It’s said that play is our brain’s favourite way of knowing. And here’s a book that tells us just that. Chennai-based Vinita Sidhartha, founder of Kreeda Games, has authored “Simply Play!: Life Lessons from Standard Indian Games” (Rupa, 2022), a book that spotlights different games and how they related to people and communities, and taught us a thing or two about life and values. Could a game of snakes and ladders teach us about the ephemeral lifestyle or could there be a covert message of option and chance in chaupad, commonly understood now as ludo? There’s far more in the 200 pages of this magnificent book. Search for your nearest book shop for a copy.
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Shoot and Win
Bengaluru bookstore Champaca with independent publication The Soup Publication is running a photography competition as a way to win a book membership and join their book club. The theme is “Loneliness and Connection”. And the way to win a box of books is to photograph readers immersed in reading, in spite of the chaos around them, in a public location, be it a park, a train, a beach, a car– anywhere, any place. Do remember to get their authorization prior to you send your entry. The contest closes on July 15, Friday, 8pm. Share the photo (only one entry per person) and the story and tag @soupgram #ReadinginPublicSpaces. The contest will be evaluated by documentary professional photographer Motto Murugan aka Gopal MS, who archives @mumbaipaused. Results will be declared on July 18, on the Instagram manages of the organisers.
Paint the evening red
Mumbai is commemorating ArtNightThursday yet once again and this time too, it assures to have interesting brand-new work, hosted at 10 places, including Chemould Prescott Roadway, Tao Art Gallery, Akara Art, Tarq, and Jhaveri Contemporary. While designer Samira Rathod provides “Dismantaling Structure: A Package of Parts”, Chatterjee & & Lal is showing Nasreen Mohamedi’s “Autobiography of a Line”, while there are group reveals at Akara Art and Galerie Isa. So keep your Thursday free for that stroll through art. For details, check out: http://www.mumbaigalleryweekend.com.
Enjoy a Weaver
When Pitchuka Mallikarjuna Rao shows up in New Delhi next week, he will display the popular weaving techniques of the Ponduru jamdani, from Srikakulam district, Andhra Pradesh. Made popular as the cloth that Mahatma Gandhi enjoyed, the khadi from this seaside belt originates from distinct hill cotton varieties found in and around the area. As the variety of knowledgeable weavers diminishes to hardly a handful, it will be interesting to satisfy and view Mallikarjuna Rao as he explains the specialized of his fabric. On July 21, from 3.30-7 pm at Kankatala, F-40, First Flooring, Near Dharam, South Extension Part 1, New Delhi.
“You can be a hero and still be wrong,” states Maisie, the parallel lead character in The Sea Beast, now streaming on Netflix. Disney director Chris Williams brings concepts from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and Herman Melville’s Moby Penis in the story of his dream job. The movie informs us that it’s time to conquer our beasts and organize our fate. Mona director Williams brings us sufficient experience and action in this animation movie.
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