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Why 'Bahubali' Is Not As Sexist As The Critics Seem To Think

Critics lambasted SS Rajamouli's magnum opus Bahubali: The Beginning for leaving no space for female characters to develop, and held it as an example to show how Telugu cinema is stuck in a medieval past. "Masculinity-porn", "sexist" and "testosterone-heavy epic" were some of the phrases used to describe the film. While I think deconstructing gendered representations in films is something to encourage, these readings are nowhere close to my experience of the Bahubali.

Podcast: Vikram Doctor On The Endangered Indigenous Banana Varieties Of India

The reason that the indigenous varieties of India are disappearing from the market is purely commercial. With the help of Dan Koeppel, a columnist and the author of Banana: The Fate of the Fruit That Changed the World, Vikram traces the evolution of the banana from a simple tropical fruit to an industrial product in the West, and finds out how this may help understand what is happening in India.