Essays

The Monster in the Bed

The Monster in the Bed

By Shreevatsa Nevatia 1

Childhood can be a time of cosy confidences—or experiences so devastatingly adult a child can never share them. Shreevatsa Nevatia on the trauma of childish secrets

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Forest Cover

Forest Cover

By Sharif S Elmusa 0

Part of the Zionist vision for Israel was to return to prehistory, to the Biblical land of milk and honey. As if planting trees over villages would remove every trace of their Arab inhabitants, writes Sharif S Elmusa

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Trees of Life

Trees of Life

By A Ramachandran 0

Artist A Ramachandran’s richly metaphorical trees are a visual feast and a botanist’s confusion, writes Rupika Chawla

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A Perfect Imperfection

A Perfect Imperfection

By Lola Mac Dougall 0

Cristina de Middel’s latest photographic work focuses on India, drawing connections with Charlie Chaplin in a characteristically whimsical style, writes Lola Mac Dougall

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In the Image of the Forest

In the Image of the Forest

By Jaya Jaitly 0

Indian art, craft and textiles have a richly diverse tradition of drawing materials and metaphors from nature, writes Jaya Jaitly

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Speaking in Wood

Speaking in Wood

By Anita Roy 0

Viewing a work by environmental artist David Nash can involve a journey—into a forest. Anita Roy makes a pilgrimage to a remote wood in North Wales

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The Limin

The Limin

By Arshia Sattar 0

The forest, in our epics, is not the peaceful site of vanaprastha or even merely the dark and dangerous unknown. It is not otherworldly, but a place of transition—and transgression, writes Arshia Sattar

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Très Noir

Très Noir

By Rashmi Sawhney 2

The personal life of the Expressionist master, Fritz Lang, was as tortured and ambivalent as his films. Rashmi Sawhney explores the dense greyness behind the scenes

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Are We Dead?

Are We Dead?

By Shoili Kanungo 0

Shoili Kanungo's graphic piece on the looming—or are they present?—perils of consumerism

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The Art of Remembering

The Art of Remembering

By Sohini Chattopadhyay 3

Affected by the work of an artist on a quest to memorialise individual victims of the Nazis, Sohini Chattopadhyay wonders why India prefers to brush its traumas into the dustpan of history

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