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Articles by Madhusree Ghosh
The 2013 film — about a young Adivasi boy’s bid to see good win over evil in his village — received critical acclaim around the world, but never had a commercial release in India. Now, Makhija has turned the story into a young adult novel of the same name, hoping it will finally be heard.
The stories are there. The readers, too. But Indian writers aren’t getting the kind of aggressive promotion that draws youngsters to fantasy fiction from the West.
Twenty years after the release of the first Harry Potter film, the genre has gone beyond cauldrons and spells to include gender fluidity, heroines of colour, address racism and violence against women. Meet authors from the subcontinent creating new worlds and see how they ply their craft.
Professor Sarah Williamson of the UK uses her ‘Art Activist Barbie’ to hit out at the objectification of women, and the lack of works by women on display.
How did he go from garment exports to Shyam Benegal films, Shakespeare at the Globe Theatre and now the MCU? Loads of luck, Patel says with a laugh. But it’s his talent that’s had filmmakers and viewers hooked for decades
It’s defined as a sense of emotional exhaustion triggered by a widespread period of distress. It’s not callousness. And it’s not just you.
As more people identify the specific sounds that give them a thrill or ease their stress — a phenomenon called autonomous sensory meridian response or ASMR — they are turning to social media to ask for whispers, Velcro, brushing or scratching.
Freebies, perks, an unrelenting pressure to perform, occasional but crippling self-doubt — see how they got to where they are, and what it takes to stay there.
In his newest project, activist Rajat Mittal — co-founder of Menstrupedia — tells the story of men who defied restrictive gender norms to find joy.
It’s been hard even for the experts to navigate the new anxieties and questions, learn how to tackle the isolation. Here’s a look at new hacks and programmes that they say are starting to work.
We decided to go for subtle revelation rather than dramatic effect, says lighting designer Kanchan Puri. The approach worked. The iconic tower now stands bathed in gentle gold, each detail seemingly illuminated.
Frogs croak on city streets, birdsong is audible, the public announcements have all changed. “I want it to be like a museum. Because in 10 years’ time we will all be looking back on Covid in a different way,” says Pete Stollery of Aberdeen, Scotland.
The author’s new anthology, Sindhi Tapestry, features young people from around the world who have interpreted their identity in different ways, while acknowledging a shared history.
It will be years before we jet about again, as we used to. But closer to home, new kinds of experiences are already taking shape.
If you are happy and you know it…it’s probably because the past months have made you re-examine what really brings joy, and what was just superfluous noise
Two men, a car and an epic journey across a nation in lockdown. Siddhartha Dutta and Ahmer Siddiqui’s Road Ashram project offers a firsthand look at how we suffered and survived through the pandemic
Madri Kakoti, a linguistics professor, draws on current affairs to teach grammar in her social media posts.
To what extent can the digital world make up for the real, when it comes to fitness, and what are the downsides? Take a look.
Apps, games, stickers and web series are rushing to help you relax. But can you buy your way out of the sense of dread?
They create music (as well as comedy and satire) by jabbing away at old-school, mechanical typewriters. The group performs live, and even has three albums out.
The Oscar-winning music composer behind classics such as Dil Se and Jai Ho is extending a hand to independent musicians, with an initiative that promises global reach to a new generation of voices.
Deshpande has been spending part of her time in drought-prone rural Maharashtra, helping rebuild in a village called Pandhari. “My father was a cotton farmer and I can never forget his struggle,” she says.
It’s been 17 years and the world has changed in ways that can’t be ignored. The long-promised reboot — And Just Like That... — will need more people of colour, more opinion, more shades of the rainbow.
Business stalled, then restarted with a bang. Mumbai’s iconic Happy Cycle Shop, a stone’s throw from Gateway of India and smack in heart of the Colaba tourist district, has had a ringside view of how the city coped in the pandemic.
Overnight, the buying stopped. Covid-19 altered silhouettes and buying patterns too. What is the way forward? A return to the classics, conscious creation and relaxed silhouettes, designers say.
To thrive again, in the pandemic, the fashion industry must return to its roots — the unique and sustainable handloom and handicrafts, the veteran designer says
The free fortnightly online magazine offers updates on the news, tips on fashion, health and home decor, lists products made by members of the community, and lists job openings too.
Sumit Jalan, an investment banker, and managing director and co-head of India investment banking and capital markets at Credit Suisse Securities (India), assessed that 30% to 40% of existing business models were deeply impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.
In times of chaos, it’s even more important to wipe the slate clean. Here are tips to help you get started, and a primer on why you should.
An initiative by a group of artists is helping villagers earn more through arts, crafts and now tourism, and opening up new worlds to their children.
Hindustan Times | ByMadhusree Ghosh