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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
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Pooja Sinha Roy, Zoya Hussain
February 10, 2020

All In A Day’s Work

Text by Sadaf Shaikh. Photographed by Shweta Desai. Styled by Shweta Navandar. Hair by Shabana Shaikh. Make-Up by Alyssa Mendonsa. Location Courtesy: The Pantry, Mumbai

The development of the gig economy has caused a deviation in the usually straightforward career graphs of the urban professionals. An example of the outliers, Pooja Sinha Roy freelances full-time as a French tour guide, content creator and animal rescuer. At the other end, there is the up-and-coming actor Zoya Hussain who, while also in a relatively non-traditional field, has single-mindedly stayed on the path she mapped out for herself. Verve marks the personal pay-off in both women’s approaches
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Pooja Jain, Dhinchak Pooja
February 07, 2020

Fame and Misfortune

Text by Poulomi Das. Illustration by Rohan Hande

Dhinchak Pooja’s eventual fall from the stratosphere of the inexplicably internet famous into the mass grave of fleeting pop culture phenomena is a case study in what happens when self-promotion has no limits. Verve goes over the cringe pop singer’s brief oeuvre to pinpoint the reasons her 15 minutes ended almost as soon as they began
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Priyanka Mohite, Mountaineer, Solonie Singh Pathania, Triathlete, Anjali Saraogi, Ultrarunner

Two-Track Minds

Tect by Shail Desai. Illustrations by Pratap Chalke

Mountaineer Priyanka Mohite, triathlete Solonie Singh Pathania and ultrarunner Anjali Saraogi use their day jobs to sustain second careers as part-time semi-professional athletes. Verve comes away inspired by the women’s impressive stamina to push their bodies for high-intensity outdoor sports while maintaining a regular 9-to-5 schedule
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January 28, 2020

Rebels With A Cause

Photographed by Nishant Radhakrishnan

It is hard not to factor the environment into any long-term plans for the way we live. Three urbanites from different age groups and walks of life — Reem Khokhar, Karishma Sehgal and Aditya Dubey — have opted to stop being passive and made irrevocable choices that align with the well-being of the planet. By respectively sticking with a decision taken in her teens to not have children, choosing to design a sustainable personal wardrobe and juggling an education with climate change activism, these determined citizens of the Earth share how their tomorrows have been affected by the deterioration of the natural world today.
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January 17, 2020

An Inside Job

Text by Supriya Thanawala. Photographed by Rema Chaudhary. Styled by Ojas Kolvankar

Anxiety and stress at the workplace can be crippling, particularly in today’s high-pressure corporate culture. And the stigma around men opening up about mental illness is shaped by its own set of patriarchal diktats. Entrepreneur Nikhil Taneja leads Verve through his uphill climb to personal and occupational success and proves that showing vulnerability is the first step towards taking control
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