Don't Shoot the Messenger

2022 was full of surprises and revelations. However, the lesson I hold closest to my heart was unlearning my internalised misogyny. I realised I looked down upon women I perceived as pick-me girls or not like other girls. While many people who engage in this behaviour enable sexism, it is more helpful to view internalised misogyny as a response or a reaction to patriarchy. As several cultural critics have started pointing out, even the hurling of labels such as pick-me or trad-wife tends to blur the lines between calling out misogyny and reinforcing it....

December 3, 2022 · 8 min · 1587 words · Madhushree Kulkarni

On Wakanda Forever

When I watched Black Panther, I remember thinking, “This is not just any superhero film. It has heart.” Actually, here is my orginal review of the film, that I wrote when I was 17. I remember crying in the theatre, feeling hopeful and moved. As a visual communication design student, the visuals had blown me away. Despite being fully aware of what Marvel does, I went into Wakanda Forever with a sliver of hope, but I was thoroughly disappointed....

November 25, 2022 · 4 min · 752 words · Madhushree Kulkarni

Kevin Should Have Seen it Coming

Does art not also contain the opposite of this ‘Dionysian’ losing of oneself? Does it not also contain the ‘Apollonian element of entertainment and satisfaction which consists precisely in the fact that the onlooker does not identify [themselves] with what is represented but gains distance from it, overcomes the direct power of reality through its deliberate representation, and finds, in art, that happy freedom of which the burdens of everyday life deprive [them]?...

November 21, 2022 · 9 min · 1745 words · Madhushree Kulkarni

Mastodon, hellfire Twitter and the week that was

This article will be a work-in-progress node of my digital garden to hold my observations about social media in one place. If you know me, chances are you have heard me scream about quitting Twitter and joining Mastodon. I joined a little before the first wave of Twitter migration. While I had been wanting to get my friends to join Mastodon for a long time, I didn’t actually think they would....

November 8, 2022 · 7 min · 1395 words · Madhushree Kulkarni

Finding a thread

Note: This arises from lived/autofictional experiences. I have quoted credible sources wherever necessary, but it shouldn’t be taken as scientific advice. The article is structured to reflect the circular and often convoluted train of thought caused by BPD. Feel free to read it out of order, in order, or link hop. This is an ongoing, growing digital forest. The what Opening up Everyone hates me Splitting How are you?...

November 2, 2022 · 8 min · 1587 words · Madhushree Kulkarni


TLDR: The base website is hand-written and uses Bootstrap. The blog is built with Hugo and uses the excellent PaperMod theme (with a single, minor addition). Hosting is via Cloudflare Pages. The website One of the primary design goals was that Madhu should be able to edit the blog and make textual edits to the website directly from GitHub. This ruled out fancy React-based SSGs such as Next or Gatsby. I eventually settled on Bootstrap and Hugo, picking Hugo over Jekyll simply because I liked how PaperMod looked....

October 31, 2022 · 4 min · 795 words · Rishav Kundu

Talking to the Unreliable Narrator

Who are you? When I was a child, my answer to this question would be aspirational, traits I wanted to be associated with by other people. I am smart. What is smartness but a metric contingent upon a person’s social and cultural capital? I am hardworking. I am not always hardworking. I procrastinate endlessly when I am anxious. I don’t work hard when I don’t see the point in a particular activity, such as assignments....

October 23, 2022 · 5 min · 1008 words · Madhushree Kulkarni

Vaguely Specific

An ongoing collection of gnomic neologisms, lilting phrases and word combinations from my readings that, when spoken, just roll off the tongue and fall together — like elusive puzzle pieces, to illustrate complexities that I previously believed I had no language for. Use Control+F or Command+F to find a particular phrase or word. Words moribund: In a dying state; dying; at the point of death. 1 motley: Consisting of many different types, parts, or colors that do not seem to belong together....

October 22, 2022 · updated October 29, 2022 · 4 min · 641 words · Madhushree Kulkarni

On Pune Buses and Crowds

My morning classes begin at 8:30 AM. To reach on time by bus, where I actually have a chance to get a seat, I have to wake up at 6:00 AM because the frequency on my route is low and erratic—a bus every 30 minutes on a good day. However, I often miss the one scheduled to reach my stop at around 7:20 AM, leaving me no choice but to catch the overcrowded buses....

October 12, 2022 · 5 min · 1005 words · Madhushree Kulkarni

Hello World!

Welcome to my blog! I hope to talk about culture, poetry, art, cinema, social science, mental health, observations and transformative justice. This blog is a writing exercise for me to have a dialogue with myself, slowly.

October 11, 2022 · 1 min · 36 words · Madhushree Kulkarni