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Agricultural Market Reforms, Agricultural Produce Market Committee, clean eating, Conscious Food, Deeptak Koley, fair-trade prices, farm to table, farmers' protest, Featured, Online Exclusive, OOO Farms, organic farms, Phalada Pure & Sure, seed-based farming, Shailesh Awate, Shivranjani Gupta, Shruti Shenoy, sustainable eating

Laws of the Land

Text by Arunima Joshua

Urban citizens and proponents of the organic food movement are largely unaware of their proximity to legislation that threatens to leave the farmers who keep their plates filled without livelihoods. While shifting closer to the source is desirable in theory, customers of sustainable endeavours first need to fully understand the consequences of their choices and demands
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Bhootham, Featured, Malayalam novelist, Malayali Memorial, Online Exclusive, P. Jayachandran, The Cock is the Culprit, Unni R

Call Me By My Pen Name

Text by Akshaya Pillai

Malayalam novelist, screenwriter and short story author Unni R opens a window into his inner world
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Better jackfruit, Better., culinary school, Featured, Keertida Phadke, lactose intolerance, National Gourmet Institute, Online Exclusive, plant-based culinary school, plant-based food, relationship with food, The UpperCrust Food & Wine Show, vegan food brand, vegan spreads

Fruit for Thought

Text by Sadaf Shaikh

Keertida Phadke’s decision to forsake a well-paying job in marketing for a course at a plant-based culinary school in New York seemed risky to her friends and family, but the Natural Gourmet Institute (NGI) alumnus stands by her decision. In the middle of expanding her vegan brand, Better, the 34-year-old founder speaks to Verve about her culinary education, how it helped her corner the retail space in India and the pay-off of having undergone such specialised training at a time when the food industry is in limbo
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The Sound of Science

Text by Joanna Lobo

Acoustic consultant and architect Buland Shukla believes in living a life less ordinary
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Chef Anumitra Ghosh Dastidar’s Home-Grown Adventure

Text by Sharanya Deepak. Photography by Tenzing Dakpa, assisted by Brita Boruah

For the co-owner of Goa’s Edible Archives, the mundane bottle gourd deserves the same culinary riffing as the now-trendy amaranth; in her kitchen, every ingredient is king, nurtured by the context of the earth from which it came. The affable chef spends a day with Verve and orchestrates a market-to-table experience that has her inimitable stamp
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Bhanu Athaiya, Bhanumati Annasaheb Rajopadhye, costume designer, Dr. Zehra Jumabhoy, eulogy, Featured, Gandhi, India's first Oscar winner, Online Exclusive, Oscar Award-winning costume designer, The Art of Costume Design, tribute to Bhanu Athaiya

Bhanu Athaiya: In Memoriam 

Photographs courtesy: Prinseps.com

Verve pays tribute to India’s legendary costume designer – with inputs from peers, colleagues and fans…. 
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@singhleton, Anuradha Bhaumick, Belletrist, Embroidery, embroidery artist, embroidery hoops, embroidery that empowers, Emma Roberts' book club, Featured, Hooplaback Girl, Indian embroidery artist, Online Exclusive, Read It Forward Book Club, Tiny Pricks Projects

A Game Of Hoops

Text by Sadaf Shaikh

The art of embroidery has conventionally been associated with domesticity – the unenticing fate awaiting girls supposedly without other ambitions. While the practice is still a relaxing pastime, a contemporary resurgence is seeing women reclaim that archaic narrative and even quitting more lucrative career paths to take on needlework full-time. We speak to Anuradha Bhaumick, whose visually complex pieces (featured on her Instagram account Hooplaback Girl – yes, a pun on the Gwen Stefani song) represent idyllic scenes from the lives of book lovers like herself
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birth photography, birth photography during Covid-19, birth photography in India, certified doula, ClickMeMom, Featured, First Delight, India’s first birth photographer, Inflens, Momma Story, Online Exclusive, Urshita Saini

We check in with Urshita Saini as her Delhi-based business, Momma Story, resumes operations and adapts to the changes in the field brought on by the pandemic
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Avaeita Mathur, Featured, Khushboo Gupta, motherhood during Covid-19, motherhood in 2020, Online Exclusive, Parbati Dasgupta, Pooja Dipesh Shah, Raising kids during a pandemic, Studio Metallurgy, venting session, working mothers, Zoom call with mothers

Greater Expectations

Written and moderated by Ranjabati Das

Four 30-something mothers share their thoughts about keeping their professional and family lives on track during the pandemic as they grapple with the disproportionate burden of responsibility placed on them
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accessible open spaces, Ambika Agarwal, citizen-led initiative, city planning, fastest-growing Indian cities, Featured, green spaces in Delhi, Gurgaon, Gurugram, IAmGurgaon, Latika Thukral, no-plastic initiatives, Online Exclusive, reforestation, Sikanderpur dump yard, Swanzal Kak Kapoor, unplanned development, urban jungles, vilayati kikar, voluntary organisations, Wazirabad-Chhakarpur Bundh, women-led initiatives

Lady In Green

Text by Sharanya Deepak

A co-founder of the citizen-led organisation IAmGurgaon, she left a career in banking to focus on transforming the privately developed North Indian city from an inefficiently run eyesore into a residential oasis. Latika Thukral tells us about the various environmental efforts she has been spearheading for over a decade.
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September 07, 2020

Calling The Shots

Text by Akshaya Pillai. Illustration by Aishwaryashree

With her latest film, the bilingual Moothon, sweeping up three awards at the New York Indian Film Festival in August, Geetu Mohandas continues her successful turn as a writer-director in Malayalam cinema. We had caught up with the former actor for a casual chat in her Kochi home a few months before, to talk movies, memories and motherhood.
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August 26, 2020

A Sketch In Time

Text by Reem Khokhar

Rohan Chakravarty, the award-winning creator of Green Humour, a series of eco-focused comics and illustrations, looks back on a decade of being one of the most engaging voices within the sphere of environmental conservation and stresses on the need to participate in the conversation
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