Breaking News

Panorama

These food pop-ups offer bites of history

Brinjals stuffed with meat, chhole paired with boiled eggs, a planter’s lunch in Assam — events by home chefs explore niche micro-cuisines ANESHA GEORGE Local dishes influenced by colonial rulers, the rediscovery of niche, hyper-local cuisines, forgotten recipes carried from one land to the other by migrants… pop-ups are beginning to explore the relationships between food and culture. Here’s a …

Read More »

Of toys and Child’s Play

Luis Dias In the decade of our existence, (yes, we are ten years old!) we at Child’s Play India Foundation have worked hard to curate appropriate music for our annual Christmas concert. There’s a lot of Christmas music such as carols, which are evergreen; but we have also played other works. So far, we have played the Christmas concerti of …

Read More »

Big B’s 50-year career in numbers

A look at the filmi journey of Amitabh Bachchan — from ‘Saat Hindustani’, which released half a century ago, past the Angry Young Man to the beloved ‘Paa’ — in numbers Amborish Roychoudhury The film ‘Saat Hindustani’, set against the backdrop of the liberation of Goa from Portuguese rule and directed by Khwaja Ahmad Abbas, released on November 7, 1969. …

Read More »

Meet the youngsters who use typewriter to foster relationships

Young men and women in various cities are using the old-world device to connect with strangers through messages, poems and tiny tales. Cherylann Mollan If the surrealist artist René Magritte had to paint Golconda today, his bowler-hat wearing men would be staring at their phones instead of glancing at the viewer. But true to the original, they would remain equidistant …

Read More »

A serious poet who dabbled in films lyrics

Lamat R Hasan Established writer and translator Rakhshanda Jalil’s newest book is a biography of legendary poet Shahryar whose fabulous body of work spans several decades. Born Kunwar Akhlaq Muhammad Khan, in public memory, unfortunately, Shahryar is largely remembered for writing a few memorable Hindi film songs. In the first few paras of the book, Jalil lets it be known …

Read More »

Keeping litfests alive

Litfests perform the very important function of promoting reading. In this isually-saturated era, when many think that television has killed books and radio, it’s important to keep both of them alive to stimulate our imagination Mark Tully The season of literature festivals (litfests) is on us. From Itanagar in the Northeast to Kerala in the south west, in big cities …

Read More »

The problem with ‘greenwashing’

Maneka Sanjay Gandhi A few months ago a vegan fest was held in Delhi. It was attended by hundreds of young, affluent, well read and enthusiastic people. The speakers were from all over the world. But each one represented a company that was making vegan products: mock meat, cosmetics etc. There were no philosophers, no one to define what veganism …

Read More »

Rise of co-working cafe culture

Prajyot Mainkar Co-working culture has evolved over the years and cafes are longer just places to scroll through the menu. While we are almost peeping into 2020, cafes have evolved to provide a good spacious location for the culture of co-working. People have found several ways to connect with the community by giving them a space they might find right …

Read More »

The sounds of silence need to be heard

Mahavir Rawat Playing the game that you have loved as a child at the highest level, representing your country, thousands of people cheering your name from the stands, millions in your bank account, darling of the social network, fans throwing themselves at you wherever you go – if this is not a dream life, then what is? As a kid, …

Read More »

Improving India’s criminal justice system

Why does social policy need objective indicators? Why measure failures and successes of policies or institutions like the police or the courts? Well, what is measured has a better chance of getting done. This debate was recently revived after the Nobel Prize was conferred on economists Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer for their evidence-based trials for poverty mitigation. …

Read More »