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October 01, 2019

Has Modern Entertainment Transformed Us Into Solitary Beings?

Text by Madhu Jain. Illustration by Aastha Choudhary

Madhu Jain looks back to a time of simple games and pleasures and compares these to the multitude of on-demand diversions available to all, in the present day
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Mallika Khanna, #MeToo
September 25, 2019

How Selective Outrage And Inadequate Representation Continue To Plague Web Activism

Text by Mallika Khanna. Illustration by Pooja Sreenivasan

The internet, especially its various gateways to self-empowerment, has proven to be a boon for a country as diverse and socially stratified as India, but its work is far from done. Verve investigates…
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Madhu Jain, Capital Comment
August 05, 2019

Madhu Jain Ruminates On New Delhi’s Hierarchy By Design

Text by Madhu Jain. Illustration by Gaurav Vikalp

New Delhi’s buildings and thoroughfares are purposefully constructed symbols of wealth and power that dictate who’s in charge, she maintains.
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Asia’s oldest Gujarati newspaper, Bombay Samachar

Roaming across the city, Verve analyses the cosmopolitan capital’s multilingual typographic landscape
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Kayomi and Zareen Engineer, Dadar Parsi Colony

Can the way a park is conceptualised or a residential block is shaped create happier citizens? One of the first planned settlements and the only ungated Parsi baug in Mumbai, the Dadar Parsi Colony proves it can. Megha Shah finds that its layout is a study in the effects of meticulous urban design on the habits and dynamics of a community
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Matteo Guarnaccia, Barcelona-based Sicilian designer, founder and promoter of Cross Cultural Chairs

Matteo Guarnaccia, founder of the research project Cross Cultural Chairs, wonders what this innocuous piece of furniture can reveal about changing societies. Verve reports on those that he is designing as part of this latest undertaking
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Madhu Jain, Capital Comment

Trees have played a significant role in all civilisations, states Madhu Jain, who nurtured a rather large one of her own in her New Delhi garden
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Nandita Godbole, Atlanta-based cookbook author

Atlanta-based cookbook author Nandita Godbole employs the sights, smells, tastes, sounds and touch of Mumbai to give a poetic voice to first-generation immigrants, whose dual identities are often subsumed into the narratives of their multicultural offsprings
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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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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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