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Sarah Sahim
March 20, 2019

Social media streams appear bloated with career-related humble brags from people who would associate Hanson with classic rock. It’s no wonder then, that other urban creatives on the cusp of Generations Y and Z are stricken with self-doubt when the same type of ‘success’ as their peers seems out of reach. Birmingham-based writer Sarah Sahim – snark intact – introspects on this far too real phenomenon.
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Madhu Jain, Capital Comment

Those were the days, claims Madhu Jain who, although having already come into her own by the time the ultimate decade of the last century began, still discovered a time of great social, cultural and personal change…
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Cable TV

Revisiting ’90s Prime Time TV

Text by Vivek Tejuja. Illustration by Rohan Hande

The decade when liberalisation dramatically altered many facets of our lives saw the advent of cable TV, which came with an array of channels and aspirational programmes. Verve decodes the unchecked optimism of middle-class families who gathered around their screens every night, ready to be teleported out of their living rooms
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Phantom Cigarettes
February 21, 2019

A Quest For Phantom Sweet Cigarettes

Text by Kamakshi Ayyar. Photographs by Shruti Jain

When the popular ’90s confection, Phantom Cigarettes began to disappear from Mumbai’s kirana shelves after the millennium, Kamakshi Ayyar never gave up the hope of re-encountering her favourite childhood treat. The Hong Kong-based writer reflects on how this constant search for an object from the past represents a longing in the present.…
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The Good Old Days
February 15, 2019

Since the air is thick with sentimental reminiscence for the’90s thanks to the ubiquity of millennial content creators, Akhil Sood takes it upon himself to provide a reality check to remind us that while fondly looking back may be soothing, necessary even, it’s important to keep our eyes trained on the future…
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#Throwback, Debangshu Moulik, Shreya Ila Anasuya

Travel Back To The ’90s With This Nostalgia-Inducing Twitter Account

Text by Shreya Ila Anasuya. Illustration by Debangshu Moulik

In an interaction with Verve, the anonymous owner of the Twitter account @memorable_90s explains why he wants to revive his childhood memories, and how like-minded millennials are eagerly participating in this project
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