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Asha Prakash

I HOPE THAT EVENTUALLY CYBER-BULLYING BECOMES A JOKE AND THE BULLIES, JOKERS
She was known just as a promising young actress and model, until a tiny incident catapulted her to being the spokesperson against cyber-bullying as well, an icon of female power. It was around mid-July, when the COVID-19 situation was taking a turn for the worse...
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BACK TO MOTHER NATURE
As I talk to Eldo Pachilakkadan, he has just finished his lunch – half a jackfruit. But then, for Eldo, there is no such thing as lunch and dinner. When he is hungry, he plucks a few fruits from his garden and eats them, just...
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THEY’RE FUNNY AND THEY KNOW IT
Say stand-up comedian and immediately a youngish urban man might come to mind. Well, that is exactly the image Shefali Pandey and Preethi Das are out to break. Based out of Ahmedabad, Mahila Manch, the stand-up comedy group founded by the spunky duo, has been...
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MY COVERS ARE JUST INTERPRETATIONS
Malayalis are a very difficult lot to please; especially when it comes to covers and remixes of hit songs. Most singers don’t even make an attempt, fearing ridicule and criticism. But Mumbai based Malayali Sana Moidutty went ahead and made her own covers anyway, dancing...
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I WANT TO DO ALL KINDS OF ROLES
There is a scene in Geetu Mohandas’ Moothon, where the two lovers, Akbar and Ameer, are in a pond, in the moonlight, discovering their love for each other. One of them is speech and hearing impaired but they communicate effortlessly, in one of the most...
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AGREE TO DISAGREE OR DISAGREE TO AGREE?
It seems like any other day and you are grumbling about how bad the job situation is in your field with your best friend over coffee. She casually mentions how the current government is actually improving things and immediately, you see red. For the umpteenth...
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ART FOR THE DIVINE
At first glance, the Onavillu with its small but intricate figures on vermillion painted wood might appear a bit too colourful for a traditional Kerala artifact. True enough; the original design was created by artisans from Kancheepuram and Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu, brought here especially...
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IF YOU PRACTICE CASTE, YOU ARE NOT A CHRISTIAN
When news broke last year that Kevin Joseph, a 23-year-old dalit Christian youngster had been killed by the family of his newlywed wife Neenu, Malayalis didn’t initially suspect that it was a case of ‘honour killing’. They had associated the term mostly with villages in...
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WHO SHOULD KERALA BLAME?
THE 2018 floods which hit Kerala was termed the disaster of the century for the State. Something on that scale had occurred last in the year 1924. Of course, it won’t happen again in another 100 years, everyone thought. Until August 2019. While the worst...
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MEANT TO BE HEARD, NOT JUST SEEN
Film industries across the country have been controlled by men, who literally ‘own’ almost all the films being made; they make and break the rules and also decide who should do what and in what film. The only ‘role’ of the women, especially the female...
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