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When able-bodied actors portray disabled characters

When able-bodied actors portray disabled characters

August 25, 2021

In 2021, Indian cinema continues to struggle with many aspects of representation. Be it the LGBTQ+ community, women, or minorities, audiences have had a mixed bag. But one section of the society, whose portrayal time and again the film industry has gotten wrong, is the differentl...

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Vaccine passports: Bad idea with terrible timing traumatises tourism industry

Vaccine passports: Bad idea with terrible timing traumatises tourism industry

August 24, 2021

For a long while now, international travellers have been used to finding different queues at immigration counters at various airports, especially in developed world, queues that classify arrivals by origin of their country. Most of the rich countries are clubbed together and then...

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Stand-up comedians get digital boost in India

Stand-up comedians get digital boost in India

August 21, 2021

Comedians have for long been popular in Indian film and television industry, with a mass appeal for comedy on the silver screen as well as the idiot box. Besides the stalwart comedians of the films, such as Johnny Walker or Mehmood or Kader Khan, there have also been numerous com...

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In 2021, pets make Indian families picture perfect

In 2021, pets make Indian families picture perfect

August 19, 2021

For long, animals have enjoyed a special place in Indian society. From being prayed to as Gods, to playing cupid in Bollywood movies, they have always had a special place in people’s heart. But even though audiences seemed to love the pets on the silver screen, they hardly ever...

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Aphantasia: When mind’s eye goes blind

Aphantasia: When mind’s eye goes blind

August 18, 2021

Harry Potter fans may remember a scene from Harry potter and the prisoner of Azkaban when Professor Remus Lupin tells Harry to visualise ‘happy memories’ in order to get rid of the dementors? Almost all the people in the world definitely can visualise memories, happy or other...

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The Red Taj: With love, from Anne

The Red Taj: With love, from Anne

August 13, 2021

A monument build out of grief and love, a monument dedicated to a lost, beloved spouse. Most would connect this description to the magnificent Taj Mahal in Agra, world’s most famous ode to love built in pure white marble by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his wif...

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The age of illustrative digital dissent

The age of illustrative digital dissent

August 7, 2021

It is April 2021, the second wave of Covid-19 has hit India like a tonne of bricks, shattering the entire healthcare system. People are dying left and right, the politicians who are supposed to lead the country away from this catastrophe are missing. Hundreds of thousands lose th...

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The calm and peace of Dirang

The calm and peace of Dirang

August 4, 2021

A quaint little quiet village set amidst lush green trees, cool little streams set against high mountains could be straight from a picture-perfect movie set of a Disney production. And Dirang may well be just that. A small village planted in Arunachal Pradesh, North-East, just ea...

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Temple art in India: Masterpieces of art turn into taboos

Temple art in India: Masterpieces of art turn into taboos

August 3, 2021

If taboo in modern Indian society were to be defined in one word, then there is no better candidate than sex, a hush-hush topic discussed only behind closed doors. As parts of the world push the envelope of liberalism, India is turning increasingly conservative. Traditional India...

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United by country, divided by ideology

United by country, divided by ideology

July 31, 2021

It is often said that it is the environment that you are in those shapes you, it moulds your perspectives, your opinions, and your view of the world, from your favourite ice cream flavour to your political leanings. For Indian Americans, that comes as a mixed bag because they gro...

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Feroz Shah Kotla: Of djinns, faith and history

Feroz Shah Kotla: Of djinns, faith and history

July 24, 2021

Feroz Shah Kotla fort was built by Sultan Feroz Shah Tughlaq in 1354, as the core of the new imperial capital of Firozabad in today’s south Delhi. However, with change of dynasties, Kotla fell into obscurity and it was only in the latter half of 20th century that it became rele...

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Upcoming festive season: A trigger for third wave?

Upcoming festive season: A trigger for third wave?

July 22, 2021

Ever since the pandemic hit India, different state governments as well as the Centre officially promoted social distancing and banned large gatherings. However, the reality as seen in pictures and various events was something else. According to a study by Indian Council of Medica...

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