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In Its All in Your Head, M, Manjiri Indurkar crafts a piercingly honest narrative about her struggle with mental illness

Diving into the trauma she suffered as a survivor of child sexual abuse and more so the rage and grief that stemmed from the silence of those around her who knew the truth, Indurkar writes a sharply honest story, weighing her losses against her more qualitative wins in the pages of this book.

29 Oct 2020 12:30 pm
Annie Zaidi reflects on roots of her JCB Prize-nominated Prelude to a Riot, how power structures manifest in society

Readers who are willing to accept the stress and grief of being unpopular in their families and who continue to rail at discriminatory behaviour they would make me happiest, says Annie Zaidi.

29 Oct 2020 9:21 am
In Bhagwaticharan Vermas Atonement, a cats scheming ways put a young bride on trial

Atonement is part of The Greatest Hindi Stories Ever Told, an anthology curated and translated by Poonam Saxena, featuring authors like Premchand, Bhisham Sahni and Usha Priyamvada.

28 Oct 2020 5:28 pm
Rethinking the hijab: COVID-19 made masks ubiquitous; will it also spur shift in assumptions about veiled faces?

To broach the topic about the veil meaning something more than a mere clothing choice seems somewhat an exhausting exercise now, one marred by debates that insist upon centralising the hijab as the server of patriarchal functions.

28 Oct 2020 12:34 pm
With Ahalya, Koral Dasguptas interpretation of Hindu philosophy points to undaunted women, sacred relation with nature

Author Koral Dasgupta on new book Ahalya, the Sati Series, importance of interpreting Hindu philosophy through different perspectives.

28 Oct 2020 9:24 am
27 Oct 2020 10:34 am
Lakm Fashion Week 2020: Gen Next alumni Rimzim Dadu and Saaksha & Kinni close 5-day digital edition

All may not be well in the fashion world, but LFW showed great resilience and a re-focus on sustaining indigenous kaarigars and their crafts.

27 Oct 2020 10:27 am
Lakme Fashion Week 2020: Midway through the first-ever digital edition, a round-up of the best shows yet

As designers present filmed showcases of their collections, the need to support artisans is foregrounded as a playfulness of spirit and hope persists.

25 Oct 2020 3:28 pm
Great Indian Gin Guide: With 8 launches in the offing, could previously typecast spirit be the tonic for these times?

The spate of gin launches in India aims to change preconceived notions about the spirit, widen its audience, give them a range to choose from and in the process, find their own gin identity.

25 Oct 2020 9:17 am
Imagery, messaging for Durga Puja undergoes shift as Kolkatas creative industries contend with COVID impact

Kolkatas art and culture community is responding in creative ways to an unprecedented Pujo, navigating their way around the question of what it means to observe Durga Puja during a pandemic.

24 Oct 2020 12:12 pm
How the silence of RK Laxmans Common Man primed India to focus on the corruption ailing its democracy

By following the Common Man's line of vision, you see what should be seen. He defiantlyrefuses to distract, underlining how it is not always necessary to add to the din; how sometimes, it is okay to sit back andsoak it all up for the sake of posterity.

24 Oct 2020 9:17 am
Hing-ing on history: Amid news that India will growFerula Asafoetida on home soil, retracing the spices story

Alexander's army came across the Ferula Asafoetida plant while crossing over the Hindu Kush mountains into India, and the Hindu Kush Afghanistan and Iran has been the cradle of this remarkable spice, known as 'hing' in Hindi.

23 Oct 2020 9:32 am
In COVID-ravaged America, much ado about masturbation: What Jeffrey Toobins Zoom faux pas exposes

This week, the world of the autoerotic was thrown into the spotlight: Jeffrey Toobin, scholar, author and legal analyst for CNN and The New Yorker, was suspended after he was spotted masturbating on a Zoom event.

21 Oct 2020 3:48 pm
Lakme Fashion Week 2020 kicks off seasonless digital edition, as hopes ride on online sales in face of coronavirus pandemic

Following a parched few months in luxury retail, can digital fashion weeks like LFW offer greater business to designers?

