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DEEPANJANA PAL
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DEEPANJANA PAL

Deepanjana Pal is books editor at DNA

Art and viewer are incomplete without one another
3rd Nov 2012
Art and viewer are incomplete without one another

Indulge me as I get a bit nostalgic because, dear reader, I'm vacating this spot. Technically, I shouldn't get sniffly about this being my last column because now there'll be more time to work on the

Dallying with the domestic, humanising the help
20th Oct 2012
Dallying with the domestic, humanising the help

It's not everyday that an extra from a Nagarjuna film has a solo exhibition in a posh, south Mumbai art gallery, but Nicola Durvasula is one such artist. Durvasula is a rare bird. Not because of her c

Echoes of Dodiya’s conceptual style resonate in vivid hues
6th Oct 2012
Echoes of Dodiya’s conceptual style resonate in vivid hues

In Anju Dodiya's new show, Room for Erasures, there's a painting titled Pink Scream. In it, you see a woman, seated and wearing a pink robe. She's holding a paintbrush in one hand and the expression o

Two avatars come to ground — and tell very different stories
23rd Sep 2012
Two avatars come to ground — and tell very different stories

Ashwin Sanghi's new book, The Krishna Key, is basically a desi version of The Da Vinci Code. It begins with a murder, revolves around an ancient artefact that must be pieced togeth

Rx contemporary indie tunes to keep mid-life crisis at bay
9th Sep 2012
Rx contemporary indie tunes to keep mid-life crisis at bay

The other day, I got an email from a friend suggesting I come to a gig by a post-punk electro-pop act called Sky Rabbit. Almost nothing in that sentence made sense to me even though I know the meaning

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The Language of High Art
1st Apr 2012
The Language of High Art

It's the newest innovation in the world of art, and everyone who has ever entered an art gallery is chattering about it. The QR code, so far seen only in mysterious and largely-incomprehensible advert

Language must move with social mores
11th Mar 2012
Language must move with social mores

The National Commission for Women was set up in 1992 by the Government of India to tackle gender discrimination in the country. Who would ever have imagined that the NCW, with its mandate to advise th

A city carefully etched, a life closely drawn
4th Mar 2012
A city carefully etched,  a life closely drawn

To overwinter is to wait out the worst of winter. Generally, animals overwinter by either migrating or hibernating. In Ratika Kapur's debut novel, the protagonist Ketaki faces a winter of not just dis

Powerful, moving rendition of a life less ordinary
18th Dec 2011
Powerful, moving rendition of a life less ordinary

In Judaism, Christianity and Islam, spending three days in a dark, confined space is a rite of passage for many great men. Jonah spent that time in the belly of a whale and emerged as a prophet. Jesus

An inside view of publishing that doesn’t quite excite
23rd Oct 2011
An inside view of publishing that doesn’t quite excite

He lives in London and meets people at posh restaurants. He drinks, jet-sets to places as diverse as Thimphu and New York. He sleeps around, breaks hearts, seals deals. He is entrusted with secrets an

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