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Dibakar Banerjee: ‘You can’t walk into the world of filmmaking with a fragile heart’

March 22, 2020 6:30:36 am

The writer-director on learning patience through filmmaking, and exploring gender and class in his new film, Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar, starring Parineeti Chopra and Arjun Kapoor, that explores the relationship between the two protagonists without the usual, run-of-the-mill romantic tropes.

Books on epidemics, pandemics and other health crises

March 21, 2020 6:30:49 pm

Three books, both fiction and non-fiction, that look at deadly diseases and how science ultimately got the better of them, but not before considerable human cost.

How a Bhopal-based publisher is changing the rules of children’s literature in Hindi

March 21, 2020 6:15:27 pm

Ektara, founded by Hindi poet and editor Sushil Shukla and Shashi Sablok, publishes Hindi books, creates posters and brings out two magazines for children, Pluto and Cycle, treats kids as equals and speaks to them about almost everything — poetry and nature, art and atheism, science and sexuality

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How COVID-19 makes us reimagine our workspaces and the way we work

March 21, 2020 5:15:55 pm

The coronavirus has taught us to split teams, work in shifts or work from home. Office layouts, too, have changed. Architects gear up to implement design ideas that may actually make for more efficient use of space

Why the Shaheen Bagh dadis remind me of my grandmothers

March 20, 2020 7:40:51 pm

My grandmothers, Dida and Thakuma, were pushed to be great women, in different ways. Today, the women at Shaheen Bagh face, in some ways, as grim a political circumstance that Thakuma did. But they are heroes also because they are, each of them, an incarnation of my Dida.

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Social distancing: Time to find enduring ways of being together

March 20, 2020 5:30:43 pm

The phrase of the season in the wake of the global COVID-19 pandemic might very well become the phrase of the year. To curb community spread and our individual well-being, we must find meaningful ways of getting socially distant

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On the irresistible charms of chhole bhature

March 20, 2020 5:30:12 pm

My determination to desist from deep-fried food faces an almost daily challenge from the golden bhatures that appear in every halwai shop in the neighbourhood and the sight of chhole brings memories of spices exploding into my mouth.

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Isolation Words: Pandemics are the petri-dish for fiction

March 21, 2020 4:22:09 pm

A look at how the breakdown of bonds and the betrayal of bodies allow writers to take an X-ray of the body politic

Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Smriti Mundhra on how she made St Louis Superman

March 15, 2020 8:30:58 am

“Out of 100 films, 10 are picked. When that happened, I thought this is it, I can put that in my CV for the rest of my life”.

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How the Chinese are coping with being in quarantine

March 15, 2020 4:51:28 pm

From learning to cook and playing indoor badminton to reading statistic to their cats, the Chinese are finding ways to pass time at home

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Geetika Vidya Ohlyan: “How can one not be political in their choices?”

March 15, 2020 7:45:27 am

The Thappad actor on being script-driven, her political choices and her disdain for glamour

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Why does Lake Tahoe in California, US, never freeze?

March 15, 2020 8:02:20 pm

The desert around it freezes, but various factors keep Lake Tahoe itself from freezing.

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The Actual Shafi Shauq

March 15, 2020 7:20:09 am

The India we now live in has prompted a new short story by Amit Chaudhuri. Whether it's fiction or some other kind of truth is for the reader to decide.

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Why young Marathi director Suraj Parasnis’ plays are drawing the young to the theatre

March 15, 2020 8:10:24 am

Parasnis belongs to a crop of young theatre practitioners of Pune who are drawing hundreds of students.

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Designer Rahul Mishra on why fashion has to be “slow” if it is to be sustainable

March 14, 2020 5:15:53 pm

Mishra recently showcased at the Paris Haute Couture Week (PHCW) in January as a guest member, but his rise to fame has been well documented since his debut at the Gen Next platform at Lakme Fashion Week in 2006.


How Mizoram fell in love with Korean pop culture

March 15, 2020 4:52:29 pm

Stepping into Aizawl is like stepping into any South Korean town, where the youngsters animatedly discuss K-pop bands like Bangtan Boys and iKon

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The quaint charms of Sri Lanka’s Galle Fort

March 15, 2020 11:28:43 am

A stellar example of a fort city made by Europeans in South and Southeast Asia, Galle Fort is a Unesco World Heritage site.

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The surprising Bengali connection of a Braj sweet shop in Delhi’s Kamla Nagar

March 13, 2020 7:36:02 pm

Lala Ram Prasad, the founder of Shri Banke Bihari Brijwasi Rasgulle Waale, trained at the legendary KC Das in Kolkata.

The many joys that songbirds bring

March 13, 2020 5:42:05 pm

Birders and nature-lovers will wake up at unearthly hours to listen to the famous morning “chorus” of birds.