By Anamika Chatterjee
Who was it who said that man is a social animal? That statement could do with a little tweaking. In a digital age, the companion we find ourselves seeking most passionately is our smartphones. Think of all the empty moments — at the home and the world — that you have sought to fill up scrolling — again and again and again — through your smartphone. That moment when you could have asked a spouse how his/her day went, when you could have made the call that the family back home is so keenly waiting for, when you could have simply paused and taken stock of life or when you could simply be.
Continue reading Planting the seeds of conversation with… plants
By Sarwat Nasir
If you spot anyone with earphones on and staring blankly into space, with not even a faint sound of music emanating from their earpiece, don’t immediately assume they’re depressed or withdrawn from the world. They could possibly be listening to podcasts.
It’s a lesson I learned last month when I asked my younger sister why she always had her AirPods plugged in and was zoned out.
“What you doing?” I had asked on a quiet Friday morning.
Continue reading Here’s what made me tune in to podcasts
By Keith Pereña
It all started when my parents gave me a Corvette for my birthday.
The metal surface of the car smelled just as a new car should — unadulterated by the smell of the roads it has not been driven on yet. The five-spoke wheels shimmered in their chrome glory; and when you fire up the engine? Oh boy, it goes… it really goes.
Continue reading The kids who grew up racing tiny ’59 Cadillacs in their living rooms
By Janice Rodrigues
One could say that talent — and a love for art — run in Sandesh S. Rangnekar’s family. But it’s not love for just any kind of art either; it’s for the kind found in the most unusual places. Sandesh’s father, artist Sadashiv G Rangnekar, was skilled in carving patterns into cuttlefish bone and creating rangolis on water. He was also well-versed in everything from oil painting to sculpture-making to embroidery. So, when Sandesh was younger, he took every opportunity he got to, forgive the pun, take a leaf out of his father’s book. Continue reading Keeping up the ancient art form of leaf drawings
By Nivriti Butalia
Gregg Segal is a photographer who travels the world and asks kids what they eat in a week. They maintain a food diary. He then photographs them with their week’s worth of food. The project is called Daily Bread. It stemmed from his earlier work, 7 Days of Garbage, in which he shot people laying with the trash they generate in a week. The quantity of food packaging, he tells us, was remarkable to him — as it is to any observer who looks at these photos. Khaleej Times had a chat with him over email… Continue reading He takes photos of kids with the food they eat in a week
By Eva Prabhakar
At the juncture of history, art and culture is… a stamp. More precisely, a postage stamp. It’s quite possibly the tiniest point of convergence of substantial ideas; its adhesive holding together our collective conscious. Every once in a while, in the midst of our electronic highways, we come across this keeper of untarnished history. When commemorative stamps were announced for the platinum wedding anniversary of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, I wondered, “Who’s using stamps today?” Continue reading Are stamps relevant in the digital age?
By Maán Jalal
Although it is truly a cliché to begin a story by describing the weather, I can’t help but remember that it was a disgustingly hot day when I discovered a book that changed my life. Continue reading What I learnt from Boy, no thanks to that librarian