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May 11, 2020

In our new series, we are sharing a day in the life of people experiencing the pandemic in different parts of the world. Noelle Kadar, a new mom and Artistic Director of the Sculpture Park at Jaipur's Madhavendra Palace, shares hers.
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"The cooks and servers will possibly be required to wear full hazmat suits, all furniture will require regular and frequent sanitisation, customers will be screened upon entering... It'll be like going out to eat in a hospital operating room."
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May 05, 2020

In our new series we are sharing a day in the life of people experiencing the pandemic in different parts of the world. Journalist and writer Mansi Choksi, author of an upcoming book with Simon & Schuster, shares hers.
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Photographer Aaran Patel shares glimpses of the city as seen from his window in Mumbai. His portraits of essential service workers in action are reminders that even in standstill, a city needs its heroes.
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Multi-Cultural Tastes

Text by Anandita Bhalerao

Swiss urbanologist Matias Echanove lived in four different cities before his research led him to settle down in Mumbai. He tells Verve about the culinary traits that make up his immigrant identity
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A Tale of Five Kitchens

Text by Zaral Shah. Photographed by Joshua Navalkar. Styled by Swati Sinha

Each of these women owns a trove of traditional metal cooking utensils that have been caringly passed down the generations. Pratibha Tike, Rushina Munshaw Ghildiyal, Ananya Banerjee, Suguna Srikrishnan and Mahrukh Mogrelia put them to good use, regularly hosting a diverse range of meals in their homes through Authenticook, a digital platform that connects chefs with guests looking to sample non-mainstream Indian cuisines. In an exclusive photoessay, Verve highlights the country’s prolific culinary heritage…
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Dina Weber, SAPA Sourdough & Pastry, Mysuru

Start From Scratch

Text by Shreya Dasgupta. Photographs by Nicola Suttle

Getting sourdough bread right is a complicated process with a host of unpredictable variables, but German-born Dina Weber has it down to a science at SAPA Sourdough & Pastry, her bakery in Mysuru. Verve breaks down the steps — from perfecting the yeast starter to the finished product — after spending a morning observing the baker at work
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Wishful Shrinking

Text by Sadaf Shaikh. Photographed by Sushant Chhabria. Styled by Shweta Navandar. Hair and make-up by Jean-Claude Biguine, India

Pihu Sand made her acting debut as Lata Sharma, a plus-sized singer with stars in her eyes, in Fanney Khan (2018). The 22-year-old gives an honest account of how she was made to gain 20 kgs for the role and then pressured into taking it all off to sustain her relevance in an industry with demanding beauty ideals. Sadaf Shaikh, who continues to struggle with her fitness targets, weighs in...
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Amole Gupte, Stanley Ka Dabba

Out Of The Box

Text by Shraddha Jahagirdar-Saxena. Photographed by Shweta Desai. Styled by Shweta Navandar. Hair and Make-Up by Jean-Claude Biguine, India

Almost a decade ago, Stanley Ka Dabba appeared quietly on the silver screen, wooing audiences and critics with its touching narrative of a hungry schoolboy and the significance of the daily dabba (lunch box) in shaping his self-worth. The film’s writer-director-producer Amole Gupte reunites with four other integral cast and crew members – editor and co-producer Deepa Bhatia, actors Partho Gupte and Divya Jagdale and cinematographer Amol Gole – to give Verve a detailed look into the preparation of this unusual film
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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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