Sex and the Pity

As I am currently unable to read for extended periods of time without going into analytical, cramming-for-finals mode, I have found the only books I can get through are audiobooks, and specifically those of the easy-listening variety. Three such titles later, I find myself despairing at the prospect of being an English graduate in her…

2017: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

Out of my twenty-one years of existence on this planet, I can safely say that 2017 was possibly the worst to date. Supposedly as you get older you get wiser, and you stop making the mistakes you made when you were younger. That’s certainly not been my experience; last year saw me make some of…

Hair-raising stuff: Mass hysteria is killing people in India

Arthur Miller’s 1953 play The Crucible is a dramatized and partially fictive story of the Salem witch trials that took place in the Massachusetts Bay Colony during 1692/3. But how is some play that you were forced to study at GCSE related to anything going on today, I hear you (rightfully) ask? Well, the play serves as…

Festopolis 2017 Report

This article was written for The Telegraph, India, and can be viewed online here In the UK colleges and universities do sometimes compete against one another in sporting events, but not on the same scale as t2 Festopolis 2017 – and there is certainly never a Pulsar NS 200 up for grabs as the ultimate prize! …

5 shows to binge-watch on Netflix after Game of Thrones is over

This article was written for The Telegraph, India, and can be viewed online here  Master of None This comedy-drama stars Aziz Ansari as Dev Shah, a 30-year-old actor just trying to get by in life, and Eric Wareheim as Dev’s very tall friend, Arnold. The show follows these characters’ romantic and social exploits in an…

Why is Charlize Theron so awesome?

This article was written for The Telegraph, India, and can be viewed online here Whether she’s shooting her female French love interest coy looks through her perfectly stylised bangs, or there’s blood dripping from her mouth after she’s just been in a punch-up with the KGB, in Charlize Theron’s new movie, Atomic Blonde, you can’t help…

Sport and spectatorship: a common goal uniting India and the UK

This article was written for The Telegraph, India and can be viewed online here My day today began fairly uneventfully. I got into my Uber driver’s car, said hello, and focused on the road ahead, hoping that I wouldn’t get stuck in traffic and be late for work. About five minutes into my journey, my…

Interview: Dreaming Squires Promotions

The Ox Stu: What is Dreaming Squires promotions?   Dreaming Squires was formed in a field in Winchester by two pretty drunk blokes who like music that doesn’t visit Oxford. It seemed like a good idea in the morning, so we went ahead with it. It’s a labour of dirty, sweaty love aimed at fostering…

The amazing art of eyeliner

It’s incredible how one item of makeup can help me go from a potato to a passable human being within the space of five minutes. That item is of course liquid eyeliner: a product which may seem intimidating at first, but once you get used to applying it, becomes a staple of your makeup bag…

Croquet, go away and come again… never?

So far, from what I can tell, Trinity Term consists almost exclusively of punting, prelims and pretentious twats playing croquet.   I’m frantically trying to get my essay that’s due in at 5pm done (naturally, I’ve only just started the reading for it, because I like to live life on the edge), but instead of…