This series of four poems represents a somewhat self-deprecatory grappling with our current altered reality in the context of the given theme. Each new poem takes its specific title and impetus from a word or phrase in the preceding poem (hence the series title Tag, which is also a shout-out to a game based on touch). The tag words are highlighted in blue.
Smriti Nevatia has worked as a film and theatre critic, and as researcher, scriptwriter, co-director on documentary films. She has collaborated with filmmaker Nishtha Jain on several award-winning documentaries; curated a number of themed film festivals – on queer lives, gender-based violence, social justice movements, and masculinities; and served on selection committees and juries for national and international film festivals. She occasionally teaches / does workshops with film and media students, while freelancing as a text editor and translator in English and Hindi. She is co-author of 'No Outlaws in the Gender Galaxy' (Zubaan, 2015), and sometimes writes other stuff.