Faizal Khan

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‘Pandemic threw into sharp focus inequalities of life: extended holiday and workers’ struggles’: Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi

Their suffering had a deep impact on me. In the isolation of a badly managed lockdown in rural Goa, I drew nourishment on the bleakness and blinkered hope of our time to edit this book again, cutting out its fat, reassigning

I grew to know Amy Tan after she gifted copies of The Last Song of Dusk to her book club in 2004.

Chaos of conflict zones and a canvas: Looking at human catastrophe through art

Incisive works of art portray the human predicament in conflict zones

Hazara is among a rare band of artists across the world working in conflict zones and addressing the human catastrophe through art.

Makeover: Major international film festivals opts for hybrid version

Many major international film festivals opted for the hybrid version this year to salvage editions and support the global entertainment industry

Marathi film Karkhanisanchi Waari only Indian entry at Tokyo International Film Festival

The 149-minute film tells the story of the Karkhanis, the last joint family of Pune, which after the family patriarch dies, undertakes a road journey to Pandharpur to immerse his ashes in the holy Chandrabhaga river.

‘Estuary’: A reflection of contemporary society where students are at the mercy of the establishment

Lack of faith and misplaced concerns derail the dreams of a new generation

Kumarasurar is also pleased when robot Asuras enforce discipline on the campus at another college.

Mira Nair’s adaptation of Vikram Seth’s A Suitable Boy for small screen resonates with contemporary India

Mira Nair’s adaptation of Vikram Seth’s A Suitable Boy for the small screen resonates with contemporary India

In a fiercely patriarchal setting, Nair builds her story through powerful female characters

Book Review – Chorashastra: The Subtle Science of Thievery by VJ James

It was one of those references to the science of thievery that award-winning Malayalam writer VJ James one day found in the library of the space research organisation, where he worked.

The palm-leaf scroll, named Chorashastra or the science of thievery, laid out rules for stealing, and one of them was to consider it as karma or duty, and, therefore, not sinful.

Body and Blood: New novel wilts under the weight of its soaring ambitions 

Its rickety quest for truth and self-belief hits the wall somewhere in the novel's ardour for exploring the leap of faith and separating the spiritual from the material.

What Cannes film festival is doing to support struggling filmmakers

Cannes film festival may have been cancelled this year, but it has nevertheless assembled a compelling 2020 official selection list to rally behind struggling filmmakers

Book Review: Al Arabian Novel Factory – A gripping tale which symbolises brutal societies and ruthless regimes

Al Arabian Novel Factory is the sequel to Jasmine Days, the story of young radio jockey Sameera Parvin, an immigrant in the city from Pakistan, and her guitar-playing colleague Ali Fardan.

Hazy lens

Indian filmmakers stare at a loss of production year as uncertainty persists over international film festivals

International film festivals like Cannes, Toronto, Venice, Berlin and Busan have been the ideal platforms for independent productions from India to gain the much-needed visibility and recognition they lack back home.

Book Review: Exquisite Cadavers is about a young couple navigating life in London

A genre-busting book delicately handles identity politics and oppression

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MP’s Namaste Orchha festival is newest addition to international tourism calendar

The Namaste Orchha festival in Madhya Pradesh is the newest addition to the international tourism calendar.

The famous royal chhatris, or cenotaphs, on the banks of the Betwa river

Book Review: Amma – Perumal Murugan’s book is a moving portrait of a mother by her son

Tamil author Perumal Murugan’s new book is a moving portrait of a mother by her son

He also confesses to changing his views on family to become a "family-loving man" because of his mother’s constant distress and worries about her own family.

Udaipur World Music Festival: In tune with the times

From neo-folk to rock and Sufi to electro jazz, the fifth edition of the recently concluded Udaipur World Music Festival set a high tempo

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‘There is a great amount of talent inside prisons’: Swaraj Jail University’s Manish Jain

The Sufi band owes its origin to Swaraj Jail University , a new radical journey in India’s correctional system.

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Harry Potter’s magical world can help illuminate science: Roger Highfield

The help from science wasn't exactly scientific—it was rather a bit of advice on staying healthy outside your country from a winner of Nobel Prize in chemistry.

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Exhibition on Mahatma Gandhi weaves new learning

A multimedia exhibition on the 150th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth weaves a new learning

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Jack the Ripper’s female victims get new life

Forgotten for over a century, five female victims of Jack the Ripper get their identity back

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The bot and the book at Jaipur Lit Fest

There may be even special categories of awards that would be given away to celebrate successful union between AI and humans in creative endeavours in literature, music and cinema.

CAA is completely unconstitutional, says author Madhav Khosla at Jaipur Lit Fest

In an impassioned speech, Alva narrated growing up in the country as an equal “in a society that accepted us as we are whether someone is Muslim, Hindu or Christian”.

After Yoga, it’s now the turn of Sanskrit to take the global state

With its importance cutting across disciplines and boundaries, Sanskrit is now being talked about as the next biggest cultural export from India to the rest of the world after yoga.

Want to see relationship between place and its people? Visit this photography exhibition

Ajeesh Puthiyadath and Salim Abdulla, the Indian photographers living in Doha, narrow in on Doha’s popular corniche, Islamic art, souks and the FIFA World Cup to be hosted by Qatar in 2022 to define life in the Gulf nation.

Presented by Qatar Museums, a state-run cultural organisation comprising museums and heritage sites in the Gulf country, the exhibition is borne out of a cultural exchange between India and Qatar.

JLF 2020 will talk about some pressing issues that we can’t afford to ignore

The global anger against the climate change catastrophe will be reflected at the JLF, where the presence of US environmental lawyer and writer James Thornton will add to the simmering debate on hazardous pollution in the nati

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Bombay rose: A tribute to Priyanka Chopra at the Marrakesh International Film Festival

The Marrakech film festival, which was held from November 29 to December 7, had Gitanjali Rao’s hand-painted animated film Bombay Rose vying for the festival's top prize, the Golden Star.

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Vanni | A new graphic novel revisits Sri Lanka’s disastrous civil war

Three years ago, a theatre group from Sri Lanka came to the famous Under the Sal Tree festival at Goalpara in Assam to stage a play—Payanihal (Passengers)— that seeks reconciliation between the Tamil and Sinhalese commun

How Gandhi and his teachings are helping march of minority in Japan

In July this year, an economics professor at the University of Tokyo turned heads when she hit the campaign trail in the parliamentary elections in Japan. Ayumi Yasutomi, a transgender, ran on the promise of  “saving our c

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