Notes from a pandemic: On the shared experience of COVID-19, and the significance of mundane little pleasures
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Notes from a pandemic: On the shared experience of COVID-19, and the significance of mundane little pleasures

For the first time in our lifetimes, we have a single reference point that our entire planet’s human inhabitants can relate to

Indian Railways spurred Hindi pulp fiction's boom. With trains stalled amid COVID crisis, waning book biz faces a bust
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Indian Railways spurred Hindi pulp fiction's boom. With trains stalled amid COVID crisis, waning book biz faces a bust

The Indian Railways was possibly the largest moving library of Hindi pulp fiction. That is, until the coronavirus pandemic.

MUBI India's Svetlana Naudiyal on how the curated service is making its mark amid sea of streaming platforms
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MUBI India's Svetlana Naudiyal on how the curated service is making its mark amid sea of streaming platforms

MUBI India's director of content Svetlana Naudiyal on bringing world cinema to Indian audiences, providing a platform to smaller Indian films, and why the streaming service operates in collaboration with movie theatres.

In Kolhapur's Shirol taluka, a power loom worker ensures those in need gain hassle-free access to public healthcare
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In Kolhapur's Shirol taluka, a power loom worker ensures those in need gain hassle-free access to public healthcare

Arun Manjare makes navigating the labyrinthine rural public healthcare system easier for many in Shirol taluka

As imperial figures across the world are brought to a reckoning, a look at statues and their relevance in colonial India
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As imperial figures across the world are brought to a reckoning, a look at statues and their relevance in colonial India

It is perhaps the inherent show of power that statues signify which makes them contentious. Statues are commissioned by authorities, erected to celebrate those who enjoyed authority, and more importantly, they are markers in public spaces.

Digital streaming brought best of live theatre to global audiences during COVID lockdown. But what comes next?
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Digital streaming brought best of live theatre to global audiences during COVID lockdown. But what comes next?

While streaming has proven popular, making theatre accessible to a wider audience across the country, it raises the question how it can help live theatre’s return and what role it might play once it’s back.

The Filter Koffee Podcast: Muskan Sethi, India's first professional female poker player, discusses milestones in her journey
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The Filter Koffee Podcast: Muskan Sethi, India's first professional female poker player, discusses milestones in her journey

In this episode of The Filter Koffee Podcast, Muskan Sethi talks about her growing years, her game style and working her way up in a country where poker is still largely associated with gambling among other things.

In Japan Sinks: 2020, Masaaki Yuasa's apocalyptic vision of nature's wrath mirrors life during the Covid crisis
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In Japan Sinks: 2020, Masaaki Yuasa's apocalyptic vision of nature's wrath mirrors life during the Covid crisis

Little prepares Japan Sinks: 2020's Mutoh family and the rest of the nation for the horrors that ensue, like little prepared us for the coronavirus pandemic.

COVID-19 crisis risks reversing gains made against child marriage in India; legal revisions alone aren't solution
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COVID-19 crisis risks reversing gains made against child marriage in India; legal revisions alone aren't solution

Despite legal interventions over the years, India has the largest number of child brides in the world, according to a 2019 report published by UNICEF; one-third of the global total.

Werner Herzog’s Family Romance LLC, the defining film of our times, captures malaise at the heart of capitalism
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Werner Herzog’s Family Romance LLC, the defining film of our times, captures malaise at the heart of capitalism

Werner Herzog's Family Romance LLC is a film that challenges the convention of both fiction and documentary filmmaking.

Tennis has enjoyed a golden generation, but a golden era has eluded the sport
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Tennis has enjoyed a golden generation, but a golden era has eluded the sport

Serve-and-volley tennis was not a feature of the sport from its inception, and it only came to prominence in the 1950s. However, it presented a genuinely innovative way to explore court geometry.

The Zai Whitaker column | In defence of zoos, and why the post-pandemic world needs them more than ever
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The Zai Whitaker column | In defence of zoos, and why the post-pandemic world needs them more than ever

The role of zoos as conservation centres has continued to develop over the years and today, many species have been brought back from the brink thanks to zoo initiatives.

Revisiting a ground report from Delhi's Shaheen Bagh: What it means to live in a city of dissent and under siege
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Revisiting a ground report from Delhi's Shaheen Bagh: What it means to live in a city of dissent and under siege

This essay is as much about the making of the iconic protest site of Shaheen Bagh as about emergent forms of life, publics and place-making in a city, and a nation, being reconfigured by the normalisation of barricades.

Wild tales: In new book, Janaki Lenin explores fascinating animal behaviour through a scientific lens
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Wild tales: In new book, Janaki Lenin explores fascinating animal behaviour through a scientific lens

Janaki Lenin's book Every Creature Has a Story is a compilation of 50 essays on various unique behavioural patterns observed and documented by wildlife scientists across the globe.

John Lewis, towering figure of America's Civil Rights Movement, dies at 80
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John Lewis, towering figure of America's Civil Rights Movement, dies at 80

On the front lines of the bloody campaign to end Jim Crow laws, with blows to his body and a fractured skull to prove it, John Lewis was a valiant stalwart of the civil rights movement and the last surviving speaker at the historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963.

The coronavirus pandemic gave 1947 Partition Archive an unlikely shot in the arm — a series with speakers from both sides of the border
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The coronavirus pandemic gave 1947 Partition Archive an unlikely shot in the arm — a series with speakers from both sides of the border

A majority of the speakers who have featured in 1947 Partition Archive's new series come from families of Partition migrants and have enduring cross-border stories of love and friendship to share.

The Friday List: From a talk by women in STEM fields to a masterclass on foraging food, your weekly calendar of virtual events
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The Friday List: From a talk by women in STEM fields to a masterclass on foraging food, your weekly calendar of virtual events

Every Friday, we'll bring you a curated list of online experiences — performances, talks, tours, screenings — to mark on your weekly calendar.

Monisha En Monalisa was labelled among Tamil cinema's lowest points. So I rewatched the film in 2020
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Monisha En Monalisa was labelled among Tamil cinema's lowest points. So I rewatched the film in 2020

I wanted to watch Monisha En Monalisa because I remembered it from my youth and I wanted to assess its problematic-ness in the clarity of adulthood. This proved to be a little tricky because problematics aside, this is a really, really bad movie.

Beyond the Kashish Film Festival controversy, members of Mumbai's queer community allude to a widening rift
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Beyond the Kashish Film Festival controversy, members of Mumbai's queer community allude to a widening rift

The Kashish Film Festival row has brought to the fore differing opinions about whether Pride overlaps with political issues, as well as the discrimination that trans individuals face within the Indian queer community