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Sign language is not what you think: diverse, regional and complex(picture-alliance/dpa/A. Dedert)

Sign language users get creative despite Covid

By Deutsche Welle
PUBLISHED ON SEP 23, 2021 11:40 PM IST
  • On International Day of Sign Languages, September 23, we look at how users have creatively responded to the pandemic and the challenges they continue to face.
Edosonmwan William, bronze caster, is seen with one of his works inside is gallery at Igun street, Benin City, Nigeria  (REUTERS/Tife Owolabi)
Edosonmwan William, bronze caster, is seen with one of his works inside is gallery at Igun street, Benin City, Nigeria  (REUTERS/Tife Owolabi)

Nigerians offer artworks to British Museum in new take on looted Benin Bronzes

Reuters | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz, Benin City, Nigeria
UPDATED ON SEP 23, 2021 08:04 AM IST
A new guild of artists from Nigeria's Benin City have offered to donate artworks to the British Museum in London as a way to encourage it to return the priceless Benin Bronzes that were looted from the city's royal court by British troops in 1897.
Belonging to the Pokot tribe in Kenya, this girl was also circumcised following tribal tradition(Reuters/S. Modola)
Belonging to the Pokot tribe in Kenya, this girl was also circumcised following tribal tradition(Reuters/S. Modola)

Fighting female genital mutilation with a fairytale

By Deutsche Welle
PUBLISHED ON SEP 22, 2021 09:40 PM IST
  • Ntailan Lolkoki was subjected to the gruesome practice of FGM when she was a child. She is now fighting this deep-rooted tradition with the help of a story.
Humboldt Forum tackles colonial issue with new museums(Elizabeth Grenier/DW)
Humboldt Forum tackles colonial issue with new museums(Elizabeth Grenier/DW)

Humboldt Forum tackles colonial issue with new museums

By Deutsche Welle, Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 22, 2021 08:54 AM IST
  • As it opens its new ethnological museum, Berlin's Humboldt Forum reacts to criticism surrounding its handling of colonial history. Will critics approve?
Bollywood actor Bhumi Pednekar, who has been a fierce advocate of climate conservation, has been invited to speak at the Climate Week in New York.(Instagram/@bhumipednekar)
Bollywood actor Bhumi Pednekar, who has been a fierce advocate of climate conservation, has been invited to speak at the Climate Week in New York.(Instagram/@bhumipednekar)

Bhumi Pednekar to speak at Climate Week in New York

ANI |
PUBLISHED ON SEP 21, 2021 05:30 PM IST
  • Bhumi will be speaking on September 23 during Climate Week NYC. The actor will talk about how India will play a vital role in the global response to the climate emergency, and how the Indian industry will play a critical role in this journey forward.
Korea Tourism Organization treats Indian fans to K-Food, K-Pop, K-Drama and more(Twitter/ktoindia)
Korea Tourism Organization treats Indian fans to K-Food, K-Pop, K-Drama and more(Twitter/ktoindia)

Korea Tourism Organization treats Indian fans to K-Food, K-Pop, K-Drama and more

PTI | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 21, 2021 01:02 PM IST
Good news for Korean fans in India as Korea Tourism Organization brings their culture to Indian homes. The KXperience virtual event, which will run until November 15, will offer a perfect Korean escapade comprising of K-Food, K-Pop, K-Beauty, K-Drama and Korean product discount offers.
David Seymour captured this image of Italian youth in 1948(David Seymour/Magnum Photos/Agentur Focus)
David Seymour captured this image of Italian youth in 1948(David Seymour/Magnum Photos/Agentur Focus)

David Seymour: Magnum founder and human rights photographer

By Deutsche Welle
PUBLISHED ON SEP 20, 2021 07:07 PM IST
  • Seymour left Poland as a Jew in 1932 and returned from the US in 1948 to photograph children and young people in devastated post-World War II Europe.
Each brick of the monument bears the name of a Dutch victim of the Holocaust, as well as their date of birth and age at the time of death(Ramon Van Flymen/ANP/dpa/picture alliance)
Each brick of the monument bears the name of a Dutch victim of the Holocaust, as well as their date of birth and age at the time of death(Ramon Van Flymen/ANP/dpa/picture alliance)

