One state, many languages: Exploring many worlds of Karnataka
Karnataka has a wealth of languages that have not had their time under the spotlight. Several people are working to ensure this changes
Renowned Kalbeliya artist Gulabi Sapera on her determination to dance, acts of resistance
Life changed completely when, as a child of seven years, Dhanvantri was spotted by Tripti Pandey and Himmat Singh of the Rajasthan Tourism Department while dancing at the Pushkar Mela.
In her book Turmeric Nation, Shylashri Shankar investigates how food in India interlaces with identities
The book explores food through popularly known metrics of history, religion, tradition, pop culture and habits.
As cultural festivals go digital, organisers aim for global reach, hybrid online-offline presence in future
Migrating online for an event anywhere in the world now allows for more experts to be roped in for a global audience. However, the constant challenge for everyone is to stay ahead of the curve, make formats interesting, and program in-depth interactions that are as personal as possible.
With new food archiving initiatives, experts create a virtual repository of culinary history and culture in lockdown
The lockdown has spurred a series of live chats centered on food, with non-celebrity experts sharing insights on food history, culture and traditions.
As Indian restaurant industry eyes post-lockdown reopening, introspection aplenty on what it will take to succeed
As the country begins to open up in a staggered manner post-lockdown, the focus for the restaurant business will be on which direction to take in order to survive what is a seismic change to the ecosystem.
Coronavirus Outbreak: Community-oriented initiatives, marked by efficiency and generosity, are helping society's most vulnerable
From Kanaga Varathan's team in Tamil Nadu working for the trans community, to the support Caremongers have offered to the disabled and elderly, initiatives led by ordinary people have helped thousands to survive the lockdown put in place to counter the coronavirus pandemic
Destroying patriarchal norms is the kind of political activism I want to do in my books: KR Meera
In this interview with Firstpost, KR Meera discusses how she visualises chapters, the influence of her journalistic background on her work, breaking patriarchal norms, and how writing can require immense physical stamina too.
Duolingo design lead Jack Morgan: 'In the digital age, it's easy to forget that data points are actually people'
Language learning app Duolingo's design lead, Jack Morgan talks to Firstpost about the problem of illiteracy, the power of language, and what makes for good design solutions.
John Gollings on architectural photography and observing change: 'The useful image of a building is a problem to be solved'
In his career spanning over 50 years, Australia's pre-eminent photographer of the built environment John Gollings has created a body of work that will go down in history.
Bengaluru's wide range of literature festivals caters to diverse literary tastes and age-groups of bibliophiles
Bengaluru has always been known for its literary bent of mind, and has become quite the hub for niche literature festivals. The city hosts festivals dedicated entirely to poetry, children’s literature, business literature, women authors, and of course, literature across genres.
Children’s literature in India undergoes revolution as publishers experiment with regional languages, genres
Children's literature in India has had a long presence, but with liberalisation in the early '90s, a shift occurred. The idea that children should read for pleasure wasn't recognised till parents had more money to spend on books. But publishers and educators are now willing to spend more on children's literature in Indian languages, driving up its demand with each passing day.
Jim Murray on the single malt vs blend debate, and why India is at the vanguard of emerging whiskey nations
Indian whiskies are already there as far as international standards of quality go, says Jim Murray. In this conversation with Firstpost, the whisky connoisseur discusses the best way to drink the spirit, the characteristics of a bad whisky, and how he keeps his opinions independent
In Rajasthan, the Manchaha Initiative is encouraging weavers to make the loom their window to the world
Manchaha rugs are taken up of one’s own volition and an increasing number of weavers are opting to do so across several villages in Rajasthan as well as other states. What’s being woven on these looms isn’t just yarn, but also the hopes, dreams and aspirations of these women.
The Registry of Sarees is generating new interest in the garment through documentation, combining traditions
The Registry of Sarees in Bengaluru has now opened a Resource and Study Centre, enabling design, curatorial and publishing projects in the area of hand spun, hand-woven and hand-worked Indian textiles
At Kochi Muziris Biennale, a food project showcases indigenous varieties of rice from across India, presented in unique ways
At the Kochi Muziris Biennale, a very interesting food project showcasing indigenous varieties of rice, many little known and presented in unique ways, is something you should consider stopping by at.
Irvine Welsh on writing Trainspotting, adaptations of his work, and how Edinburgh has changed over time
Irvine Welsh says that it is sad that Trainspotting continues to resonate with young people. The Internet has destroyed youth culture and ossified things from the past that are quality, he says
Author Andrew Sean Greer on Pulitzer win for 'Less', writing satire at a low point in his life
Andrew Sean Greer says that his responsibilities as a writer have changed after winning the Pulitzer Prize. He can no longer stay silent about the injustices in the world — especially those in the literary world
Claus Meyer, culinary entrepreneur and activist, on elevating cuisines, diversity of Indian food
Claus Meyer has been a culinary force to reckon with internationally. Before his maiden trip to India, he takes some time out to share some insights on his culinary journey
Chef Garima Arora, India's first woman with a Michelin Star, on her culinary journey and food philosophy
“What I want for my guests is for them to enjoy an experience they have never had before and hopefully never will outside my restaurant,” – says Chef Garima Arora, of the dining experience at her one Michelin star restaurant Gaa in Bangkok,