Lakshmi Chaudhry

Lakshmi Chaudhry has worked at or written for almost every liberal rag in the United States, from the Village Voice to Salon.com to the Nation. She currently lives in Bangalore where she's working on getting a life.

The Lexus and the Olive Creed

Lifestyle dining at this upscale restaurant thrives on the patronage of its celebrity clientele and the suitably loaded who will pay for the social privilege of that company.

26 November 2010
Art & Culture
The Last Indian Superstar

The secret of Rajini’s mass appeal is that he’s a true celluloid hero, not a multiplex megabrand like Shah Rukh or the latter-day Amitabh.

06 October 2010
Can’t Get No Self-Satisfaction

In this age of liberty, women talking about sexual intercourse raises few eyebrows. But the practice or open discussion of masturbation somehow remains a largely male domain.

08 September 2010
An Idiot’s Guide to Celeb Tweeting

Now that the perils of embracing cool tech are clear, perhaps our twitterati will consider learning the golden rules of celebrity-tweeting.

26 April 2010
The Bespoke Marriage

We’re all shoppers now, armed with a long list of requirements for the exactly right kind of car, dress, cellphone, computer, or life partner.

04 April 2010
Love, Freedom and Delusion

Or the perils of exercising freedom in a half-changed world

09 March 2010
For the Love of Marriage

It is easy enough to blame much of what went awry on an antiquated model of marriage, yet those who married for love in my generation don’t seem to have fared any better.

02 February 2010
The New Expatriate

Meet the 21st century heirs to the pucca sahibs, angrezi mems, and boxwallahs, haters and half-haters alike.

11 January 2010
Meat Is the New Black

The newfound meat fetishism of well-heeled Indians reflects their desire to be seen as jetsetting bon vivants with a discriminating palate.

20 November 2009
Sex and the City

Are one-night stands as unIndian as apple pie? Does the liberated bharatiya naari only have sex with strings attached?

07 November 2009


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