Dutch Holocaust memorial opens after years-long legal deadlock

By Deutsche Welle
PUBLISHED ON SEP 20, 2021 11:57 AM IST
  • The memorial is the first in the Netherlands to name all 102,000 Dutch Jews, Sinti and Roma who were deported or killed by the Nazis during World War II.
Sarod maestro Amjad Ali Khan
Sarod maestro Amjad Ali Khan

Tabla was my first love, says Sarod maestro Amjad Ali Khan

PTI | | Posted by Parmita Uniyal
UPDATED ON SEP 19, 2021 05:26 PM IST
Ustad Amjad Ali Khan is widely credited for putting Sarod on a global map, but he says his first love was Tabla not Sarod.
The niqab makes it difficult to identify Yazidis living in the camp(LOLAV MEDIA AB 2021)
The niqab makes it difficult to identify Yazidis living in the camp(LOLAV MEDIA AB 2021)

Documentary 'Sabaya' shows rescue of 'IS' sex slaves

By Deutsche Welle
PUBLISHED ON SEP 18, 2021 05:07 PM IST
  • Hogir Hirori's award-winning documentary portrays the struggles of activists determined to save Yazidi girls and women who were captured by the "Islamic State."
The site at Champua where Mazumder and Chaudhuri found the rock that contained the zircon crystals.
The site at Champua where Mazumder and Chaudhuri found the rock that contained the zircon crystals.

What it takes to find crystals almost as old as Earth itself

By Natasha Rego
UPDATED ON SEP 18, 2021 03:08 PM IST
Geologists Rajat Mazumder and Trisrota Chaudhuri followed clues left behind by geologists in the ’80s, about rocks in Champua, Odisha. What they came away with were two zircon fragments, 4 and 4.2 billion years old, from back when the earth was still covered in lava.
A stalagmite taken from inside the Mawmluh cave in Meghalaya contains the clearest indication of a 200-year global megadrought. The age kickstarted by the drought is now called the Meghalayan Age. It began 4,200 years ago, and is ongoing. (Courtesy Brain Daly)
A stalagmite taken from inside the Mawmluh cave in Meghalaya contains the clearest indication of a 200-year global megadrought. The age kickstarted by the drought is now called the Meghalayan Age. It began 4,200 years ago, and is ongoing. (Courtesy Brain Daly)

History on the rocks: Tour the ancient marvels lurking in our midst

By Natasha Rego
UPDATED ON SEP 18, 2021 04:19 PM IST
The mysteries of the earth’s fantastic past are hidden all around us — in rocks and caves, in stalagmites, even in plain sight. Travel back in time, as far back as 4.2 billion years, through ancient remnants still visible in and around some of India’s biggest cities.
People learn to hide their feelings early on, but identifying them in real time can improve communication and keep relationships healthy, Mangharam says. (Shutterstock)
People learn to hide their feelings early on, but identifying them in real time can improve communication and keep relationships healthy, Mangharam says. (Shutterstock)

Check in with yourself: Monitoring your emotions is good for love

By Simran Mangharam
UPDATED ON SEP 18, 2021 02:55 PM IST
An exercise for schoolchildren got me thinking, and logging my emotions, says Simran Mangharam. ‘I find that the practice makes me more centered, more confident, able to communicate better.’
Concerned over the fading of their culture, the community brought out an East Indian-to-English dictionary in 2019. Remedios volunteered as project coordinator on that effort. She now refers to her copy for help with her quizzes.
Concerned over the fading of their culture, the community brought out an East Indian-to-English dictionary in 2019. Remedios volunteered as project coordinator on that effort. She now refers to her copy for help with her quizzes.

