Milan Kundera

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From kaali-peeli taxis to 'Indian Chinese' food, how Mumbai's kitsch commodifies the city's peculiarities
Life

From kaali-peeli taxis to 'Indian Chinese' food, how Mumbai's kitsch commodifies the city's peculiarities

In a panel discussion titled ‘Multipolis Mumbai: Kitsch and the City,’ organised by Avid Learning and the National Gallery of Modern Art last month, the aesthetic was unanimously accepted as an authentic language of the street. Examples of kitsch in Mumbai that emerged were ‘Indian Chinese’ and other seemingly absurd food combinations that evoke emotional responses. A panelist described the Saifee Hospital as a 'giant cupcake,’ along side the flashy, colourful lights splayed atop the elegant Victoria Terminus station’s art deco architecture.

The line between art and artist: The Woody Allen problem for all of us
Life

The line between art and artist: The Woody Allen problem for all of us

What's your favourite Woody Allen movie? The harrowing details of child abuse leveled at Woody Allen has made watching his films an ethical quandary. But is it fair to judge the art by the artist?

Sonia for 1984 and Modi for 2002:  Memory versus forgetting
Politics

Sonia for 1984 and Modi for 2002: Memory versus forgetting

Separated by 18 years, the 1984 and 2002 riots are deep gashes in our collective memory. The two riots are part of the debate over secularism between the Congress and BJP