About Me

I am an independent Indian writer and critic. I've been writing full-time for eleven years -- most frequently on films and books (with a special interest in Indian writing, both in English and in English translation), but also about art, photography, theatre, food, travel and the city.

Since 2014, I write a weekly column on cinema for Mumbai Mirror (it is also published in Bangalore MirrorPune Mirror and Ahmedabad Mirror). My topics are often drawn from popular Hindi cinema, and I sometimes write about a recent release. But the column has run the gamut from the work of KA Abbas to the closure of Delhi's Regal Theatre, and occasionally ranges further afield, taking in other cinematic traditions: regional Indian cinema, documentary, 'world cinema', general arthouse stuff, old Hollywood and more rarely, contemporary Hollywood. It has allowed me space to meditate on subjects as varied as older women owning their sexuality, the Indo-Pak relationship on film, or how the trappings of technology have us in thrall, from Ken Loach's I, Daniel Blake to the lovely Marathi film Lathe Joshi.

From March 2014 to Feb 2017, I wrote a monthly column called Picture This, for BL Ink, the Hindu Business Line's Saturday paper. That, too, was on cinema. I've written about how Satyajit Ray adapted Mahanagar, or recent Marathi cinema, or watching Naseeb in times of demonetisation, as well as such important things as stealing film posters.

From June 2012 to September 2015, I wrote a fortnightly column for the Sunday Guardian, called 'Post Facto'. I wrote about whatever took my fancy -- from what it means to have servants, to my thoughts on tea-drinking, from gardens in Lutyens' Delhi to the many meanings of the dupatta.

Other than this, I write book reviews (for Scroll, Mint Lounge, BL Ink, Open and The Asian Age, among others); travel pieces (for Outlook Traveller and NatGeo Traveller India); op-eds (for the Indian Express and Business Standard); and long-form essays and profiles on art, photography, literature and cinema (for The Caravan and Open, among others).

I have previously been a weekly film critic for Tehelka, the Sunday Guardian and Firstpost.

Before turning freelance in 2010, I worked at Time Out Delhi (as their Theatre Editor), Tehelka (as a features writer) and the literary journal, Biblio (as a consultant editor).

Before that, I studied history at the University of Delhi, and cultural anthropology at the University of Cambridge and Columbia University.

I live in Delhi, and can be reached at trishagupta@yahoo.co.uk.