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As nations speak of wars, a small group of creatives focus on Indo-Pak’s common narratives through the eyes of young artists

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The Pind Collective was co-founded by Avani and Ansh. It’s an online platform on which young aritsts from India and Pakistan to collaborate and create works based on their intrepretation of common themes. The Collective’s first virtual exhibition took place in August this year, and the next one launches early 2017. The founders were kind enough to talk to me about their project and the …

Unwind from Fashion Week with a few of my favourite TV shows

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After a week-long fest of everything that is gorgeous and “simply amazing,  darlings,” I feel a four cheese pizza and my four television shows kinda Sunday coming on. Coincidentally (I swear) all of the TV I’m about to recommend is about women. Nothing like today to spend in bed while escaping into the very different worlds in which these (some) fictional female characters and (some) real people portrayed on these four TV shows live.   Women with …

Five books about the Independence movement that you should read, or at least buy to let gather dust on that nice bookshelf ;)

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Sounds preachy, this post, amirite? But, it’s a dry-day; there’s not too much to watch on television. So, pick up a book, or a short story. These five are my favourite and they’re in theme with today as well. Let’s get-a-reading, shall we?   From Plassey To Partition: A History Of Modern India, by Sekhar Bandopadhyay Available at Amazon. Price paperback Rs 329   A …

This clever, pixelated take on LGBT and erotic art is stupendous

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I’m always trawling Instagram and Twitter for new art. Pretty much all the time, the level of talent out there in the world blows me away. NGL, I definitely check out erotic art a lot. It’s not for shock value. Frankly, I feel like there should be no shock value. I certainly hope everyone is getting laid, and if we’re all doing it, why shouldn’t …

Artist Ai Wei Wei’s Instagram is Beijing’s answer to The Sartorialist (bet you didn’t see that one coming, Chinese government)

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Art has always been considered several steps above fashion: an interest in Renoir is intellectual, but a fascination with Fendi is considered trivial. This myth is shattered by Chinese dissenter and artist Ai Wei Wei’s Instagram feed. But then what would Wei be doing if he wasn’t smashing silly notions. Oh, right, he’d be the token minority extra in a production of Midsummer Night’s Dream. Hanging …