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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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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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A Class Act

Text by Anandita Bhalerao. Videography by Joshua Navalkar

Five students from the National Institute of Fashion Technology's graduating class discuss the state of their mental health and creativity, their interrupted graduation, and how their perceptions of 'work' have changed in the wake of an unrelenting pandemic.
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Masilo, Eisha Maskara Sheth, Kshitij Sheth

Founder of the conscious baby products brand Masilo, Eisha Maskara Sheth, and her husband, Kshitij Sheth, share tips for first-time parents who want to kickstart safe habits when it comes to shopping for their newest family member
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Think Before You Eat

Text by Sadaf Shaikh

Even though certain claims by vegans as well as omnivores are backed by science, there is no objective answer to the question of which dietary doctrine is more effective. So, while chef and meat eater Megha Kohli and vegan restaurateur Shraddha Bhansali may not eat off the same plate, they unequivocally agree on the need to consume more responsibly. During an engaging video conference, the two women share their thoughts on ethical food practices
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Love Thy Neighbourhood

Text by Supriya Thanawala. Photographed by Prashant Giani

As someone who has dedicated herself to improving the quality of life for her fellow Mumbaiites, Indrani Malkani’s work is never done. Verve gets the VCAN (V Citizens Action Network) head to take the afternoon off from her civic duties and talk about matters closest to her heart
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Anisa Kamadoli Costa, chief sustainability officer at Tiffany & Co. and chairman and president at The Tiffany & Co. Foundation

In keeping with the company’s commitment to environmental and social responsibility, Anisa Kamadoli Costa, chief sustainability officer at Tiffany & Co. and chairman and president at The Tiffany & Co. Foundation, enlightens Shirin Mehta on the efforts that make the jewellery giant an industry leader in transparency
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Roshan Netalkar, founder and festival director of Echoes of Earth

Indian music festivals have been demonstrating a refreshing sense of responsibility in terms of their ecological impact. Interacting with stakeholders who strive to make these large-scale events greener, Akhil Sood investigates the reasons behind the improved attitudes of audiences and the increase in corporate support
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Material World

Text by Shraddha Jahagirdar-Saxena

These “post-climate-change entrepreneurs” are upgrading the quality of our lives with sustainable products that have an eye-catching contemporary aesthetic. Jenny Pinto (Oorjaa), Aakriti Kumar (Differniture), Veena Balakrishnan (Everwards), Priyanka Narula (The Wicker Story), Shashank Gautam (Mianzi), Anika Parashar and Roopam Gupta (The Woman’s Company), Neha Vij (Auro Candles) and Rishab Bothra (Twisty) are all reinventing home decor and lifestyle accessories. Shraddha Jahagirdar-Saxena quizzes them about their innovatory long-term solutions for our daily needs
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Natural Justice

Text by Anandita Bhalerao. Illustration by Rohan Hande

Most of us are only just waking up to the urgency of climatic action. When the stakes are so high, what can individual action solve? Mridula Mary Paul, an environmental policy expert, is proof of the tenacity needed to effect systemic change. It’s not glamorous, and the rewards are few and far between, but that doesn’t stop her from aiming big
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