Friday, January 19, 2018

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14 Jan 2018

Between the warp and the weft

14 Jan 2018 | 1:43 AM

The first thing that strikes the viewer about Tanya Goel’s work is its sublimity. Her versatility is evident from her range of paintings — the staggering size of some of the art on display.

Relics of the Raj revisited

14 Jan 2018 | 1:43 AM

In the extraordinary book, In the Shadow of the Raj: Derry Moore in India, to be released along with his photo show travelling across India, old India-hand, veteran radio journalist and author Mark Tully writes, “Looking at Derry Moore’s photographs, I feel nostalgic and profoundly sad.

07 Jan 2018

The bright spot on a Mumbai slum

07 Jan 2018 | 1:34 AM

As they make their way to work, residents of Asalpha village in Ghatkopar, Mumbai, delight in art every day. Adorning what were once drab and dreary walls is street art that has treated the village like one big canvas, totally transforming this part of Maximum City.

Let a hundred flowers blossom

07 Jan 2018 | 1:34 AM

Just as — a few short weeks back — I was about to enter the imposing building which houses the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, I saw boldly painted on the pavement outside, a series of large flowers.

31 Dec 2017

Spectacle mired in petty politics

31 Dec 2017 | 3:51 PM

Year of the heroine, of big-ticket duds, of sleeper hits, of controversies… There are many, many ways to look back at the star-kissed and -cursed year that 2017 was.

Our very own wonder women

31 Dec 2017 | 3:45 PM

For India, the year’s biggest sports stars were women — two of them practitioners of ‘macho’ sports such as weightlifting and boxing.

Between all that trended and offended

31 Dec 2017 | 3:39 PM

Amit Shah knows it all! He knows what purpose the Congress served before Independence and why it should have been dismantled after India became free.

Up in smoke

31 Dec 2017 | 3:36 PM

The region has been in the news for all wrong reasons and environment is no exception. While the felling of thousands of trees to expand highways was accepted as the price to be paid for economic prosperity and progress, farmers setting their fields on fire to clear paddy straw became a natural favourite for anyone espousing the cause of environment.

The DeMon casts its shadow

31 Dec 2017 | 3:31 PM

Date: January 15, 2014; Place: Gandhinagar; Occasion: Ficci National Executive Committee meeting; Speaker: Gujarat Chief Minister and BJP’s prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi.

Protests and unrest persist

31 Dec 2017 | 3:24 PM

With protests forcing indefinite postponement of a major parliamentary bypoll and frequent shutdowns of schools and colleges, the first half of 2017 was shadowed by the last year of unrest.

Peace on tenterhooks

31 Dec 2017 | 3:19 PM

The simmering cauldron, that is India’s national security, remained at a disturbing but as-yet controllable flame all through the year.

Neighbourhood woes

31 Dec 2017 | 3:18 PM

For the Narendra Modi government with its Neighbourhood First policy, the political flux in the immediate neighbourhood over the past 12 months is a cause of serious concern.

The Trump card

31 Dec 2017 | 3:17 PM

Donald J Trump, the 45th President of the United States, took oath of office on a wintry morning on January 20, 2017. The controversial real estate mogul courted a fresh controversy just a day after inauguration.

At a glance, a topsy-turvy world

31 Dec 2017 | 3:15 PM

FIRE AND FURY:The world watched with horror at the forced exodus of more than six lakh Rohingyas who faced loot, arson, rape, murder by the army and Buddhist majority in Myanmar.

A state at spiritual crossroads

31 Dec 2017 | 3:09 PM

Haryana has not seen any year pass by peacefully under the current BJP rule. Just like the two previous years that saw unprecedented incidents of violence and arson, 2017 will go down in the annals of Haryana’s history as a blot on the Manohar Lal Khattar-led BJP government.

Elections kept the pot boiling

31 Dec 2017 | 3:08 PM

Foremost, it was an election year for Punjab, bringing with it the attendant hopes, euphoria and heartbreaks. The coming to power of the Congress with Capt Amarinder Singh at the helm, and rout for the SAD and AAP, squarely put the onus of addressing the all-round despondency in the state on the Patiala royal.

Hardly anything to cheer about

31 Dec 2017 | 3:01 PM

Barely had the citizens recovered from the effects of demonetisation that ran them aground towards the end of 2016, the decision of the government to unroll the biggest ever tax reform — Goods and Services Tax (GST) reinforced the effect of disruptions on everyday life.

