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Pooja Pillai


Pooja Pillai is a Principal correspondent working with The Indian Express.

Families in Food: Southern Comfort
Sun, Feb 18, 2018

In business for 78 years, Madras Cafe was established in 1940 by Gopal Kamath, Devavrat's grandfather, in partnership with a Tamil friend.

The World We Wrought
Fri, Feb 16, 2018

An exhibition at Mumbai’s oldest museum tackles big questions about the nature of the Anthropocene

Priya Prakash Varrier: India’s New Valentine
Wed, Feb 14, 2018

In the video of Manikya Malaraya Poovi, set against the background of a school function, we see a number of students, including Priya Prakash Varrier, who in the throes of first love, blush, giggle and make moony eyes at each other.

Books by artists and on Indian art for the young ’uns
Sun, Jan 28, 2018

It’s soon going to be India Art Fair season — reason enough to go scouring for books on art and by Indian artists that can introduce children to art practices and personalities in the country.

Big Stories from Little India
Fri, Jan 26, 2018

A virtual exhibition by Google Arts and Culture celebrates ordinary citizens who overcame great odds to make a difference.

Families in food: Heaven in a cone
Sun, Jan 21, 2018

Inside one of Mumbai’s favourite ice cream shops.

Interview with Vijay Crishna: ‘Voyages of Zheng He were aimed to showcase China’s might’
Tue, Jan 16, 2018

"I get interested in strange things. I read a lot, and along the way, I read about this. About 10 years ago, the 600th anniversary of Zheng He’s voyage was being celebrated in the region and I happened to be visiting Singapore," said Vijay Crishna.

Eyes on the Big Screen
Fri, Jan 12, 2018

A film festival at a Mumbai museum shows changes in Indian cinema

The Ties that Bind
Wed, Jan 10, 2018

Separation and trauma are the twin strands that run through Andrew Voogel’s second solo in Mumbai

Raising Hope
Wed, Jan 03, 2018

Anne Morris’s sculptures and Idris Khan’s stamped texts seem to share a similar DNA of meditative calm... In the balance of colours in Morris’s sculptures and the harmony of repetition in Khan’s work, what emerges most strongly is a celebration of life and hope.

A retrospective providing a long overdue introduction to Natvar Bhavsar’s works
Tue, Jan 02, 2018

‘Homecoming’ is at DAG Modern, Kala Ghoda, Mumbai, till January 25.

Food, art, music & trends: what to expect in the new year in Mumbai
Mon, Jan 01, 2018

Pop-up restaurants and supper clubs making space for culinary experiments; Mumbai gets set to welcome jazz legend John McLaughlin once again; New restaurants, burgeoning art scene and the upcoming ro-ro car ferry service are likely to turn Alibaug into a hot weekend destination; Set to be launched in 2018, the Children’s Museum and Activity Centre at CSMVS promises to serve as a dedicated space for the young residents’ educational initiatives

The Cities Within
Sat, Dec 30, 2017

Jeet Thayil’s latest novel is an ambitious, polyphonic work that veers into cultural history, with occasional excursions into meta-fiction

There’s something about Manju Warrier
Sun, Dec 24, 2017

Malayalam superstar Manju Warrier on her second coming, growing up with dance and why, despite the many setbacks in her life, she remains a happy spirit.

An exhibition at NGMA Mumbai explores various ways in which artists use humour to subvert mainstream
Thu, Dec 21, 2017

Presented by the NGMA in association with Sakshi Gallery, the show highlights the various ways — all leavened with humour — in which artists pose a challenge to established ways of seeing.

Cityscapes: What it’s like to be in one of the wettest spots in the country
Sun, Dec 10, 2017

Cherrapunji of today is gradually becoming less and less like the Cherrapunji of the record books, which once received 1,500 mm of rain in a single day.

Master stroke: After Leonardo Da Vinci’s painting was sold for $450 million, a look at his other art works
Sun, Nov 26, 2017

As a Leonardo Da Vinci painting breaks auction records, a look at other works that have been attributed to the Italian genius.

