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Text by Reem Khokhar. Animations by Aishwaryashree

Children are interpreting their conflicting emotions through writing in an attempt to create a sense of safety as they remain confined in their homes.
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Estuary, Exclusive excerpt, Featured, Kumarasurar, Mangasuri, Meghas, Nandini Krishnan, Online Exclusive, Perumal Murugan, Translation

Translated from Tamil by Nandini Krishnan, 'Estuary' is the delicate story of a father and his son, and of the family at large, focusing on the weight of familial expectations in the life of a salaried, middle-class man
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A Suitable Boy, dystopian fiction, Emily St. John Mandel, Featured, Geraldine Brooks, Kalpish Ratna, My Year of Rest and Relaxation, Ottessa Moshfegh, quarantine reading, Rebecca Makkai, Room 000: Narratives of the Bombay Plague, Station Eleven, The Great Believers, Vikram Seth, Year of Wonders

Me, My Shelf And I

Text by Vivek Tejuja. Illustrations by Harjyot Khalsa

The columnist has found that reading stories set in fictional or dystopic worlds assuages his paranoia and anxiety about the planet and himself. He recommends six novels that could be unexpected beacons during extended periods of turmoil
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April 01, 2020

Me, My Shelf And I: Dating Apps

Text by Vivek Tejuja. Illustrations by Harjyot Khalsa

The columnist takes us through his stirring journey of left and right swiping on dating apps, and the long-term effects of it on his approach to food
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The stereotype of stern, unapproachable librarians couldn’t be further from the truth for this columnist. He chats with an optimistic young woman who is looking to join the ranks of these guardians of books and is willing to risk a future in this institutionally overlooked profession
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Shanta Gokhale, Kiran Manral, Sukanya Venkatraghavan
December 05, 2019

Me, My Shelf And I: What’s Age Got To Do With It?

Illustrations by Harjyot Khalsa

Three authors convince the columnist that when it comes to age, there’s no deadline…
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Featured, gay men, homosexuality, memoir, Online Exclusive, Section 377, Section 377 decriminalised, So Now You Know, Vivek Tejuja
September 05, 2019

Releasing on the anniversary of the decriminalisation of Section 377, Verve's Cultural Editor, Vivek Tejuja talks about having a privileged but often misunderstood childhood and wanting to deny his sexuality because of the deprecatory portrayal of homosexual characters in Bollywood films
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Delhi-based poet Shalim M. Hussain's Miyah poetry provides the metaphorical loudspeaker to the long-ignored voices of the Bengali-Muslim migrants living in the riverine plains of the Brahmaputra by documenting their stories of love, loss, celebration and injustice
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A photo-collage of The covers of both the editions of Tilt

Anahita Sarabhai On Creating An Alternative Narrative With QueerAbad’s Zine, Tilt

Text by Ojas Kolvankar. Photographs by Joshua Navalkar

An LGBTQIA+ collective from Ahmedabad brings unsung South-Asian narratives under the umbrella of its annual zine, Tilt. QueerAbad co-founder, Anahita Sarabhai, tells Verve how up-and-coming queer artists are portraying their multi-hued perspectives
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Neethi, Urvashi Bahuguna, Terrarium

10 Books For The Nature Lover

Illustrations by Neethi

Fresh off the release of her critically lauded debut poetry collection, Terrarium, Urvashi Bahuguna provides Verve with an exclusive must-read list, bringing together thematically diverse literary works that are awash in visceral descriptions of the natural world
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All The Lives We Never Lived, Anuradha Roy, Books To Read, Featured, Online Exclusive, Zee Jaipur Literature Festival, Zee Jaipur Literature Festival 2019

We catch up with the author of All The Lives We Never Lived at the Zee Jaipur Literature Festival 2019
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Chicku Jayadeva, CoastLine - an ‘amuseum’ of musings along the Western Coastline of India, Coffee Table Book, Featured, Online Exclusive, Paul Fernandes

Ahead of the release of his new book, Frenandes gives us an exclusive peak at some of the wonderfully amusing artwork
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