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Thought by Rajesh Kulkarni (2018)

Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2018: Impressions

Published by Art Culture Festival

“Allepey, Hampi, Jaipur, Pushkar, Jodhpur, Udaipur, then Varanasi and Delhi – don’t worry, Mam, you’ll see a lot of different kinds of India alright, all the crazy people, art, food, everything. But, I will tell you now that after three days in the North you will miss and want to come back to Kochi, guaranteed!”. I laughed and asked him to tell me more, and then my ears perked up when he mentioned the Kochi-Muziris Biennale.


Illustration by Magdalene

How Strict Religious Upbringing Turns Women Into Perfect Liars

Published by Magdalene

From my experience, the dynamic with our parents growing up is as intense as the classes, study groups, and retreats combined, if not more. We may be adept at suppressing our true self in school and society in general, but dealing with parents is a whole other ball game. Parents are a 24-hour love machine with a faulty default mode, the latter thanks to a setting ruled by religion.