Return of the inspector raj

31 Dec 2017 | 3:01 PM

The dreaded income tax inspector is back. He is back with a vengeance in 2017. He has been recruited in a kind of mercenary force, with a mandate to wage a holy war on black money.

24 Dec 2017

700 items of displacement

24 Dec 2017 | 1:15 AM

An artist has created a powerful installation to highlight the ongoing refugee crisis. British war artist Arabella Dorman, who first visited Lesbos in 2015 after spending time on the frontline in Iraq and Afghanistan, said “nothing compared” to what she witnessed on those beaches.

Mystic syllables, subtle speculations

24 Dec 2017 | 1:15 AM

Not far from the famed Calico Museum of Textiles in Ahmedabad, there is now another fine institution: the Kasturbhai Lalbhai Museum.

17 Dec 2017

100 years of a war and a story

17 Dec 2017 | 2:12 AM

Over one million Indian soldiers served overseas during World War I. Of these, 62,000 died, another 67,000 were wounded. But wars are not mere numbers.

A chronicler of India amid battles of yore

17 Dec 2017 | 2:12 AM

Wait till 2020 and Imperial War Museum, London, will transport you back in time and give you a close view of the war that changed the world. Alan Jeffreys, senior curator at World War II section at the Museum, will be the key man. He is an expert on WWII’s Indian Army.

10 Dec 2017

East’s trade, West’s want

10 Dec 2017 | 2:06 AM

“Take the following ingredients; goat’s milk, ginger, vacha (acorus calamus), sigru (moringa pterygosperma), chebulic myrobalan, long pepper, black pepper, patha (stepaniaher nandifolia), rock salt and clarified butter …

One city, 8 days, a deluge of creativity

10 Dec 2017 | 2:06 AM

A multi-disciplinary, cultural, artistic and aesthetic extravaganza set in the exotic locales of Panjim in Goa, the second edition of the Serendipity Arts Festival holds the promise of being bigger, better and even more breathtaking than its first, inaugural edition in 2016.

The goodness of gur

10 Dec 2017 | 2:06 AM

Sixty six-year-old Basant Singh is popularly known as gur wala Basant in his village, a tag that he wears proudly. A resident of Rauli village in Anandpur Sahib Tehsil, three generations of Basant have been making this desi fudge.

03 Dec 2017

Short in the arm

03 Dec 2017 | 1:53 AM

The list is endless — of amateur, struggling and established filmmakers trying to find a place under the sun— and is growing by the hour. And what better way than short films, where this interesting format, diminutive in size but not in reach, and a torrent of new ideas and new makers are ready to take the viewers by surprise.

Amid politics in Kashmir, a mosque gives in

03 Dec 2017 | 1:53 AM

Witness to Kashmir’s history 14th century onwards, Srinagar’s central mosque, Jamia Masjid, continues to live to tell the tale of the times gone by.

A hiker’s haven in Norway

03 Dec 2017 | 1:53 AM

Blessed with the picture perfect fishermen’s villages, tall mountains and alluring landscapes, Lofoten will make you use the superlatives of word “wow” more than you are used to.

Slow death on the riverbed

03 Dec 2017 | 1:53 AM

Photographer Arati Kumar-Rao says violent conflicts make headlines, but ‘slow violence’ is neither spectacular nor explosive.

26 Nov 2017

Books that crossed the border

26 Nov 2017 | 2:45 AM

Pakistani writer Faiqa Mansab had been a professional writer for a few years. When it was time for her to come out with her first novel, she wanted to approach the publishing world like a pro. She didn’t want to self-publish. Neither did she want to send the book directly to publishers for their slush pile.

A lesser-known side of Sobha Singh

26 Nov 2017 | 2:45 AM

Around two decades ago, as a PhD student researching Sikh portrait painting at Punjabi University, Patiala, I came across a rather curious comic strip.

How objects travel across continents

26 Nov 2017 | 2:45 AM

The manner in which objects of art, and along with them influences, travel at times is something that continues to fascinate me.

Winning the hunger games

26 Nov 2017 | 2:45 AM

A sixth standard student from Salempur-Pataura Primary School at Kakori in Lucknow has become an inspiration to many in her village.

Humanity in conflict zone

26 Nov 2017 | 2:45 AM

The day is left with a few minutes of sunlight. Realising that we must make the most of it, a photo-op is scheduled immediately. We are duly warned that he gets mobbed by fans.