From Prathyush

I'm a writer based out of Mumbai, India. I write weekly essays on culture, literature, fine art, cinema, and photography, rooted in rigorous politics and philosophy.
Created 25 Jul 2020
  • On Frustrating Desire
    18 Oct 2021 • 7 min read • 4 0
    On Friday afternoon, while washing the dishes, I decided to fire up the audiobook of James Baldwin’s Giovanni’s Room, streaming for free on YouTube, and like every other compelling book I have heard o...
  • On Squid Game's Geopolitical Shift
    11 Oct 2021 • 11 min read • 7 1
    Fatima Bhutto’s book, New Kings Of The World, a 145-page volume, thin enough to be balanced on tented knuckles, makes a very interesting, if contentious claim — the biggest challenge to America’s mono...
  • On Indian-Indian Literature
    04 Oct 2021 • 10 min read • 4 2
    We have an ant problem in my house. It's not an ant problem as much as an ant condition, seeing as there is no solution. They are strategic, relentless, and beeline towards the smell, taste, sight, or...
  • On Kota Factory's Self-Help Evangelism
    27 Sep 2021 • 7 min read • 10 4
    Between 2011 and 2015, at least 72 students had died by suicide in Kota, a coaching hub to prepare for engineering and medical competitive examinations. By mid-2017, the numbers of suicides were aroun...
  • On Sex, Education, And Sex Education
    20 Sep 2021 • 10 min read • 2 0
    The pinned tweet on a gay pornstar's Twitter account isn’t a 40-second preview of a filmed sexual act with a link to their OnlyFans, or a viral clip of a dripping, satiating blowjob they gave years ag...
  • On Being Intensely Present
    13 Sep 2021 • 8 min read • 7 1
    In Andrew Sean Greer's Pulitzer prize-winning babe of a novel Less, Arthur Less, the main character, a middle-aged, disillusioned, heart broken, newly single gay author is asked to interview H.H.H. Ma...
  • On Queer Archives
    06 Sep 2021 • 15 min read • 2 0
    Last week I wrote about Darjeeling, a hill town whose beauty my memory never tires of. I follow stray Darjeeling photography accounts on Instagram, screenshotting the sunsets which are very indigo, ve...
  • On Darjeeling
    30 Aug 2021 • 9 min read • 3 0
    Last week I wrote about the HBO show The White Lotus, last year’s Booker Prize longlisted book Such A Fun Age, and how perhaps we have reached a place where we can speak of majoritarian identities lik...
  • On White Guilt In The White Lotus
    23 Aug 2021 • 12 min read • 4 0
    Last week I wrote about Bhuj: The Pride Of India, and how films like that empower an idea of patriotism that is bloodletting. I asked if there is space for doubt in love — not just interpersonal, but ...
  • On Bhujchered Patriotism
    16 Aug 2021 • 8 min read • 1 0
    A feral howl, that is how Arundhati Roy describes her political essays. It comes from a space of deep immediacy, desperation, and despair. Facts usually pepper the periphery — but it is the anger that...
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