Rachna Raj Kaur, NOW Magazine

Rachna Raj Kaur

NOW Magazine

Toronto, ON, Canada

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Past articles by Rachna:

TV review: Vida: Season 3 is the show we need right now

Series finale of one of the few queer shows that centres a non-anglo, non-white, non-binary, gay-straight narrative ends on a note of hope → Read More

The best British mystery series to stream on BritBox

These seven shows, available on the British TV streaming service, use mystery to explore complex social themes → Read More

The Crown season 3 review: the royals lean into vulnerability

Netflix's historical soap opera returns with Olivia Colman stepping into the role of Queen Elizabeth II → Read More

Nazanine Hozar's Aria captures the complexities of Tehran

The British Columbia-based author's historical fiction challenges stereotypical ideas of the Iranian capital as a monolithic Islamic place that’s especially oppressive to women → Read More

Fast, violent, sleazy – Adnan Khan's diaspora novel scraps nostalgia

The Toronto author's debut novel There Has To Be A Knife explores how trauma and masculinity converge in relationships → Read More

Nine can't-miss events at queer festival Bricks and Glitter

The indie event's second edition is prioritizing accessibility and features a pool party, a youth/elder social and the inaugural Crip Rave → Read More

A beginner's guide to Bollywood for Toronto movie fans

A decade-by-decade breakdown of key films plus where to watch new releases and classics – in cinemas and online → Read More

Inside Out 2019

Inside Out review: You Don't Nomi Essay film about Paul Verhoeven's Showgirls is most interesting when exploring why the camp classic is so meaningful to women and queer audiences Read more Inside Out review: Dykes In The Streets Almerinda Travassos's inspiring film speaks to the need for lesbians – and everyone else – to know our political history Read more Inside Out review: Knives And Skin… → Read More

NBC is playing it safe with Lilly Singh

The Toronto YouTube star is getting a late-night talk show – let's hope she trades her cringeworthy caricatures for comedy with serious bite → Read More

Five progressive Indian TV shows to watch on Netflix Canada

Important conversations happening in Indian society are increasingly being reflected on the small screen → Read More

TV review: The Case Of Adnan Syed deepens the Serial narrative

In this four-part HBO series based on the Serial podcast, director Amy Berg stays focused on the humanity behind the high-profile crime she’s investigating → Read More

Can we talk about Nep Sidhu's art, Sikh extremism and collective trauma?

While some find the Scarborough artist's Mercer Union show triggering, I see an opportunity for a much-needed and healing conversation → Read More

Black Writers Matter anthology collects voices we don't often hear from

Editor Whitney French's book of creative non-fiction challenges the monolith of what it means to be Black in Canada → Read More

Review: Bollywood's first lesbian romance is more about straight people

But Shelly Chopra Dhar's Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga cleverly uses a queer love story to connect homophobia to other social issues → Read More

TV review: Grace And Frankie season five trades subtlety for stereotypes

Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin are better than ever, but their Netflix dramedy is starting to fall back on millennial pandering → Read More

Review: Kacey Musgraves was versatile and inclusive at Danforth Music Hall

Concert review: Kacey Musgraves at Toronto's Danforth Music Hall. Along with opener Natalie Prass, the rising crossover star showed she's just as comfortable reinventing country tropes as branching out into 70s disco. → Read More

The worst TV shows of 2018

NOW critics watched a lot of TV this year and not all of it was good. These titles have been permanently removed from our queues. → Read More

Review: Doug Paisley's Starter Home is a gem of an album

Album review: Doug Paisley's Starter Home: The Toronto singer/songwriter's new album is nine simple-but-deep tales about life and love. → Read More

The 10 best events at literary festival Naked Heart 2018

The largest LGBTQ literary festival in the world takes over Glad Day Bookshop from November 9 to 11 → Read More

Q&A: Lisa Gabriele taps into teenage gothic for The Winters

Toronto author's update of Daphne du Maurier's Gothic classic Rebecca captures complexities in female relationships without being overly serious → Read More