Jyotsna Basotia

A writer, wanderer, dreamer, and creator, she loves to explore new places, watch movies, paint and pen down her thoughts. 

Articles By Jyotsna Basotia

Celebrating 71 years of Independence: The charm of a retro lifestyle

71 years have passed since India gained its Independence on August 15, 1947. Vintage cars, bouffants and kohled eyes, LP players – are we moving back to a more relaxed and aesthetic way of life?

Vegetarianism at the workplace: WeWork goes meat-free; but is it fair to their employees?

Does a company have any business laying down dietary restrictions on its employees? In an email to employees, WeWork co-founder Miguel McKelvey said the firm’s upcoming internal “Summer Camp” retreat would have no meat options for attendees.

Know your art: Tyeb Mehta’s painting just sold for Rs 26.4 crore; here’s a ready reckoner on the artist and his art

This isn’t the first time that Tyeb Mehta’s paintings have fetched such a high price. With Kali (1989) being sold at a whopping Rs 26.4 crore, here are some of his other popular art works. 

Know your food: Here’s how to identify formalin-laced fish

Health authorities recently seized nearly 10,000 kg of formalin-laced fish at the border check post of Arayankavu in Kerala’s Kollam district under Operation Sagar Rani. Formalin is used to preserve dead bodies in mortuaries. 

Yoginis of Instagram: Hit the fitness button on International Yoga Day 2018

International Day of Yoga 2018: How I discovered the Yoginis of Instagram on Yoga Day! Who are they, and what do they actually do? Take inspiration and soak in the goodness of yoga on this special day.

Dinosaur fossils and complex mazes: Inside the world’s longest ‘fairy cave’ discovered in Meghalaya

Setting a world record at 24,583-metre (24.5km) — which is almost three times the height of Mount Everest, Krem Puri in Meghalaya is 6,000-metre longer than previous record holder.

A ‘dirty’ way to get ‘fit’: Go plogging instead of jogging in India

Plogging, the latest fitness fad has taken the world by storm. While it is said to have started in Sweden, it soon took over Instagram, and the trend has grabbed many eyeballs in India too.

International Day of Happiness: Twitter buzzes with jolly, cheery, lively tweets

What is your definition of happiness? On International Day of Happiness, celebrated on March 20 every year, people spilled their thoughts on what makes them joyful on social media. 

‘Black Panther’ movie poster gets an adorable spin with kids in powerful photo series

To celebrate Marvel's Black Panther, an artist recreated the posters with little kids as the faces of the lead actors. Joining hands with a talent agency, London-based Nigerian visual artist Asiko explored the ideas through his photography. 

VIDEO: Mahabharata cast’s teary goodbye after the last episode brings back ’90s memories

A behind-the-scenes video from of BR Chopra and Ravi Chopra's Mahabharata surfaced on the Internet recently. The cast's tearful goodbye after the final cut melted many hearts online.

Oscars 2018: Sridevi, Shashi Kapoor’s special ‘In Memoriam’ tribute leaves Twitterati teary-eyed

Grateful for the inclusion of Sridevi and Shashi Kapoor in the In Memoriam section of the Oscars 2018, Twitter users — from the film fraternity as well as their fans and followers — expressed how it was an "emotional" moment for them.

Want to be a solo traveller? This blogger’s safety tips will make your trip hassle-free

Planning to go solo on your next vacation? A travel blogger named Ciara Johnson posted some tips about going on a journey alone, and they will help you chalk out your plan in detail.

Holi 2018: Make a splash into the festival of colours with these hilarious jokes

Happy Holi 2018: Add fun to the festival with jokes. From poking fun at how people look after playing with colours to adding Jr Trudeau in Holi memes, read some funny one-liners that floated on Twitter here.

VIDEO: Is this Priya Prakash Varrier’s musical tribute to Sridevi?

All set to make her debut with Oru Adaar Love, Priya Prakash Varrier, aka "the winking girl", posted a video on Instagram, in which she sang the song 'Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna' with the message, "History never really says goodbye. History says, See you later", seemingly as tribute to Sridevi.

VIDEO: This spectacular song brings back the lost romance from the ’90s

Over the years, the poetic definition of love has transformed into dance bars and flying cars in modern Bollywood tracks and remixed albums. But, this music video brings back the charm of the 1990s' songs.

Not Johnnie Walker, say cheers with Jane Walker: Twitterati divided over whiskey brand’s female logo

Whiskey brand Diageo gave a new spin to Johnnie Walker by releasing its female logo named Jane Walker. All set to hit shelves in March which is celebrated as Women's History month, the scotch brand's logo aims to inspire more female drinkers.

Shahid Afridi’s sensational one-handed catch adds to the ‘what’s his age’ dilemma on Twitter

Shahid Afridi took a phenomenal catch at the boundary ropes during the second game of the Pakistan Super League between Quetta Gladiators and Karachi Kings and Twitterati can't stop wondering if he is ageing in reverse.

‘A+ for creativity’: This guy’s hilarious Tinder PowerPoint presentation gets him 10/10 for effort

Recently, a young boy went on to create a PowerPoint Presentation titled 'Why you should swipe right: A presentation by Sam' just to add to his Tinder profile, and it soon went viral on Twitter.

VIDEO: Documentary maker sheds light on Rohingya refugees’ plight in Bangladesh camps

Have you ever wondered how the Rohingya refugee families have been residing in the camps that are meant to be havens, and what are the living conditions near Bangladesh? A video that recently surfaced on the Internet puts the spotlight on it.

Scandalised by the Nirav Modi-PNB fraud? This Twitter talk gives green light to a Web series on such scams

Amidst headlines around the Nirav Modi-PNB fraud case, Sameer Nair of Applause Entertainment and Sucheta Dalal, author of The Scam had a most fascinating Twitter conversation that could turn into a deal for a Web series.