Is having no one to talk to better than too many chatty folks?

By Sushmita Bose

Someone forwarded me a screen grab of a stat that was flaunted on the Twitter page of Data Freaks (the name is, clearly, self-explanatory — these guys revel in data): “54 per cent people would rather be completely alone for five years than be constantly surrounded by people for five years”. That’s more than half ‘people’.  Continue reading Is having no one to talk to better than too many chatty folks?

Gluten free: It’s not a fad for those who live with celiac disease

By Crystal Skinner

So for as long as I can remember I always had a circus going on in the gut that really should have left my system as a baby. My mum just thought half the time I was being a drama queen but when I started avoiding food and regularly taking time out of school because I felt sick, tests needed to be done. Continue reading Gluten free: It’s not a fad for those who live with celiac disease

Would you wear these quirky, seamless clothes he designs?

By Purva Grover

He’s not your conventional fashion designer. Don’t let his hair tied in a short pigtail let you believe otherwise. To begin with, he feels the word design is the most abused word in the world of fashion. Add to that, he no longer takes part in fashion weeks. And yes, his garments require no stitching or cutting. Also, his works are not up for sale for anyone who has the money to make a purchase, but only for those, who can one, assure him that they’ll respect the fabric it is crafted out of, and two, play with the fabric to create more outfits of their own. Continue reading Would you wear these quirky, seamless clothes he designs?

‘The Graduate’: Why this stellar, coming of age film is relevant even today

By Sushmita Bose

I watched The Graduate when I wasn’t a graduate; I was in middle school, had been initiated into Simon & Garfunkel by my globe-trotting uncle, and I’d managed to sneak in a watch – the VHS was lying around the centre-table, begging to be popped into the VCR player – when the parents were not at home. Continue reading ‘The Graduate’: Why this stellar, coming of age film is relevant even today

What Jacques Cartier has to do with pearls in the Middle East

By Sujata Assomull

We’ve all heard tales of Indian Maharajahs’ love for jewellery. And members of Indian royal families, especially those partial to precious stones, had a soft spot for Cartier. It was their first choice. The necklace that the French Maison created for the Maharajah of Patiala, Bhupinder Singh in 1928 with its 234.6 carat diamond centrepiece, is still considered to be one of the most spectacular any jeweller has created. Continue reading What Jacques Cartier has to do with pearls in the Middle East