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gaddi shivratri

Exploring the Gaddi Festivals of Chamba

As a farmer orientation meeting is called off due to a rainy evening in September, Lovnish Thakur, a development entrepreneur spends an evening savouring the fresh taste of babrus in Bhanjraru, only to realize he...

A still from the Geetu Mohandas-directed Liar's Dice

Alternate Cinema from India that left a mark in 2014

2012 and 2013 were definitely break-through years for alternate cinema in India. Despite the success of the 100 crore brigade from mainstream Bollywood, new age filmmakers left their imprints on an evolving and hungry audience. From Ship...

unhygienic street food in India

Why is India Eating Unhealthy Food?

On the 16th of July 2013, 48 students in Bihar fell ill after eating a mid-day meal. Hours later, 23 of them lay dead in an appalling example of the dangers posed by unhealthy...