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The Castaways

Rover in the driftless area of the outcastes. Writing is a way of deleting.

LIFE

 |  The Castaways  |   7-minute read

Dressing up your male bias: My open letter to Sabyasachi Mukherjee for the sake of all women

Designer uses Miss Havisham, Charles Dickens' 'Great Expectations' character, to say women who are overdressed and 'caked with makeup' are 'wounded' and 'bleeding inside'. That's bosh.

POLITICS

 |  The Castaways  |   12-minute read

The dead bitterness of litchis: Encephalitis, 'expiries' and my memories of a hospital ward

Five years later, the story remains the same in Muzaffarpur: the song of beeping monitors, the unblinking eyes of children and their frothing mouths.

LIFE

 |  The Castaways  |   7-minute read

From eating joothan to foraging for morsels: 'My ironic cookbooks remind us how food is caught tightly in the web of caste'

Artist Rajyashri Goody talks about the politics of access and privilege surrounding food, in her cookbooks that are inspired by food mentioned in autobiographies by Dalit writers.

LIFE

 |  The Castaways  |   4-minute read

Goodbye, Queen Harish: The famed drag performer was truly Queen of the scene

The stunning Rajasthani folk artist died in a road accident near Jodhpur in Rajasthan. His is an extraordinary story, danced to the filmi rhythms of Bollywood and the unrelenting sounds of reality.

ART & CULTURE

 |  The Castaways  |   4-minute read

Wherein lies continue: An antidote to emptiness via canvases full of memories

Sunil Padwal exhibited his solo work last month prior to the Art Fair. For him, objects, from an old radio to clothes hangers, evoke fleeting memories, emotions and worlds we once inhabited.

ART & CULTURE

 |  The Castaways  |   7-minute read

Amol Palekar Interrupted: Why this should be a moment for the art world to introspect, rather than play blame games

Everyone's busy blaming the curator of the NGMa for having interrupted Amol Palekar mid-speech. But here's why the curator did it. And also, here's what the art community should in fact be doing.

ART & CULTURE

 |  The Castaways  |   8-minute read

An old woman who sings of hope, and lives like a free bird

An encounter with an abandoned old woman who has found peace in herself and in a building full of outcastes.

ART & CULTURE

 |  The Castaways  |   5-minute read

ART & CULTURE

 |  The Castaways  |   9-minute read

Indian Art Fair: To the moon and back

From a cabinet of intimate memories to two moons and a lot of clouds in a photo booth, the works that deserve a look at the India Art Fair.

ART & CULTURE

 |  The Castaways  |   12-minute read

Kashmir: A paradise lost to violence and bloodshed

Kashmir has faced unspeakable crimes, and it would be a sin to forget them. The Srinagar Biennale pavilion in the Kochi Festival does the opposite. It remembers, laments and somehow, celebrates.