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Sprayed on A work by Banksy
Sprayed on A work by Banksy

Akshar Pathak on Art

England-based anonymous graffiti artist Banksy has a very sharp eye for how rampant merchandising has turned capitalism into a sick joke on itself. Yet, instead of coming across as cynical, his art makes people laugh and think about it at the same time. He is well known for his controversial art that is typically not for sale. One of my favourite works is a graffiti spotted on the side of the Poundland store, onWhymark AvenueinLondon. It is a statement on child labour, painted near an old, abandoned sweatshop. Banksy makes a stronger social commentary with images than others do with words.

Pathak Is A Delhi-Based Artist And Graphic Designer

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Anjum Hasan on Books

Orhan Pamuk’s The Naive and the Sentimental Novelist, talks about the novelist’s art through the filter of experience. This is not a fiction writing manual but a reflection on what the business of creating fictional worlds and peopling them with make-believe characters could mean. It offers the distilled wisdom of a lifetime of reading and writing fiction and reminds us why we read, how we read and why fiction may be the highest art there is.

Hasan Is The Author Of Lunatic In My Head

 

 

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One man machine Trent Reznor
One man machine Trent Reznor

Arsh Sharma on Music

Trent Reznor is the singer-songwriter and only official member of the American industrial project Nine Inch Nails. He was one of the first artistes to mix rock and electronica in the 1990s. His experimental approach to instruments adds to his sonic characteristics. His intense and aesthetic live performances are an audio-visual treat. Wish is a gem of a track with a post-industrial tune.

Sharma Is The Guitarist Of The Circus

 

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Polar opposites A still from Katha
Polar opposites A still from Katha

Vishesh Azad on Film

Sai Parānjpye’s Katha is a beautifully scripted film about two men, one flashy, one simple, competing for the attention of a girl. It begins with an animated credit sequence of the folktale of the hare and the tortoise. Parānjpye was one of the first filmmakers to use animated credit sequences. There are a lot of dream sequences that transport the audience to another space. The character progression, the conflict resolution, the screenplay are perfectly knit. Naseeruddin Shah and Farooq Sheikh give flawless performances.

Azad Is A Delhi-Based

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Sabyasachi Gorai on Food

Located in one of the busiest streets of Chandni Chowk, the iconic Karim’s, near Jama Masjid, serves the best Mughlai food thatNew Delhihas to offer. I would recommend the mutton seekh kebab and the mutton biryani, as this place is a pioneer in mutton-based street food. One of the signature dishes is the tandoori bakra, served in a big thali, which is whole baby lamb stuffed with chicken, eggs, rice and dry fruits. Phirni (kheer) served in earthen bowls is a satiating dessert, as is my personal favourite, daulat ki chat.

Gorai Is The Executive Chef At Olive Bar And Kitchen, Delhi Independent Filmmaker

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