The hill town in North-East India has famously been declared the domain of innocuously rebellious rock music. But Shillong's contradictions are better represented through the cultural strains of metal, finds Silvester Phanbuh. He links up with Nangsan Lyngwa and Dolreich Bianglang Kharmawphlang (Malice), two members of local death metal band Plague Throat, to talk guitars, gigs and social issues....
Straddling continents – and dipping deep into her cultural roots – award-winning author Janice Pariat explores vital social concerns in her works. With her first novel Seahorse releasing this month, she talks to Verve about her roots, stories and the inadequacy of stereotypes
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