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Cover Image My Clients Celebrate Relationships With Me That They Can’t Even Mention Outside The Therapy Room: A Therapist’s Diary A therapist wonders if we can relook how we approach 'problematic' relationships 14, Jul 2022 Cover Image Do You Dare Confess Your One Sided Love? He loves someone else, but he doesn't mind me loving him in this one-sided fashion. Cover Image Breaking My Heart And Finding Myself Imran on why queer break-ups are hard, but you can't lose yourself entirely in love. Cover Image QUESTIONS. RUMINATION. CONVERSATION Or What is he doing right now? Cover Image The Case Of The Missing Butterflies In My Tummy I thought if I gave myself a push, I’d fall into the hormone pool everyone was swimming in. Cover Image SLUT METRO : The Many Journeys to Sexual Confidence! 18, Jan 2022 Cover Image Dilbadar: A Dating Manifesto Minus The Bad Advice Putting the pleasure back in online dating! 11, Dec 2021 Cover Image I Have Erotic Friendships And It's Not Complicated Aditya writes to reveal new definitions of friendship - and sex! 09, Aug 2021 Cover Image What Does Science Say About Friendship? 13, Aug 2021 Cover Image How Vulnerability Can Fill Our Lives with Love! #PyaariVulnerability 28, Jul 2021 Cover Image I Will Not Write About The Boy I Like The world is imploding. I should not be writing about the boy I like, who recently told me he likes me too. Cover Image Some of us need to be understood differently: Breaking Up and Mental Illness Rukmini writes about her relationship and break-up, and how as a person with mental-illness, she wishes it could have been done differently. 29, Jul 2021 Cover Image Uncle’s Fault : What I Understand Now About Grooming How do cultural norms rooted in respect for seniority enable grooming 16, Mar 2021 Cover Image The Story of My “Diagnosis”: What if Nothing is Wrong With Me? How is absence of shaadi or coupledom an 'abnormality' for the society and for oneself? 09, Mar 2021 Cover Image If Love is A Rose, Mine is Rather Grotesque Once bitten, twice shy – Can one learn to trust again? 04, Jul 2021 Cover Image How the Internet Changed the Way We Make Friends What does it mean to form bonds in the world of digital connections? 18, Jan 2021 Cover Image Kahin pe Nishana, Kahin Pe Nigahein A party, flirtation, class, and a romantic twist. 29, Nov 2020 Cover Image Things You Wanted To Know About Polyamory, But Felt Too Cool To Ask! Polyamorous Pyaar ki Basic Jankaari! 23, Nov 2020 Cover Image A Live-In In Lockdown What does lockdown mean for a couple living-in in a big city? 24, Nov 2020 Cover Image A Prostitute and A Saviour: A Diary A trans-person's journey through sex-work and back 17, Nov 2020 Cover Image Why Does Guilt Follow Pleasure - An Investigative Documentary About Me Moving from guilt to satisfaction in sex! 09, Nov 2020 Cover Image “If He Does 'This', Girl You Need To Let Go Of Him!” How the Discussion on 'Toxic' stuff can become toxic to live with 06, Nov 2020 Cover Image To All the Boys I Couldn't Love Before What fleeting connections with many interesting men tell you about having the hots for none of them. 04, Aug 2020 Cover Image Memories of Touch- Poem In A Pandemic In the protected rooms where people are intubated there are no last hugs and the only thing to touch may be the glass of the window through which you can look at them  27, Jul 2020 Cover Image Secret Loves And Broken Hearts: A Comic A comic about queer desire, love, and loss. 26, Jun 2020 Cover Image "So Many Women, But It's Her I Love" An excerpt from Maya Sharma's Loving Women: Being Lesbian in Unprivileged India 07, Jun 2020 Cover Image Love Stole My Heart, Caste Broke It If caste were not a factor, I would have been married to my first boyfriend because there was no other issue. 