articles by Aishwarya Sahasrabudhe


Psychotherapist Julia Samuel's new book explores the certainty of change, and how to better embrace it

A book like This Too Shall Pass becomes a much-needed entryway into understanding multiple emotional trials and traumas that a person undergoes, and the importance of acknowledging each one of these phases occurring in life.


Meme making is both art form and tool for commentary: Decoding its ubiquity in modern communication

How a meme leverages historical images and dialogues as a shorthand for cultural commentary is particularly interesting, considering their global reach


For Himalayan trekkers, a lost summer: Amid coronavirus crisis, mountains' solace too is forfeit

From our #SummerWithout series | 'Once, I introspected over why one leaves behind urban comforts to trek along these routes in the biting cold. I realise now as I miss out on 2020’s climb that the answer is quite simple: The mountains are addictive, as is journeying through them.'


With a recent translation, Sunil Gangopadhyay's Bengali novel Blood is set to entice a new generation of readers

Renowned Bengali writer Sunil Gangopadhyay’s Blood is the story of Tapan, who spends years running away from the trauma of his father’s murder at the hands of a British officer, only to run into Alice, the daughter of his father’s killer, while on a visit to the UK.


Mumbai's language professionals teach English to refugees in faraway Cyprus, who struggle with rules, talking to locals

Most of the students attending these English lessons, which are conducted four days a week, have lived in Cyprus only for a couple of months. Many don't have their own support systems and have had to pay fines, because they cannot comprehend the government's rules and instructions, delivered in Greek and English


A fundraiser by Music Mulakatein helps Mumbai's NGOs provide food and healthcare kits to the poor

Nearly 10 percent of the funds received by Music Mulakatein through this fundraiser are also being reserved by Decker and co-founder Tanish Thakker for the NGOs initiatives that will be organised post the coronavirus lockdown.


In Ruth Vanita's 'Memory of Light', a poignant romance between two courtesans unfolds in Nawabi-era Lucknow

Memory of Light emerges out of Ruth Vanita’s imagination of the pre-colonial world of courtesans and poets, and the ups and downs of the relationship between the two courtesans — Nafis bai and Chapla bai — unfolds against the backdrop of Nawabi-era of Lucknow.


Stephen Sexton on his debut collection of poems and the impact of Super Mario Brothers on his life

What began as a joke, as opposed to his earlier, serious poetry led to a complete collection filled with Stephen Sexton’s ideas about the longing and grief brought on by the death of his mother and the video game which he played as a child became a channel that voiced these emotions.


Michelle Obama's documentary Becoming keenly captures her book tour, and the steely will to own one's story

Becoming, the docuementary, takes a tour through the story of Michelle Obama, covering much of who she was before she became First Lady.


Ritu Kumar to Masaba, how Indian designers have stepped up to address mask shortage during coronavirus crisis

As the demand for non-surgical masks outstrips supply during coronavirus crisis, leading Indian fashion designers have come forward to fill the gap


Julia Cho on her Windham-Campbell Prize win, 'feeling' Korean-American, and theatre in the time of lockdown

Playwright Julia Cho, winner of this year's Windham-Campbell Award for Drama, speaks to Firstpost about her inspirations, keeping theatre alive during a lockdown, and her response to the pandemic as a writer.


Yiyun Li on winning the Windham-Campbell Award, her body of work: 'A writer has to be able to live in an almost homeless mind'

Even as Yiyun Li's work is set as much in China as in America, she continues to have a complicated relationship with the country and maintains that she’d rather not have her books translated into Chinese.


Coronavirus Outbreak: Juggernaut Books provides free access to its app, entire book catalogue during social distancing

With the #READINSTEAD campaign, Juggernaut Books will be providing a large catalogue of bestsellers and curated-for mobile reads at no cost to the entire country.


Aika to the Baika: Verse meets social critique in new lavani about how police can better deal with women's complaints

As its refrain suggests, Aika to the Baika prompts the viewer to listen, to really listen to women. Though it is infamous for indulging only in themes like desire, sensuality, love and longing, lavani has in fact for centuries been employed as a tool for social messaging. Aika to the Baika is a modern iteration of the samajik lavani, a 'lyrical banter'.


'Nothing is isolated from dance' : An interview with Bharatanatyam artiste Lata Surendra

Lata Surendra discusses how a dancer can bring a performance to life, transcend the confines of the stage and the auditorium and transform the dance into a visual prayer simply through the act of reading and understanding the nuances of emotion and expression found in literature, poetry and ancient texts.


Priya Balasubramanian's debut The Alchemy of Secrets unravels a family's long-nurtured secrets

Priya Balasubramanian’s novel is a story about how prejudices can sometimes lead to catastrophic consequences that threaten to destroy the peace within a family. It also highlights the effect mistrust and lies can have on the peace within a family, especially on the minds of innocent but keenly perceptive children.


Romancing the arts: Danseuse Gauri Sharma Tripathi on taal in Kathak, shifts in the guru-shishya relationship

Numerous taals are a part of the vast literature of classical art forms but Gauri Sharma Tripathi, for her part, favours the teentaal which is woven in a cycle of 16 beats or the dhamar (14 beats).


Rujuta Diwekar's new book explores easy, sustainable diets and exercises as keys to a healthy lifestyle

While many nutrition theories hinge on foods such as low-fat khakra or sukha bhel, Rujuta Diwekar has always insisted on full-fat milk in your masala chai to be enjoyed with a khakra that is best prepared by roasting last night’s leftover roti until it achieves a good crunch.


At Cusp's interdisciplinary festival, performances and discussions about art that engage audiences, go beyond convention

In keeping with the idea of doing away with the glitz and glamour of a large-scale music fest, Cusp will be held in intimate settings housing smaller audiences in the terrace, patio and garden of Luz House at Mylapore in Chennai.


Namita Gokhale's new book, Jaipur Journals, is a glimpse into multiple stories unfolding over five days of JLF

In Namita Gokhale’s Jaipur Journals, we are taken in five days through the lives of some interesting characters who are in one capacity or another part of what is often referred to as the Kumbh Mela of Literature, the Jaipur Literature Festival.