Thought Factory

Timeless: Mumbai’s Banganga Tank

A photo-essay by Vatsal Shah on the old-world ambience and the resilience of Banganga, where the ashes of Rishi Kapoor were immersed. On April 30, in the midst of the strictu...

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A Journalist and two Gentlemen: Farooq Shaikh and Parvez Dewan

In the backdrop of actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s suicide, Humra Quraishi is reminded of what two gentlemen, Farooq Shaikh and Parvez Dewan had once told her. One of them...

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Save Crawford Market

Khalid Mohamed pleads for the restoration of the past glory of the centuries-old market, a part of which was gutted in a fire this month. To think of Mumbai without Crawford ...

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Don’t cry for Sushant!

Vinta Nanda discusses why in the creative universe, we should feel sorry for ourselves and not for those who have left us.  You’re disturbed, because Sushant ...

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If I were a migrant worker

Vinta Nanda, inspired by a conversation with her friend K’ab, wonders how it would be if we were to be swapped with migrant workers? Images of migrant workers and daily...

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Exhausted: Face Masked & Barefoot

As the lockdown restrictions are being relaxed gradually in the country, scores of migrant laborers who have lost their jobs have attempted to go home. Some were successful in...

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Pupils of a lesser God

Zuhaib, a student of mass communication at Jamia Millia Islamia University says that because of the lockdown all his classes are now online. His teachers were screen sharing p...

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The Exodus

As desperation and frustration increases amongst workers trapped in the city with no work and no money, they attempt to escape in whichever way was possible. Most walking, som...

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Mumbai: A City Smarting

“Thousands of migrant workers walked along the Eastern Express Highway in the hope of reaching back to their villages. They were stopped at police checkpoints and asked ...

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Homeward bound…

Photojournalist SL Shanth Kumar was at Bhiwandi station on the outskirts of Mumbai to see off the first train leaving Maharashtra. Here is a photo-essay with text edited by Sa...

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Vanishing Act II: Bollywood actresses who disappeared

Film historian, Dhruv Somani, pens a sequel to his study on the actresses who retreated ...

July 5 2020

When words are just not enough….

I write this with a heavy heart, says Rujuta Vaidya as she remembers her time-spent lear...

July 5 2020