Habitat World

Here’s what Archit Mehta, Journalist at Zee, had to say about the play staged at Stein Auditorium on 9th October:

The ceremonial request to turn off cell phones in the theatre is followed by a safety announcement, “in case of an emergency, please do not panic; the exits are on your…”. From that very moment, the theme of perceived danger sets in.

Barff, directed by Saurabh Shukla, is a story based in Kashmir. Saurabh also plays the role of a doctor in the play while Sadia Siddiqui and Sunil Palwal play a couple who need the doctor’s help.

It opens with the sounds of an approaching storm. As the storm approaches, snow-capped mountains are established. A blue spotlight and a white tent-like structure transport the audience to Kashmir and then it begins to rain or snow. The orange-ish sparks of light used to establish this is a wonderful touch!…

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Curious Case of Sanitary Napkins

About 58,500 million pieces of sanitary napkins are used per year in India. Out of them, only a fraction end up in an incinerator. Most of them, reach landfills or in water bodies.

Once upon a time, sanitary napkins were unaffordable. Today sanitary napkins are “affordable” and a symbol of women empowerment.

The symbol of women empowerment associated with sanitary napkins is manufactured by the capitalistic market. The market stakeholders want to maximize the dependency on sanitary napkins and thus you don’t have to take the sustainability reports of companies like Procter & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson, Unilever etc too seriously.


Art and Protest

 “Art is a medium to communicate with the sublime within and in others.”  – Saubiya Chasmawala


Art is a form of communication. An artist communicates if she is passionate about her ideas and preoccupation. The artist spends a great deal of time before she decides to communicate. An artist has to be inspired before they choose to communicate. Many times the artist is in a state of conflict and when they overcome this conflict they are able to create Art.

How do I know all this ? An intellectually stimulating affair in the city of banyan trees.