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The Quiet Charms of Khichdi

It now appears that there is no proposal to anoint Khichdi as the national dish of India, but regardless of whether khichdi deserves that title or not and glossing over the question of whether in a country like ours, any one dish can or should be classified as such, it certainly gives us an occasion…
Santosh Desai
13 Nov 2017
 

Beautifully Facebooked Indians

Indians are looking beautiful and so are their homes. A quick glance through people’s Diwali Facebook posts presents a stunningly new India in HD, thanks to increasingly superior camera pixels. In the eyes of beholder smartphones, megapixels have gone up 8 times up to 20+ in the past decade. Aperture…
Atulit Saxena
08 Nov 2017
 

The Impossible Burden

For those of us living in cities who only encounter food related crisis in the form of exorbitant prices at our neighbourhood mandis from time to time, the crisis faced by our farmers across the length and breadth of this vast country seems like an bewildering knot of complications and contradictions.…
Anirban Mukherjee
01 Nov 2017
 

Punjab in your rear-view mirror

Growing up in a far-flung, prosperity-starved Bengal of the seventies and eighties Punjab was something that I perceived either through the veil of history and mythology or through limited interactions with the Sikh community of transporters and traders. They were seen to be a bulwark of moral uprightness…
Anirban Mukherjee
31 Oct 2017
 

Bioscope 2: Searching for the you in you

  Sometimes all it takes is an outside perspective to recognise things about yourself you never knew. That’s what happened at the Futurebrands’ Bioscope series’ first presentation, ‘Reinventing Your Everyday’, an action-packed experience workshop.  Anahita Sarabhai…
Futurebrands
20 Sep 2017
 

The last slow-motion crawl

As the monsoon starts to fade somewhere in late August, Mumbai sets aside its umbrellas and bhajia platters and gears up up for a frenetic festive season. In every corner of India there is at least one festival that the locals claim as their own, in Mumbai it’s the Ganeshotsav, a ten day long…
Anirban Mukherjee
19 Nov 2015
 

Meat bans in Mumbai: Rethinking protest

When it comes to dietary habits, one would expect the State to concern itself with matters of nutrition, adequate or otherwise, among children, women and the poor. As the first year of its being the Government of Maharashtra comes to a close, the elected representatives of the people seem to have developed…
Anirban Mukherjee
19 Nov 2015
 

A spanner in the anthem

Imagine seeing young men and women from all over the country, waking up with a look of square jawed determination on their faces as they put on their construction helmets, laboratory coats, overalls and even spectacles in the slow, deliberate manner in which soldiers supposedly wear their body armor…
Anirban Mukherjee
19 Nov 2015
 

Leaving hunger behind

The preponderance of food in today’s social media, rapidly multiplying food reality shows on television and the emergence of an entire cheer-leading squad in the form of food bloggers, reviewers and critics?—?can create a sense that we are living in some kind of a gastronomic golden age.…
Anirban Mukherjee
11 Mar 2016
 

The changing quest for music

An idle fantasy of mine is to be able to go back into one’s own past carrying some wondrous product from today’s time and to confront one’s earlier self with the miracle just to see the reaction. Perhaps nothing would cause more astonishment than a smartphone, but (for the sake of…
Santosh Desai
01 Oct 2015