Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

Culture

Dharmendra Deo

There is much more to birthday boy Dharmendra than just his ‘He-man’ image

Dharmendra, who turns 83 today, was a versatile actor early in his career. But after the success of Sholay, he got typecast as an action hero.
A visitor clicking selfie with the wax statue of Salman Khan | By special arrangement

They touch, feel, kiss, cry — Indians are weirdly obsessed with Madame Tussauds wax statues

With touch no longer disallowed, wax museums like Madame Tussauds have begun indulging the voyeuristic curiosity that Indians possess.
Women leaders at Hidden No More 2018

How Hollywood brought women of STEM & arts together so they are no longer ‘Hidden Figures’

Women from across the world are coming together to boost their presence in STEM & arts.
File image of Sri Aurobindo | auroville.org

Sri Aurobindo, a staunch nationalist who turned into a philosopher

Nobel nominee Sri Aurobindo entered politics to demand complete autonomy from British rule. But taking up yoga during a jail stint turned him towards philosophy.
Amrita Sher-Gil | Commons

Remembering Amrita Sher-Gil, one who loved sex, art and India, and never said sorry for it

One of India’s most respected pioneers of modern art, Sher-Gil’s story has the makings of a classic French film, including a tragically young death.
Abanindranath Tagore | Commons

Abanindranath Tagore, harbinger of Bengal’s renaissance who remained Swadeshi by brush

Founder of the Indian Society of Oriental Art, Abanindranath brought nationalism to Indian art in 20th century Bengal.
File image of Nandalal Bose | Facebook

Celebrating Nandalal Bose, artist who rejected everything British & designed India’s constituti...

The face of Swadeshi artistic movement, the Bengal School of Art, Bose projected Indian subjects in his art that drew from the Bengali folk traditions.
Kahlil Gibran

Why Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet made him the third most-sold poet after Shakespeare, Laozi

Gibran's The Prophet, first published in 1923, seemingly speaks to various generations: from those experiencing the Depression, to the 1960s counter culture, into the 21st century.
Travel

‘Shameless’ crowdfunding to loans at 24%, Indians will do anything for Instagram-worthy ...

Millennial Indians are coming up with new, creative ways to fund their exotic travels — whether it's a trip across Europe or a weekend getaway to Lonavla.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi after offering prayers at Brahma Temple, in Pushkar

What are ‘gotras’ all about & how Rahul Gandhi gets ‘Dattatreya gotra’

According to Hindu tradition, gotra is traced back to the seven Vedic sages, and in some castes, gotras were created by professions and not by birth.
madhya pradesh

MP push for 70% industry jobs to locals: Valid regionalism or is Congress the new Shiv Sena?

Kamal Nath, on his first day as Madhya Pradesh chief minister, announced incentives for industries that hire 70 per cent local workers. When questioned about th...

Modi’s BJP is not just Congress + cow, but it is Congress + cow + Indira Gandhi

Young Indians bought new hope & optimism of Brand Modi in 2014. Now they're confused & angry as BJP government turns out to be Indira-era Congress, plus a cow.