17, Apr 2020 Cover Image Love x Sex x Caste: A Reading List Will you read about love with us? 15, Apr 2020 Cover Image Corona Pyaar Hai! Some Don'ts, and Some Do's During Isolation Navigating sex & intimacy during a pandemic 04, Apr 2020 Cover Image I Have a Disability. Why Does Everyone Keep Saying That Love is Not For Me? It took me way too long to realise that I, too, was allowed to love. That I, too, was worthy of it. 23, Mar 2020 Cover Image S.W.A.G. Secretly We Are Gay Two closeted gay men, who are married to women, fall in love with each other. 01, Mar 2020 Cover Image As A Man Am I Condemned To Choose Violence Over Love? Maybe Not. I hit her. The realisation of what I did, and the guilt it brought is unbearable even now. 15, Oct 2019 Cover Image How My Girlfriend's Abortion Made Me A Better Man: A Comic M's story about a life-changing incident. 02, Oct 2019 Cover Image The AOI Guide on How to Say No Sounds simple, but we all know it's tricky in real life! 22, Aug 2019 Cover Image When Pyaar Cannot be Taken Forward Body Peechhe Pad Jaati Hai. What else to do? 18, Oct 2019 Cover Image Here's How Laws on Sexual Autonomy Have Changed for Women Sometimes the law is ahead of how people actually live, and sometimes it’s behind 12, Sep 2019 Cover Image Maybe Fighting with a Friend isn't Such a Bad Thing Why do we find it so easy to let friendship fade away? 20, Jun 2019 Cover Image More Than An Identity: How I Realised My Struggle Was With Being Sexual, Not Homosexual My identity as a queer person became a bit of a shield from the world of love, the world of sex 11, Jun 2019 Cover Image A Mudblood Child of a Love Marriage From my parents’ inter-caste marriage, I learned that love was worth hardship  24, Nov 2019 Cover Image Amma, I Wonder If You Had Orgasms I have always wanted to ask you this. Can you tell me about your orgasms? 12, May 2019 Cover Image Small Doubts: How Can I Have Sex Without a Relationship? A new instalment of our monthly Sex Ett comic! 11, Apr 2019 Cover Image Small Doubts: I Like Older Women, Is That Okay? A young man's burning question. 01, Mar 2019 Cover Image Dil Ki Rani, Rishton Ka Rajya A look at the many kinds of relationships in the realm of rishtas! 28, Feb 2019 Cover Image I Faked Orgasms to be Polite You know how we’re taught that good kids don't go for second helpings of food? I carried that training into my sex life 05, Mar 2019 Cover Image To be Truly Sex Positive, I Think We Need to Step Back From Sex Between being strictly platonic and having sex is a sea of sensuality. Are we ready to see that yet? 27, Feb 2019 Cover Image Why are Bheem and Hidimba the Real Deal? We spoke to the artist and graphic novelist Amruta Patil about the different ways in which love and relationships exist in her work. 12, Feb 2019 Cover Image Muh Bole Rishte - 6 People Describe Their Chosen Families Society might say “Only family is forever”, but here are stories of 6 people forming their closest bonds, beyond blood. 20, Feb 2019 Cover Image What the Law Tells Us about Relationships in India You might be surprised – in good and bad ways. 19, Feb 2019 Cover Image How My Relationships Made Me Question Pyaar, Azaadi aur Accountability Is ‘demanding accountability’ just a euphemism for trying to control someone? 26, Feb 2019 Cover Image This Month on AOI: Relationship Status!    01, Feb 2019 Cover Image Things Young Men Say to Me During Sex-Ed Workshops From ‘What is a clitoris?’ to sharing stories of heartbreak, a sexuality educator tells us some of the burning issues on men’s minds 15, Jan 2019 Cover Image We Asked: Has #MeToo Changed Anything for You? Here’s What You Told Us 29, Nov 2018 Cover Image The Masculinity Detox Diet Easy tips to cleanse your system of toxic masculinity. 