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Capital Comment, Madhu Jain

Culinary Histories

Text by Madhu Jain. Illustration by Studio Misa

The origins of recipes, some of them accidental, fascinate Madhu Jain who travels back in time to her grandmother’s rich, layered paranthas
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#MeToo, #MeTooIndia, Featured
April 06, 2020

Anomaly

Text by Urvashi Bahuguna. Illustration by Namrata Kumar

Author and poet Urvashi Bahuguna pens an exclusive short story for Verve
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There’s a silkworm in my soup!

Text by Shirin Mehta. Photographed by Prashant Giani. Styled by Akanksha Pandey

Entomophagy is the environment-friendly gastronomic practice that everyone is discussing. Shirin Mehta, who has ingested a few insects herself, speaks to Gitika Saikia about the North-Eastern dishes that highlight locally found arthropods
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Coming Back For More

Text by Kamakshi Ayyar. Photographed by Mallika Chandra

When it’s got to do with eating out, the emotional link with certain experiences has turned Kamakshi Ayyar into a creature of habit. She recounts three anecdotes about the places where she can call herself a regular
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March 24, 2020

Flesh and Bone

Illustration by Bhavya Kumar

As her terminally ill father-in-law lies starving on a hospital bed, Vandana Singh-Lal ponders the literal and metaphysical nature of sustenance
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Rachael Krishna

The Melting Pots

Photographed by Joshua Navalkar. Styled by Swati Sinha

London-based Rachael Krishna writes about Britain’s trademark curry houses and takeaway joints, thinking back on how their very distinct cuisine, despite being a largely Western innovation, deepened the connection with her father’s Burmese-Indian roots
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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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