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Julian Bream, legendary classical guitarist and multiple-Grammy award winner, dies at 87
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Julian Bream, legendary classical guitarist and multiple-Grammy award winner, dies at 87

The legendary British classical guitarist Julian Bream, who according to Royal Academy of Music was 'one of the most remarkable artists of the post-war era' passed away on 14 August at his home in Wiltshire.

How learning Spanish helped me bust the lockdown's monotony, and ace those Narcos references
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How learning Spanish helped me bust the lockdown's monotony, and ace those Narcos references

In the latest from our series 'How I became a boss at', an account of learning Spanish — from simple phrases and greetings to taking a Level 1 exam

With Lihaaf, a quilting project, artist Arshi Ahmadzai and her collaborators embroider a challenge to patriarchy
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With Lihaaf, a quilting project, artist Arshi Ahmadzai and her collaborators embroider a challenge to patriarchy

Artist Arshi Ahmadzai brought together women from Najibabad to work on a seven-metre scroll as part of Lihaaf, a quilting project. The women are of varying ages, of Muslim faith, and belong to the Nat community.

Period leave isn't 'radical'; it's simply making the workplace amenable to the people who work in it
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Period leave isn't 'radical'; it's simply making the workplace amenable to the people who work in it

The story of how weekends and humane working hours came to be makes for an important and inspiring comparison when talking about period leave.

In Ashutosh Bhardwaj’s book The Death Script, an intimate study of the everyday strifes of India’s Red Corridor
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In Ashutosh Bhardwaj’s book The Death Script, an intimate study of the everyday strifes of India’s Red Corridor

In a conversation with Firstpost, Bhardwaj talks about his time living in India's Red Corridor, why a solution for the insurgency has not yet been achieved, and the State's apathy towards Adivasis

The world of Parsi matchmakers: Bringing together eligible singles to help preserve a shrinking community
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The world of Parsi matchmakers: Bringing together eligible singles to help preserve a shrinking community

Most Parsi matchmakers maintain Excel sheets or handwritten diaries of profiles and a collection of bio-datas. They don’t advertise their services at all; it is word of mouth or social media chatter that does the job.

Bhulbhulaiya aur Anya Kahaniyan, Sara Rai's lyrical anthology, fortifies the many possibilities inherent in our surroundings
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Bhulbhulaiya aur Anya Kahaniyan, Sara Rai's lyrical anthology, fortifies the many possibilities inherent in our surroundings

Many of the characters in Bhulbhulaiya aur Anya Kahaniyan grapple with a homebound existence, isolation, insomnia, anxiety—and even a deadly disease.

The Filter Koffee Podcast: Prateek Arora on why wine should be considered an art form
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The Filter Koffee Podcast: Prateek Arora on why wine should be considered an art form

In this episode of The Filter Koffee Podcast, Prateek Arora talks about why wine should be considered an art form.

From MS Subbulakshmi to Kangana Ranaut, tracing the journey of women in Indian cinema and the Padma awards
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From MS Subbulakshmi to Kangana Ranaut, tracing the journey of women in Indian cinema and the Padma awards

Padma awards have always eluded women in cinema, theatre and music. The ones who have broken the glass ceiling over the years share an interesting pattern which is representative of a creaking system of felicitation in the world of Indian art and culture.

Bachi Karkaria's Tales from TJ Road: In an area that's a work-in-progress, the story of a city in the making
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Bachi Karkaria's Tales from TJ Road: In an area that's a work-in-progress, the story of a city in the making

Through this fortnightly column, Tales From TJ Road, Bachi Karkaria tells the story of Mumbai's metromorphosis

The Filter Koffee Podcast: Pradeep Narayan on the caste system and how it both provides privileges and denies them
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The Filter Koffee Podcast: Pradeep Narayan on the caste system and how it both provides privileges and denies them

In this episode of The Filter Koffee Podcast, Pradeep Narayan talks about the caste system in India and how it provides privileges while also denying things.

Amid a pandemic, HIV-positive patients confront reduced access to life-saving drugs, fears of social ostracisation in India
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Amid a pandemic, HIV-positive patients confront reduced access to life-saving drugs, fears of social ostracisation in India

Four HIV+ individuals and a couple of NGO workers recount their experience of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic at a time when access to healthcare, despite becoming as indispensable as ever, is strained – and in some cases elusive.

Mukund Lath, prominent cultural historian and exponent of Mewati gharana, passes away at 82
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Mukund Lath, prominent cultural historian and exponent of Mewati gharana, passes away at 82

A trained singer in Indian classical music, Mukund Lath studied under the tutelage of Pandit Maniram, Ramesh Chakravarti, and later more rigorously, under Pandit Jasraj.

For mothers breastfeeding children beyond infancy, how a life of secrecy and castigation blights the experience
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For mothers breastfeeding children beyond infancy, how a life of secrecy and castigation blights the experience

The female body, from the moment it pushes out an offspring, is subdued, and replaced by something inert — a bottle, a pacifier, a silicone toy, a crib, and erased entirely before the passage of a year.

A Song of Wraiths and Ruin book review: Roseanne A Brown deftly weaves African mythology into classic YA Fantasy elements
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A Song of Wraiths and Ruin book review: Roseanne A Brown deftly weaves African mythology into classic YA Fantasy elements

A Song of Wraiths and Ruin retains the traditional elements that make YA Fantasy captivating, such as strong female characters, a sense of otherworldliness, and intrigue, while also stepping out of the norm by weaving in West African culture, to create an intricate background to this exquisite tapestry

The Filter Koffee Podcast: Akshay Manwani on the importance of crediting lyricists and the evolution of the NBA in India
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The Filter Koffee Podcast: Akshay Manwani on the importance of crediting lyricists and the evolution of the NBA in India

In this episode of The Filter Koffee Podcast, Akshay Manwani talks about the importance of crediting a lyricist, his passion for Nasir Hussain’s art and the evolution of the NBA in India.