Issue 1

  • Social change through interactive storytelling: A South Asian imagining

    Social change through interactive storytelling: A South Asian imagining

    Salim Arif discusses the role of art, artists, art institutions, and cultural sensitivity vis-a-vis the belief system in our society. He points to the role of storytelling in Indian cinema and views filmmaking through a South Asian perspective.

  • Dastangoi

    Dastangoi

    Indian and Persian storytellers told classic tales of adventure and mysticism during the Mughal period. A group in New Delhi is reviving the art form by reciting Islamic and Hindu stories. Udit Yadav and Pratap Sen highlight this distinguished art form with its new Indianised themes.

  • Learning, Illumination and Citizenship

    Learning, Illumination and Citizenship

    Prayas Abhinav highlights the role of games in establishing social relations while being a gateway to new worlds that challenge existing value systems

  • Kreeda – Bringing Back the Magic of Traditional Games

    Kreeda – Bringing Back the Magic of Traditional Games

    Vinita Sidhartha highlights the relevance of Indian traditional games through her enterprise, Kreeda. Here she describes the research, creation, and revival of Indian traditional games by capturing the spirit of India and the atmosphere in which the games were played.

  • Luma World: Why analogue games may be the future of learning

    Luma World: Why analogue games may be the future of learning

    We stand at the cusp of a digital revolution where virtual and augmented reality could redefine the way we learn, live and play. It is being heralded as the next big thing by corporations, experts and futurists. They believe our virtual and real worlds may soon merge by harnessing the power of technology in what…

  • Democracy’s Handmaiden: Humour

    Democracy’s Handmaiden: Humour

    First published by The Times of India in July 2020, this article is from the book, Samaaj, Sarkaar, Bazaar – A Citizen-first Approach.

  • The Ocean Within Us

    The Ocean Within Us

    Mehru Jaffer highlights the cultural patterns in South Asia and its engagement with mythology in order to imagine the past and draw attention to problems of the present. Jaffer resorts to the ocean metaphorically as a source of consciousness and a vast, mysterious pool of wealth and wonder.

  • Baul, Folk, and Bangladesh: A Cultural Perspective

    Baul, Folk, and Bangladesh: A Cultural Perspective

    Bangladesh’s folk culture is enriched with folk tales, songs, plays, riddles, mantras and the like. Among all of these, the baul is very popular and renowned among music lovers. Rubayat Rahman Chowdhury’s essay showcases this glorious music culture and its history.

  • Exploring Habitat Futures: Cultivating a discourse through imagination and demonstration

    Exploring Habitat Futures: Cultivating a discourse through imagination and demonstration

    This article focuses on the importance of imagination in fostering engagement and dialogue around how our immediate environments could, would, or should evolve. Abhimanyu Singhal, through his work at Architecture for Dialogue, covers themes like speculative fiction and blue-sky visioning, and discusses the importance of prototypes and pilot projects.

  • The Ghost

    The Ghost

    This short story by Sehyr Mirza is about villagers on either side of the India- Pakistan border being haunted by fear of supernatural beings. Through the story, she explores themes such as pluralism and co-existence, connecting the countries and bridging the gap.

  • Grandmother’s Tale

    Grandmother’s Tale

    Ratna Raman highlights themes to do with co-existence, cultural practices and fauna, illustrated through the Neri Kuravasna, a forest community in Tamil Nadu. She emphasises the celebration of life in its various forms and empowerment of forest communities.

  • The Octopus

    The Octopus

    Set in a classroom in Islamabad, Rumana Husain weaves a fictional piece to emphasise the intricate relationship between the two countries – India and Pakistan – through the anatomy of the octopus.