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January 17, 2020

An Inside Job

Text by Supriya Thanawala. Photographed by Rema Chaudhary. Styled by Ojas Kolvankar

Anxiety and stress at the workplace can be crippling, particularly in today’s high-pressure corporate culture. And the stigma around men opening up about mental illness is shaped by its own set of patriarchal diktats. Entrepreneur Nikhil Taneja leads Verve through his uphill climb to personal and occupational success and proves that showing vulnerability is the first step towards taking control
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#MeToo, advent of television, anti-Sikh riots, Aruna Roy, CAA, Citizenship Amendment Act, Defining India: Through Their Eyes, economic slowdown, Editorial Director, India Today, Indira Gandhi assassination, Journalism, Kailash Satyarthi, liberalisation, Malala Yousafzai, Mandal, MGNREGA, National Register for Citizens, NDTV, News Anchor, NRC, print journalism, Raagini, Sachin Tendulkar, Section 377, Sonia Singh, Suhaani, The Dalai Lama, The World This Week, women news anchors, Yaamini

It’s News To Her

Text by Shraddha Jahagirdar-Saxena. Photographed by Prithvi Pictures. Hair by Jasmeet Kaur; make-up by Ritika Gandhi; both at Make-up Designory India

In the current national scenario, the economic liberalisation of 1991 – that, to a large extent, shaped our dreams – seems to be a thing of the distant past. Sonia Singh, editorial director, NDTV and mother of three, who has been reporting on the country’s ups and downs for over 20 years, tactfully balances an objective big-picture outlook with her maternal sixth sense. During a Sunday afternoon in her home, she offers Verve an even-handed take on re evaluating history and preparing for what lies ahead...
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Motivational social media accounts have emerged as an unexpected champion of emotional and mental health, providing a much-needed shot of positivity to those seeking to manage stress, grief and anxiety. Best-selling author, speaker and serial social entrepreneur Neeta Bhushan leads Verve down a path of self-introspection
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Double Talk

Double Talk

Text by Anandita Bhalerao. Illustrations by Rohan Hande

The pursuit of knowledge for its own sake shouldn’t be a luxury reserved for the young (or rich), just as learning a new language doesn’t have to be limited to classrooms. Anandita Bhalerao explores the stories of six individuals and the eclectic mix of languages acquired between them
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A Story Unto Himself

Text by Sadaf Shaikh

Having grown up as a member of the Stolen Generations -- indigenous people who were forcibly erased from the fabric of Australian history -- Larry Walsh is imbuing contemporary vigour into the lost tales of his ancestors
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Like Father Unlike Daughter

Text by Sadaf Shaikh. Photographed By Sushant Kadam. Hair And Make-Up By Anuradha Raman. Location Courtesy: Soho House Mumbai

Creative consultant Ekta Rajani and businessman Suresh Rajani may share the same blood, but their approaches to style are hardly related. The daughter’s downsized and minimalist-yet-original wardrobe has inspired young consumers to re-evaluate their purchasing patterns, while the equally couture-conscious father follows a more outlandish school of fashion. Verve spends a day observing the pair’s tailor-made modes of self-expression
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Sukhada Tatke
December 04, 2019

Below The Surface

Image Courtesy: Ida Taavitsainen / Millennium Images, UK

Five years after learning how to swim, Sukhada Tatke finally tests the waters outdoors and contemplates the existential uncertainties of nature while floating in the rippling Schlachtensee in Berlin
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Ever since the American sneakerhead subculture was co-opted by the mainstream and luxury fashion industries, global Instagram feeds have been filled with images of Nikes, Yeezys, Balenciagas, or whichever brand has dropped the season’s It shoe. But to sneakerheads, they are more than the latest fad. A number of women are in the vanguard of the burgeoning movement here in India, and Rushmika Banerjee speaks with five of them to get some diverse viewpoints on what makes this footwear staple an aspirational commodity.
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October 23, 2019

In the wake of the #MeToo movement, the male-dominated comedy industry is transforming into an inclusive space. Anuradha Menon, still recognised for her iconic alter ego Lola Kutty, spends an afternoon with Prashasti Singh, the show stealer from last year’s Comicstaan lineup, and the two women pull back the curtain on inherent biases and the evolving scene. Between generous doses of laughter and nostalgia, Sadaf Shaikh has a front-row seat for this unexpected yet synergetic interaction.
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Puja Sarup, Actor, Pulkit Mogha, Photographer

All The (Drag) King’s Men

Text by Megha Shah. Photographed by Pulkit Mogha. Styling by Ojas Kolvankar. Assisted by Aishwaryashree Verma. Hair and Make-Up: Josie Paris Renthlei

In a compelling collaboration arranged by Verve, Puja Sarup, an actor pushing the boundaries of Indian mainstream theatre with her portrayal of a drag king, plays muse to Pulkit Mogha, a photographer who uses Instagram’s shiny grids as windows into stirring queer stories. Megha Shah discovers a common heart that beats in anticipation of a more accepting audience
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October 17, 2019

The perks of cyber popularity can undoubtably be intoxicating, but they are exponentially rewarding when you leverage the web to engage in constructive social criticism and open up dialogues. Verve’s follow list includes these eight prolific posters who are leaving a legacy that goes beyond the likes…
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Zuni Chopra, Lavanya Raju, Ish Patil, Anjali Savansukha, Lameeya Bandukwala

Gen Zer Zuni Chopra Navigates A Dystopian Reality Without Modern Technology

Text by Huzan Tata. Photographed by Anish Sarai. Styling by Akanksha Pandey. Hair: Jean-Claude Biguine, India. Make-up: Tejaswini Mane and Neha Shaikh, Make-up Designory, India

In a special photo feature, Verve separates urban Gen Zer Zuni Chopra and her group of girlfriends – Lavanya Raju, Ish Patil, Anjali Savansukha and Lameeya Bandukwala – from their various gadgets for a day and transports them to a dystopia without modern technology. The teen author shares an exclusive poem in which she muses on an eerie reality while speculating with Verve about an analog life...
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