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Singapore’s Great Divide

Text by Navya Mehrotra

The recent hit film Crazy Rich Asians has thrown the spotlight on Singapore’s most divisive fault line — class. Verve ruminates on this after a chance conversation with a taxi driver in the island state
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Priya Sivakumar
January 15, 2019

Why You Need To Reboot Your Body

Text by Priya Mirchandani. Illustration by Neethi

Listening constantly to devices that communicate with beeps or pings, we tend to ignore the silent messages that our bodies send us. Verve emphasises the importance of reconnecting with nature to recoup our natural rhythm
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Madhu Jain, Capital Comment
January 08, 2019

How We Interpret Books Differently As We Age

Text by Madhu Jain. Illustration by Dhruv Tyagi

Madhu Jain reminisces about the books that she grew up with and discovers that the passage of time sometimes changes their understanding and impact....
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Shals Mahajan, #Wetoo

Does #MeToo have room for stories other than those of privileged, cisgender(1) women? Shals Mahajan addresses the importance of validating the experiences of the LGBTIKHQA+(2) and other marginalised communities, taking us through the interstitial spaces in India’s patriarchal structure to understand how we can make the movement more inclusive
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Rutuja Shinde, #MeToo movement

Mumbai-based lawyer Rutuja Shinde was one of the first to offer free legal representation to women who suffered sexual harassment in the workplace. She writes about India’s existing laws regarding such cases, their loopholes, and the action needed to take the #MeToo movement offline
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Tora Man Bada Papi, Kajol Menon, Mandovi Menon

We revisit a 2013 photo series Items, which explored the notion of women’s bodies and their relationship to the gaze, agency and consent. Photographer Aishwarya Arumbakkam and the five stereotype-challenging individuals documented by her speak exclusively to Verve about how the #MeToo movement is a continuation of the conversation that they tackled with these images…
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Zubaan

In the aftermath of what has been a defining revolution, what does it mean to be an Indian woman? As the dust begins to settle, and we contemplate the beginning of this new era, Verve presents some additional intellectual stimulation. The team at the Delhi-based, independent, feminist publishing house, Zubaan, curates a reading list to help us see beyond the social peripheries that limit our perspective
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#MeToo India

As the movement progresses, Verve takes stock of the many questions relating to gender, social power dynamics and sexual autonomy, and the debate around them. In this issue, we have put together a section dedicated to the significant and timely #MeToo India, with insightful perspectives from an inspiring group of contributors.
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Paris
November 17, 2018

The Joys Of Discovery While Travelling Solo

Text by Huzan Tata. Illustration by Dhruv Tyagi

Losing your way while on vacation can lead to some happy surprises — the kind that end up as the highlight of your journey. Usually afraid of venturing off the beaten path, Huzan Tata changes her outlook after an experience during a solo trip
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Fiction, Janice Pariat
November 15, 2018

A summer sojourn in Switzerland ends up being a transformative journey.... Author Janice Pariat writes a captivating short story exclusively for Verve
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Vivek Tejuja
November 12, 2018

Reading Between the Lines

Illustration by Gaurav Vikalp

Facing bullying, confusion and loneliness as a young gay man in India had become a routine occurrence for him. But Vivek Tejuja found comfort in the pages of books — many of which formed the foundation of his relationships. He looks back at the literature that gave him the courage to embrace his identity
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British Tamils, NRIs

How British Tamils Are Using Weddings To Connect To Their Roots

Text by Lavanya Mohan. Photographs by Alexa Penberthy

As desi communities grow larger across the world, NRIs are drawing wedding inspiration from their ethnic heritage as well as their home countries. In this context, Verve looks at how the British Tamils are adapting to the cultural bifurcation
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