Culture

Opening the doors to a quirky photography project

Travel photography showcasing cultures, people, places and stories is not uncommon. But have you heard of a photographer doing so through pictures of Indian doors? Meet Divyakshi Gupta.

Gupta is a Mumbai-based photographer and travel blogger who loves narrating offbeat travel stories on her blog, The Quirky Wanderer. She has a keen interest in architecture and symmetry, which spurred her to start photographing doors. We had an intriguing chat with her about this unique interest. Here’s what she had to say:

When did your fascination with doors begin?

I started documenting doors around 8

India’s Theatre Stars Get Candid In This Inspiring Video Series

To many of us, ‘theatre’ is simply those Shakespearean or Grecian plays studied in school and vague memories of “Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?!” or “To be or not to be, that is the question.” But given that theatre in India has a legacy of being culturally and artistically rich, complex and expansive, it’s an unfortunate mind-set. And it's this mindset that Ankit Bakshi, creator of the Break A Leg! initiative, is hoping to change, and is well on his way to doing so.

The Green Room Diaries, the first property

A new age musical revolution begins: Interview with Rainbow Voices

William Shakespeare once said “When words fail, music speaks”, and it’s absolutely true. Music can be an excellent means of communication amidst a world full of noise. Sometimes reaching out to others with your opinion might seem tough. But with some melody, the same message can do wonders. And that’s what the group, Rainbow Voices, is all about.

As India's first LGBTQ choir, Rainbow Voices sings to offer support for the LGBTQ community in India and raise awareness around LGBTQ rights. We had the opportunity to have a chat with Ashish Pandya who

The Wonderflip Festival 2017: Music, art, and a magical circus!

On a November night in rustic, rural Khempur, near Udaipur, get ready for the magic of the circus served up on an earthy platter, with a sprinkling of stars. The Wonderflip performing arts and musical festival is coming to the Haveli grounds to bring you three nights and four days of entertainment straight out of a storybook dream.

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Illustrator Draws Humorous Comics About Her Mental Illness to Help Destigmatize It

According to recent reports, nearly 10-20 million Indians suffer from severe mental disorders such as Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), and yet India spends 0.06 per cent of its health budget on mental health care. The disorder, characterized by severe mood swings, is still largely misunderstood.

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20 Minutes With a Book That Talked Back

This question was firmly on my mind when I showed up at Bangalore’s collective creative space, Lahe Lahe, on August 27th. I had come for Bangalore’s first Human Library experience, a concept that originated in Denmark and that has been held in Hyderabad as well. It offers visitors insight into people who ordinarily might not get to share their stories as directly, and was organized for Lahe Lahe by Ria Andrews.

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Can playing a boardgame help solve Bangalore’s transport and rubbish problems? Yes!

Remember the glee of joy when you solved jigsaw puzzles or scored double points in a round of Scrabble? Weren’t boardgames the best way to unwind? Well, who would have thought that one day games could be used as tools to solve real life problems?

Meet Fields Of View (FOV), a nonprofit research group, that has taken solving problems to a whole new level of fun, by building games and simulations that address issues in policy.

FOV believes a person’s field of view is influenced by their perspectives, biases, opinions and knowledge

The Bengaluru Poetry Festival second edition chases new horizons!

Poetry afficionados are descending on Bangalore for the second edition of the city's poetry festival,with performances discussions and workshops led by award-winning artists and burgeoning local writers in store.

Last year, the festival was attended by over 4,000 poetry lovers, and had a line-up of 60 poets, from India and around the world. The second edition promises to be even bigger and better.

The line-up this year includes Gulzar, Amjad Ali Khan, author Amit Chaudhuri, playwright Girish Karnad, North-Eastern poet Shalim Hussain, emerging poets such as Ranjani Murali and Mani Rao, as well as poetry publishers and editors

This is why Mumbai taxi roofs deserve your full attention

If you’ve ever been to Mumbai, it’s likely that you’ve taken a ride in the city’s famous kaali-peelis that swarm its streets. Less likely is the probability that you tore your gaze away from the traffic or buildings, and glanced upwards at the taxi roof instead, which is a shame. Some have vibrant, colourful roofs, in bright colours and patterns, some are padded with lurid velvet, and some even have mini-chandeliers. It's art in the most unexpected place.

Rachel Lopez, resident of the city and journalist and editor with The Hindustan

Maacher Jhol Review: Fish, Potatoes, Mustard Oil + a spicy secret!

Abhishek Verma’s highly acclaimed animated film ‘Maacher Jhol’ (a traditional Bengali spicy fish stew) brings to mind a joke by Bangalore based comedian, Sanjay Manaktala, about how Indian guys flirt on Facebook:

Guy: Hi 🙂 🙂 🙂 Girl: Hey... Guy: Had ur lunch?

It is a hilarious reference to the commonly accepted fact that “nothing ever happens in India without food!” as Verma himself states. And indeed, in ‘Maacher Jhol’, a hand-drawn 2D animated short film which narrates the story of a gay Indian man’s desire to come out