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Your Creative Calendar: 69 Things To See, Hear, And Read This August

Your Creative Calendar is here. Get ready for the Kesha album, “Difficult People,” Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon’s colorful characters from “The Trip” movies, and more.<p>The revolving door employment at the White House has made for some seriously compelling reality TV this summer. Things got …

Entertainment

Ryan Reynolds Shares the Rules to Cursing Creatively, Pushing the Boundaries, and Feuding With Hugh Jackman

Follow his 7.5 tips to become a disruptor, a joker, and a flat-out great guy<p>We needed a new hero. Only a few people knew it. Others disagreed. The rest of us simply had no clue. The problem? "New" is risky. New is disruptive. New is. . ."New is great," says Ryan Reynolds. "As long as it's useful. …

18 photos reveal the extreme ways kids get to school around the world

But in other parts of the world, the trek to school looks much different.<p>Some kids in the Philippines step through knee-deep rocky waters to get to class, while students in Japan pass Geiger counters tracking local radiation levels.<p>Here's what early-morning commutes to school look like around the …

A Brief History of The Elephanta Caves in Mumbai, India

Located just 10 kilometers into the Mumbai Harbour from the Gateway of India, the 1200 resident strong Elephanta Island is home to one of the area’s …

Voices Unheard: Tribal Literature from India to Read Now

India is rich with a diversity of religions, arts, customs, races, traditions, and languages. While the government of India recognizes twenty-two …

To interest low-caste Indians in Christianity, evangelicals add Hindu traditions

It’s Sunday morning in the Indian city of Banaras. In a humble concrete and sheet-metal church, worshippers gather for the weekly service.<p>But this is no regular church. There is no spire. There are no ringing bells. The regular vocabulary of praise for Christ is tailored to this Hindu-Indian …

India

Why Toilets Alone Won't Solve India's Sanitation Crisis

<i>The author is a professor of human development at Connecticut College, a director of Friends of Shelter Associates and a fellow with the Public</i> …

India

Woman with Power Is Woman Unchecked: Reading Narratives of Indian Women

<b>1.</b> <i><br>Raja ne gami te raani</i> <i><br>Chaana veenthi aane</i> <i><br>Kya karega kaaji</i>My mother spouted these words during another one of our marriage talks, which seem to be …

Short films are experimenting with storytelling in a way Bollywood can't, or won't

Apr,15 2017 10:32:21 IST<p>Bollywood, as an industry today, seems not to enjoy the undivided audience attention it once may have. According to <i>Box Office</i> …

10 books that bring forward the glory of art and crafts

HomeArts<p>0<p>The panorama of Indian crafts is a patchwork quilt of many hues and shades of meaning, reflective of interactions with social, economic, …

A Brief History Of Mumbai’s Parsi Community

Cosmopolitanism isn’t new to Mumbai. The city has benefited from rich cultural exchanges and amalgamation for centuries. Much like how we know Mumbai …

Hindi films have lost touch with Indian culture: Asha Parekh

Having ruled the silver screen for around two decades as the quintessential girl-next-door in a series of hits, veteran actress Asha Parekh today …

Art, Cosmology and the Divine - a study of Indian culture | Part I

<i>Main photo (above) is a Basohli illustration to the Bhagavad Purana, The Birth of Krishna, early 18th c.</i><p><b>In this six-part series, distinguished</b> …

Hinduism

A Feluda Mystery: How Satyajit Ray created Bengal's most loved detective of all time

In 1965, at the age of 44, soon after the release of his landmark film <i>Charulata</i>, Satyajit Ray wrote the first draft of a short story, which featured …

How to write for global readers in an Indian accent

The everyday truths that dictate stories from India often appear wildly exotic to the world<p>I’ll take any opportunity to compare any part of my …

Language

The Ganga and the Indian Culture

The Ganga, rising in the Himalayas and emptying into the Bay of Bengal, flows through one of the most densely populated regions in the world. …

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy — ‘compelling’ | Financial Times

Few writers with so small an output have as passionate a following as does Arundhati Roy: her one previous novel, <i>The God of Small Things</i>, winner of …

Books

A Shared History of Struggle Should Unite India’s Dalits and African Americans in the Fight for Equality

For more than 4,000 years, the Dalits of India were called “the untouchables,” the lowest of the low. The Dalits are at the bottom of the Indian …

India

Crime and the City: Murder in Kolkata - On the Criminal Legacy of Colonialism, and So Much More

The Indian sub-continent is not short of good candidates for our Crime in the City series. Expect detailed visits to Bombay (Mumbai) and Delhi soon, …

Did You Know Bull Surfing in Kerala is Really a Thing?

Bull Surfing — or the Maramadi Festival — is a pivotal part of the post-harvest season celebrated in the villages of Kerala every year in August. …

13 Reasons Why You Should Visit India at Least Once in Your Lifetime

India has emerged as one of the fastest growing economies in the world, just 7 decades after its independence. Located in South Asia, the country …

A New Delhi Family Learns To Navigate Wealth After A 'Windfall'

In the novel <i>The Windfall</i>, a newly minted tech millionaire buys a big fancy house, a flashy car and leaves his middle-class life behind to rub elbows with the superrich. What follows is a delightful comedy of errors where he and his family navigate the unexpected pressures and pleasures of newfound …

A tiny Indian publisher is translating hidden gems of world literature for global readers

“It isn’t about size. Or the scale. It is about the choice. The instinct that allows you to take the risk to step outside the structures the world of corporate publishing has so magnificently set up. And publish books that in your opinion need to be read.”<p>The mission statement of Seagull Books says …

Books

Why are writers and critics around the world worrying about (or ignoring) cultural appropriation?

And what does it mean for writers in India?<p>The heart of fiction is imagination, and in the course of creating it, writers usually depict the lives, …

Cultural Appropriation

Rajasthan: Women’s panel to look into claims that a panchayat banned girls from wearing jeans

Panchayat members are believed to have issued the instructions on the grounds that western culture was adversely affecting their dignity.<p>The …

India

14 Fierce Indian Women Authors You Should Read For Their Powerful Yet Sensitive Writing

Being a writer takes a lot of writing talent of course. But more than that, it requires the ability to make your readers a part of the story you …

Can the India Court's Waste-Dumping Ban Save the Ganges River?

One of India’s largest and the holiest river, the Ganges is dying with every passing day. Continued illegal practices and ill treatment, like dumping …

How India's Censors are Affecting the Film Industry

India’s highly controversial film censor board has found its way back to the headlines again, this time for requesting cuts of several words – …

Happy Birthday, Premchand: A beginner’s guide to his novels

Munshi Premchand is considered to be among the greatest writers of Hindi-Urdu fiction in the early twentieth century. Born Dhanpat Rai Srivastava (on …

A farming that pulsates with higher profitability, productivity

CHENNAI: In the quiet corners of the State, farmers of five panchayats have been silently revolutionising pulse farming.<p>Under ‘Pulse Panchayat’, an …

Farming