English   |   Bangla

Independent writer and researcher, Guwahati

ART & CULTURE

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Why 'The Haunting of the Hill House' is Netflix’s best horror show till date

At the core of show is family grief and sadness inflicted not by phantoms of the exterior world but by their near and dear ones.

ART & CULTURE

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Netflix’s Maniac: In an eerie, quixotic tale of mental illness, a message of hope

The show has two important messages — that cure lies in human connections, and that there is no shortcut for it.

POLITICS

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Lynching of Nilotpal Das and Abhijeet Nath reveals a ceaseless identity battle in Assam

Reinforcing that mobs are blinded by witchcraft, and by marginalising tribals further, one is giving the irresponsible law and order authorities the long rope.

ART & CULTURE

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Fandom has turned Zubeen Garg into a figure of sacred perfection

Fans can act as a crucial subculture to keep the artist on his/her toes.

VARIETY

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How Indian pop culture fetishises the maid

Our lurid representations of domestic workers tell us that future Mahagun Modernes are waiting to happen.

VARIETY

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The problem of selective exclusion in Assam's #NamamiBrahmaputra

It is a patronising, Hindutva-heavy fantasia, a series of images that add up to mainland India’s fantasy of the river.

ART & CULTURE

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In Neil Gaiman's Norse Mythology, the Gods open at the close

As time moves forth, the players are seen sharpening their guile, deceit and hammer-wielding powers.

VARIETY

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Exposing Kaziranga's 'untold secret' that government wants hushed up

BBC journalist’s film should alert tourists (inside and outside Assam) to move on from the 'exotic-endangered' animal fetish.

ART & CULTURE

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How demonetisation has rocked Bhojpuri pop music vibe

Because it’s not enough to just sexualise humans, one must extend the courtesy to currency as well.

ART & CULTURE

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Visaaranai, India’s official Oscar entry, exposes our horror

Vetri Maaran's film tells us it is high time we challenge how institutionalised violence is kept under cover.