Faizal Khan

Articles By Faizal Khan

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Book Review: The Unseeing Idol of Light

Meera’s novel, originally written in Malayalam a decade ago, couldn’t have been more relevant than today.

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Cannes Film Festival: Selfie ban imposed is distorting its free speech

The festival’s decision to impose restrictions on screenings for critics and journalists has also invited sharp criticism from the media.

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Spotlight will be on Mumbai and Manto in an all-women line-up for Indian cinema at Cannes film festival

There are two films at Cannes this year representing the biggest filmmaking country in the world.

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Nailing a lie

Nona, the Best Play-winner at the 13th Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards, is a damning indictment of pseudo nationalism

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Interview with Perumal Murugan: ‘Writing again was like rediscovering myself’

I didn’t write for two years. There was a case in the Madras High Court filed by the Tamil Nadu Progressive Writers’ and Artists’ Association in my support.

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Book review: Kid me not

In many ways, Poonachi’s arrival in Odakkan Hill is like that of Saroja’s in Murugan’s 2013 novel Pyre.

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Stage & society: Women and gender issues take centre stage at the Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards

Of the 10 plays nominated for this year’s Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards (META)—winners will be announced during the forthcoming META festival in New Delhi (April 13-18)—half focus on how women are treated in soc

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For the faithful: Cinephiles celebrate Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman birth centenary year

Swedish director, writer and producer Ingmar Bergman, who worked in film, television, theatre and radio, is one of the finest filmmakers of all time. In a career spanning four decades, he wrote/directed over 60 movies and 170

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A Spirited Tale: Jack Daniel’s Jeff Arnett uncaps history and diversity of American whiskey brand

The master distiller, who was on his first visit to the country, is banking on his company’s rich history to draw Indians to a bottle of Jack Daniel’s.

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Nostalgia in the air: Flying merry-go-round drums up memories of the pre-technology era

Long before Bluetooth, it took only a coin to create the magic of music. Gilles Rhodes cried when he inserted a coin into a music box and heard Edith Piaf’s soulful song La Vie En Rose wafting out.

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On stage for change: Theatre festival in Assam joins hands with cinema to fight barbaric branding of women

Assam’s Rampur village, surrounded by thick sal forests and vast paddy fields, has long been a symbol of the state’s rich rural tradition.

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Rickshaw puller from Kolkata steals show at 11th Jaipur Literature Festival

At the end of the journey, the passenger asked Byapari if he would be interested in writing his story, giving him a piece of paper with her name and address. The name on that piece of paper was Mahasweta Devi.

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Book review: Yashwant Chittal’s ‘Shikari’ mirrors the colour of caste in modern Indian society

An English translation of Kannada writer Yashwant Chittal’s 1979 novel mirrors the faultlines in modern Indian society.

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The Little Big Things: A Young Man’s Belief That Every Day Can be a Good Day is an inspirational story; here’s the review

In the last decade, Henry Fraser was a promising rugby player working his way towards the English national team.

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Tactile reproduction of original work with Braille captions paving way for an inclusive experience

Standing in front of the massive photograph, Sushmita Rani’s mouth gaped open at the panoramic view of a fishing net being drawn from a trawler at sea.

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Art on the waves

A river barge turned into an artwork at the recently-concluded Serendipity Arts Festival explores the relationship between humans and nature

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Read how Indian women are revolutionizing clean cooking as entrepreneurs

Two years after earning a master’s degree in management, Neha Juneja was making loads of money from derivatives trading when she saw a “great business opportunity” in an entirely different sector.

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Art and activism: Humanitarian activist Rocky Dawuni on bringing diverse people and cultures together through music

For a decade-and-a-half, Rocky Dawuni has been singing around the world, while campaigning for clean water, women’s empowerment and AIDS awareness.

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Rajasthan International Folk Festival: Vinyl collector Victor Kiswell shows how music can have many facets

Kiswell has been collecting Indian vinyl records since 1998 when he visited the country for the first time. As his collection grew, he began to sell his records. His price for an old Bollywood vinyl is over Rs 4,500.

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How Jaipur’s umbilical connection with design and artisans makes it core of crafty affairs

Jaipur remains at the core of the show. The name is inspired by the old city’s plan that had nine squares. ‘Dot’ is the modern link, the fusion of the communities of designers and artisans, say the founders.

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Ringside view

How boxing, politics and corruption come alive in a film, reveals Vineet Kumar Singh of Mukkabaaz, which had its world premiere at the recently concluded Toronto International Film Festival

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Indian women directors cracking the celluloid ceiling

In recent years, Indian women directors have led the country at the Toronto film festival, telling stories that come from the heart of society

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Malayalam author Ambikasuthan Mangad’s new novel ‘Swarga’ is a reminder for us of our mindless crimes against humanity

Mangad retells the spine-chilling tales of a rural community in the northern district of Kasargod in Kerala that paid the price of human greed and corruption.

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Iconic artist Sayed Haider Raza native town celebrates the life of its most famous son

Artist Sayed Haider Raza’s native town in Madhya Pradesh celebrated the life of its most famous son on the first anniversary of his death last week

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Islands in Flux: The Andaman and Nicobar Story by Pankaj Sekhsaria; book review

A haphazard collection of articles on the social and ecological hazards facing the Andaman and Nicobar Islands does them no service

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This book traces conditions in which housemaids from south Asia live and work in Middle East

Nurses from southern India have been going to the Gulf countries to work for many decades now, earning praises and sobriquets like 'Florence Nightingales of India'.

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With spotlight on India, Al Gore’s ‘An Inconvenient Sequel’ movie makes impression at Cannes Film Festival

Gore chose the powerful platform of Cannes Film Festival to present the film, which is directed by Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk, and talks about the political challenges facing the climate crisis.

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