Swati Chopra


Walking the middle path

After his awakening, which we celebrate on Buddha Purnima (May 25), the Buddha remained silent for some time, perhaps meditating on his insights and deepening in them.

When red carpet turned into wet carpet


The month of May is when Bollywood rules the Cannes red carpet every year. My partner Jesse Randhawa and I were the few lucky ones to be invited for the 66th Cannes International Film Festival as this year was the big 100 years of Bollywood celebration at Cannes.

Inspiring women through art

She used to dispense medicines as a homeopath from her clinic on a daily basis, but her predilection for painting on the canvas took precedence over everything else and she overnight mutated from a do

‘Vodka is not a neutral drink’


A premium vodka is defined by its production right from its raw ingredients.

The Zen of knowing

In Zen Buddhism, such seemingly nonsensical questions are known as koans, and are given to students to focus on. The intent is to bypass the everyday, rational mind, and access that state of mind that is directly aligned with reality — that which is.

Let love blossom

In recent times the date February 14 has become synonymous with Valentine’s Day, which has, for all practical purposes, become a day for celebrating romantic love around the world.

Divinity & reality

When we consider the powerful feminine theology that exists in India, we might as well ask, how does it affect the lives of real women? It obviously could not overturn patriarchy as a social condition within which women continue to live restricted, circumscribed lives.

Solar festival of warmth

In a calendar packed with lunar festivals, Makar Sankranti stands out as a prominent solar festival that is celebrated across the Indian subcontinent.

The death of ego

A New Year’s dawn is imminent at the end of an inky winter’s night. And yet, newness and change are deeply embedded in every moment of our lives. Our worlds are consumed all the time and created anew.

Away from burst & bang

These are times when the festival of Diwali brings in its wake much pollution and conspicuous consumption. For many urban Indians, it is an excuse for all kinds of indulgence.

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I want to begin with a little story that was told to me by a leading executive at Aptech. He was exercising in a gym with a lot of younger people.

Shekhar Kapur’s Bandit Queen didn’t make the cut. Neither did Shaji Karun’s Piravi, which bagged 31 international awards.