Anatomy of Life
By Devdan Chaudhuri:
Calcutta boy Devdan Chaudhuri recently came out with his debut novel, Anatomy of Life. Nominated for the Tibor Jones South Asia Prize in 2013, Devdan took close to ten years to write his debut literary piece. His romance with the written word first began while he was pursuing his Masters. He lost the inspiration to become an economist and returned to Kolkata to work on his writings. We connected with the author to know a little more about his book.
What was the inspiration behind your debut novel, Anatomy of Life?
The inspiration behind it was that I
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There is an overpowering sincerity in Luke Sital-Singh's voice. Beautifully tempered, his tracks have a remarkably soothing and intimate quality to them. But there is also a strange sense of melancholy that plays hide-and-seek through the tracks. With impassioned lyrics which would resonate with anyone who pays attention, Luke's songs have the ability to create worlds far away from the one we live in.
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Music has for many years been a symbol of peace, ever since the days at Woodstock. Peace is one thing music still stands for and represents. Songhoy Blues is one such band that emerged from the distress in their hometown, Mali in Africa. The members of the band moved to a city called Bamako to start their lives afresh and make music. They got recognition in the local club scene and also landed shows in UK earlier this year. They’ve now come to India to play at the NH7 Weekender (Pune and Delhi) to spread peace through their music. Here
A cross media storytelling project:
Storytelling has always been a fascinating process. We’ve always fancied the way stories are created, told and used to make sense of the universe. So when Stephen Fry gives you an opportunity to pick up one of his books and retell his stories in your own original voice, giving it your own original twist, you don’t brush it aside as bluff.
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Studio Wood Collective
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In Token & Charms:
Singer-Songwriter Prateek Kuhad is all set to mark the start of brand new 2015 with his first ever full length album launch titled, In Token & Charms. Prateek, who began his career in New York a few years ago, has also been playing a few shows around the country including having played at The Gig Week last week. Here is an interview with the musician about his new and upcoming album.
You returned from New York University not very long ago, and in a few months your name was on the line up for many big music
In Focus: Kanu Behl
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The Unbox Festival
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Sweeping across various disciplines, including art, design, innovation and science, The Unbox Festival is a fun, creative playground featuring eclectic mini-events where conversations and ideas brew. Last year saw an amalgamation of food labs, workshops as eccentric as ‘How to
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Contextualize yourself in one line?
A writer trying to make a whole of his past, and the past of his place.
First memory of writing and what was it on?
A story based on four sisters of mixed marriage who hung themselves in a small town in Madhya Pradesh. It came out of something I read in the New York Times. I was nineteen, and at Amherst.
An event from the past that has most influenced you?
The 1947 partition of India.
First realization of the 21st century?
Three things people will be surprised to know about Aatish Taseer?
1) I’m a nervous traveller.
2) I used to be—for my love of dharmic films—known as the ‘bhakt’ in Green Park Market.
3) I once went skinny dipping in the pool of Buckingham Palace.