I am a Bombay-based freelance journalist interested in writing about music and culture.
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I am intrigued by stories at the intersection of culture, current affairs and social commentary. With a decade of association with India's independent music industry, I have covered the scene and contributed extensively to communications (PR) efforts in the same.
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A very useful gifting guide: How to shop on Instagram
Editor’s note: Gifting is tricky business—and creates great anxiety (See: This excellent The Atlantic essay). Insta seems like a great place to find something unique and thoughtful—handcrafted, bespoke items that show we care. But we all worry about being gypped. Advisory editor Arunima Joshua has a guide to help you navigate the perilous shoals of the ‘gram.
Instagrammable goodies. We’ve all seen them. Perfect pictures of baubles and cute
Sandunes’ earth songs in ‘The Ground Beneath Her Feet’
The songwriter from Mumbai considered doing something el
Four Indie Music Artists Setting The Stage On Fire Right Now!
Folk to film: Bollywood remakes traditional ballads
Bollywood has often retold folk and oral traditions glistening them alive to the silverscreen. This is also true for the musical traditions of the largest film industry in the world. We introduce you to the
We recommend: Indie music from the Valley
Editor’s Note: Here’s a wonderful crash course in contemporary independent music from Kashmir. Hip-hop, sufi and rock artists are recreating poetry and folk sounds—but with a message and often uncomfortable for the rest of the nation.
Indie experimentation in the subcontinent is peaking across genres. And it’s no different in Kashmir where indie artists are seriously kicking ass. The mood in the Valley is more hip-hop—marked by a resurgence of sufi-fol
Beer drinker’s guide to Pune
It’s no secret that craft breweries and artisanal beer are having their ‘hoppiest’ moment in the country. Beer drinkers are spoilt for choice—whether you’re in the mood for coconut cream al
An excellent playlist of drummer beats
As a storyteller and performer, Aarifah Rebello may strum a trusty acoustic guitar or experiment with a live-looper,
On Midnights, a sexier, sparkier Taylor Swift
Also read: Pena artist, Mangka, sings of the past and future
Midnights autobiographically chronicles 13 sleepless nights scattered throughout Swift’s life. There are frequent recalls to her earl
Laws of the Land
Four things to check out at EyeMyth Festival 2019
One of the most interesting facets of multi-disciplinary and cultural festivals in this metropolis is venue hopping. EyeMyth takes place at four of the most diverse venues in the culture-incubating infrastructure
The synergy can mainly be attributed to the fact that the duo, Fatema and Hannan (Hakim), also happen to be siblings. With about a six-ye
UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL
House and techno-music producer, anish sood, will play a one-of-a-kind show in the city
Goa-based Anish Sood is only 27. This is also probably why he’s completely at ease taking a risk by playing a set which is “not crowd friendly” in his own words. “What I do is I turn all the lights off so it becomes pitch black and we have just one strobe light which kind of creates a very epileptic kind of dark room vibe,” says Sood, describing the experience that he has in sto
Delhi Indie Night Opens Up To Local Bands
Experimental Marathi poetry show Irshaad, helmed by two veteran city-based poets, is making waves globally and returns home tonight
The word “irshaad”, literally translates to a command or an order given to someone. In poetry, however, the word is used as an encouragement by the audience for the performer to commence his couplet or verse. City-based poets Sandeep Khare and Vaibhav Joshi write and perform largely in Marathi.
Barely eight months old, Irshaad ha
Did These Books Predict The Coronavirus Outbreak? | BOOM
Users are sharing images from the books, one of them written in 1981, on Facebook, WhatsApp And Twitter highlighting excerpts from the books that speak about a similar outbreak.
While the internet has lately been flooded with varied misinformation and misleading claims around the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the connection
Lost Stories Drop Remix For Alan Walker's "Alone" And It's Banging!
The producers are also going to give the remix away as a free download after it crosses 200 K views on Facebook, the only place
Multitasking musicians - The Sunday Guardian
Bat Infestation Video From Florida Falsely Shared As Coronavirus Source Found | BOOM
The video dates back to July 2011 and shows workers with gloved hands removing the tiling of an old roof to reveal hundreds of bats flying from under every tile panel.
As the contractors continue to move from panel to panel to reveal a heavy bat infestation, cinematic music accompanies the visuals, masking any dialogue
No, Video Does Not Show Street Vendors Evicted Before Trump's Gujarat Visit
The video follows an excavator demolishing fruit and carts as officials oversee the whole process. Many carts are then wheeled towards the excavator which goes on to crush them turn by turn.
The video is being shared with the caption, "Don't the poor have a right to live in this country un
REVIEW: The Heady Affair That Was The Pune Debut of Tapped Festival!
For its third edition, Tapped – the craft beer and food festival from Bombay– moved to its neighbour city, and Puneites had high hops to indulge in what had been brewing. The one day extravaganza boasted artisanal beer from over eight breweries across Mumbai and Pune, ten food stalls curated by Little Food Co. apart from a drinking games arena and multiple musical acts.
With some of Mumbai’s finest (Brewbot and Gatew
Yogi Who Went Into Meditative State 300 Years Ago Found Alive? A FactCheck | BOOM
The graphic video shows a man in a haggard state covered with mud, blood and several sores oozing with fluid, laying in a hospital bed. The age or ethnicity of the man is barely identifiable from the video, however when asked his name in aa foreign language his
Kumail Launches New EP From You To Blue!
After two well-received EPs and 2016’s full length debut Links, Kumail Hamid, has released his third EP From You To Blue on indie label Knowmad Records. While the live EP Launch takes place on the 24th of March at antiSOCIAL, Khar, Mumbai, the EP releases across online platforms today! One of the Indian indie music scene’s favourite beat makers, Kumail, will be performing with a live band, which involve
Naezy Becomes First Artist To Release New Single Through Saavn's 'Artist Originals' Program
The underground hip-hop scene is kicking off with a bang in 2017, with both Mumbai rappers, Divine and Naezy, dropping singles in the last couple of weeks, apart from new music from other Indian rappers and hip hop crews such as Swadesi and MC Mawali. “Azaad Hu Mai” sees Naezy address those who dare to challe