articles by Ruth Dsouza Prabhu

Arts & Culture

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.

Lifestyle

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.

Lifestyle

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.

India

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

Life

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.

Life

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.

Life

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.

Life

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.

Life

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.

Life

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

Life

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.

Life

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

Life

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.

Life

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

Life

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

Life

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

India

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,

Life

Bangalore Literature Festival 2018: #MeToo, the rise of Donald Trump dominate conversations on Day 2

Day 2 of the Bangalore Literature Festival started off with a bang, as Shashi Tharoor spoke about his latest book

Life

Bangalore Literature Festival 2018: Section 377 to Dalit politics, Day 1 brings insights to the fore

The 2018 Bangalore Literature Festival kicked off on the lawns of The Lalit Ashok on Saturday, 27 October, and Day One saw a lot of interesting sessions.

India

Bangalore Literature Festival 2018: From panel discussions to much awaited LitMart, there is much to look forward to

From the LitMart for aspiring authors to panel discussions on poetry, history, politics, crime and more, to discussions on the burning issues of the day and dedicated children’s literature specials, the 7th edition of the Bangalore Literature Festival has so much on offer