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Chambers of Secrets

Text and concept by Sadaf Shaikh

After a year spent mainly indoors, we continue to search for our bearings during moments of clarity within the spaces we have made our own. Through a reflective series of sketches and illustrations, six Verve team members depict their new-found closeness to the rooms in their homes that have taken on a stronger emotional dimension
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February 11, 2021

Sincerely, Me

Illustrations by Aishwaryashree

In a letter to his teenage self, fashion stylist Dhruv Dave unpacks the coping mechanisms he developed at a young age to deal with the insecurity around his appearance and feelings of being unlovable 
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Wonder Women
February 10, 2021

Wonder Women

Text by Ranjabati Das. Illustration by Swati Sinha

Our knowledge of mentorship in deeply patriarchal Bollywood is largely restricted to the narratives that get reported in the press – of the blue-eyed darlings of A-list production houses and male actors and directors. Conversations with a few good women from the Hindi film and webseries space – actors, writers, directors, costume designers, producers – firmly convince us that changing the way women are perceived on-screen is only possible when they actively lead the way off it and help other women feel heard and seen
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Role Model

Text by Mallika Chandra. Photographed by Anish Sarai. Styled by Akanksha Pandey. Hair and make-up by Clover Wootton at Anima Creative Management. Model: Diya Patel at Feat.Artists

For aspiring actor Diya Patel, the quiet power of Meryl Streep’s talent combined with her confident self-acceptance while rising to the top of a judgemental industry has proven to be a lasting inspiration, and she channels the screen icon’s early years in an exclusive shoot for Verve
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“Maiki”

Text and photographs by Imdad Barbhuyan

Delhi-based visual artist Imdad Barbhuyan recalls the memory of when his mother dressed him up in one of her saris – it was a moment in which he felt like the most authentic version of himself. Over two decades later, the now-27-year-old recreates the emotionally significant series of photographs taken that day in 1999
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January 27, 2021

Flashback to Cairo

All images by Rathina Sankari

Motivated by the exhilarating backdrop of director Ruba Nadda’s 2009 award-winning film Cairo Time, Rathina Sankari, family in tow, explored the Egyptian city in pre-pandemic times and discovered herself completely at home with its many moods
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