Essays

Modernism and Modernity

Modernism and Modernity

By Nathaniel Gaskell and Diva Gujral 0

The modernist turn to Indian photography may have been chronologically belated but its practitioners were pioneers, creating works that were uniquely hybrid, ‘unruly and layered, global and local, colonial and postcolonial’, write Nathaniel Gaskell and Diva Gujral

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Mud

Mud

By Anuradha Roy 2

At her home in the mountains, Anuradha Roy watches the snow and rain, considers warmth and the stirring of new life in the earth

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Sweat Symbols

Sweat Symbols

By Jai Arjun Singh 1

How have Hindi films treated heat, asks Jai Arjun Singh. And what of the effect of heat, literally, on the making and preservation of those films

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The Hunger Artists

The Hunger Artists

By Revati Laul 1

At the unlikely venue of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Revati Laul found a serious attempt to engage with agrarian distress. Perhaps our politicians should take a look

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The Anger Games

The Anger Games

By Shougat Dasgupta 0

From the bully pulpits occupied by TV news anchors and politicians, rage has been the rallying cry. What is the effect on our national health, asks Shougat Dasgupta

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The Spice Imperative

The Spice Imperative

By Michael Snyder 0

From Mexico, Michael Snyder traces the history of the chilli pepper and reflects on prandial ties, forged under the colonial yoke, with India

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India’s Great War

India’s Great War

By Vedica Kant 0

Millions of colonial subjects fought alongside their ‘masters’ in World War I. Long ignored by both coloniser and colonised, are these forgotten soldiers now getting their due, asks Vedica Kant

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A City Speaks

A City Speaks

By Shreevatsa Nevatia 0

Banaras is so old, so steeped in its own legend, that we forget it still breathes, that life goes on and that it has new stories to tell, argues Shreevatsa Nevatia

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Let’s Talk About Sex

Let’s Talk About Sex

By Iona Italia 0

In India, #MeToo has been criticised as urban and elite, irrelevant to the lives of most women. But can it force a public conversation on topics that were once taboo, asks Iona Italia

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Precious Pulp

Precious Pulp

By Rakhshanda Jalil 0

Urdu writer Ibn-e-Safi’s highly popular crime novels remind us of a lost fantasy—a world of unlikely internationalism, glamorous intrigue and deep secularism, writes Rakhshanda Jalil

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