Mihir Choughule, Prashanthi Subramaniam, Roshini Suparna Diwakar

The Weekend Specials

  Podcasts & Appetizers Remembering Oliver Sacks  Over the past weekend, famed British neurologist Oliver Sacks would have celebrated his 83rd birthday. The author, known for his eclectic work in documenting curious cases of neuropathology and its effects on behaviour and mental health, captured the imagination of his readers with his narrative style of unravelling… Continue reading The Weekend Specials

Asnah Anver, Mihir Choughule, Roshini Suparna Diwakar

The Weekend Specials

  Films & Appetizers LA VITA È BELLA (LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL) [1997] Films on the Holocaust tend to be very bleak, utterly solemn - and justifiably so. And Life Is Beautiful is no different. Set in Europe before and during WWII, Benigni (who also directed it) plays a small-town book owner who falls in love and has… Continue reading The Weekend Specials

Asnah Anver, Prashanthi Subramaniam, Roshini Suparna Diwakar

The Weekend Specials

  Podcasts & Appetizers REVISIONIST HISTORY (Episode 1: The Lady Vanishes) Best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell's new podcast "Revisionist History" got off to an interesting start this week with its first episode "The Lady Vanishes". Gladwell delves into the story of Elizabeth Thompson, one of very few female historical painters who rose to fame in the… Continue reading The Weekend Specials

Mihir Choughule

Why Black Panther’s Arrival in ‘Superhero-verse’ Is Significant Beyond The Obvious

Superhero films in the past decade have single-handedly changed the complexion of the Hollywood film industry. Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), responsible for ‘The Avengers,’ and all the films starring its constituent superheroes, has grossed close to $4bn at the box office – all from one genre. The idea of a shared universe spanning television and… Continue reading Why Black Panther’s Arrival in ‘Superhero-verse’ Is Significant Beyond The Obvious

Roshini Suparna Diwakar

Urban Poverty: We May Have Missed The Point

There's been one article that's been trending on many of our newsfeeds over the past couple of days. Buzzfeed published an article about “Millennials” (God, I hate this term) being the urban poor that we don't notice. ICYMI, the article talks about how “millennials” have internalised societal pressure to keep up appearances, even at the… Continue reading Urban Poverty: We May Have Missed The Point

Prannay Pathak

Ron Woodrof: From ‘Homophobic Asshole’ to ‘Someone Kind’

"And a small town don't like it when somebody falls between sexes. No, a small town don't like it when a cowboy has feelings for men." I can't shake off the idea that Ned Sublette's 1981 song, Cowboys are Secretly, Frequently Fond of Each Other, has inspired the blinding, poignant Dallas Buyers Club (2013). Jean-Marc… Continue reading Ron Woodrof: From ‘Homophobic Asshole’ to ‘Someone Kind’

Anubha Sarkar, Kim Van Kastel, Uncategorized

Conversations in Rotterdam

Anubha Sarkar I realised while trying to put down my thoughts that it was around this time that I had met her. It was 2013 and I was pursuing a short term Art Appreciation programme at the National Museum Institute. I became friends with a bunch of other people, and amongst them was a guy… Continue reading Conversations in Rotterdam

Mihir Choughule, Uncategorized

Dude, where’s my sanskaar?

Indian soaps are a staple of every person who has ever grown up in India (or outside), much like croissants and berets with the French and clouds and rain with the British. We all have a fascination with gross exaggeration and let’s face it – as much as we may detest them, the over-the-top nature… Continue reading Dude, where’s my sanskaar?

Asnah Anver, Uncategorized

Wildest Dreams and Exotic Bodies: Colonialism’s Tainted Legacy

Although colonial rule no longer functions, its legacy still persists, every now and then making an appearance in the most unexpected of places. This became apparent in September, when Taylor Swift was called out for the representation of Africa in her music video, 'Wildest Dreams', which features an unspecific beautiful African desert with no native… Continue reading Wildest Dreams and Exotic Bodies: Colonialism’s Tainted Legacy