Pooja Pande

Pooja Pande

Writer, Editor

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There is Something about Parveen

Fame, mental health and Bollywood via the life and times of Parveen Babi as chronicled in her 2020 biopic

Himal South Asian Magazine / September 2021 / Feature


Guest Post for 25 Minutes, Substack by Mehrunnisa & Jenny

25 Minutes / April 2021 / Blogpost

Suneeta is Typing, Part 2

Part 2 of a conversation on digital selves IRL between an urban and a rural media practitioner

The Third Eye / February 2021 / Feature

Suneeta is Typing, Part One

Conversation on digital selves IRL between an urban and rural media practitioner

The Third Eye / February 2021 / Feature

It Happened that Night

Jab A met D #LoveisLove: The summer of love in 2014

Deep Dives / November 2020 / Story

In a U.P. Minute

How a mosque disappeared overnight

Article 14, Khabar Lahariya / September 2020 / Feature


The Funny Bittersweet Story of Motherhood in India

Penguin India / May 2020 / Book

Why I Write

The Momspeak Urge

She The People / May 2020 / Feature

An Ode to Rage

How motherhood teaches you to go beyond

Momspresso / June 2020 / Feature

The Death of FOMO

Learnings from Lockdown 2020

Hindustan Times / June 2020 / Feature

Bigot Makes Me Coffee

Short story on & around the 2019 Indian Elections

Himal South Asian / June 2019 / Story

KL Reaches Untapped Audiences

A blogpost on MeTooRural, from the Khabar Lahariya Perspective

International News Media Association / May 2019 / Blogpost

Sari Stories: Chapter Nine

Finale to the sari interviews with notes on Pakistan, in a tete-a-tete with Afia Aslam

The Aerogram / April 2019 / Feature

Meera's Maya

Dalit woman contests for Lok Sabha Elections 2019

Khabar Lahariya, The Wire / April 2019 / Feature

Ayodhya ka Romancenama

For Valentine's Day, Love & Tech in the Holy Land

News Laundry, Khabar Lahariya / February 2019 / Feature

Ek Ladki ko Dekha Toh...

Profiling Abhilasha & Deepshikha, a same-sex couple living in Hamirpur

Khabar Lahariya, Mint Lounge / February 2019 / Feature

Who Killed Neetu Shukla?

MeToo Bundelkhand, exploring the violences around working women in small town & rural U.P.

Khabar Lahariya, Firstpost / December 2018 / Feature

On the Road to Perdition

Khabar Lahariya in Hanuman Gadi, the market that leads to the disputed mandir site

Khabar Lahariya, News Laundry / December 2018 / Feature

In the Name of NaMo

Four flagship policies of the BJp government, examined in rural Bundelkhand

Khabar Lahariya, Scroll / November 2018 / Feature

The New Indian Man

Searching for the new male voice, featuring gamers, wrestlers, bikers and Delhi

To-Morrow / October 2018 / Feature

Most Wanted: Chudail

On a witch-hunt that went viral, in Banda

Khabar Lahariya, Firstpost / August 2018 / Feature

Perils in Plastic

Small business owners and their customers react to the polythene ban in small-town U.P.

Firstpost, Khabar Lahariya / July 2018 / Feature

Fashion & Feminism

Book review of Manjima Bhattacharjya's Mannequin

Desi Writers Lounge Blog / June 2018 / Book Review

Loud & Proud

A report on The Feminist Conference hosted by She the People TV, in Mumbai

She the People, Khabar Lahariya / May 2018 / Review

Water Woes

Premature onset of the annual summer water crisis in Bundelkhand

The Wire, Khabar Lahariya / March 2018 / Feature

The High Priestess

Book review of The High Priestess Never Marries: Stories of Love & Consequence

Desi Writers Lounge / October 2017 / Book Review

Growing Pains

In Conversation with DSC Prize 2017 long-listed Shahbano Bilgrami, about her novel, Those Children

Desi Writers Lounge / September 2017 / Interview

In Her Image

In Conversation with Torsa Ghosal, author of the experimental new novel, Open Couplets

Desi Writers Lounge / September 2017 / Interview

Moon Walking in Rural UP!

Inside a dance academy in Karwi that runs on passion, and Michael Jackson!

