Author

Raveena Joseph

HOW THE STARS ALIGNED FOR SAM
All I really want to do is create music. So why not spend my life in music?” asks Sam CS. A Tamil boy who grew up in Munnar and migrated to Chennai in search of work, Sam never dreamt that he would ever work in...
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IS THIS ONE A KEEPER?
On a slow Saturday evening, while sitting at home by myself, I craved for some excitement. A few years ago, seeking excitement inevitably involved movement and meeting other people. Not any more though. Not since I’ve been in a serious, committed and overtly monogamous relationship...
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AS AN ACTOR I AM READY: ARUN VIJAY
IT sure sounds like it’s difficult to convince actor Arun Vijay about a script. For him, choosing a script is no easy task. Just the narration takes a few hours, and then he follows it up with a whole load of questions. “It’s a huge...
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FROM THE FARM, FOR THE WOMAN
While growing up, Nivedita Shanmugham never realised the value of the traditional plants that grew copiously around her ancestral farm. There was vettiveru (vetiver) growing around the house and aloe vera plants made their way in through the thatched roof. “We never knew the value...
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POLITICALLY INCORRECT AND PROUD
Saadiya Ali is a burst of energy. This 26-year-old comedian has been making her presence felt in the comedy circuit since 2017, when she performed as a participant in TLC India’s Queens of Comedy. Her spontaneity helps her stand out, and she’s quick to look...
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A CHEF’S CHALLENGE
FOR decades, women have been fighting to make their way out of the kitchen. Social norms and patriarchal values interplay to seal the fate and limit the potential of many women there. Yet ironically, for women who want to cook professionally, getting into the kitchen...
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NO SILENCE FOR VIOLENCE
When Vesta Spivakovsky’s two-year-old daughter was kidnapped by her ex-husband, the child’s father, Vesta was left to deal with a crime that wasn’t recognised by the law in Russia. ‘Family kidnapping’ had no established legal recourse and in 2010, Vesta had no experience of dealing...
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NUTRITION THERAPY FOR GUILTY GIRLS
Apparently, actor Sathyaraj likes to cheat on his diet when his daughter Divya is not around. “I’m a bossy daughter and dad’s very scared of me, so he’ll listen to me. But the minute I leave the house, he’ll be happy to grab a burger,”...
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WHEN I LOST MYSELF WITHIN DANCE, I DIDN’T HAVE TO SEARCH FOR MYSELF ANYMORE: NARTHAKI NATRAJ
When Dr. Narthaki Nataraj talks about her lost love, loneliness and the one lasting friendship that has carried her through life, it’s in lyrical Tamil verse. Her words fall like honey drops, with the intensity of her emotions colouring her crystalline enunciations. Her narrative has...
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THE HUES AND BLUES OF LOVE
The other day, I got on Grindr. Yes, Grindr, not Tinder. No, I’m not a gay man. Yes, I know Grindr is for gay men. But, I really wanted to know what happens in a romantic space reserved for men and just as expected, I...
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