“Not even water?” “No, not even water,” I replied to the stranger at the office who woke me up from a nap at the pantry on my first day at work to ask if I was alright. I was fasting, I said, and that I dozed off because of fatigue. The surprise on his face … Continue reading Meals from my ‘Jihadi mom’
Qawwalis eulogizing the Prophet and Nizamuddeen Auliya flowed from Mehfil-e-Sama’a singers as if from enraptured bards of yore, enshrouding the captivated listeners in Rajendra Maidan on Friday evening from all the hubbub of the city. Contrary to a corny image that comes along the description - of men in flowing white pajamas and mehndi-stained beards … Continue reading No Curfew for Qawwali
Interview with Sudarshan Shetty, curator of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2016. The third edition of the Kochi Muziris Biennale was noted primarily for the deviation it took from the previous two editions that were focused on installations and paintings, by introducing performing arts and music into it. How was it that you came about such … Continue reading ‘Democratically Elected to be Autocratic!’
The motif of water has been a recurrent one in all three editions of the Kochi Muziris Biennale, with its representative idea being a wide spectrum ranging from contemporary issues to historical reminiscings. Even as Raul Zurita’s ‘In the Sea of Pain’ linger as the strongest aftertaste of pain amongst the installations in KMB 2016, … Continue reading The Haunting Water Motif
Rakesh Sharma’s Final Solution documented the post-Godhra pogrom of 2002. Fourteen years later, in a sequel, he tries to understand what made thousands of ordinary Hindus complicit in unspeakable violence against Muslims. In an exhaustive interview, Sharma, who was in Kochi recently, spoke to TOI on the hazards of filming in volatile situations, ongoing attempts … Continue reading Never forget the Gujarat genocide
Veteran journalist Saeed Naqvi was in Kochi for the release of his book Being The Other – The Muslim In India. He spoke to TOI at length on why India’s largest minority community should integrate better with the mainstream, why they should be open to western education and how Muslims in Kerala have always been … Continue reading What is this hijab business?
A group of young ladies in beautiful saris stand still in the middle of an immense junction. Suddenly, as the traffic lights go green, a stampede of motorbikes, rickshaws, trucks, buses and several cows hide them from view, and one fears the worst. But when the lights go red again, they are still there, those … Continue reading Chiaroscuro on stage