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Editorial Picks 2020: Our Favourite Articles of the Year

The Editors of DU Beat bring to you our ‘picks’ for the year 2020, what became our silver lining under the cloudy sky of this year.

We at DUB strive to serve our readers with only the best, despite the many lows and challenges of this year our organisation braced itself and continued to set higher standards. Here are some of our personal favourites articles, some made us moved us, others left us speechless and yet they all had something in common- they all hoped to make a difference.

  1. Medieval Serf Stuck in Black Plague Writes a Letter to DU Student

Here’s a letter from a medieval serf in black plague to a DU student- a hilarious letter that does not disappoint! Be ready to have your mind amazed by this witty piece of writing.

2. A Musical History of Dissent

A meticulous insight into how a ‘revolution’ can rage forward through a powerful tool such as music. It traces the trails of when music and movements joined hands.

You can find the piece here!

3. Delhi’s Walk Through Women

To quote the author’s beautiful articulation, “Because when it comes to Things Every Delhi Girl Can Relate, it is not just bargain shopping at Sarojini or chilling with your gang at some Bistro outlet. It’s also the reminders of Delhi being the crime capital or strolling the streets with a subconscious accounting of every inch of your surroundings. Curfews in hostels and PGs and curfews, both internal and external form an innate part of our lives.”

Read these powerful words, here!

4. Dilli Ab Door Nahi – Culture Shock and Homesickness in DU

Continuing the spirit of Dilli, especially as we miss the world outside our homes, our campuses and life pre-pandemic, here’s a piece on the cultural shock of outstation students.

Dilli kab tak door rahega? ~pandemic batches of DU

5. Khaamosh – Why Bollywood is Silent on Sexism

Bollywood came under immense fire this year- are nepotism, sexism, discrimination the only pillars of this industry? Can this industry use its platform for some good? Do we need our celebrities to save us? Do they owe their audiences this expectation at all?

Read about B-town and its charades.

6. The Troll Culture

Read our correspondent talk about the state of harassment and hiding behind our screens. IT answers the question, “How did we reach here?

Troublesome trolls of social media. Click on the image to read more.

7. A Queer Representation in Indian Cinema

A needed reality check of what the much beloved B-town does for its LGBTQ community on screen. Our correspondent shines light on the people who put the ‘pro’ in problematic.

Read this piece here!

8. A Woman like That Is Not a Woman, Quite: The Story of the Witch as a Feminist Allegory

As the author explains, “From ancient folklores, pop music to Disney classics, the figure of the witch is manifest in our popular imagination. Upon a deeper probe, the fictions of the witch reveal themselves as a discursive allegory about the patriarchal fears of untameable womanhood.

Bulbbul, the film and its likes make us think more of these tales.

9. Guru Dutt: The Tragic Storyteller

Once in a light year a few gems rise, who remind us that beyond the nonsense, that the likes of Sara Khan and Kartik Aryan create, ‘cinema’ has not seized to exist.

Read here about one such man himself.

10. Violence, Drugs, Misogyny: What’s Punjabi Music Up To?

From the traditional Sufi music to the contemporary crap, Punjabi Music Industry has only degraded. As The Tribune famously said: violence today, is not the object but the subject of Punjabi music.” Our correspondent clarifies some pertinent misinformation about Punjabi music.

Read more.

Bonus piece: Of Dusty Lanes and Dreams: Dear Delhi-6

This piece illustrates the beauty and meaning behind Rakesh Mehra’s Delhi-6, a film, a story, a classic. We suggest you read this piece with the beautiful film soundtrack playing in the background for maximum impact. (be ready to feel many emotions)

Remixes may come and go, there will only be one Masakali.

Happy reading! See you in 2021.

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Sakshi Arora

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Shivani Dadhwal

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Bhavya Pandey

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