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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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Columns, Crazy Rich Asians, Cultural Divide, Featured, Musings, Navya Mehrotra, Singapore

Singapore’s Great Divide

Text by Navya Mehrotra

The recent hit film Crazy Rich Asians has thrown the spotlight on Singapore’s most divisive fault line — class. Verve ruminates on this after a chance conversation with a taxi driver in the island state
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Priya Sivakumar
January 15, 2019

Why You Need To Reboot Your Body

Text by Priya Mirchandani. Illustration by Neethi

Listening constantly to devices that communicate with beeps or pings, we tend to ignore the silent messages that our bodies send us. Verve emphasises the importance of reconnecting with nature to recoup our natural rhythm
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Madhu Jain, Capital Comment
January 08, 2019

How We Interpret Books Differently As We Age

Text by Madhu Jain. Illustration by Dhruv Tyagi

Madhu Jain reminisces about the books that she grew up with and discovers that the passage of time sometimes changes their understanding and impact....
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Shals Mahajan, #Wetoo

Does #MeToo have room for stories other than those of privileged, cisgender(1) women? Shals Mahajan addresses the importance of validating the experiences of the LGBTIKHQA+(2) and other marginalised communities, taking us through the interstitial spaces in India’s patriarchal structure to understand how we can make the movement more inclusive
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Rutuja Shinde, #MeToo movement

Mumbai-based lawyer Rutuja Shinde was one of the first to offer free legal representation to women who suffered sexual harassment in the workplace. She writes about India’s existing laws regarding such cases, their loopholes, and the action needed to take the #MeToo movement offline
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Tora Man Bada Papi, Kajol Menon, Mandovi Menon

We revisit a 2013 photo series Items, which explored the notion of women’s bodies and their relationship to the gaze, agency and consent. Photographer Aishwarya Arumbakkam and the five stereotype-challenging individuals documented by her speak exclusively to Verve about how the #MeToo movement is a continuation of the conversation that they tackled with these images…
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Zubaan

In the aftermath of what has been a defining revolution, what does it mean to be an Indian woman? As the dust begins to settle, and we contemplate the beginning of this new era, Verve presents some additional intellectual stimulation. The team at the Delhi-based, independent, feminist publishing house, Zubaan, curates a reading list to help us see beyond the social peripheries that limit our perspective
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#MeToo India

As the movement progresses, Verve takes stock of the many questions relating to gender, social power dynamics and sexual autonomy, and the debate around them. In this issue, we have put together a section dedicated to the significant and timely #MeToo India, with insightful perspectives from an inspiring group of contributors.
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