Shikha Kumar

Articles By Shikha Kumar

Them becomes us: Maria Qamar’s Hatecopy spurs desi sarcasm in hilarious cartoons

Canadian-Pakistani artist Maria Qamar’s Hatecopy riffs on south Asian quirks, but underneath the subversive artwork, she is fighting for greater inclusivity.

Steeped in History

What began as an architectural tour of India’s ancient stepwells became an obsession for Chicago-based journalist Victoria Lautman, who is now documenting their decaying state.

A Toast to India

In The Wines of India, London-based Peter Csizmadia-Honigh chronicles the diverse landscape and history of wine production in the country

Reviving a Legacy: Amitabh Bachchan, Shabana Azmi unveil book on journalist-filmmaker Khwaja Ahmad Abbas

Amitabh Bachchan and veteran actress Shabana Azmi today unveiled a book on author-journalist-filmmaker Khwaja Ahmad Abbas in Mumbai.

I’ve always had strong female characters in my films: Pan Nalin

Director Pan Nalin, riding high on the international success of Angry Indian Goddesses, on India’s first ‘female buddy film’, how it’s not about male bashing, and the equal pay debate.

M For More

Actor and designer Mandira Bedi extends her eponymous store to a multi-designer outlet, showcasing a mix of ethnic and western silhouettes.

I select scripts where fans don’t lose money: Salman Khan

As Prem Ratan Dhan Payo gears up for release, Salman Khan talks about his friendship with Sooraj Barjatya, the impact of cinema and acting in mass entertainers.

Food is bad, but music scene is great in Mumbai: Soumyadeep Murshidabadi

Soumyadeep Murshidabadi, 23, Musician on moving from Kolkata to Mumbai.

Act to Follow

With the second season of 24 set to go on air, Anil Kapoor gears up for his return on television.

To the Unknown Warriors: Honoring the Sikh soldiers from WW-I

A first-of-its-kind World War 1 National Sikh Memorial — commemorating Sikh soldiers who fought in the Great War — will come up in the UK next month.

State of Mind: ‘Kodaikanal Won’t’ rapper almost gave up music before the video went viral

Rapper Sofia Ashraf, known for her video Kodaikanal won’t, was in Mumbai for her first gig.

Musical ‘Beauty and the Beast’ to enchant Mumbai soon

The Indian adaptation of Broadway’s Beauty and the Beast musical will be the biggest ever in the world and a first for India.

Past Impressions

In the second session of the “Beyond Contemporary Art” series, art critic, poet and cultural theorist Ranjit Hoskote will examine the future of museums

Kangana Ranaut: Designing was always on my mind

In a brief interview before the high-octane fashion show, held in Mumbai, Kangana Ranaut confessed that designing had always been on her mind.

Bibhuti Nayak: A Life of Records

In Man on Fire, British author Stephen Kelman chronicles the story of Bibhuti Nayak, who holds a slew of records for extreme endurance activities.

Urbanlore, a new webcomic series traces a changing urban India

Bangalore-based Aarthi Parthasarthy and Kaveri Gopalakrishnan conceptualised Urbanlore, a webcomic series that captures life in urban Indian cities, through reflections on their histories, cultures and the people.

Vir Das, the designer, talks about style sensibilities and having an ‘anti-fashion’ show

Vir Das, who recently debuted his quirky fashion line at Lakme Fashion Week, on his style sensibilities, having an ‘anti-fashion’ show, and upcoming film projects.

Pitch Perfect

Mumbai-based Sairam Iyer is known to perform in male and female voices, on his unique style.

Dine with the Dragon

Ming Yang, the oriental restaurant of Taj Land’s End, blends culture and cuisine in its new avatar.

In Baat Niklegi Toh Phir, Sathya Saran traces Jagjit Singh’s prolific journey

Sathya Saran’s book on the late Jagjit Singh’s life - Baat Niklegi Toh Phir brings together stories by family and collaborators.