Saanya Gulati's Blog, Tricoloured Crostini

You know what they say about freedom: nothing says it better than food. Okay, I have no idea if anyone actually says that, but that's besides the point. The point being that today marks India's 70th year of freedom. What some may call the original Brexit, or All India Bhackchod calls 'the day India resigned.' (which if you watched yet, you definitely should!) Coincidentally,…

Saanya Gulati's Blog, Insta-Stories

With Britain pulling out of the EU, and Trump being declared the Republican Party's Presidential nominee, the bar for what constitutes earth-shattering news has been considerably raised. Yet you have to admit that Instagram essentially stealing Snapchat overnight does mark somewhat of a watershed moment in the history of social media. In less than 24-hours of Insta-stories existence – which…

Saanya Gulati's Blog, UnMediated

In a world dominated by digital devices, there is a nostalgic case to be made for print media. This sense of nostalgia was strong when a group of LSE students took the decision to launch a media and communications journal, which would be keepsake of our academic journey in London.   The idea: A cross-cultural initiative to address some of the contemporary debates in media and…

Saanya Gulati's Blog, Emoji Day

Linguistic evolution from the SMS-era The tragic irony about phones becoming smarter, and people becoming dumber has taken an interesting trajectory through the information age. With SMS-lingo out of vogue the fear is no longer the derailment of the English Language. What we mean to say is ‘no1 txts lyk dis.’ Of course that is a function of evolved messaging…

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There is an iconic scene from the movie Chocolat, when the Comte de Renauld, mayor of the small French village, sneaks into Vianne Rocher’s chocolaterie to destroy it - convinced that it is leading the citizens of his town astray from their faith. An eccentric battle ensues where he mercilessly cuts the head of a chocolate-sculpted woman and proceeds to…

Saanya Gulati's Blog, Cambridge 3

It is said that London is an urban anomaly in the United Kingdom, for its cultural diversity and fast-paced lifestyle remain unparalleled. But every now and then even the urban dweller yearns to press the pause button. https://www.instagram.com/p/BG2Ywqet4dP/?taken-by=bombaydelhigirl While I too would indulge in the all-too-dreamy European destinations that my newsfeed is flooded with as we approach peak summer season,…

Saanya Gulati's Blog, Social Media Day

With days dedicated to each member of the family – fathers, mothers, sibling, and even different food groups – pancakes, chocolate, and sushi – it was only a matter of time before social media had its own day. After all, how else would we know about these days if not through social media? https://www.instagram.com/p/BBk64iGN4fo/?taken-by=bombaydelhigirl As a scholar of media and…

Saanya Gulati's Blog, #YouthVotes Brexit Debate

I have seldom pondered about the fact that it is a privilege to understand politics. Yet, somehow it ended up being my parting thought from a debate that was intended to discuss the implications of Brexit for the youth.<center><iframe width="670" height="377" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/bI4QeQCGzTc?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></center> The question is simple, even Shakespearean – to leave, or not to leave? Yet the answer…

Saanya Gulati's Blog, Delhi Gymkhana Incident

There are two things that every Indian misses when they live overseas: the food, and their domestic help. I recall an alumnus from the LSE narrating her decision to return to India after graduating – “I missed my Lakshmi Didi and Ramu Bhaiya too much.” Didi and bhaiya are the Hindi words for elder sister and brother, but they are often used…

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