Category Archives: Famous Personalities

When a song by Sonu Nigam threw me off track

By Sushmita Bose

Music has the power to elevate — even the most humdrum, boring person. I remember a certain loudmouth, a (seemingly) obnoxious man, pulling out his guitar, strumming its wondrous chords and singing Grateful Dead’s Ripple like a boss on a terrace in Delhi’s Chittaranjan Park one blustery winter evening; I was transfixed… and it changed my opinion of him forever — never again did I consider him “insufferable”. Continue reading When a song by Sonu Nigam threw me off track

Noor Naem: Catching up with one of ’em ‘social media influencers’

By Kelly Clarke

I’m fairly inept when it comes to all things social media. I realise that claim may be a form of social suicide as far as my status as a journalist in the digital era goes, but I’m not averse to taking risks. So here it is, in plain sight; printed for all to see. Continue reading Noor Naem: Catching up with one of ’em ‘social media influencers’

A case for judging a photo by its emotional impact

By Karen Ann Monsy

If there is one thing you take away from a conversation with National Geographic photographer Karen Kasmauski, it’s that she isn’t afraid to call a spade a spade. Unabashedly candid, she will speak her mind on everything from the problem with photographers today (“our competition is anyone with an iPhone”) to her difficult relationship with her mother, one of the subjects of Karen’s acclaimed 2015 documentary Fall Seven, Get Up Eight on Japanese war brides. Continue reading A case for judging a photo by its emotional impact

Asma Jahangir, an inspiration for those she’s left behind

By Zebunnisa Burki

On Tuesday, the people of Pakistan — men and women, the under-privileged and the elite, lawyers, artists, journalists, political workers — stood together and gave Asma Jahangir what can only be called a people’s farewell. While the images of this beautiful goodbye that flashed across our TV, laptop and smartphone screens may become iconic due to the sheer power of what they showed, how does one really say goodbye to someone who can only be called a force — fierce, angry, and strangely beautifully unaware of her own special kind of charisma. Pakistan lost 66-year-old lawyer, activist, our very own superhero Asma to a cardiac arrest this past Sunday, a shock we are all still struggling with. Continue reading Asma Jahangir, an inspiration for those she’s left behind

Katharine Graham, the woman who had “the guts of a burglar”

By Nivriti Butalia

When my mother, in Delhi, pinged to say ‘they’ (father in tow) were going to watch The Post, I immediately replied, barely reining in my low-stakes triumph: saw it already! It hadn’t crossed my mind that my parents, hardly avid movie-goers, would want to watch The Post. But she asked me, was it good, and I said, I don’t know if it will bore you, but Meryl Streep is fab. Mother told me she saw “the one in which she plays Margaret Thatcher thrice” (I haven’t watched The Iron Lady). Continue reading Katharine Graham, the woman who had “the guts of a burglar”