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Asha Prakash

YES, VEGAN DOES SELL IN GOD’S OWN COUNTRY
It was her love of yoga which initially drew New Zealander Bree Mcllroy to India, and Kochi just happened to be her first destination. She stayed in a homestay in Fort Kochi like any other tourist and moved on to different cities in India and...
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CITIZENS JOIN HANDS TO CLICK, DOCUMENT AND CONSERVE
While the sheer volume of scientific information shared everyday in the group would astound a layman, Manoj Karingamadathil, who originally founded the group, says there has always been a knowledgeable community of birders in Thrissur, and all over Kerala. “It’s just that they got an...
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‘I HOPE THE BIENNALE CAN FUNCTION AS A SPACE OF COMFORT AND CONSOLATION’
For the first time in its nearly 10-year-old history, the Biennale, which was to be on from December 2020, was postponed by a year owing to Covid restrictions. Coincidentally, the curator’s note mentions ‘‘optimism in the darkest absurdity’, though it was written before the pandemic...
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HORROR TALES OF THE INDIAN KITCHEN
Never in the history of Malayalam cinema has a small film caught the attention of an entire State, and beyond. And probably no other film has made many of its male viewers this uncomfortable. Jeo Baby’s The Great Indian Kitchen presents the obvious, but then...
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YOU WILL FIND BEAUTY EVERYWHERE IF YOU ONLY LOOK
Mahadevan had such an idea in mind for years, but it was only recently that he set out to look for such a candidate. And that was when he chanced upon 24-year-old Aazman, selling mobile pouches and balloons at the traffic signal at Edappally, Kochi....
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BREAKING NORMS, ON AND OFF-SCREEN
When Kani Kusruti was first offered the role of the lead character in Biriyani, she refused. “I was about to leave for a month-long project at Amsterdam, plus I was half-minded about the character. I felt a male gaze in the approach,” she says. So...
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TAKING ON TRADITION WITH A PEN
Re-writing tradition has never been a smooth sail, and history reveals that the re-writers have received more stones than bouquets. The case has been no different with singer-writer duo Sooraj Santhosh and Shruti Sharanyam (formerly known as Shruti Namboodiri) either, who decided to re-write the...
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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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