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The migration out of Patna
Home can be the place you want to leave

Home can be the place you want to leave

Malini Nair | July 20, 2013
Amitava Kumar attempts to capture the essence of Patna in a short biography, quite unattractively titled 'A Matter of Rats'.
FESTIVE TREATS
Feast outsourced

Feast outsourced

Priya Menon, Mithila Phadke and Malini Nair | June 15, 2013
Who has the time to conjure up five-course feasts for festivals these days? From Onam and Eid to Navroze and Navratras, the traditional spread is…
POSTERITY ISSUE
The sisterhood on stage

The sisterhood on stage

Malini Nair | June 8, 2013
They were in danger of being molested, had no proper bathrooms, and were denied a full training. And yet women actors in Kerala persisted and fought…
CLAY PLAY
Pot on, VV

Pot on, VV

Malini Nair | June 1, 2013
TH Vikku Vinayakram, 71, took the humble pot drum to the global stage, firmed up its place on the classical stage, and broke the gender barrier in…
Culture
Shorter, but still sublime

Shorter, but still sublime

Malini Nair | May 4, 2013
In old days, Ravana took 20 mins to survey Kailash. That won't work today.
Culture
The Kakatiya connoisseurs

The Kakatiya connoisseurs

Malini Nair | April 20, 2013
Kakatiya dynasty patronised some brilliant minds in arts.
CREATIVE GAMBLE
Ghore, after years of baire

Ghore, after years of baire

Malini Nair | April 13, 2013
Sitartist Nishat Khan is composing a live background score for the screening of the silent gem 'A Throw of Dice'.
Whiplash of humour
Bitchy ballads

Bitchy ballads

Malini Nair | April 13, 2013
Many folks songs of UP, Rajasthan, Bihar and Punjab also have powerful lyrics that help women vent their angst against the saas, sasur, devar,…
THE NEW F WORD
Jhola and a joke

Jhola and a joke

Malini Nair | April 13, 2013
Could fun feminism - some humour, self deprecation, and healthy doses of mockery - be the way out?
Culture
Bollywood is my gharana

Bollywood is my gharana

Malini Nair | April 6, 2013
Biopics on classical musicians and dancers have been the preserve of art house filmmakers.
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