22, Nov 2018 Cover Image My Male Friends and I Talked About Sex Constantly, But Not How We Really Felt About It I’m trying to unlearn everything I’d absorbed in predominantly male spaces. It’s making me a better person. 13, Nov 2018 Cover Image Three Superb, Sexy Poems By Poet Perundevi in Tamil 23, Oct 2018 Cover Image When a Workshop about Love and Desire Turned into a Raucous Party 26, Oct 2018 Cover Image Sex Actually: It Was My First Time, and I Had Gotten My Period! As part of our #SexActually series, we asked people to write to us about their real-life experiences of sex. This 23-year-old author tells us about her recent experience of putting theory into practice and why it will always be special to her. (23 then, 23 now) 18, Oct 2018 Cover Image Three Superb, Sexy Poems By Tamil Poet Perundevi good poetry for the health of your soul. 16, Oct 2018 Cover Image My First Time Taught Me How Not to Have Sex 24, Jan 2019 Cover Image Who can tell you how to please a woman better than a woman? More women should be writing about sex 21, Sep 2018 Cover Image Changing the Conversation on Consent with A Nayi Emotional Bhasha Have you seen Love in the Garden of Consent/Ishq ke Baagh mein Marzi hai Minimum yet? 02, Sep 2018 Cover Image What My Live-In Relationship Taught Me About Consent She wanted to say no, but felt compelled to say yes. She would signal how she truly felt, but he would pretend not to understand. Consent proved tricky and elusive, until she developed the muscle she needed to say 'no'. 02, Aug 2018 Cover Image My Exes Live in a Sexy Nexus. I Love them All We need our exes like we need our brothers and sisters and favourite cousins to remember who we were 03, Jul 2018 Cover Image Isn't A Whatsapp Love Story A Real Love Story? Could you fall crazily in love with someone you've never met IRL? 12, Jun 2018 Cover Image From Saat Khoon Maaf to Khoon-Kharaba : Ways People React To Cheating! Stories from people who discovered their lovers’ infidelity, what happened next and what they think about it now. 03, Feb 2020 Cover Image Sex Actually: Of Broken Vaginas and Negotiating Consent New stories of women's unforgettable sexual encounters. 19, Apr 2018 Cover Image The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Girlfriend There is only so much that can be romanticised about a long-distance relationship and the magical reunion that'll fix everything. 12, Apr 2018 Cover Image Thoughts You Can't Avoid When Your Long-Distance Relationship is Doomed I suppose one of the perks of being in a long-distance relationship is that you can foster a few pimples which pixelate into the rest your skin on Skype. 24, Apr 2018 Cover Image What Is It Like To Have Sex and Love With Both Men and Women Sex with men and with women is actually very different but it’s difficult to articulate the difference in sensation. 22, Mar 2018 Cover Image Romance is Real, and Here’s How We Know 08, Feb 2018 Cover Image Sex Actually (Let’s Talk About It) Have you ever had a sexual encounter that you just couldn’t forget? That keeps coming back to you from time to time or all the time? 19, Jan 2018 Cover Image People Call Me 'Pervert' Because I Like Sex They can laugh and shame me all they want, but it's through sexual relationships that I learned how to build trust, seek consent, and stop judging 17, Jan 2018 Cover Image Dating an Older Woman Made Me Take Myself and Relationships More Seriously It made me do a lot of prioritizing and reorganizing. It was stabilizing. 08, Jan 2018 Cover Image LOVE, SEX AND KHICHDI I just wanted to hold him tight and never let go. I wanted to make sure he would come back and I wanted to scream at him for untangling the ‘not’s in my chest. 12, Dec 2017 Cover Image Kahaani Ghar Ghar Ki? The Big Fat Indian Break-Up Two love stories in which Family played very different roles. 