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Archives: '21 Issue 01


AK-OK, Anamika Khanna, Featured, Indian fashion labels, Indian pret labels, Online Exclusive, Viraj Khanna, Vishesh Khanna
December 19, 2020

Viraj Khanna Is Creating His Own Visual Language

Text by Akanksha Pandey. Photographed by Neal Bhaumik

The Kolkata-based collage artist, sculptor and fashion entrepreneur is developing new ways to merge his varied creative interests


For the Record

Text by Reem Khokhar. Images courtesy: Family Fables Co.

Samrata Salwan of Family Fables Co., a publisher of personal histories, is turning memories into memoirs to chronicle the unique legacy of individual families and connect several generations over their shared heritage


Ayurvedic beauty, clean beauty brands, conscious beauty brands, Daughter Earth, Featured, home-grown beauty brands, Online Exclusive, packaging beauty products, Prasanthy Gurugubelli, R & D of beauty products, sustainable beauty brands

How does a conscious beauty brand carve a niche for itself in the current landscape, when the industry is inundated with new sustainable offerings on a daily basis? Prasanthy Gurugubelli, founder of Daughter Earth, talks to us about garnering a cult following on the back of robust R&D and stringent sourcing processes


Agricultural Market Reforms, Agricultural Produce Market Committee, clean eating, Conscious Food, Deeptak Koley, fair-trade prices, farm to table, farmers' protest, Featured, Online Exclusive, OOO Farms, organic farms, Phalada Pure & Sure, seed-based farming, Shailesh Awate, Shivranjani Gupta, Shruti Shenoy, sustainable eating

Laws of the Land

Text by Arunima Joshua

Urban citizens and proponents of the organic food movement are largely unaware of their proximity to legislation that threatens to leave the farmers who keep their plates filled without livelihoods. While shifting closer to the source is desirable in theory, customers of sustainable endeavours first need to fully understand the consequences of their choices and demands


Tre Ess, along with The Mellow Turtle, is working towards building an independent and socially conscious music scene in Jharkhand
December 03, 2020

Bridging Troubled Waters

Text by Uday Kapur

One of India’s most forward-thinking new musicians, Jharkhandi producer and MC Sumit Singh Solanki aka Tre Ess, is bringing attention to the affairs of his state through his music while showcasing its local young talent on a national stage


contemporary knitting artists, famous crochet artists, famous yarn artists, Featured, knit art, knitwear, Namita Khade, Online Exclusive, Sagarika Sundaram, Sirat Kaur, wool artists, yarn bombing, yarn sculpture artists

Comfort Couture

Text by Rushmika Banerjee. Photographed by Tenzin Lhagyal. Styled by Akanksha Pandey. Hair and Make-up: Bishu Sinha and Paramita Sinha. Models: Neeraj at Ninjas Model Management and Elizabeth at Anima Creative Management. Location: The AJ Production

Knitwear gets an innovative spin as garments made from bamboo and fabric waste are paired with chunky woollen cardigans and cropped jumpers


fashion in Shillong, Featured, Kenny, Nafisa, North-East cultural representation, North-East fashion, Online Exclusive, Robertson Lyngdoh, Sen, Suraj Nongmaithem
November 24, 2020

A Visual Project Depicts The Fashion-Forward Melting Pot Aesthetic Of Shillong’s Youth

Text by Mahima Shukla. Photographed by Suraj Nongmaithem. Styling by Robertson Lyngdoh. Cast: Sen, Kenny and Nafisa

Photographer Suraj Nongmaithem brings into focus the bond between three friends from North-East India and foregrounds the merging of rich sartorial heritages with a modern style sensibility


Bakers, Big Bobo’s Delivery Kitchen, Dessert, Featured, Flavia Lewis, Indian bakers, Mallika Tandon, Mitali Sahani, Mizah Bakery, Mr And Mitts Bakery, Noor Mubarak, Online Exclusive, Salt by Flavia, Smita Sharan, The Good Butter, The Notting Hill Bakery, up-and-coming bakers, young bakers, Zainab Motiwala

Sweet Somethings

Text by Shirin Mehta

Six hands-on young Indian bakers who bring scrumptious goodies and breads to sweet-toothed clients, show off their personal style, exchanging kitchen mitts for fashion gloves


Bhootham, Featured, Malayalam novelist, Malayali Memorial, Online Exclusive, P. Jayachandran, The Cock is the Culprit, Unni R
November 06, 2020

Call Me By My Pen Name

Text by Akshaya Pillai

Malayalam novelist, screenwriter and short story author Unni R opens a window into his inner world


Better jackfruit, Better., culinary school, Featured, Keertida Phadke, lactose intolerance, National Gourmet Institute, Online Exclusive, plant-based culinary school, plant-based food, relationship with food, The UpperCrust Food & Wine Show, vegan food brand, vegan spreads
November 05, 2020

Fruit for Thought

Text by Sadaf Shaikh

Keertida Phadke’s decision to forsake a well-paying job in marketing for a course at a plant-based culinary school in New York seemed risky to her friends and family, but the Natural Gourmet Institute (NGI) alumnus stands by her decision. In the middle of expanding her vegan brand, Better, the 34-year-old founder speaks to Verve about her culinary education, how it helped her corner the retail space in India and the pay-off of having undergone such specialised training at a time when the food industry is in limbo