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Aarifa Bhinderwala, Pole dancer, Ranjana Dave, Odissi dancer

What Happens When A Pole Dancer And An Odissi Master Spend An Afternoon Crossing Forms

Text by Sadaf Shaikh. Photographs by Debarati Sanyal. Styling by Shweta Navandar. Hair and Make-Up by Saher Ahmed, Faze Creative Management. Location Courtesy: The Space, Juhu, Mumbai

Dancing might be poetry in motion, but there’s a science to it. Pole dancer Aarifa Bhinderwala’s agile spins and inversions defy gravity, and Odissi dancer Ranjana Dave elevates simple physics to keep her lower body firmly grounded while her torso is fluid and snake-like. Verve spends an afternoon watching how the two women’s mutual intuition for movement results in beautiful synchronicity
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Ariana Gupta, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, Disney princesses, Featured, Feminism, feminism in India, feminist book, feminist fairy tales, Gender Equality, New Age Fairy Tales, Online Exclusive, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, The Little Mermaid, young feminists in India

Analysing the flaws in some of our much-loved fairy tales, the class 12 student created modern-day, empowered renditions of Disney's beautiful and subservient princesses
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Beauty, Fashion, Featured, Gender Dysphoria, LGBTQIA, Model, Online Exclusive, Style, Taksh Sharma, Trans, Transgender
December 28, 2018

Fashion Stylist, Model And Trans Person Taksh Sharma Takes Us Through Her Transitioning Journey

Text by Shubham Ladha. Photographs by Taksh Sharma, Mannat Malik and Two Point Two Studios

From coming out as gay to transitioning into a woman, 2018 has been a landmark year for her in more ways than one
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Bachpan Bachao Andolan, Child Exploitation, Child Labour, Child Slavery, Child Trafficking, Children, Davis Guggenheim, Derek Doneen, Documentary, Featured, Film, Kailash Satyarthi, Nobel Peace Laureate, Online Exclusive, Save The Childhood Movement, The Price Of Free

The Nobel Laureate tells us about the struggles and rewards of helping children live freely, captured in this new award-winning documentary
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25 years of Mélange, Anniversary, Designers, Featured, Melange, multi-designer store, Online Exclusive, past continuous, Sangita Kathiwada, Sustainable, Sustainable Fashion

As the founder of one of the country's first multi-designer stores that launched the careers of many big-ticket designers, Sangita Kathiwada pens a heartfelt note on why Mélange has become more than just a store to her
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Billiards, Featured, IBSF World Billiards Championship, Online Exclusive, Pankaj Advani, Pool, Sports, Sports star

The sports star talks about his challenges, being the poster boy of billiards and snooker and about his personal icon, Roger Federer
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Ace Productions, Advertising, Alyque Padamsee, Branding, Featured, In Memoriam, Online Exclusive, Theatre

Remembering Alyque Padamsee

Text by Shraddha Jahagirdar-Saxena

The world of stage and advertising will always miss Alyque Padamsee. Our Executive Editor shares her impressions of the legend
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Angela Guzman, Design, Designer, Featured, Google, India Design Confluence, Online Exclusive
November 23, 2018

Days before The IDC kick-starts in Ahmedabad, we catch up with user interface and user experience designer Angela Guzman. Currently design lead at Google, she’s widely known as the ‘intern’ who – alongside her mentor – co-created Apple’s first set of emojis
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Ankita Kumar, Tarpan Patel, Vikrant Chheda

Travel is now easier and much more exciting with the internet as an infinite resource for diverse experiences. As a result, young Indians have turned into intrepid journeyers with a desire to explore the unfamiliar, and are increasingly doing it solo
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Aradhana Seth, Creating a Room on a sound stage floor for Don
November 20, 2018

Aradhana Seth On The Challenges Of Creating Authentic Film Sets

Text by Shraddha Jahagirdar-Saxena. Photographs by Aradhana Seth

This Renaissance woman is an artist, film-maker, photographer, director and also a production designer – and has been a part of several visually spectacular international and Indian movies like Fire (1996) and The Darjeeling Limited (2007)
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Tania Sachdev, Woman Grandmaster

Moves Like Tania Sachdev

Text by Akhil Sood. Photographs by Uma Damle. Styling by Aradhana Baruah. Assisted by Simran Sethi. Hair and Make-Up by Aradhana Khanna

Her passion for chess and her competitive streak have motivated Tania Sachdev to surmount several challenges and achieve success in a lonely, intense sport. Verve explores the grey area beyond the board with the Woman Grandmaster at her home in the capital
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Black Panther, Deadpool, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Guardians of the Galaxy, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2, Iron Man, Marvel, Marvel Cinematic Universe, MCU, Spider-Man 3, Stan Lee, Stan Lee cameos, Stan Lee death, The Avengers, Thor Ragnarok

The creator of the Marvel Cinematic Universe may be no more but he will live on through the cameos that every fan kept an eye out for in the superhero movie franchise.
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