10, Nov 2017 Cover Image #QueerlyHeartbroken: A Twitter Chat With Sonal Giani Queer Rights Activist Sonal Giani, on being Queer and Heartbroken, the common issues faced by queer people during break ups and how to deal with it. 01, Nov 2017 Cover Image Mard, Mann Aur Jealousy: 5 Men Talk about Dealing With Unusual Jealousies Unusual jealousies men experience and how it affects the way they look at themselves as sexual beings. 16, Nov 2017 Cover Image #Unfinished Business: A Conversation about Sudden Heartbreaks Expert tips on dealing with a broken heart. 17, Oct 2017 Cover Image WE MET ON GRINDR. NOW THE INTIMACY OF THE SEX WE HAD MAKES IT HARD FOR ME TO FORGET HIM Some loves are sexual, where emotion, body and connection become powerfully joined in the intimacy of sex more than anything else. It is an intoxication, a nasha that’s hard to forget, because it runs deep. 08, Nov 2017 Cover Image Are We Together or Broken Up? The Agony of Ambiguity. I was afraid to straight up ask him for an answer and he didn’t have the decency to be a bit clearer. 30, Oct 2017 Cover Image Just How Long is This Breakup Going to Take? If you didn’t count his crying, nagging, and emotional blackmail, he was a genuinely nice guy who cared about me and wanted the best for me. 07, Nov 2017 Cover Image My Year of Flings In retrospect, it seems to me that my ‘hooking-up’ was not so much about seeking temporary partners, it was more about establishing power. To make myself needed, yet always be out of reach. 12, Sep 2017 Cover Image I was the Abusive One In My Relationship. My Break-up Taught Me To Change. I’ve realised that there is no purpose to just feeling perpetually guilty. What I can do now is never treat anyone else the way I treated her. 12, Oct 2017 Cover Image My First Break-Up Was Nothing Like The Movies We just sat down, wringing our hands. I said, “We have to confront reality. I don’t think we should be together anymore.” 13, Oct 2017 Cover Image Dosti is Pyaar: Being Lost and Finding Friends If pyaar is dosti, it took me a while to understand that that dosti is also pyaar, but more forgiving. 04, Aug 2017 Cover Image How I Helped My Mother Watch Porn and Other Stories Can a young woman learn to accept her mother too is a sexual being? 28, Aug 2017 Cover Image I LEARNT HOW TO EXPRESS AFFECTION AND LOVE IN FRIENDSHIP THE HARD WAY Sometimes I think that friendship and hugging are oddly co-related. Both exist in a place of love which is somewhere between sexual love and cordial acquaintance. 06, Aug 2017 Cover Image Dil Google Google ho gaya AKA how I internet stalked my way through a break up I’d scroll down from post to post, to find semblance of a love lost. As though trying to relive our time together by scrolling down will undo everything that happened to us. 11, Oct 2017 Cover Image NICEST ISHQ MOVES STORIFIED What is the nicest ishq move or overture someone ever made on you? 21, Jul 2017 Cover Image When Pets Walk In On Sex Let’s face it, pets do become like family for most people. While we may all have worked out ways of getting away from our families in the pursuit of ishq, animal children have a sneaky way of sticking around and refusing to be shooed out of the room. 07, Sep 2017 Cover Image MILITANT HUGGER A drought of hugs? Why? When did this ground water deplete? 18, Jul 2017 Cover Image KISS MEIN KITNA HAI DUM: 19 KISS POEMS Kisses that go from sweet to saucy, tender to raunchy, mischievous to gloomy and every other shade of desire. 