21 Oct 2020 12:02 pm
US Department of Justice crackdown is reminder that this is Googles world, we just live in it

On Tuesday, the Department of Justice sued Google for anticompetitive practices, in the most significant antitrust action by the US government against a technology company in decades

21 Oct 2020 9:35 am
Durga Puja in the time of COVID: Kolkatas sarbojanik pandals must keep out the faithful, for communitys welfare

Durga Puja is not just a time of revelry, the climax of Kolkatas cultural calendar. Its also a huge economic high point.

21 Oct 2020 9:04 am
18 Oct 2020 12:57 pm
The Zai Whitaker column | Remembering Bob and Tanya, saviours of the Western Ghats sky islands

The Palani Hills bug bit Bob Stewart and Tanya Balcar, two young British backpackers who were travelling through southern India in 1985.

18 Oct 2020 9:51 am
Bachi Karkarias Tales from TJ Road: Tower-tenement clashes are clich, intra-tower clashes are up close and personal

Through this fortnightly column, Tales From TJ Road, Bachi Karkaria tells the story of Mumbai's metromorphosis

17 Oct 2020 12:29 pm
Tanishq ad backlash strips Indias veneer of pluralism, propped up by television, film programming of decades past

What exactly has the Tanishq controversy revealed that wasnt already in practice in India?

17 Oct 2020 9:27 am
Atta Galatta Book Prize 2020 longlist announced for fiction and non-fiction; Bombay Balcho, Hijab among nominees

12 fiction and 10 non-fiction titles were longlisted in separate categories for the Atta Galatta prizes in English-language writing.

15 Oct 2020 12:43 pm
Italian teenager Carlo Acutis, who died in 2006, could be Catholic Churchs first millennial saint

Since his death, Carlo has become known in some Catholic circles as the patron saint of the internet for his facility with computers and his early and enthusiastic embrace of the web, which he used as an expression of his Catholic faith.

13 Oct 2020 5:28 pm
Voices of Rural India: A new initiative allows rural communities to tell their own stories and monetise them

By monetarily compensating its contributors, Voices of Rural India is creating an alternate revenue stream for those engaged in tourism, who have been deprived of a livelihood because of the lockdown.

13 Oct 2020 1:01 pm
To challenge ableism that manifests in social justice movements, intersectional understanding of disability is key

Disabled people exist in all our communities; and we must make room for them in conversations and decision-making positions. While ensuring this, it is also important to see if the disability rights movement represents the same diversity.

13 Oct 2020 10:51 am
Sushi diplomacy: Inside Harry Hakuei Kosatos quest to conquer India, one maki roll at a time

Bringing happiness and serving the best food are the twin engines propelling Harry's plan to charm India with his affordable and accessible brand of sushi.

11 Oct 2020 3:04 pm
11 Oct 2020 12:56 pm
The Queer Take: When a communitys lives are bigger than the law, celebrating legal victories can feel like settling for enough

If the Law must arbitrate on Life, then it must be bigger than it, or roomy enough to make space for it.

7 Oct 2020 9:30 am
Pushpa Bhaves indelible legacy: Scholar, critic and activist was voice of Maharashtras conscience

Pushpa Bhave was the last of the feisty and fearless political women committed to social causes. She will be missed, writes Smruti Koppikar.

6 Oct 2020 12:26 pm
How films like Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare promote nuanced dialogue on trans identities and rights

The tangible shift in the manner in which Bollywood is maturing in articulating issues pertaining to gender dysphoria, trans identities and struggles lends one hope that the public discourse will also catch up with the same

4 Oct 2020 12:04 pm
Bachi Karkarias Tales from TJ Road:On gentrification and the urban pact of shared spaces

Through this fortnightly column, Tales From TJ Road, Bachi Karkaria tells the story of Mumbai's metromorphosis

3 Oct 2020 12:43 pm
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