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Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion, How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy

Girl, Unconnected

Text by Anandita Bhalerao

Two breakout books of 2019, Jenny Odell’s How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy and Jia Tolentino’s Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion are lessons in what the internet generation was promised, what it got, and where to go from here
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hashtag challenges

The Pursuit Of Everything

Illustrations by Mrudula Kuvalekar

Faced with hashtag challenges and people who seem to have discovered extra hours in the day to optimise even their leisure time, Zaral Shah tries to figure out whether this non-stop hustle mode is truly worth it
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Capital Comment, declutter, Featured, Madhu Jain, material cleanse, mental cleanse, new year resolutions
January 23, 2020

A Clean Start

Illustration by Rutuja Patil

Your New Year resolution may throw light on your thoughts of the months gone by and your goals ahead, contemplates Madhu Jain, who has resolved to go on a massive decluttering spree – of objects and people – for the coming year
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Capital Comment, Madhu Jain
January 07, 2020

A Fine Line

Text by Madhu Jain. Illustration by Vishnu M Nair

Setting new borders in a geographical or personal sense can be complicated, finds Madhu Jain. Erasing them, even more so…
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December 12, 2019

Find Your Language

Photographed by Joshua Navalkar

The number of mother tongues spoken in India runs into the thousands, yet in the arena of mainstream literature, where English continues to dominate, only a fraction of the significant writing being produced finds a platform. Verve highlights flash fiction in Urdu, Hindi, Tamil and Malayalam, exclusively authored for us by four bilingual wordsmiths...
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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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