Art n Life
YOGA, THE ART OF RECLAIMING BODY

Meenakshi Sud is a highly acclaimed Yoga practitioner who has devoted her entire life to learning and teaching this ancient science. From a very high lineage of Yoga masters, she devotes all her time to teaching, healing and curing ailments which has made her close to a household name in the Tricity.

Viney Vadhera, the Mask Man

An accomplished painter, Viney lives in the world of representations, from masks, drawings, paintings, art direction and much more. With many feathers in his cap including art direction for the prestigious Train to Pakistan, he talks to Roopam Singh about his art and life.

CORONA MUSINGS : Crumbling cookie of migrants

The syndrome of migration, portrayed with such brutal realism by Bimal Roy in his path-breaking movie Do Bigha Zameen in 1953, has turned full circle. The unskilled migrant workers from UP, Bihar, Jharkhand etc who had thronged the industrial cities of the country are clamouring to go back!

Mera Kuch Samaan rocks on

Balpreet Kaur, a veteran journalist, has ventured extensively into the short films. Now she has three short films to her credit. Her latest venture, Mera Kuch Samaan, released on PTC Punjabi Box Office hit the screens on May 15. A renowned Art critic Roopam Singh talks to her about her latest venture.

CORONA MUSINGS : Life May Not Be The Same Again

Our life as we knew has gone through an upheaval. Job losses, business closures, education disruption, lack of friendly personal banter are all affecting the human psyche. Each one is fending off negativity through forced positive action to keep self and family smiling against this present oddity.

Corona Musings : A horrifying spell of uncertainties

Trains, buses and planes are out of operation. Salons, spas and barber shops are closed . Even during hours of brief relaxation most of the shops stay closed because nobody needs the stuff they have on sale. Garments , shoes and beauty-aids are no one's priority.

CORONA MUSINGS : New Lessons, New Warnings

The appalling situation has made me realise that there is nothing filmy or dramatic that we confront in a cinema or a theatre hall; anything can happen anytime. Nobody could have imagined today’s situation.

Liquor at your doorstep. So ?

The State governments have been chafing for quite some time over the extended lockdown affecting the excise revenue. The losses have been colossal and the alternatives non-existent. Along with the tax on petrol and diesel

Give dreams freedom to thrive!

Prospero , in Shakespeare’s “Tempest”  philosophizes  on life when he says that human life is such stuff as dreams are made on. Likewise , in his pastoral comedy “As You Like It” , Jaques says that all the world is a stage , meaning thereby that humans only make their entries to play their roles and then make an exit when the text of the drama comes to a conclusion.

Corona Musings : Blowing Conches, Missing the Anthem

I am sure that if we had acknowledged our inability in community singing or creating a community orchestra, then the self-imposed lockdown of March 22, 2020, would not have ended as a farce in the streets while blowing conches, ringing bells and beating other assorted instruments from the kitchen. We were destined to do what we did, not having ever been made to sing our National Anthem in unison

CORONA MUSINGS : Amid worries, lockdown has brought some cheers too

Coronavirus has put the world under quarantine. Never in our lives has such an event occurred that ordered millions, across the world, to stay at home. This situation is causing widespread anxiety, but on a brighter note, it is giving me joy having a family together.

Of vultures and tender souls !

They are vulnerable simply because they are girls ! That is the feeling Indian young women genuinely hold since they are surrounded by a society which invariably tries to put a lid on every misadventure its men folk commit. This is done in the name of saving the family honour. The blame is put on the situation rather than on the evil -doer who must be instantly booked for a listed crime.

The Doctor who Doctored India's History

During this pandemic outbreak of COVID-19, one faction of society which is doing its best to battle the virus and at great risk of their own lives, are the doctors. While reading Rana Safvi’s amazing book on Shahjahanabad I came across the story of a similar doctor William Hamilton who changed the history of the Indian subcontinent forever. We all know that Britishers ruled India for around 200 years

CORONA MUSINGS : Enough me-time to redefine myself

In hindsight, the lockdown has not come a day too soon for me personally. It has given me much of my active time to see myself and the meaningless and unproductive routine that I had allowed to imprison me. Now I have had enough time to see myself, where I have been heading, if heading at all in any direction.

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