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The Silent B in LGBT

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About twelve years old, with my first reference to hostility towards gays coming from a Sweet Valley High novel, confused I asked my mom, “Why are they all so worried about this boy being happy?” You see I was a child who read SVH on the toilet seat and devoured romantic poets in the sheets. My mother explained that the word gay had two connotations: …

Meet Babbu The Painter: Mindy Kaling’s new favourite artist

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The first thing you gotta know about Babneet Lakhesar aka Babbu the Painter is that she’s a self-confessed shithead and Bollywood junkie. A child of a Rajasthani father and Punjabi mother, the 22-year-old artist was born in Bhatinda. Though, she moved to Canada when she was seven, her mixed Indian heritage is definitely a massive influence on her art. ON BEING FEATURED ON THE MINDY KALING PROJECT …

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 …

#NotForChildren: Roald Dahl’s adult stories were his best work

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Spare me the saga about your love for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. All that leads to is an overwhelming craving for chocolate followed by a long binge on the cocoa concoction of your choice. I’m kidding. There’s not a weird kid in sight who isn’t grateful to Dahl for the books he wrote for children. His fantastic imagination and zany logic helped many of us make …

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 …

Biting into #Portugal: Porto and Aveiro

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Porto After Lisbon, Porto was the next city…town.. on my list. It’s a small place that I walked through in two days. Even though it’s the windiest place in Portugal, the city has a peaceful vibe.   SIGHTS! Dom Luís I (or Luiz I) Bridge, built by the same design company that turned up the Eiffel Tower. The city has beautiful art. Miguel Bombarda is …

Biting into #Portugal: Lisbon

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I’ve been to Portugal a few times over the last decade or so. Lisbon It started out as a weekend affair with Lisbon whilst still in university, when my college mommy Kee Lin Low and I decided it was a perfect city for Spring Break. We did the sight-seeing thing like only 22-years-old can. Didn’t miss a castle or a seafood restaurant in the whole city …

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 …

Five erotic #instart accounts to get you through #HumpDay ;)

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Yes, all puns intended. But, also, these artists and curators showcase some very beautiful illustrations – erotic or otherwise. There’s actually tons of talent on Instagram, but these are five of my favourites. I’m prescribing them to you as a #humpday cure, and I hope they work. Or, perhaps, inspire a little naughty side of you to come out… if it’s even been in hiding! 😉 …

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 …