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Bachi Karkaria's Tales from TJ Road: At the Sewri Christian Cemetery, past and present link to Mumbai’s larger history
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Bachi Karkaria's Tales from TJ Road: At the Sewri Christian Cemetery, past and present link to Mumbai’s larger history

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

In The Big thoughts of little Luv, Karan Johar demonstrates a pleasant shift in his portrayal of gender diversity
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In The Big thoughts of little Luv, Karan Johar demonstrates a pleasant shift in his portrayal of gender diversity

The fact that Luv’s story is linked to Johar’s makes it a lot more personal, and not just another book on gender stereotypes churned out because conversations around gender diversity and queerness seem 'trendy'.

What 'populist' means: There's more to the label, associated with leaders like Donald Trump, than meets the eye
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What 'populist' means: There's more to the label, associated with leaders like Donald Trump, than meets the eye

Perhaps one reason that the word “populist” becomes useless is because it describes a wide variety of political actors, spanning the ideological spectrum.

In Bhairavi, Shivani’s thundering response to the patriarchy is also a mirror to selective activism
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In Bhairavi, Shivani’s thundering response to the patriarchy is also a mirror to selective activism

Mrinal Pande talks to Firstpost about how her mother's recently translated novel is an exaggeration of her own struggles.

For West Bengal's indigenous communities, farming innovations reduce dependence on forest reserves
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For West Bengal's indigenous communities, farming innovations reduce dependence on forest reserves

The situation was vastly different some years ago, when water was scarce, farming was not an option and the community was forced to venture into the forest to earn a living. They encountered elephants, leopards and other wild animals in the reserve.

An Oral History of the COVID-19 Crisis: 'The first thing we witnessed in the isolation ward, was death'
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An Oral History of the COVID-19 Crisis: 'The first thing we witnessed in the isolation ward, was death'

This account is part of Firstpost’s Oral History Project of the COVID-19 Crisis in India. The Oral History Project aims to be an ongoing compendium of individual experiences of the pandemic, with a focus on one significant day in our respondents’ lives during this time.

Recuperating from COVID-19 is a long and arduous journey; here's how to not merely survive, but thrive
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Recuperating from COVID-19 is a long and arduous journey; here's how to not merely survive, but thrive

A first-person account about what you can expect after COVID-19, especially when the hospital declares you fit to rejoin mainstream society.

Online thrift stores proliferated in 2020, but questions remain about how such businesses can be sustained
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Online thrift stores proliferated in 2020, but questions remain about how such businesses can be sustained

From sourcing stock to emphasising sustainability, online businesses dealing in secondhand clothes — or thrifting — have many wrinkles to iron out, moving forward.

Relatable language, believable bodies: What underpins the popularity of adult content on Indian OTT platforms
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Relatable language, believable bodies: What underpins the popularity of adult content on Indian OTT platforms

Beginning with ALTBalaji’s Gandii Baat (2018) to Kavita Bhabhi (2020) on Ullu, erotic content on homegrown OTT platform deserves attention for its sensibilities.

The 1Shanthiroad Cookbook: A collection of dishes and memories made at the iconic Bengaluru art space
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The 1Shanthiroad Cookbook: A collection of dishes and memories made at the iconic Bengaluru art space

This cookbook is an ode to 1Shanthiroad, where the food served has always played an important role, whether the occasion was the launch of an art exhibition, a talk or a performance.

A COVID Christmas in Johannesburg: An unexpected 'celebration' in unprecedented times
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A COVID Christmas in Johannesburg: An unexpected 'celebration' in unprecedented times

An essay about family, festivals, being a single migrant mother — and the pandemic we're living through.

Thoughts on Crip Camp, and how spaces with disabled leadership can make one feel seen and heard
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Thoughts on Crip Camp, and how spaces with disabled leadership can make one feel seen and heard

In a world that is overwhelmingly not designed for disabled, sick and chronically ill people, finding a space where you feel seen and heard is difficult and sometimes feels impossible.

In a winter without festivals, kite flying on Makar Sankranti offers hope for a socially-distanced, eco-friendly celebration
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In a winter without festivals, kite flying on Makar Sankranti offers hope for a socially-distanced, eco-friendly celebration

With people engaging in customary duels of kite flying from rooftops of their respective places, COVID-19 restrictions like night curfews, curbs on public gatherings, and the firecracker ban will not rob Makar Sankranti of the fun and frolic it is associated with.

An encyclopedia of India's ghosts, demons and monsters, Blaft's latest goes beyond scary stories and macabre myths
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An encyclopedia of India's ghosts, demons and monsters, Blaft's latest goes beyond scary stories and macabre myths

'We're hardwired to tell ghost stories,' says Rakesh Khanna of Blaft Publications, who has co-authored the encyclopedia.