Artist of the world
Tue, Nov 21, 2017

“There have been periodic exhibitions and people are familiar with Sakti’s work, but I wanted to present it in all its richness, and show the full spectrum of his work,” says Hoskote.

There’s resistance but there’s also a feeling of hope that US government will finally do the right thing: Francine Prose
Sun, Nov 19, 2017

In a phone interview to Indian Express , Prose spoke about the divisions that are driving Americans apart and what, in these circumstances, gives her hope 

Fiction, which is made up, can tell us the truth behind the lies: Gary Shteyngart
Sun, Nov 19, 2017

In India to attend the Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai LitFest, writer Gary Shteyngart on the joy of being a “little stupid” occasionally and why social media appeals to our basest instinct.

A taste of old Bombay: The vintage charm of Mumbai’s iconic Britannia restaurant
Sun, Nov 19, 2017

The Britannia restaurant was set up in 1923 by Rashid Kohinoor. His son remembers the good old days.

Parvathy: You have to find the depths of a role; any other way is dishonest
Sat, Nov 18, 2017

Qarib Qarib Singlle actor Parvathy on 11 years of being an actor, the confidence to say no, and her Hindi film debut.

Behind the Ordinary
Sat, Nov 18, 2017

Writer Mark Kurlansky on how he finds the remarkable histories of unremarkable things

‘Life is not experienced like a novel’
Thu, Nov 16, 2017

Mumbai-based Tejaswini Apte-Rahm on why the short story is an important literary form what it takes to be a full time writer

Trans-country museum show begins today in Mumbai
Sat, Nov 11, 2017

Event a collaboration between CSMVS, National Museum and British Museum.

Inside Out
Fri, Nov 10, 2017

The Story Of Space, a festival in Goa, invites its audience to celebrate the concept of ‘space’ through multiple lenses

A Bal Moderne show to greet Belgian royal couple in city
Thu, Nov 09, 2017

Bal Moderne was created by artist and film producer Michel Reilhac in 1993 for the Festival Paris Quartier d’Ete, where it became an instant success, and it remained a huge hit with public for several consecutive years that it was organised in Paris.

KM Madhusudhanan examines nature of power and ideas as tools of history in his ongoing solo, ‘Babel’
Thu, Nov 09, 2017

The story of the ill-fated tower and the people who could no longer communicate with each other is the inspiration for artist and filmmaker KM Madhusudhanan’s ongoing solo, “Babel” at the Guild Art Gallery in Alibaug, near Mumbai.

To Vincent, With Love
Fri, Nov 03, 2017

A film on Vincent van Gogh that releases today honours the work of the Dutch artist in every frame

We need a space where ideas can confront each other: Artist Sudhir Patwardhan
Sun, Oct 29, 2017

In his latest solo exhibition in New Delhi, artist Sudhir Patwardhan explores how the home and the studio constantly feed off one another.

A Wider World
Wed, Oct 25, 2017

An auction hopes to draw attention to some frequently overlooked gems of Indian art from the 20th century.

Through New Eyes
Tue, Oct 24, 2017

In his recent exhibition in Brussels, Jitish Kallat used a new body of works to explore the ways in which distance, scale and time affect how we see the world

Salvator Mundi: The $100-million story of a lost-found Da Vinci
Fri, Oct 20, 2017

Da Vinci is believed to have painted Salvator Mundi around the same time that he painted Mona Lisa -- in the first decade of the 16th century.

Things Will Get Stranger
Fri, Oct 20, 2017

Noah Schnapp and Millie Bobby Brown, young stars of Stranger Things, on the massive following of the hit series and challenges of growing up on the sets

Kitchen Diaries: Community cookbooks and a lesson in the delights of diversity
Sun, Oct 08, 2017

From Memni Kebab to Palanpuri Jain cuisine, explore the beautiful world of Indian cuisine through these cookbooks.