• Sulajja Firodia Motwani lives life on the edge

    Sulajja Firodia Motwani lives life on the edge

    In a candid chat with Fareeda Kanga, the businesswoman shares why she lives life on the edge and how she still needs to realise her full potential

  • I write to justify the character: Irshad Kamil

    I write to justify the character: Irshad Kamil

    Lyricist, poet and writer Irshad Kamil opens up about his work philosophy, his future projects and why a song from his 2011 movie Rockstar continues to be his caller tune, as Deepali Dhingra tunes in

  • It's raining dogs and dogs

    It's raining dogs and dogs

    The many sides of dog lovers, canines musing on life and dogs in a post-apocalyptic world — a new anthology co-edited by Vidyun Sabhaney and Jeremy Stoll features compelling works on the four-legged creatures by five Indian and five US writers and artists, writes Kareena Gianani

  • Take home a chef

    Take home a chef

    The Hopping Chef, an online portal launching soon, will allow you to sign up a chef to cook up a storm in your kitchen

  • Tyre-d soles for a social cause

    Tyre-d soles for a social cause

    Jay and Jyothsna Rege work with cobblers in Chembur’s Thakkar Bappa Colony upcycling spare tyres to make footwear. Selling the sandals through their venture Paaduks, profits are set aside for the artisans’ healthcare and their children’s education

  • How Dilip Kapur bagged it all

    How Dilip Kapur bagged it all

    The designer talks to Anu Prabhakar about his childhood in Puducherry, living as a hippie in America and why Indian men were considered fuddy-duddies once upon a time  

  • JJ Valaya and his passion for fashion

    JJ Valaya and his passion for fashion

    Ace fashion designer JJ Valaya tells Deepali Dhingra how he enjoys dressing up the glitterati, going shutter crazy and why he plans to open a bakery some day

  • Who's your aunty?

    Who's your aunty?

    In her project, Upping the Aunty, artist Meera Sethi captures the street style and attitude of the South Asian ‘aunty’ on Mumbai’s streets, finds Kareena Gianani

  • A box of stories

    A box of stories

    A new book captures the 400-year-old art of the Kaavad, a portable shrine with hidden, painted panels, taken around by Rajasthani storytellers who sing praises of mythology and the patrons’ geneology. Kareena Gianani opens the box and is fascinated

  • Love across the border

    Love across the border

    Nine pairs of Indians and Pakistanis are out to bring their countries together through honest, frank discussions. Anu Prabhakar writes about the Building Peace Project that aims to pull off the task

  • Love speaks a new language at IIT campus

    Love speaks a new language at IIT campus

    Saathi, a queer community group, screens a video featuring people talking about their first love at the institute’s orientation programme last week. Ten per cent of freshers enroll themselves as members

  • Looking beyond the tiger

    Looking beyond the tiger

    Conservationist and founder of Wildlife Trust of India, Vivek Menon's latest book, Indian Mammals: A Field Guide, includes photographs, maps and illustrations to introduce the country’s 427 species of mammals

  • Theatre is all I know: Atul Kumar

    Theatre is all I know: Atul Kumar

    As his new play opens in the city next week, director Atul Kumar tells Deepali Dhingra that all the world's a stage for him

  • Living through the lens

    Living through the lens

    Ace photographer Atul Kasbekar reveals how switching lanes from chemical engineering to photography changed his life forever and why his twins are his best friends

  • It is a curio city

    It is a curio city

    Since a decade, Kareena Gianani has been covertly peeking into a home visible from the JJ flyover. Beyond its window sill are walls displaying Chinese and British-patterned ceramic plates. She finally pops in, and finds a mini museum inside

  • Why rural is cool for Zarina Screwvala

    Why rural is cool for Zarina Screwvala

    From not knowing what her purpose in life is to helping empower hundreds of people, Zarina Screwvala has come a long way. Her need to constantly challenge herself, belief in Vipassana and philanthropy, are philosophies she lives by

  • Where the wild things are

    Where the wild things are

    The Vanvadi collective, a group of about 20 like-minded city folk, is helping nurture a large 65-acre tract by farming organically as well as regenerating the forest cover, which holds a sizeable number of uncultivated foods

  • What's on your shirt, dear?

    What's on your shirt, dear?

    Hindi-Urdu translator Grant Davis ambles along Delhi’s streets and archives people wearing quirky T-shirts on his blog, Nice Shirt Dear. He tells Kareena Gianani that he loves the street philosophy he unearths in the unlikeliest of places while at it

  • A candid chat with the members of the heavy metal band The Down Troddence

    A candid chat with the members of the heavy metal band The Down Troddence

    In a tete-a-tete with Anu Prabhakar, award-winning Bangalore-based six-member band, The Down Troddence, talks about how they fuse Kerala folk elements in their music and why their work represents the common man’s angst

  • Building a language bridge

    Building a language bridge

    Nashik-based linguistic enabler Sunil Khandbahale has created 22 Indian regional language digital dictionaries and developed the first-ever dictionary on SMS. The INK Fellow, recently back from a trip to the US, tells Moeena Halim about how his necessity became the mother of invention