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Archives: '20 Issue 02


April 01, 2020

Me, My Shelf And I: Dating Apps

Text by Vivek Tejuja. Illustrations by Harjyot Khalsa

The columnist takes us through his stirring journey of left and right swiping on dating apps, and the long-term effects of it on his approach to food


Alok Verma, Food Stylist and Photographer; Mumbai

Square Meals

Text by Ranjabati Das

Three Instagrammers describe the backstory behind one of their favourite food posts as Verve asks them about what it takes to get a like-worthy shot


March 27, 2020

Incr(edible) Flair

Photographed by Munsif Molu. Styled by Shweta Navandar. Assisted by Sarah Rajkotwala. Hair by Mariya Ansari at Runah Salon. Make-up by Sonam Chandna Sagar, Assisted by Aayushi Parekh. Model: Rashmi Zurail Mann. Photographer’s Assistant: Harnoor Juneja

Verve puts a playful spin on fashion’s culinary connection and styles delectable ensembles with billowing mutton sleeves, hip peacoats, tea-length dresses, intricate fishnet separates, wavy lettuce-hem skirts and almond-toe shoes


Coming Back For More

Text by Kamakshi Ayyar. Photographed by Mallika Chandra

When it’s got to do with eating out, the emotional link with certain experiences has turned Kamakshi Ayyar into a creature of habit. She recounts three anecdotes about the places where she can call herself a regular


March 24, 2020

Flesh and Bone

Illustration by Bhavya Kumar

As her terminally ill father-in-law lies starving on a hospital bed, Vandana Singh-Lal ponders the literal and metaphysical nature of sustenance


Rachael Krishna

The Melting Pots

Photographed by Joshua Navalkar. Styled by Swati Sinha

London-based Rachael Krishna writes about Britain’s trademark curry houses and takeaway joints, thinking back on how their very distinct cuisine, despite being a largely Western innovation, deepened the connection with her father’s Burmese-Indian roots


Vivek Tejuja
March 20, 2020

Eat Your Words

Illustration by Reshidev RK

Over the years, Vivek Tejuja has developed an eccentric and meticulous tasting menu to accompany his reading sessions, and he explains how his customised pairings of flavours and genres set the mood


Ready challah
March 19, 2020

An evening with Moshe Shek in the iconic Blue Synagogue gives Joanna Lobo an intimate look into the unique cultural fusion that is Mumbai’s Jewish cuisine and the traditions associated with it


Hindia Cinema
March 18, 2020

Guilty Pleasures

Text by Sohini Chattopadhyay. Illustrations by Rohan Hande

Female characters in Hindi cinema cook for and feed others but rarely themselves. Verve sifts through a few recent films for the on-screen quirk that fetishises the act of women eating


“The Second Brain Of The Body Is The Gut”

Text by Tanya Vasunia. Photographed by Ritika Shah. Styled by Mayank Choudhary. Art Direction by Aaditya Walia. Food Styling by Daniel Shechter. Assisted by Aastha Parimoo. Hair and Make-up by Anu Kaushik. Production coordinator: Akshay Ma at Glitz Modelling and Production. Location Courtesy: Rooh, New Delhi

Neither the body nor the mind are monolithic entities. And chef Diya Sethi exemplifies that. The global citizen and author, who spoke out on her recovery from anorexia-bulimia, reflects on how a metamorphosis of food culture and women’s changing social roles have transformed urban India’s eating habits. In a wide-ranging dialogue with her, psychologist Tanya Vasunia says in order to eat healthy, we must first understand our mental framework