Compiled by Aradhna Wal
Thukral And Tagra On Art
Kohei Nawa is a contemporary sculptor from Japan. His work, Elk, is part of the PixCell series — animal sculptures covered in glass beads that distort light and proportions. It questions what we see and what we perceive. It is a fantastic mix of reality and illusion. The work appeals to both visual and tactual senses, at the same time. By using and manipulating the tactility of materials, it emphasises the ways in which we encounter objects in our daily environment. Nawa interrogates these encounters by the simple application of glass beads, and magnifies the reality to shift our perceptions.
Thukral & Tagra Are A Delhi-Based Artist Duo
Humra Quraishi On Books
Prisoner No 100 is Kashmir activist Anjum Zamarud Habib’s account of imprisonment in Delhi’s Tihar Jail. It bares the sheer humiliation and abuse she underwent being labelled Kashmiri Muslim. Her prose takes you over those high walls where we, the not-so-jailed, cannot enter, to see and sense what’s going on. Writing can be a healing process and relay the dark realities of those hell-holes.
Quraishi Is The Author Of Kashmir: The Untold Story
Pallavi Paul On Film
There are places we like for mysterious reasons. When someone blind to the beauty of the invisible asks us what exactly we like, we’re lost. The film Pina is a lot like this. The collaboration between dancer Pina Bausch and director Wim Wenders, began as a search for a language to preserve Bausch’s works. After working on the film for 20 years, she passed away. From a film with, it became a film for, Pina Bausch. A lyrical contemplation of death unfolding through intricate silences and mourning bodies. Bausch was not just an artist and Pinais not just a film.
Paul Is A Delhi-Based Independent Filmmaker
Gowri Jayakumar On Music
The Jass B’stards have mad improvs, onstage quirks and energy. I loved their Ska Vengers set at NH7, with Delhi Sultanate and Samara. It was superbly versatile. I can sit right through their show till the very end, just for the chance of catching a drink with them; they seem like fun people. I love their constant experimentation with other artists and art forms. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it seems a little off. But they’re not afraid to do new things. Which is cool.
Jayakumar Is A Bengaluru-Based Musician
Vikas Jaiswal On Food
I’ve been to Spaghetti Kitchen in Saket’s Select Citywalk Mall, Delhi, a few times. As the name suggests, the cuisine is Italian. The food is, in a word, awesome — the spaghetti, the penne, the pizzas. The pizzas, especially, are huge, making them value-for-money. I also recommend trying the fried mushroom dish. Go there to eat, not drink. The place’s interior decor leans more towards fine dining than casual, with a private dining section. The clientele is mainly families out for a day together at the mall. Sadly, though there is alcohol on the menu, the cocktails are quite average.
Jaiswal Is The Manager Of Chili’s Bar And Grill, New Delhi