Pooja Pillai

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

Articles By Pooja Pillai

Colombo’s popular eatery, Ministry of Crab opens its first Indian outpost in Mumbai

Founded by cricketers Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene, along with chef Dharshan Munidasa, the restaurant has consistently been placed on most Best Restaurant lists in Asia since it opened in 2011, and because of its policy of serving only the best catch of the day, the prices are high and tables served each day are limited.

Local ingredients, global dishes: A chef embraces his roots to create masterpieces

Chef Thomas Zacharias on the secret behind his award-winning restaurant.

Heckled during speech at National Gallery of Modern Art, Amol Palekar raises concern over censorship

In his speech, Amol Palekar expressed his concern over policy changes that will give the Ministry of Culture at the Centre the sole right to decide the contents and themes of exhibitions to be held at the National Gallery of Modern Art in Mumbai and Bengaluru.

Nambi Narayan, ex-ISRO scientist: ‘After SC order, yes, I feel vindicated in some way’

Excerpts from an interview with Indian Express after the Padma award's announcement on Friday and at the Tata Literature Festival last year

How the 300-year-old Kangra school of art is getting a fresh lease of life

On the walls of Kangra Arts Promotion Society's gallery in McLeodganj, an airy space with windows offering stunning views of the valley below, are exquisite paintings in the 300-year-old Kangra painting tradition. 

‘Museums are not merely storehouses of cultural relics,’ says Sabyasachi Mukherjee

As it turns 97, Sabyasachi Mukherjee of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, talks about how Mumbai’s largest museum has stayed relevant

What Drew the Line?

In Jitish Kallat’s return to painting is a continuation of a long-standing preoccupation: what happens when an artist allows forces external to himself to guide his work.

This year saw several record-breaking auctions and women artists getting their due

While #MeToo and repatriation of antiquities were widely discussed, the year also saw several record-breaking auctions and women artists getting their due.

The year in stories

A rich bounty of non-fiction narratives explains a rapidly changing world; the best of fiction mines the human heart

Past Continuous

The exhibition, which is one of the special projects at the Serendipity Arts Festival 2018, also gives a bird’s eye view of what the future, with the right interventions, could look like for Panjim.

‘We have a place where everyone feels welcome’

Sunil Kant Munjal, founder of the Serendipity Arts Foundation, on the third edition of the annual festival, its challenges of scale, and workplace safety.

Accused of sexual harassment, Subodh Gupta steps down as Goa fest curator, denies charges

#MeToo: Subodh Gupta called the allegations against him — posted on an anonymously-run Instagram account Scene and Herd — “false and fabricated”.

‘You pick up a different thing each time you read The Jungle Book’

English actor Andy Serkis on his directorial debut Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle, the complexity of Rudyard Kipling and the world of talking animals

I would buy them all over again: Gallerist Amrita Jhaveri

As works from her collection go under the hammer, collector and gallerist Amrita Jhaveri talks about her practice of collecting and the post-boom rationalisation of the contemporary Indian art market.

‘I treat every reader as a child’

Author-environmentalist Nagesh Hegde, the 2018 Big Little Book Award winner, on writing for children and its rewards.

‘Writing is an act of flagrant manipulation’

Author Lionel Shriver on creating unattractive characters, being unapologetic about her political views, and #MeToo.

To Build a Dream

Scenes of startling beauty and pathos punctuate this story shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.

Writing poetry is a sort of sadhana: Jayanta Mahapatra

Jayanta Mahapatra, who was Poet Laureate at the Tata Literature Live! Festival in Mumbai this year, on what it takes to write poetry, looking back at home for inspiration and how physics taught him brevity.

Sort of increasing hostility in the air: Poet Jayanta Mahapatra

Mahapatra had received Padma Shri in 2009.

T M Krishna: ‘I want to thank Sonal Mansingh for writing that piece’

Krishna, who will be singing in the capital Saturday on the invitation of the Delhi government, said he was thankful to the government of Delhi for stepping in