History & Culture

On Unfamiliar Terms
History & Culture

On Unfamiliar Terms

A collaboration between French artist François Daireaux and Delhi-based Ravi Agarwal results in an exhibition where viewers return with a sense of gain and lossTill a decade back, French artist François Daireaux was not even familiar with the existence of the city of Firozabad, 250-odd kAt the exhibition “The Familiar […]

At the Wheel
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At the Wheel

Director Elisa Paloschi on the documentary Driving with Selvi, which revolves around the first woman cab driver of south IndiaMore than 700 million women alive today were married before their 18th birthday’. ‘250 million before age 15’. ‘One third of these child brides live in India — UNICEF’. These are […]

For the Record
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For the Record

A dancer goes in search of a nautch girl and finds the legend of Nawab Jaan — a representation of the country’s famed courtesansDard se tere hai mujhko beqarari hai hai kyaa huyi zaalim teri gafalatashiari Mirza Asadullah Khan Ghalib wrote this elegy for a woman he called “a sitam […]

What’s the Good Word?
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What’s the Good Word?

To go shopping in Old Delhi, most foreigners merely slip into a pair of comfortable shoes. Australian poet and performer Miles Merrill also wears a disguise. As he steps out of it in the library of the Children’s Park near India Gate, an hour before his session for the literature […]