By Manal Khan

“This one’s Indian,” said Noor, while he directed his eyes towards the guy who had just stormed into the store with his biker shorts and a grey t-shirt. I chuckle and ask him in Hindi, to speak softer, or he’ll know. Noor Uddin, who has been working…


In the third week of the nationwide lockdown, when only a few responsible hadn’t resumed casual roaming about the city, I sat across from the screen was my two and a half-year-old niece, who had recently started babbling words that made some sense. Our weekly meetings had been reduced to…


Trans rights activists often send distress calls on social media and the content sometimes depicts extreme violence against trans individuals. Does this help their cause?

A two-minute video on a Facebook page, called Trans Action Pakistan, a transwoman is seen lying on a bed with a fractured foot and a…


There was a time in 2019, when I was fired from a well-paying full time Multimedia Producer job. Coming from a very humble background, I did not know what it was like to not earn. I also did not know what it was like to have a safety net of…


The 2016 masterpiece, a claimed tribute to the glorious classic genre of the musicals, starts off with a ‘Step Up’ inspired stuck on a highway performance that introduces Mia (Emma Stone) and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) as the starring cast. …


I’m 23 years old and this has been my reality for almost a decade now.

Imagine a painful period. Not like “Oh, I’ll sleep it off and hopefully I can go to school/college/university/work in the morning,” but more like “Will I even wake up to see the morning?”

I’m 23…


Where do the women go in a fascist post-apocalyptic India, with a climate emergency that counts every sip of water?

When the widely followed anthology series Black Mirror failed to get the viewers’ attention Bandersnatch onwards, and after the acclaimed, The Handmaid’s Tale, based on Margaret Atwood’s book, started giving a drag-the-plot-for-more-views vibe, I stumbled upon Leila.

The Netflix original Leila, directed by, Deepa Mehta, Shankar Raman and Pawan Kumar…


These fierce bird-women are here to redefine your life.

“That’s the alarm that sounds when no women have spoken out loud for three minutes.” Tuca bursts out, when her best friend, Bertie, is being talked over by a male colleague during a work meeting, where she’s about to ask her…

Manal Khan

I tell myself I can write on some days.

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