THAT DAY AFTER EVERYDAY: ANURAG KASHYAP
Most woman who have been to India will immediately connect with the subject of this poignant short film, directed by Anurag Kashyap. The feeling of unease and anxiety every time I have stepped out without male company is one that is becoming all too frighteningly common.
That Day After Every Day deals with eve teasing, an extremely relevant and sensitive social cause that has been disturbing all of us for quite some time now.
The film revolves around three women who overcome their helplessness in a situation where eve teasing had become a daily routine in their life and when no one was willing to help them from within the society.
First of all, I don’t know why the phrase ‘eve teasing’ is even a phrase that is used. It’s a euphemism for sexual harassment. Note: we don’t need EUPHEMISMS for sexual harassment. To use them is to belittle and undermine the scale of violence. Don’t use it. Ever.
Rant aside, I do genuinely think this is a powerful film. We journey with three women who ultimately learn to protect themselves, and give the thugs exactly what they deserve! Also love the tiny role reversal at the end ;) a nice little touch!
Watch. And let us know your thoughts.
- A x
What do you guys think about the phrase ‘eve-teasing’? Is it harmless, or does it suggest a certain mentality when it comes to discussing harassment?
GAURI DIWAKAR - KATHAK DANCER
Delhi-based Gauri Diwakar is a rising modern exponent of Kathak dance. Read more about her in a recent article here.
CLOSE DISTANCE by JANNATUL MAWA
I first saw photographer Jannatul Mawa’s series floating around tumblr a few weeks back, and was instantly drawn at the sharp contrast of ‘upper class’ women and their maids. From even as simple a detail as posture, it can seem that both women in each image belong to completely different worlds.
Yet they are both inevitably bound together by the gender stereotype that considers the ‘home’ as strictly, a woman’s realm.
I love the capture of social diversity in each image that can open up an extensive dialogue about women, stereotypes, classism, domesticity… the list goes on!
You can view the full series over on Mawa’s blog here.
- A x
What do you guys think? Do you see this work as just a statement about social class, or can we extend it to include such diverse (yet related!) topics?
DOME OF THE ROCK (مسجد قبة الصخرة), JERUSALEM
ANJLI VYAS - 60 SECOND HAIRDO’S
I love these unique hairstyles by Vogue India social media manager Anjli Vyas. With a bit of experimenting, creativity and practice I think I’ll try to create some similar styles with long hair… although that might take a bit longer than 60 seconds!
Check out the full tutorials at Vogue India.
NOR BLACK NOR WHITE - NORTH EAST SERIES
I love NOR BLACK NOR WHITE and their designs that focus on authentic and traditional Indian textiles. They’ve brought more quirky and unique designs based on experiences and adventures with their new North East series.
"Made from a mashup of weaves from North Eastern India, this series features indigenous textiles from Assam and Shillong. Inspired by adventures through misty tea gardens, old Assamese homes and frenzied Durga Puja celebrations."
Check out more and keep up to date on their Facebook page. We can’t wait for the online store that will be opening tomorrow (3rd December) too!
Hey Girls - My name is Sunny and I work with a south-Asian artist named Kaly from the United States. We came across your tumblr a little while back and I thought that it would be nice to reach out and let you guys know we appreciate what you're doing. Kaly and I make it a point to reach out to any and all south-Asian people who follow their dreams and refuse to be molded into something they're not by our oft-times restricted culture. We think you guys fit that bill. I'd love to chat w yall!
Hey Sunny and Kaly, it’s great to hear from you!
Yes it’s true - although we love our culture, the views in it can be restrictive. We try and connect with and inspire other people to break out of the mould too, it’s so awesome to have your support on that :)
We’d love to chat with you guys too so do drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org where we can carry on the conversation! x
Tania Chatterjee aka. Drishti Photography continues to mesmerise us with her detailed close-up photography. She’s recently set up a Tumblr so be sure to check out her work at drishti-photography.tumblr.com
KISMET JEWELL NAKAI - PHOTOGRAPHER
I fell in love when I came across the radiant photography of Kismet Jewell Nakai. I first found her work on ‘The Unreal Bride' an awesome blog portal for 'atypical' Indian wedding inspiration. Shot with VSCO film, many of her photographs are airy, nostalgic and all use light beautifully.
Check out her website and Facebook for more visual delights!
RUDRA - EMOTIVE FLIGHT
Last weekend I had the wonderful opportunity of catching 'Rudra - Emotive Flight' at York Minster in Yorkshire. With choreography by contemporary kathak choreographer Sonia Sabri and musical composition by Shri Sriram (from Badmarsh & Shri), it was an audio-visual treat!
Read my full review here and follow Manasamitra to keep up to date about the Spring 2014 tour that could come to venues near you.
Photos by Brian Slater courtesy of Manasamitra.
I love this promo video for brand new apparel company straight out of Canada ‘Committee Members’. It gives a short but definite glimpse into the brand ethic of local community workers and Punjabi heritage.
Check out the current catalog on their website and follow them on Twitter and Instagram to keep an eye out for more.
Hi I am so happy to have found this! I am a brown girl from London - who comes from mixed west indian (descended from Indentured workers) and british background. I am constantly trying to reconstruct and reform my links with my cultural heritage and am inspired by your blog. Recently i've been working on a project that explores the indian diaspora through portraiture - i'd love to share but it wont allow me to type links. I look forward to hearing from you x x
Hi! Thanks so much for your message, so happy to know that you’re inspired! We’d love to see your portraiture work so please do send think link through to email@example.com x
THE BODY NARRATIVES: A DIFFERENT MIRROR
The female body has been defined, translated and documented for centuries by a gaze other than our own. As we delve into different cultural and religious layers of our identity, the issue of ‘body ownership’ becomes more complex, and its easy to feel that as women of colour, we are losing the power and voice to express what our bodies mean to us.
So…when we met up with photographer Sanaa Hamid last week, we were excited to hear about the new journey that the ladies behind The Body Narratives are planning!
From documenting WoC concerns on their blog, the The Body Narratives team is now working towards holding workshops, educational events and their first exhibition to encourage a dialogue about body issues that inevitably affect us all as a community of women.
‘A Different Mirror’ is a three-day art exhibition by 9 artists in Brixton, London. Socially constructed ideas about race, gender and culture remain key in how Women of Colour perceive themselves. The exhibition will use art as the basis to capture and explore body image and perception, examining the effects of body image on who we are.
Supporting their kick-starter doesn’t only mean you’ll be funding their project, but also means that you’ve made an active step in helping to bring about body positivity.
Donate here, and make sure you don’t miss their first fundraising event (Seet and I are gutted we can’t make it!) if you’re around Brixton next Tuesday.
- A x
GOOGLE INDIA: REUNION
Google India’s creation of the tale of two friends split during the 1947 partition has got to be the sweetest ad i’ve ever seen!
Absolutely love the visuals in this, and although the ‘google search’ scenes are a little too obvious for my liking, I cannot stop watching and sharing this video!
There are currently also four extra clips around the narrative, creating a heartwarming storyline about the reunion and relationship of these two old friends.
Focusing an ad on the bond between Indians and Pakistanis reminds me of the Coca-Cola Small World ad , and although we all know its not that easy to overcome deep rooted political issues, perhaps these kind of ads can encourage change on a social level, however small :)
- A x
What one is your guys’ favourite from Google’s series?