Reading Braille with White Print magazine’s Upasana Makati

More than 9 million people in India are blind and millions more are visually impaired. Yet, a simple question – What do the blind read? – yields only a handful of answers. When weeks of research led Upasana Makati to just a few newsletters printed by the National Association for the Blind, she decided toContinue reading “Reading Braille with White Print magazine’s Upasana Makati”

Sepia winters

A walk round the house is all it takes to fall down the rabbit hole. This time it was a patchwork quilt – spun of old bits, uncovered by the sister in the hometown; most likely a vestige of our childhood years. This led me to others, spun from grandmom’s sarees – small floral pattersContinue reading “Sepia winters”

Some Green Humour with Rohan Chakravarty

He’s no Pangolin, but just might be a shape-shifter. Each week, he changes stripes to teach some wildlife basics, call out the world governments and give voice to ecological concerns on Green Humour, his much-acclaimed cartoon strip. Mr Prakash Javadekar as the environment minister is a recurring visitor but the potshots aren’t limited to him.Continue reading “Some Green Humour with Rohan Chakravarty”

Shades of love

Modern love may be a swipe away, but it’s still messy. Ask Mumbai-based illustrator Indu Harikumar. When she started 100 Indian Tinder Tales in 2016, it was through the prism of her own experience. As the circle expanded, out came stories of gay men finding love, extra-marital affairs, fleeting encounters, couples tying the knot, rather funny tales involving hair dressersContinue reading “Shades of love”

Hitting pause

It’s 9 a.m. The crowd is just starting to spill on to the road outside Chembur station. I try to move ahead, deftly avoiding the swathes of people on the way out, but Gopal MS has already bested me. He points to a newspaper stall that sells only Tamil magazines and talks about the local residents.Continue reading “Hitting pause”