Stillborn Season: An excerpt from Radhika Oberoi's book on the chaos, violence of 1984 anti-Sikh riots
Stillborn Season evokes the homicidal madness of the days after the assassination of Indira Gandhi in October 1984.
The sari — pudava in Kerala, seere or bond in Karnataka, lugda or kapad or sado in Goa, jote or pata in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, and bhaaj in West Bengal — has as many regional variations in wearing styles, folding systems, inner end-pieces, and end fringes, as its colloquial names
How the sari wove together Indira Gandhi's politics, Jayalalithaa's power and Mother Teresa's compassion
In the cases of Indira Gandhi, Jayalalithaa and Mother Teresa, the sari was more a proclamation of intent than style | #FirstCulture
Sari story: Satyam Shivam Sundaram to Mr India, how the nine yards reflected Bollywood's favourite tropes
From the quintessential mother played by Nirupa Roy to the sensuous yet virginal Zeenat Aman in Satyam Shivam Sundaram, the sari has come to represent several attributes, from modesty to mischief | #FirstCulture
Sridevi, the style icon: Glamorous, quirky, demure, outré — there was no look the actress couldn't carry off
The uncontainable quality Sridevi lent to all her roles found astonishing sartorial expression
The Mumbai Marathon is a reminder that a citizenry is capable of great accomplishment, and genuine kindness, even as it competes to reach the finishing line of a race | #FirstCulture
Reflecting on the events that marked 2017, from Shashi Kapoor's demise, to Aadhaar and the Virat-Anushka wedding | #YearInReview | #FirstCulture
Until spaces are designated for children — including those who live on the streets or in urban slums — to play, menacing places like railway tracks or riverbeds will continue to serve as playgrounds.
In India, where Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code criminalises gay sex, a thwarted community has managed to survive, protest with a song and dance, throw parties, and crawl under the sheets whenever it pleases
The Hungry is a faithful recreation of the blood and gore of Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus
Open or public spaces — a city’s streets, parks, waterfronts, squares, maidans, chowks — are necessary breathers which provide vibrant locations for public encounter, and facilitate a civic culture
Cities in India, with their impermeable surfaces, blocked drains, and rampant construction on lake beds and other water bodies, have metamorphosed into water-resistant barriers, prone to flooding.
Footbridges in India, often hastily-constructed passages of narrow proportions and tacky design, evoke nether awe or oration | #ByDesign | #FWeekend
#GauriLankesh, Not In My Name and the 15 August march at JNU are three recent instances of a wave of protest movements across the country
History of Wolves is Emily Fridlund’s fictional debut
From Doordarshan to State Bank of India and Indian Airlines — logos designed by NID alum in the '70s were reflective of the aspirations of a young democracy
The online poster for the Not In My Name protests is perhaps the most recent example of art’s vital role as a challenger of bigotry and dogma, as the vanguard of a new order, as a non-conformist of remarkable eloquence.