Category archives: Artist

Nek Chand: Indian artist behind Chandigarh garden dead

Indian artist Nek Chand who created a famous garden of sculptures in the northern city of Chandigarh has died, aged 90. Mr Chand died in a hospital in Chandigarh after suffering a heart attack on Friday, his son Anuj Saini told AFP news agency. He used rubble from the city’s construction to create sculptures at the 20-acre Chandigarh Rock Garden. Mr Chand had no formal education and worked as a […]

8 Reasons Rabindranath Tagore Was An Intellectual Rockstar

  Rabindranath Tagore was born on May 7, 1861. A renowned scholar, poet, writer, playwright and novelist, Tagore’s contributions to Indian culture are endless. He’s one of those artists who introduced the best of Indian culture to the west. On his 155th birth anniversary, here are 8 reasons why the legend that is Rabindranath Tagore must be remembered always. 1. He was the first non-European to receive a Nobel Prize […]

Photographer barely escapes attacking lion after taking this stunning picture

In an incredibly thoughtless act, Saeed left the confines of his car to take a picture of the lion, and he sat on the ground with the car door left open, only a “jump away from the lion.” However, the camera shutter alerted the lion to his presence and he went from the hunter to the hunted. “The feel of the aggressive, approaching lion from the camera is something that […]


Is Deepika Padukone's Video Empowering?

A video featuring actor Deepika Padukone has gone viral, accruing two million views in the two days since it was posted online by fashion magazine Vogue. The video, titled My Choice and directed by Homi Adajania of Cocktail and Finding Fanny fame, uses Ms Padukone, 29, as a brand ambassador for women’s empowerment. The black-and-white video, which lasts a little over two minutes, features the actress calling for a change […]

The lady with the funny bone

“When I started off there weren’t too many women who did what I was doing” “The female comedians that I knew of — in television, films and drama — were mostly happy playing second fiddle to male comedians. “They did not have a voice of their own… “In most popular shows, there were men who dressed up like women which was both funny and depressing — I thought we (women) […]

12 Books By Indian Authors You Need To Read Now

  Books by Indian authors are an entirely different ball game, so it wasn’t easy to pick only 12 masterpieces. But here’s a list we think you shouldn’t miss. 1. The Inscrutable Americans by Anurag Mathur If you want to laugh out loud then this is the book for you. The cultural reference to an Indian boy’s upbringing is bang on. The letters written by Gopal, the protagonist are hilarious. […]

Salman Rushdie To Return With His First New Novel In 7 Years

British author Salman Rushdie’s first novel in seven years will be released in September, his publishers said. The title, “Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights”, is a reference to the collection of folk tales known as the Arabian Nights. It “blends history, mythology and a timeless love story to bring alive a world that has been plunged into an age of unreason,” publishers Jonathan Cape said in a statement. […]

Obituary: RK Laxman immortalised passive, hapless common man

Capturing the entire gamut of idiosyncrasies of Indian politicians in an innocuous newspaper box with his cartoons, RK Laxman immortalised the passive, hapless common man with an uncanny perception and sarcasm in a daily commentary on his life that brought smiles to millions. Every morning for over five decades, his fans waited for the Common Man who, with his signature checked jacket, dhoti, Gandhi-glasses and twin tufts of gravity-defying hair, […]

Tamil filmmaker K Balachander: The man who introduced us to Kamal Haasan, Rajinikanth

Legendary Tamil movie and theatre director, screen writer and producer K Balachander passed away on Tuesday. He was 84.  Everyone from Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan to Mani Ratnam and Khushbu had paid him a visit at the hospital. At 84, “KB sir”, as he is fondly called by one and all in the industry, has seen Tamil cinema evolve and is a guru and mentor to many people across many […]

Walking with the animals: Body artist transforms her models into beasts from zebra to seahorse in mind-bending optical tricks

Emma Fay, 27, from Leicester, began performing her elaborate trick after running a hair and beauty salon She spends up to six hours working up each creation with water-based paint and two very patient contortionists The art painted on the women’s white leotards include a zebra, mandrill, seahorse, giraffe, dragonfly and spider There’s a graceful giraffe, a brightly coloured dragonfly and a spider that’s far from itsy bitsy. At first […]