Sunday Long Reads: The Effect of the Pandemic on Our Social Skills, Madhuri Dixit’s Interview, Gender Fluid Sculptures That Are Making a Global Wave, and More

Tanveer Inamdar, CEO of VertexXInc, a Pune-based social enterprise start-up, can sum up a business pitch in 30-40 seconds, his emails include one or two lines, cats have become one of two emojis and important instructions are in short voice -messages. “When my team comes up with a good design or plan, I send them a star emoji. It means ‘good’, ‘go for it’, ‘that’s my green signal’ and all things good,” says- he.


“If you take yourself too seriously, it’s dangerous”: Madhuri Dixit

Madhuri Dixit in an image from The Fame Game. (Picture: Netflix)

There is a moment in the recently released webcast The fame game, when veteran superstar Anamika Anand feels uneasy as future star Jaslyn calls her “an inspiration” and seeks her blessing. Poking fun at the paraphernalia that surrounds a celebrity today, Anamika tells Jaslyn that with an army of PR, trainers and stylists on the job, an actor today “doesn’t need talent. “, let alone his blessing, to succeed. However, they create a perfect paparazzi photo op with Anamika’s hand placed on Jaslyn’s head.


Why a Sri Lankan-Australian artist’s fluid polychrome sculptures are making waves around the world

Ramesh Mario Nithiyendan Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran (Courtesy of Jessica Maurer)

Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran’s sculptures are as colorful as the world’s deadliest mushrooms. They smile like Cheshire cats. Embellished with a profusion of spikes, limbs, penises, lips, breasts and heads. Everything about them is synonymous with danger. But, instead of pulling away from these savage mutants, we are drawn to them. It doesn’t matter if we like them or not. They shoot at something primitive and instinctive, winning our curiosity and teasing our desperation to understand.


Hold on and let go in Stay Awake

Stay-Awake-Film-Still-5-Photo-by-Alejandro-Mejia-©-Stay-Awake-LLC An image from the film Stay Awake. (Source: Alejandro Mejia)

Most films that deal with bare-knuckle addiction of all kinds – alcohol, drugs, porn – see the world from the perspective of addicts. Of course, their story is paramount, what is usually missing is the story of their loved ones. Very often drug addicts are oblivious to the needs and desires of others. Caregivers bear the brunt of this, having to constantly change and adapt, to the point that they feel out of control and overwhelmed.


How I became addicted to nature

Ranjit-lal-eye Fear has struck brand new leaves. (Source: Ranjit Lal)

It’s a question I’m asked quite often: “How did you become interested in nature? Usually followed by “how can I be interested in nature and help save the environment?” Those who ask, thankfully, are usually school kids and those just heading into the heady days at college.