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Towards minimalism: Where less is more

Towards minimalism: Where less is more

April 20, 2021

The World Economic Forum’s report, 2019, Future of Consumption in Fast-Growth Consumer Market – INDIA, says that by 2030, domestic private consumption, which accounts for 60 pc of the country’s GDP, is expected to develop into a USD 6 trillion growth opportunity in Indi...

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Waves of protest over dam on Umngot river in Meghalaya

Waves of protest over dam on Umngot river in Meghalaya

April 19, 2021

“Oh Umngot! You must not remain only a memory,” is the slogan that has been echoing through parts of Meghalaya for about a month now. Tides of protests in people of the Khasi community have been bubbling for weeks to protect the Umngot that flows through the hills of the East...

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Magnificent mansions of Chettinad

Magnificent mansions of Chettinad

April 16, 2021

“My voice echoed across the deserted corridor. The only noise was of sweeping footsteps of the caretaker of this Chettinad mansion in Karaikudi. Numerous colourful pillars flank the enormous courtyard as the scorching sun bakes the already scalding floor, devoid of cover. It ...

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Fair is still lovely & men rule Bollywood: AI study

Fair is still lovely & men rule Bollywood: AI study

April 15, 2021

“The USD 2.1 billion film industry continues to associate beauty with fair skin. The conception of beauty has remained consistent through the years in the Bollywood film industry centred in Mumbai,” reads a report by Indian-origin researchers at Carnegie Mellon University (CM...

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Under Modi’s watch, India’s vaccine diplomacy turns into vaccine disaster

Under Modi’s watch, India’s vaccine diplomacy turns into vaccine disaster

April 15, 2021

With India’s daily case count rising to a new high every day for about a month, the country has once again displaced Brazil from the slot of the country with the second highest incidence of Covid-19 cases. On Tuesday, India registered over 185,000 cases, a jump of 1582 pc from ...

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Covid-19: Cost India pays for election rallies

Covid-19: Cost India pays for election rallies

April 14, 2021

“I am scared for my family’s health as I go back home every evening after election duty here. People are not following the safety protocols and many of them have been part of the election rallies that witnesses thousands of people coming together from all over the state witho...

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Baisakhi at Tikri border: Colours of celebration & patriotism

Baisakhi at Tikri border: Colours of celebration & patriotism

April 13, 2021

Beside the dusty road at Pakoda Chowk crossing, Bahadurgarh, near Tikri border, a group of middle-aged men can be seen preparing for a wrestling match to be held this evening. About 15-20 young men and teenagers are busy arranging chairs, music system and preparing the mud ground...

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Optical art: Aesthetics playing tricks

Optical art: Aesthetics playing tricks

April 13, 2021

“From different perspectives, these will look like just some random strokes of art, but viewed from a particular point, be prepared for some stupendous optical illusions,” says Mohak Pandit, a 35-year-old optical artist based in Delhi. The artform that Pandit is skilled at, n...

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Pandemic heaps more hardship on street children

Pandemic heaps more hardship on street children

April 11, 2021

Wearing a worn-out pair of shoes that are too big for his feet and no clothes on his body, 6-year-old Raja plays with a toy dog given to him by an NGO about a week ago. Beside Raja, stands 7-year-old Puja, his sister, eagerly waiting for her turn to play with the toy. Puja, weari...

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Food, festivals & other things that Indian diaspora misses

Food, festivals & other things that Indian diaspora misses

April 9, 2021

“You don’t know what you have got till it is gone,” says 28-year old Rekha Acharya who is pursuing a PhD degree in Physics from Michigan State University in the United States. Acharya belongs to New Delhi, the Indian capital city, and had moved to the US for higher studies....

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Maithili cinema: Awards, appreciation but no viewers

Maithili cinema: Awards, appreciation but no viewers

April 8, 2021

“Maithili cinema’s fate has not changed despite good quality content and awards that we have received in the recent past. We still struggle to get some time on television or even a theatrical release,” says Nitin Chandra, a Maithili filmmaker based in Bihar’s capital Patn...

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Shashikala: The exemplary second fiddle

Shashikala: The exemplary second fiddle

April 6, 2021

Born in a small town, Solapur in Maharashtra, Shashikala had exhibited talent from an early age whether it was working as an artiste in a village fair at the age of five or moving to Mumbai to act in films at 11. However, that shift had happened due to a rough stroke destiny inst...

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