The Better India / September 2017 / Feature

Truth or Dare

A homage piece to Madonna, on the occasion of her birthday

The Ladies Finger / August 2017 / Feature

Saffron is the New Black

A fashion zeitgeist is underway in U.P. and it's the colour of the CM's gamcha

Huffington Post / June 2017 / Feature

Mostly Sunny, Seldom Cloudy

Review of 2016 Sunny Leone documenary directed by Dilip Mehta, streaming on Netflix

The Ladies Finger / June 2017 / Review

The Kavita Show

A profile of the new show on Khabar Lahariya's channel

Khabar Lahariya / June 2017 / Feature

From Dhols to DJ's

How the Hinterland Wedding in India has Changed Forever, for Khabar Lahariya

Huffington Post / June 2017 / Feature

Traversing Forbidden Territories

Deconstructing the curious "prem prasang" that has many a mainstream media outfit in U.P. excited

Khabar Lahariya / May 2017 / Feature

Tocks in my Ticker

Erotica short story, part of the anthology titled If Mom's Happy

CWitch Press / May 2017 / Story

The Price of a Woman’s Life

Inside the insidious, inhuman "compensation of dead bodies" ritual that thrives in rural U.P.

Khabar Lahariya / April 2017 / Feature

Epic Shit: Love Bites

Part 2: Taking off on the "Anti Romeo Squad"

Khabar Lahariya / April 2017 / Feature

Epic Shit: The Shauchalay Chronicles

Part 1 of a new series presenting the new challenges before the newly-voted in BJP government in Uttar Pradesh

Khabar Lahariya / March 2017 / Feature

Odds on the Underdog

Analyzing Dalit vote bank politics in rural Bundelkhand

Khabar Lahariya / March 2017 / Feature

The Path of Max Resistance

Profile of Richa Singh, feminist student-leader-turned-politician

Khabar Lahariya / February 2017 / Feature

Delhi Haunts

Short story on the "ghosts" that live in an ancient city

The Aerogram / February 2017 / Story

That Funny Thing Called Izzat

A complicated story of love, sex, and the pressures of society in rural Uttar Pradesh

Khabar Lahariya / December 2016 / Feature

Neta aur Abhineta

A recounting of the role of Bollywood & its stars in politics, by Rasheed Kidwai

Hachette / November 2016 / Editing Project

The Warehouse

Crime-noir thriller set in Waziristan by debut novelist SS Mausoof

Hachette / June 2016 / Editing Project

The Mothers of Manipur

Non fiction book of interviews with the 12 Imas who staged a naked protest against AFSPA in Manipur, by Teresa Rehman

Zubaan Books / May 2016 / Editing Project

Epic Shit, This Way

Critical analysis of Mama's Boys, a retelling of a Mahabharat story

The Ladies Finger / September 2016 / Blogpost

Red Lipstick: The Men in my Life

A literary-styled memoir chronicling the men, past and present, in the life of transgender rights activist Laxmi Narayan Tripathi

Penguin-Randomhouse / August 2016 / Book

What's Up with M.I.A.?

Review of M.I.A.'s new song on the Syrian refugee crisis, Borders

The Ladies Finger / December 2015 / Blogpost

Knock Knock! Who's There?

A personal journey with William Shakespeare on his 400th death anniversary

Our Stories / April 2016 / Blogpost

Biting the Bullet

Exploring the theme of 'Fables & Folklore'

Papercuts Magazine / November 2015 / Story

The Accidental Pilgrim

Interview with Aatish Taseer on his novel The Way Things Were

Papercuts Magazine / April 2015 / Interview

Room 000

Narrative non fiction on the 1896 Bombay Plague

Pan Macmillan / September 2014 / Editing Project

Of Hearth & History

Interview with Rafia Zakaria on her book chronicling Pakistan's political history, The Upstairs Wife

Papercuts Magazine / May 2015 / Interview

Under Pressure

Questioning the stresses of competitive parenting

mycity4kids / December 2015 / Blogpost

How to be Both

Review of Ali Smith's latest novel

Desi Writers Lounge Blogcast / December 2015 / Book Review

Cut to the Chase

Interviews with professionals and think-tanks on career tips & advice

Timeless Lifeskills / May 2015 / Interview

Coffee Table Books

Reviews of lifestyle coffee table books

Blouin Lifestyle Magazine / May 2015 / Book Review

Coffee Table Books

Reviews of high-end lifestyle & fashion books

Blouin Lifestyle Magazine / March 2015 / Book Review

Brand New Mom

Never mix motherhood & stream of consciousness!

Parenting Magazine / November 2010 / Column / [Pdf , 61.7 KB]

As Big As It Gets

Musings during pregnancy

Parenting Magazine / November 2009 / Column / [Pdf , 41.5 KB]

Hot Mamas & Eternity

Deconstructing the hot mama syndrome

mycity4kids.com / December 2014 / Blogpost

One: Kishori Amonkar's Raag

An exclusive interview with the reclusive supremo of Indian classical vocal music

First City Magazine / January 2007 / Interview / [Pdf , 63.6 KB]

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