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April 05, 2022

M.

When Vanya Lochan thinks back to the time she felt the flicker of first love, she is transported to her school days, specifically to her one-sided infatuation with a 15-year-old classmate she reveals only as “M”. Now 25, the writer is learning how to make space for his friendship in the present as their old dynamic lurks in her subconscious (CW: Contains instances of fatphobia and internalised fatphobia)
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Last September, the NBA (National Basketball Association) collaborated with Lakmé Fashion Week to celebrate “NBA 75”, its landmark 75th anniversary season in 2021-’22. The winning collection, by designer Ananya Modi Jain was spotlighted at the FDCI x Lakmé Fashion Week
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Taking inspiration from Kalidasa’s long poem ‘Ritusamhara’, in which specific elements of nature are personified as lovers, South-Goa-based Vivekananda uses the practice of psychic automatism to draw up feelings that live in the depths of their being, translating them into colours, patterns and bodies that come together in sensorial self-portraits. These multimedia works that represent the act of creating art are accompanied by the interdisciplinary artist’s poetic musings
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From Meghalaya, inspired by a local folk tale that translates into the rapaciousness of man destroying nature, comes a collection that aims to revive a dying embroidery form and the heritage craft of Eri silk handweaving
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Two Point Two Studio by designer Anvita Sharma looks beyond social constructs to carve out a space for fashion that is backed by values of inclusivity
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S. S. Rajamouli is known for his fantasy and adventure films that are derived as much from Amar Chitra Katha as they are from Westerns like The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. Prathyush Parasuraman examines the defining elements of the Telugu director’s filmography, as well as the controversies of representation which have plagued the Baahubali series, which catapulted Rajamouli to the status of a pan-Indian icon
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March 28, 2022

The ever-present questions about love and heartbreak confront three college-age friends catching up in a Kolkata cafe as the presence of Virginia Woolf looms large in this semi-autobiographical vignette
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