06, Jul 2017 Cover Image Making Sense of An Ending 27, Jul 2017 Cover Image THE STAGES OF CONSENT 14, Jul 2017 Cover Image Things People Tell Me About Sex: Diary Of A Gynaecologist A gynaecologist gives us an insight into how (little) sex is understood even in marriage 01, Aug 2017 Cover Image For 25 Years I've Stayed Faithful To A Husband Who Refused Me Sex Do I need sex? Well not really but I’d definitely like some. 17, Jul 2017 Cover Image The AOI Guide For Lady-People To Be Sure Your Ishq Moves Aren't Creepy 13, Jul 2017 Cover Image WHAT 'NO STRINGS ATTACHED' TAUGHT ME ABOUT LOVE AND SEX A young woman asks some 'un-cool' questions about NSA relationships 25, Jul 2017 Cover Image PETROL BACHAO, CREEP JEEP MAT CHALAO. YOUR ROAD-MAP TO POST-REJECTION RECOVERY! 14, Jul 2017 Cover Image Watch Me As I Fall In Love: 5 Trans Persons Talk About Dating Love is supposed to be the simplest thing, but it isn’t. 17, May 2017 Cover Image HOW NORMAL IS YOUR SEX DRIVE? (PROBABLY VERY NORMAL) 16, May 2017 Cover Image I TOOK A JOURNEY WITH SEX TOYS AND I SAW STARS At first it felt strange. But soon I realised the pleasure was quite unlike what I had felt before – and using it was rather easy. 29, Mar 2017 Cover Image Those City Love Affairs I find love in conversations, and in what I can never quite completely understand about the other person. 24, Feb 2017 Cover Image My Konark Summer 17, Feb 2017 Cover Image Fantasy Mein Kya Sharmana: My Secret Crushes 16, Mar 2017 Cover Image UNFUCKABLE ME (OR, “YOU’RE NOT LIKE OTHER GIRLS”) 13, Feb 2017 Cover Image TELEPHONE PYAAR When Rohit's crush writers her cell number on a form he quickly memorises it. Then it's love in full gear. They act like strangers in the coaching class and spend hours on the phone. And then, one day, there's a cross-connection and the line goes dead. Did love have to turn into hate? Listen to this podcast and see what you think. 04, Nov 2016 Cover Image EK LADKI BHOLI BHALI SI 21, Oct 2016 Cover Image BAS EK KISS... 16, Sep 2016 Cover Image I DIDN’T BELIEVE IN LOVE – THEN I FOUND POLYAMORY Well. Polyamory done right, as it turns out, is a lot of work! 31, Aug 2016 Cover Image A LOVE SUPREME Is it better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all? Gudiya's story of love ending in tragedy is both unbearably tender and painful - but it will make you believe in the idea of a love supreme. 26, Aug 2016 Cover Image PAMMI AUNTY: AGENT OF ISHQ 16, Aug 2016 Cover Image Qayanat Ka Romancenama “A board was flashing a sign: Qayanat*, I love you. It was like a film. I could not believe this was all happening for me, to me.” Qayanat’s romance, begins like a film, proceeds like a film, complete with shayris, desperation, twists and turns, 100 free sms a day, ice-cream in the mall, and her reflection in her boyfriend’s eyes. How does this filmi Romance-nama culminate? Not at all as you would expect – listen here to this podcast full of fizz and glitter: Qayanat ka Romancenama. 12, Aug 2016 Cover Image JEEP MEIN BEEP, DIL MEIN DHAK DHAK “He winked at me in the rear-view mirror and I was overcome with shyness.” Once Chandni meets this jeep driver and their love story gathers speed, it’s heart-in-the-mouth romantic twists and turns and the speedbreaker of respectability cannot slow it down. A story of passionate romance from Banda, UP. 05, Aug 2016 Cover Image In A Gay Bar You Can See Forever An Indian man at 31, in a gay bar for the first time, experiencing male erotic tenderness for the first time. Cover Image My First Boyfriend Rutuja's first boyfriend began to do an unexpected sexual thing with oranges. Did she like it? Listen to Rutuja's podcast about what she learned from her first relationship. 05, Jun 2016 Cover Image The Lover's Pilgrimage Loves are always represented as a male-female couple. But in life, people live in many different combinations of relationships. Here is one set of these combinations in this depiction of the Valentine’s Day Lover’s Pilgrimage. 14, Feb 2016 Cover Image I Have Erotic Friendships And It’s Not Complicated 09, Aug 2021