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The State of Art in the post-Covid World

The State of Art in the post-Covid World

Art has always been an ambassador to reflect critical dialogues around socio-economic moments and will play an increasingly important role in the post-pandemic world. The structure of business is set to change in the gallery and the auction spheres

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Handmade is the Way Forward

Handmade is the Way Forward

The Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown has severely affected the handloom sector, which was already reeling under the impact of demonetisation and GST. For centuries, the handloom weaver has continued to work from home, offering the world the choice of a conscious living, which is sustainable, local and green. These weavers offer me the hope and the conviction to carry on my journey in the handmade sector

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Quarantine Notes from Dhaka

Quarantine Notes from Dhaka

In the lockdown, digging into the archive to find scraps of personal memories and reels of surprise — negatives, portraits, sculptures and photographs

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Holding Hands

Holding Hands

Through this period of physical isolation, I have been grateful to friends for helping me stay afloat. I understand and imagine so much of the world through their eyes. How can this understanding shape the kind of solidarity I engage in? How, why, and who does this solidarity serve?

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The Return of Nature

The Return of Nature

As the world stops and humanity retreats indoors, I look back at the road I took as a wildlife storyteller. It has let me in on the beauty, perfection and fragility of the world.

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Notes From the Lockdown

Notes From the Lockdown

The global shutdown and the continuing lockdown in India has given us an opportunity to rethink our ways, to adapt to more sustainable ways of living, and to understand the value of less is more. However, there remains an undercurrent of apprehension: After the ‘new normal’, will we gravitate towards the ‘old normal’ after all?

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Shehan Karunatilaka: Laughter in the Dark

Shehan Karunatilaka: Laughter in the Dark

Chats with the Dead, Karunatilaka’s second novel which is set during the peak of Sri Lankan civil war, imagines what island nation’s dead would say if they could be heard

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The Blue Bird’s Ode  to Corona, the Queen

The Blue Bird’s Ode to Corona, the Queen

Not a sound is heard/in the limitless desert of hope/of thoughtless, forsaken joy/But the darkened sky turns azure/with billowing clouds, wandering free

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Vasily Grossman and Graham Greene: The Nature of Doubt

Vasily Grossman and Graham Greene: The Nature of Doubt

When we have no certainty to depend on — when doubt is an inseparable part of the human condition — we can only latch on to hope, hope that God — or someone or something else — will show us the way with compassion and justice. Losing hope is akin to — or can even be worse than — losing children.

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Long-Distance Relationship

Long-Distance Relationship

My demons are still trapped in your murky waters and you are still within me. When the winds turn and I hear your siren song again, I will come back. But now, I’m on my way home. Bombay, my love, you are alone.

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Wrong Talk: A Triptych

Wrong Talk: A Triptych

An outside grew inside me with direction, a precise extension: cut weed smell with mud underneath. Then the next ball cracked me in the forehead.

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About Values: Why Hinduism-loving citizens tolerate the unrighteous or the devilish?

About Values: Why Hinduism-loving citizens tolerate the unrighteous or the devilish?

In the ‘New India’, all the values of the righteous — as enumerated in The Bhagavad Gita — appear to have become penal offences

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