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Booknotes: Beautiful Thing: Inside the Secret World of Bombay’s Dance Bars

Sonia Faleiro's 'Beautiful Thing' is a slim non-fiction volume about Mumbai's dance bars in the early 2000s. This literary reportage took Faleiro, as she mentions in her afterword, five years of hundreds of interviews with many people involved the dance bar ecosystem: the dancers, owners, cops, pimps, customers, mothers, gangsters, transvestites, madams, and so on.

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International Women’s Day 2016

As with last year on IWD, I intend to continue with my personal tradition of celebrating a woman I admire. This year, it is Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of the newly-elected democratic party in Burma and a Nobel Peace Prize winner. Read on further below for more specifics. Before that, however, I would like to say a few words about the 2016 campaign theme for International Women's Day: #PLEDGEFORPARITY.

Published: Time and Opportunity (Litbreak)

No, yesterday’s snot-nosed kid is not going to steal from me and get away with it. After I gave him a job when none of the others wanted him with his bloodshot eyes and dirty clothes. “Satish”, I said, “Here are some decent clothes for when you’re serving my customers and washing their plates.” I also give him two meals and a hundred rupees daily for doing just that. Who would be so generous to a Chamar boy with leathery skin, like he was born in one of the hell-like tanneries where his ancestors worked?