Inexperience can sometimes be a virtue.
Jarjar Ghar: Documentary on Mumbai's generational tenants underscores city's ethos, and its glaring housing crunch
Shot entirely during the ongoing pandemic, the six-minute documentary captures vignettes of a 200-year-old building on Marine Lines' Sonapur Street, crumbling on the outside but bustling within.
How writer-director Mohit Priyadarshi made Kosa, a searing look at human rights violations in Chhattisgarh
The film made its Indian premiere at the 26th Kolkata International Film Festival in January 2021, after debuting internationally at UK's Raindance Festival in October last year.
An essay about family, festivals, being a single migrant mother — and the pandemic we're living through.
In Bengal's Rasui village, 75-year-old Khudiram Hajra keeps the dying tradition of 'bhorai' kirtan alive
In Vaishnavism, the sun is believed to be a manifestation of Krishna, and in the Bengali month of Kartik, the kirtan verses sung at dawn by kirtaniyas is known as 'bhorai', which is derived from term 'bhor', meaning dawn.
What do we lose when we lose a grain of rice? | Story of Goa's Korgut rice, grown in its Khazans, is story of the state
Korgut — a salinity-resistant rice variety specific to the reclaimed wetlands known as Khazans — embodies vital aspects of Goan history, ecology and culture
Through Mumbai Monochrome, a collection of photographs that capture the cityscape in all its moods, Kelkar places dead centre the people who have made this much talked about city an energetic, complex and multicultural metropolis simply by way of their quotidian lives and occupations.
“What is the secret behind Sahir Ludhianvi’s everlasting appeal?” Surinder Deol asks in an essay for Firstpost, examining the poet-lyricist’s life and legacy in the year of his 100th birth anniversary.
An Oral History of the COVID-19 Crisis: Indians narrate their lived experiences of a lockdown and pandemic
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.
This January, as I pondered the new direction my gaming was taking, what I hadn’t factored in was 2020, what an absolute stinker it was going to be, and how gaming would make the year (ever-so-slightly) more tolerable.
The mahila kisaans of Bundelkhand are visible everywhere in the fields, but rarely seen in official policy. Khabar Lahariya imagines a world which places women farmers at the centre of agriculture policy rather than at the peripheries.
On the trail of Sambhaji Bhide: Ahead of Bhima Koregaon riots' 3rd anniversary, tracing the Hindutva leader's rise
How image, ideology, outreach and political patronage took Sambhaji Bhide from RSS rebel to Sangli's kingmaker.
Remembering Moheener Ghoraguli, India's first rock band from Kolkata whose legacy thrives in resistance
Forty-five years since their formation, Moheener Ghoraguli — who likened themselves to a "movement" — continue to find resonance in the sound and art of budding artists not just in Bengal, but across India, with their songs being widely reprised and recreated.
In an illustrated biography, Tenzin Geyche Tethong looks at Dalai Lama's perilous journey from Tibet to India
The 352-page-book titled His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama: An Illustrated Biography has been in the making for nearly five years and is written by Tenzin Geyche Tethong, one of the Dalai Lama's closest aid and trusted advisor of over 40 years. It includes nearly 400 photographs and documents, many of which have never been seen before or published.
Bhutan's hydropower exports flourish during lockdown, but for rural communities it's a mixed blessing
For many rural communities, having hydropower stations nearby is a mixed blessing. Houses in these areas have developed cracks that often reappear even if they are fixed. Much of the damage remains unrepaired.
Orange peel, lotus stems, betel nut husks, rose petals, sugarcane, pineapples, coffee grounds, eucalyptus and even fish scales are no longer just food or waste. They are the fashion frontline in combatting climate change.
In Bangladesh, abuse of Madhupur's indigenous people persists amidst government's 'social forestry' programmes
The Garos of Madhupur Sal forest have been struggling for the right to access the forest since 1962, when the Madhupur forest was declared a national park by the Pakistan government, which then administered the land.
Lockdown Secrets: With transgressions big and small, people test the limitations of a post-pandemic world
Through an anonymous survey on social media, we asked people about the fears and secrets they have been living with over the past several months — things they felt uncomfortable sharing with others, perhaps apprehensive of being judged.
Lockdown Caste Atrocities: Online campaign addresses violence against Dalits in the pandemic through art and dialogue
The campaign aims to share 'stories of pain, plight and struggle of Dalits' that need visibility and solidarity both at the national and international levels, since Dalit rights need to be addressed as human rights
Rethinking the hijab: COVID-19 made masks ubiquitous; will it also spur shift in assumptions about veiled faces?
To broach the topic about the veil meaning something more than a mere clothing choice seems somewhat an exhausting exercise now, one marred by debates that insist upon centralising the hijab as the server of patriarchal functions.