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Aroona Bhat
April 03, 2019

Centre of Attraction: Aroona Bhat

Text by Ranjabati Das. Photograph by Shubham Lodha

The bindi is an iconic Indian tradition that has been passed down for centuries and is layered with meaning. In the last of a three-part series, we speak to Aroona Bhat, who has staunchly stood by this form of adornment and made it her own.
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Dolly Thakore

Centre of Attraction: Dolly Thakore

Text by Ranjabati Das. Photograph by Shubham Lodha

The bindi is an iconic Indian tradition that has been passed down for centuries and is layered with meaning. In the second of a three-part series, we speak to Dolly Thakore, who has staunchly stood by this form of adornment and made it her own
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Usha Uthup, Singer
April 01, 2019

Centre of Attraction: Usha Uthup

Text by Ranjabati Das. Photograph by Shubham Lodha

The bindi is an iconic Indian tradition that has been passed down for centuries and is layered with meaning. In the first of a three-part series, we speak to Usha Uthup who has staunchly stood by this form of adornment and made it her own.
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Celine Cousteau, The TreadRight Foundation, Calypso

Documentary film-maker, adventurer, jewellery designer and public speaker Céline Cousteau speaks to Verve of her recent India visit as an ambassador for The TreadRight Foundation. She tells us about exploring and filming the deep Amazon and its indigenous tribes and being on the research vessel Calypso with her legendary explorer-oceanographer grandfather, Jacques Cousteau...
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Salma Sultan, Neethi Ravindran, Usha Albuquerque, Doordarshan
March 18, 2019

Before cacophonous primetime news hours proved why we call it the ‘idiot box’, there was once a steadier approach to the reportage of national events. When Doordarshan was the predominant news channel back in the day, some of the country’s pioneering anchors were a group of women whose names became — and for many Indians still remain — synonymous with broadcast news back in the day. Salma Sultan, Neethi Ravindran and Usha Albuquerque, who continued to rule the small screen well into the ’90s, speak to Verve about being the faces and voices of our nation
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Sachin Tendulkar, Pepsi

Before the turn of the century, advertisements weren’t as ephemeral or easily forgotten as they are today. We were constantly greeted by the same limited number of commercials on every channel — of which there were only a handful — and ad makers could create a lasting impression thanks to a dedicated viewership. Featuring some of the country’s biggest stars, these ‘hidden persuaders’ continue to be as impactful as they were during the decade in which they were first aired, perhaps due to the immense cultural value we seem to place on nostalgia.
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