“Everyday Monuments” Focuses the Lens on Punjab’s Rooftop Sculptures

January 2, 2024

A typical rural Punjabi house photographed by Rajesh Vora in his new coffee table book Everyday Monuments might have thick marble walls, a red tiled roof, curved windows, a clothesline or a satellite dish, and a massive, handmade sculpture affixed to its water tank. The rooftops of Punjab are a canvas for NRI wealth and … Read More

One Piece by Randhir Singh, Sector 5 Saket

November 4, 2021

Randhir Singh’s photograph Sector 5 Saket captures a ubiquitous scene in South Asia: the neighborhood cricket match. A stack of bricks stand in for wickets, field boundaries are demarcated by random objects, and the players’ attire is a mismatched cacophony of color. However, the protagonist of Singh’s photograph is one of the match’s onlookers: the … Read More

Nudes for a Cause

December 4, 2020

The idea of “nude” is a vulnerable thing. The color is contentious – nude-colored for one is not necessarily nude for another and the default in fashion remains a pink, beige-like color. When I was a child taking movement classes, my ballet shoes were light pink to match skin I didn’t have. Then there’s the … Read More

Mango Diplomacy

December 3, 2020

I received a Whatsapp message from my mom in May – about two months after our part of the world had gone into a lockdown. “Doesn’t look like there will be any mangoes this year,” she wrote. I could hear her disappointment on the other end, an energetic knowledge of loss extending beyond the screen … Read More

Photographer Harshy is Breaking Through

October 23, 2019

Harshvardhan Shah simply goes by Harshy. An artist and photographer from India, he presents himself with style and grace. Kajal sat down with Harshy at a coffee shop in SoHo, New York City, where he is now based. He walked in dressed in all black but his aura immediately softened the space. Most of Harshy’s … Read More

The Faces of Kanwar Yatra

June 27, 2019

The steady drizzle and wet clothes did not stop the march of saffron and black-clad men on State Highway 12 in Shamli, Uttar Pradesh. Many wore flimsy chappals while others walked barefoot. In an effort to stay dry, they covered themselves with tarps made from upcycled Cliff Bars and Spearmint wrappers. This is the Kanwar … Read More

Sabreen Jafry’s “Ghalat Fehmi” Turns a Diasporic Lens on Punjab

November 20, 2018

New York-based photographer Sabreen Jafry didn’t intend to do a series on Pakistan. She went into her trip with the idea of capturing as much as she could. She, like most Pakistanis, hates the American image of the country. She figured she could challenge it. Represent it as she saw it and, in the process, … Read More

Spiritual Travel in a Modern World

October 24, 2018

Sayali Goyal is the editor of the travel zine Cocoa and Jasmine. In their recent Himalayan Issue, the team collected their observations after traveling through the Himalayas for a month. Below is a sample from the issue.  Saffron, or  “Kesariya” in Hindi, the golden orange color holds a special place in Hinduism and can be seen … Read More

This Photography Exhibit Depicts War in Familiar Landscapes

March 21, 2018

Before entering Edmund Clark’s exhibition, The Day the Music Died, you hear Don McLean’s “American Pie” playing from the bottom of the stairs. Descend into the basement and turn left. There’s a plainly printed list of twenty-four tracks ranging from “Can You Tell Me How to Get to Sesame Street” to “Enter Sandman” by Metallica. … Read More

Swap Your History Book for the Tenderly Curated Bengali Arts Tableaux

January 11, 2018

Burrow in the art and spirit of teleological research. Bengali Arts Tableaux is a set of stories, photographs, artwork, and ethnography constellating the rich, expansive, and under-represented Bengali art-world and history therein, as in South Asian culture there is no difference between these concepts. Mahdi Chowdhury produced and authored the 62-page collection to provide a … Read More

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