articles by Aishwarya Sahasrabudhe

Arts & Culture

Rural India, Sylvia Plath and human relationships come together in Maithreyi Karnoor's bold debut novel

Karnoor’s book experiments with the novel form, blending prose with poetry and painting a quaint but haunting portrait of two people: one searching for a story, the other for home.

India

On death row in India: A new book draws on criminal justice research for a reconsideration of the death penalty

Author Jahnavi Misra's work, The Punished: Stories of Death Row Prisoners in India, is based on research conducted by Project 39A and narratives that cast an alternative perspective on the death penalty, its social and cultural impact.

Arts & Culture

In conversation with Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni: The bestselling author on new book The Last Queen, and her craft

In Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni's latest book, the forgotten story of Rani Jindan Kaur comes to life.

Entertainment

The life and times of Devika Rani: Kishwar Desai on the fame, struggles of one of Hindi cinema's first heroines

Devika Rani's contributions to the pioneering studio Bombay Talkies went beyond acting. She took full control of it following the death of Himansu Rai, her husband.

Lifestyle

How a passion for Lego led prosthetic dentist Vishnu Manohar to design a bionic arm with the building blocks

The dentist confesses that there are, of course, long-term difficulties attached to mass production of the Lego arm, one of the primary ones being the practical challenge of obtaining spare parts in India.

Arts & Culture

Nandini Sengupta on how her childhood pets inspired her to write The Blue Horse, a collection of animal tales

The Blue Horse is filled with animals that can talk, think and feel in keeping with traditional storytelling cultures that attribute to animals their own distinct point of view.

Arts & Culture

With new Christmas album, the Shillong Chamber Choir revives West Asian-influenced carolling traditions of yore

Carolling traditions across the Christian diaspora can be traced as far back as fourth century Rome when songs were first sung to celebrate the birth of Christ.

Arts & Culture

Arjun Rajendran's One man: Two executions is an ode to 18th century Pondicherry through inter-linguistic poetry

What Arjun Rajendran's poetry invokes beautifully is almost a haunting maritime imagery – of massive vessels anchoring at Pondicherry’s harbour, and the treasures, thieves, smugglers and pillaging pirates they brought ashore.

Arts & Culture

Bringing Dhumketu to a new century: Jenny Bhatt discusses translating the pioneering Gujarati writer's short stories

In the early 20th century, Dhumketu was a household name, known for writing stories that departed from the heavy influence of Mahatma Gandhi's ideology to depict instead a village idyll, the simple joys and sorrows of a common person, and the everyday goings-on of a Gujarati home.

Lifestyle

In 'It's All in Your Head, M,' Manjiri Indurkar crafts a piercingly honest narrative about her struggle with mental illness

Diving into the trauma she suffered as a survivor of child sexual abuse and more so the rage and grief that stemmed from the silence of those around her who knew the truth, Indurkar writes a sharply honest story, weighing her losses against her more qualitative wins in the pages of this book.

Arts & Culture

In Leesa Gazi's novel Hellfire, a controlling mother's hold on her daughters takes a dark, twisted turn

Leesa Gazi's Rourob — the story of a controlling mother Farida, and her hold over her spinster daughters, Lovely and Beauty — was first published a decade ago in Bangladesh.

Arts & Culture

How event organiser MadRasana migrated online to help Indian classical music thrive in lockdown

MadRasana was launched to take Carnatic music to a contemporary audience in novel ways, which have included organising concerts in cafes, theatres, and screening performances on YouTube that experiment with diverse formats

Arts & Culture

An English translation of Nashtanayika narrates the poignant story of PK Rosy, the first heroine of Malayalam cinema

In Vigathakumaran, Daniel essays the role of the hero, Jayachandran, but the star of the film is Rosy – a poor girl living in a thatched hut with her Amma, Appan and siblings – who portrays, Sarojini, a lady belonging to a Nair tharavad.

Arts & Culture

Translation of M Mukundan's Delhi: A Soliloquy, depicts the city's squalor as observed by its Malayali diaspora

It took two years for the writer to paint a picture of Delhi which was far from the glamorous and ‘cosmetic’ construct of the city in those minds that have never truly visited the capital

Entertainment

Barun Sobti on choosing shows like Halahal and Asur, and coming a long way from his TV career

Barun Sobti’s role as a grubby and lively investigator in Eros Now's Halahal marks a departure from his popular frame as a broody romantic or the troubled CBI agent in Voot Select’s Asur.

Arts & Culture

Prolific Mumbai architect Kamu Iyer passes away at 88

A resident of Mumbai throughout his life, Iyer was an authority on the city's changing architectural landscape and on how people make use of public spaces in this bustling metropolis.

Arts & Culture

In C Pam Zhang's Booker Prize-longlisted debut, a buried chapter of America's immigrant history comes alive

Infused with magical realism, the haunting vastness of the California landscape and the tragic wanderings of two orphaned siblings, C Pam Zhang's debut novel — How Much of These Hills Is Gold — renders a powerful narrative of the Chinese-American immigrant experience.

Arts & Culture

Novelist Sophie Ward on being long-listed for the Booker Prize, thought experiments, nuances in relationships

Love and Other Thought Experiments pushes readers to question individual philosophies, our understanding of complex emotions and belief systems that are constantly governing our everyday lives.

Lifestyle

Decoding sustainable fashion: Shift to slow design models, change in consumer mindset imperative, say experts

For India, tradition and heritage play much into the global experience of sustainable fashion.