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Bombayla Devi Laishram, Archer

Fields of Gold: Bombayla Devi Laishram

Text by Shail Desai. Illustration by Vishnu M Nair

The North-East, and Manipur in particular, have emerged as major sports hubs in the country. In the second of a three-part series peeking into the lives of three young sportswomen from the state, Shail Desai tracks archer Bombayla Devi Laishram's meteoric rise to the top despite all odds.
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Samjetsabam Sarjubala Devi, Boxer

Fields of Gold: Samjetsabam Sarjubala Devi

Text by Shail Desai. Illustration by Vishnu M Nair

The North-East, and Manipur in particular, have emerged as major sports hubs in the country. In the first of a three-part series peeking into the lives of three young sportswomen from the state, Shail Desai tracks boxer Samjetsabam Sarjubala Devi's meteoric rise to the top despite all odds
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Sailesh Gopalan, Brown Paperbag Comics, Harshveer Jain, Storyseller Comics

Lines, scribbles and lots of humour are the tools of trade that fuel the creations of Sailesh Gopalan of Brown Paperbag Comics and Harshveer Jain of Storyseller Comics.
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Aroona Bhat
April 03, 2019

Centre of Attraction: Aroona Bhat

Text by Ranjabati Das. Photograph by Shubham Lodha

The bindi is an iconic Indian tradition that has been passed down for centuries and is layered with meaning. In the last of a three-part series, we speak to Aroona Bhat, who has staunchly stood by this form of adornment and made it her own.
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Dolly Thakore

Centre of Attraction: Dolly Thakore

Text by Ranjabati Das. Photograph by Shubham Lodha

The bindi is an iconic Indian tradition that has been passed down for centuries and is layered with meaning. In the second of a three-part series, we speak to Dolly Thakore, who has staunchly stood by this form of adornment and made it her own
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Usha Uthup, Singer
April 01, 2019

Centre of Attraction: Usha Uthup

Text by Ranjabati Das. Photograph by Shubham Lodha

The bindi is an iconic Indian tradition that has been passed down for centuries and is layered with meaning. In the first of a three-part series, we speak to Usha Uthup who has staunchly stood by this form of adornment and made it her own.
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Celine Cousteau, The TreadRight Foundation, Calypso

Documentary film-maker, adventurer, jewellery designer and public speaker Céline Cousteau speaks to Verve of her recent India visit as an ambassador for The TreadRight Foundation. She tells us about exploring and filming the deep Amazon and its indigenous tribes and being on the research vessel Calypso with her legendary explorer-oceanographer grandfather, Jacques Cousteau...
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Namita Devidayal, The Sixth String of Vilayat Khan

Author Namita Devidayal Uncovers The Diverse Facets Of Vilayat Khan’s Personality

Text by Shraddha Jahagirdar-Saxena. Photographs by Joshua Navalkar. Styled by Akanksha Pandey

The recently released biography, The Sixth String of Vilayat Khan, sensitively explores the genius and life of the sophisticated, globally renowned sitarist. Its author Namita Devidayal reminisces with Verve about her first exposure to classical music as a reluctant young student
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Book Fairies Worldwide, Books, Featured, Huda Merchant, Jeddah Reads, Literacy, Literary Arts, Literary Culture, Online Exclusive, Read, Reading

The book-based social initiative is changing lives, one page at a time
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Salma Sultan, Neethi Ravindran, Usha Albuquerque, Doordarshan
March 18, 2019

Before cacophonous primetime news hours proved why we call it the ‘idiot box’, there was once a steadier approach to the reportage of national events. When Doordarshan was the predominant news channel back in the day, some of the country’s pioneering anchors were a group of women whose names became — and for many Indians still remain — synonymous with broadcast news back in the day. Salma Sultan, Neethi Ravindran and Usha Albuquerque, who continued to rule the small screen well into the ’90s, speak to Verve about being the faces and voices of our nation
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Sachin Tendulkar, Pepsi

Before the turn of the century, advertisements weren’t as ephemeral or easily forgotten as they are today. We were constantly greeted by the same limited number of commercials on every channel — of which there were only a handful — and ad makers could create a lasting impression thanks to a dedicated viewership. Featuring some of the country’s biggest stars, these ‘hidden persuaders’ continue to be as impactful as they were during the decade in which they were first aired, perhaps due to the immense cultural value we seem to place on nostalgia.
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Baba Sehgal, Indian rapper

Mapping The Unique Trajectory Of Baba Sehgal’s Success

Text by Akhil Sood. Photographs by Shweta Desai. Styling by Akanksha Pandey. Make-Up by Hina Patel at Make-Up Designory

For a lot of young Indians today, he might only be relevant as a postmodern, internet celebrity – the guy who writes meme-tastically absurd lyrics about rajma and flatulence. However, the origin story of Baba Sehgal’s fame actually began almost 30 years ago, during the Indipop boom...
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