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Archives: '13 Issue 12


Mistaken Modernities

Text by Parmesh Shahani

As you stride out into the world with renewed confidence, 18 is the time to reinvent yourself. Parmesh Shahani takes a look at the India our 18-year-old Verve girl is entering into


Rishi Desai MasterChef

Made In India, Served In Australia

Text by Viseshika Sharma. Photograph by Poulomi Dey

Meet Rishi Desai, the Kolhapur boy who captured our MasterChef Australia-obsessed hearts


women bartenders

Women Who Shake & Stir

Text by Neha Gupta. Photographs by Ryan Martis

One juggled, another muddled and the third fancied a flair, as Verve got chatting with three lady bartenders over sparkling wine and vodka cocktails, about their work behind the bar


Lessons In Small Town Living

Text by Camilla Gibb. Illustration by Salil Sojwal

London-born, Toronto-Based author Camilla Gibb pens a short story about doubt, talent and self-realisation that transcends boundaries of imagination and creativity


18 Till I Die

Text by Radhika Vaz. Illustration by Kunal Kundu

A body that knows that it is 40, while the mind remains in almost permanent denial. New York-based comedian, Radhika Vaz recounts a humorous narration of getting blitzed when she shifted from being a thinking adult to a teenager


Moni Mohsin

Divided By A Common Language

Text by Moni Mohsin. Illustration by Hemant Sapre

The apple is no longer just a fruit, a window is not only a casement and a mouse is more than a rodent. Pakistani author, Moni Mohsin traces the way that languages like all living things evolve to renew and revitalise themselves


Birthday Party Reminiscences

Text by Madhu Jain. Illustration by Farzana Cooper

Memories of a four-year-old’s birthday party held in the narrow garden at the side of her house make Madhu Jain reflect on the changes that have been wrought in Indian society since the early days


Talking Tables

Text by Shirin Mehta. Realisation by Neha Kajaria and Photographs by Ryan Martis

It is the attention to detail that makes for great dishes – whether rustled up at home with infinite care or in a professional kitchen. Now, get the larger picture – place your perfect meal into perfect platters – the ones that reflect the cuisine and concern that you have bestowed. Larger still – the flawless setting, the impeccable backdrop. Give your meal a context, whether of stylish coordination or quirky mismatch. Go the whole hog, for visuals should always enhance great taste. Maithili Ahluwalia of chic lifestyle boutique Bungalow 8, photographer and furniture designer Shahid Datawala and fashion designer Payal Singhal show you how to lay out a mean meal....


Chasing The Sunrays

Text by Sitanshi Talati-Parikh

How does one curate the hottest party destinations of the world? Simple – you ask the DJs. An all-male eclectic group of local and international music producers and disk jockeys pick some of their favourite places to party, some of which they have played at, often for hours at a stretch. Don’t be surprised to find the usual suspects and be willing to discover unheard-of secret spots. From the Praia Brava coastline of Brazil to the beaches of Goa; from electronic dance music and house to hip hop....


A Touch Of Spice

Text by Fareeda Kanga

Across the globe, chefs are creating a new 'World cuisine' laced with spices and stronger flavours that add a twist to traditional favourites