Nishita Jha — Tehelka

Nishita Jha
Nishita  Jha

Nishita Jha is a qualified yoga instructor and caffeine addict. She is currently a senior correspondent with Tehelka in Mumbai.

Blogs By Nishita Jha

A young woman, just trying to do her job

A young woman, just trying to do her job

August 24, 2013 in Culture & Society

Another young woman. Another group of men. Another list of things she should and should not have done. The news reports have invoked that night “in Delhi last December”. On the surface, there are similarities between the two cases: both girls gang-raped were 23, neither was alone at the time […]

Decry Rape and Be Noticed

Decry Rape and Be Noticed

7 January 24, 2013 in Culture & Society

A recent article in an open-minded magazine attempted to convince us that rape, like the monkey man — is a product of self-delusion, a mass socio-genic illness. The authors of the ironically titled article, “Cry Rape and Be Noticed”, Kalpish Ratna (the joint pseudonym of authors Kalpana Swaminathan and Ishrat […]

The Long March to Freedom

The Long March to Freedom

4 December 22, 2012 in Culture & Society

I woke up this morning in Addis Abeba wishing I was at India Gate, wanting to be tear-gassed, wanting to be lathi-charged, wanting my holiday to end and to be standing with people like me who are sick and tired of living in fear. I mentioned in an earlier blog […]

Surviving the Storm

Surviving the Storm

3 November 18, 2012 in Musings

Last evening, I was called out of my house to help out with one of the biggest emergencies a Mumbaiker can face — looking for a house. An old school buddy who just moved to the city needed to get off his friend’s couch and find a roof for himself […]

Why Yash Chopra Matters (and why I believe in chiffon saris and love)

Why Yash Chopra Matters (and why I believe in chiffon saris and love)

4 October 24, 2012 in Culture & Society

Entering the massive double-gates of Yash Raj studios in Mumbai, you cannot shake off the sense of having stumbled in to a nerve center. A small temple dedicated to Ganesh — the god of commerce and good beginnings — greets visitors as at the entry; but there is a more […]

Don’t Diss Ability

Don’t Diss Ability

0 September 7, 2012 in Sports

Patiently waiting for my phone to charge, I overheard a conversation in a mall that made me reconsider the euphoria of the past week at the Paralympic Games. Glancing at my badge, looking for ways to engage his companion in conversation, a young man asked his friend if she’d caught […]

“What can anyone say to a man who finishes fifth?”

“What can anyone say to a man who finishes fifth?”

0 August 31, 2012 in Sports

Farman Basha, India’s greatest hope for a medal at the London Paralympics, is watching the opening ceremony for the Games in his room. As the Indian flag-bearing contingent appears on screen, Basha begins to laugh. As he laughs harder and harder, as he begins to hoot until tears stream down […]

‘Get with the Games or get out of our way’

‘Get with the Games or get out of our way’

0 August 29, 2012 in Sports

Laura, my Chinese volunteer escort through immigration, cannot stop bouncing on her toes. It’s almost as if she is preparing for an athletic event herself. “I’ve been up since seven, twelve hours on my feet, on the go, but we’ve got to do it you know, for the Games,” she […]