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Archives: '19 Issue 07


The Enchanted Pendant, from Shachee Fine Jewellery, Shachee Shah

Sublime Settings

Text by Rushmika Banerjee. Photograph by Joshua Navalkar

The pieces in Shachee Fine Jewellery are akin to handcrafted mosaic and gold lace jewellery.


March 05, 2020

Bittersweet

Text by Ranjabati Das. Photographed by Joshua Navalkar. Styled by Swati Sinha

The essence of boutique brand Ether Atelier Chocolat is rooted in the founder Prateek Bakhtiani’s lived experiences and the stories of the earth that begat the bean. Disarming Ranjabati Das with his candour, the chocolatier and chemistry savant expounds on the intense interaction between his two passions


Style, Beauty
March 04, 2020

Keeping Up Appearances

Text by Shirin Mehta. Illustration by Aniket Ghorpade

The burden of achieving physical perfection existed long before filtered and Facetuned selfies became ubiquitous. But in this new normal of constantly putting ourselves on display, cosmetic practitioners are seeing an exponential increase in the number of patients, not to mention a broadening demographic. Verve gets four leading specialists to weigh in on the factors that affect the decision to alter the course of nature


Style Trends, Get The Look
March 03, 2020

Indian Street Wear With Alisha Singh

Photographed by Indra Joshi. Styled by Akanksha Pandey. Photographed by Indra Joshi at Feat. Artists. Hair and Make-up: Shreya Shrivastava at Feat. Artists. Assisted by Hita Panwar

Fashion spreads its wings with dancer and choreographer Alisha Singh, as she sways and twirls in the latest India-specific street-style trends — the salwar kameez, patchwork, handwoven ties, indigo, bandhani — and reflects on how a dance reality show altered her vocational choices…


Vivek Tejuja
March 02, 2020

Ticket to Nowhere

Text by Vivek Tejuja. Illustration by Gaurav Vikalp

Travelling outside of India, or Mumbai for that matter, doesn’t offer this staunch homebody the same joy that it does most of his ‘wanderlust’-afflicted peers. Vivek Tejuja outlines the reasons for this aversion and leaves no room to question his desire to stay put


National Museum of History in Skanderbeg Square, Albania, Tirana
February 28, 2020

Rebirth of a Nation

Text by Aalika Mahindra

Beginning an eight-day road trip down the Albanian Riviera in Tirana, the capital city at the heart of a post-Communist awakening, prepares New York-based Aalika Mahindra to traverse the country’s particular sociopolitical arc and her own progression as a traveller


Celluloid Dreamer

Photographed by Joshua Navalkar

Each of the films that Vikramaditya Motwane has directed — Udaan, Lootera, Bhavesh Joshi Superhero and Trapped — grapples with the desire to change one’s circumstances; the relentless chase for happiness, love, success…freedom. He surveys the commercial Hindi movies of the last 70 years and picks seven iconic releases, exclusively revealing how each one has guided his own aspirations, especially once he found his métier


Aloo Pitika by Abhineet Mishra
February 24, 2020

Stirring Up Conversations

Text by Zaral Shah. Photographed by Joshua Navalkar. Styling by Swati Sinha. Hair & Make-Up: Sakil Kunwar. Location Courtesy: Magazine Street Kitchen

Addressing stereotypes about North-East India is a key element of Abhineet Mishra’s stand-up comedy act on stage. We test his skills in the kitchen, where the reluctant cook gamely whips up a staple dish of the region while filling Zaral Shah in on the less-talked-about culinary connection with his roots


Mayanti Langer-Binny
February 19, 2020

Game Face

Text by Snehal Pradhan. Illustration by Vishnu M Nair

Following a serendipitous opportunity, the girl who once hated cricket is now a fixture on its televised English coverage in India. Over the last 13 years, Mayanti Langer-Binny has commentated on a host of major global sports events, and in a long-overdue encounter, former national cricketer Snehal Pradhan observes the off-camera confidence that has maintained the broadcaster’s steady position in such an unpredictable field


Alaa Salah, economic instability, Fashion, Fashion Week, Featured, Feminism, Huda Shaarawi, Indian Fashion Industry, Kallol Datta, Lana Haroun, meaningful clothing, Muslim, Online Exclusive, political act, political crisis, political fashion, protest, representation in fashion, Section 377
February 18, 2020

Kallol Datta: “We Need More Angry Designers”

Image courtesy: Mallika Chandra

The end to yet another fashion week causes clothes maker Kallol Datta to look inwards, shining a torch into the shadowy crevices of the abandoned runway halls. He speaks about the need for fashion to be more political…