Trisha Gupta
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Trisha Gupta

I'm a freelance writer based in Delhi. I write about films, books, photography, travel, art and other stuff usually classified as culture. You can follow me on twitter at https://twitter.com/chhotahazri. Email me at trishagupta@gmail.com


Nebulous Narratives

A review of Rajkamal Jha's novel She Will Build Him A City (2015)

Biblio / February 2015 / [Pdf , 69.4 KB]

The Art of Seeing

BN Goswamy illuminates a lost world of Indian painting.

The Caravan / January 2015

Only Ordinary Men

A parallel review of the memoirs of two of Indian cinema's most interesting actors, Dilip Kumar and Naseeruddin Shah.

The Caravan / November 2014

All in the Family

My review of The Archivist, a photo-book by Nony Singh.

Biblio / February 2014 / [Pdf , 312 KB]

Home and the World

In which I argue that Rituparno Ghosh's intimate chamber dramas were closely observed portraits of the Bengali middle class at home, and sex and sexuality were integral to that picture right from the start.

The Caravan / July 2013

Two Roads Diverged

Pradip Krishen's journey from film to forest

The Caravan / February 2014

Beautiful Things

"What offers him something like stability are objects." On Donna Tartt's glorious new novel, 'The Goldfinch'.

The Asian Age / February 2014

Who is Miss Lovely?

What films about sex stars tell us about ourselves. The first instalment of Picture This, my new film column for the Hindu Business Line's new Saturday paper.

BLink / February 2014

Life and labour

What does it mean to have servants?

The Sunday Guardian / January 2014

Spirit of Place

Mussoorie's oldest and grandest hotel returns to life.

Outlook Traveller / December 2013

Misadventurers in the Museum

"By bringing together this immensely varied work, the KNMA show makes it impossible for anyone to suggest ever again that the category ‘women artists’ is somehow a self-explanatory one." On Nasreen Mohamedi, Amrita Shergil and seven contemporary artists.

Open magazine / December 2013

Difficult Loves

On the worlds of men and women in three recent Indian documentaries: Rahul Roy's 'Till We Meet Again', Tenzing Sonam and Ritu Sarin's 'When Hari Got Married' and Pushpa Rawat and Anupama Srinivisan's 'Nirnay' ('Decision').

The Caravan / November 2013

Tragedy in two acts

On Vinod Mehta's reissued biography of Meena Kumari

Time Out Delhi / October 2013

Inside, Outside

A review of Amitava Kumar's book 'A Matter of Rats: A Short Biography of Patna'

Biblio / October 2013

Truth and Theatre

Do photographs simply capture reality, or do they create it? An essay on the work of Suresh Punjabi and Cop Shiva.

Open magazine / October 2013

The Woman in the City

My Post Facto column, on watching Ray's Mahanagar fifty years after it was made

The Sunday Guardian / September 2013

Unpacking The Lunchbox

My Post Facto column on dabbas, tiffins and audiences.

The Sunday Guardian / September 2013

Bring on the dancing girls

"Rasoolan Bai gave up the mujra – the expressive, sometimes suggestive kathak-based dance that accompanied the tawaif’s music – in 1948." What is it about dancing women that so threatens society?

Tehelka / November 2009

Breaking Open Compartments

"What happens when an artist’s ‘exterior visualisations’ cannot be mirrored in the minds of his public, because they share with him almost none of his cultural context?" On the sculptures of Sukhnandi Vyam.

Caravan magazine / May 2010

Through a Glass, Darkly

Siddhartha Deb's 'The Beautiful and the Damned' reveals a disturbing discomfort with Indian middle-class aspirations.

Himal magazine / October 2011

The World According to a Cat-Lover

The fate of both peasants and animals in Ramkinkar Baij’s art is a record of change in a post-industrial world.

Open magazine / March 2012

Shanghai's Mirror

"Salvation, or the possibility of it, is precisely what Shanghai does not offer us." A rejoinder to Mihir. S. Sharma's indictment of Shanghai.

Business Standard / July 2012

Tales from the Desert Safari

In Jaisalmer, tour guides and hotel managers can be as interesting as the place itself

Open magazine (Travel Special) / November 2011

Death by Dialogue

What does it mean for the future of Hindi cinema if most films are now in fact conceived, thrashed out and largely executed not in Hindi but in English? Will filmmakers only tell the stories of a minuscule section of the population?

Caravan magazine / May 2011

Alice in Blunderland

While Alice Albinia, the non-fiction writer, refuses to tell a well-worn tale, Albinia the novelist succumbs easily to reductive depictions

Open magazine / June 2011

If Buildings Could Speak

Samit Das's images allow us to think about Tagore's sense of space

Open magazine / August 2011

His World of Politics

Scrutinising the cinema of Prakash Jha, and coming away disappointed.

The Caravan / August 2011

Tagore for Beginners

"In film after film, we see events through the eyes of the educated Bengali man trying to deal with a world that has either changed too much—or too little."

The Caravan / July 2011

Wintering Grounds

Finding warmth in a Kasauli winter.

Outlook Traveller / March 2008

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