What’s the word for...: An East Indian is using quizzes to preserve her language

By Melissa D’Costa
UPDATED ON SEP 18, 2021 02:43 PM IST
Candida Remedios posts her quizzes on Instagram every weekend. The language overlaps with Konkani, Hindi and Marathi, so even non-East-Indian-speakers have a shot. The prize: A postcard of Mumbai.
 (HT Illustration: Malay Karmakar)
(HT Illustration: Malay Karmakar)

Return to sender: This artist is archiving online rape threats

By Natasha Rego
UPDATED ON SEP 18, 2021 02:39 PM IST
Isha Yadav’s new project invites women to send in screenshots of rape and other violent threats they receive online. She plans to display the posts in an exhibition next month too.
This screengrab taken from the SpaceX live webcast shows Inspiration4 crew members (from L) Jared Isaacman, Christopher Sembroski holding up a ukelele, Hayley Arceneaux and Sian Proctor holding up her artwork while in orbit. - The first space tourism mission by Elon Musk's SpaceX blasted off from Florida on September 15 and the four crew members -- a billionaire and three other Americans -- have already seen more than 25 sunsets and sunrises. (Handout / SPACEX / AFP)
This screengrab taken from the SpaceX live webcast shows Inspiration4 crew members (from L) Jared Isaacman, Christopher Sembroski holding up a ukelele, Hayley Arceneaux and Sian Proctor holding up her artwork while in orbit. - The first space tourism mission by Elon Musk's SpaceX blasted off from Florida on September 15 and the four crew members -- a billionaire and three other Americans -- have already seen more than 25 sunsets and sunrises. (Handout / SPACEX / AFP)

SpaceX crew member plays ukulele in zero gravity, makes spaceflight history

Reuters | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz
UPDATED ON SEP 18, 2021 08:08 AM IST
Chris Sembroski, a Lockheed Martin employee and US Air Force veteran, strummed a few ukulele chords for home-bound viewers during a 10-minute show-and-tell session by the four-member Inspiration4 team as they flew in a SpaceX capsule at about 17,500 miles per hour (28,000 km per hour) over Europe.
Handu uses Facebook and Instagram (@asvunkoshur) to unite Kashmiri children from different communities. ‘I have a lot of faith in kids. I believe if you want to teach something positive to people, catch them young,’ she says.
Handu uses Facebook and Instagram (@asvunkoshur) to unite Kashmiri children from different communities. ‘I have a lot of faith in kids. I believe if you want to teach something positive to people, catch them young,’ she says.

A smiling Kashmiri effort: Preaching unity in words and deeds

UPDATED ON SEP 18, 2021 02:31 PM IST
Meanka Handu’s YouTube channel Asvun Koshur is preserving Kashmiri language with a dose of satire. She’s also reaching out to Kashmiri children from across religious communities, holding virtual sessions that aim to unite.
India captain Virat Kohli and the team. They pulled out of the fifth and final Test citing fear for themselves and their families, after a physiotherapist they’d all been in contact with tested positive for Covid-19. Then they flew, with their families, to the UAE, where the IPL is set to begin today. (AFP)
India captain Virat Kohli and the team. They pulled out of the fifth and final Test citing fear for themselves and their families, after a physiotherapist they’d all been in contact with tested positive for Covid-19. Then they flew, with their families, to the UAE, where the IPL is set to begin today. (AFP)

The questions raised by India’s cancelled Test

By Rudraneil Sengupta
UPDATED ON SEP 18, 2021 07:13 PM IST
While no one should ever have to justify a fear, it seems odd that a case of Covid-19 prompted such different reactions in the India team, just a few days apart, during their tour of England.
‘Breaking down concepts that take adults years to master was both challenging and interesting,’ Sahai says.
‘Breaking down concepts that take adults years to master was both challenging and interesting,’ Sahai says.

Tunes, steps, melody: A classical arts play book for kids

By Riddhi Doshi
UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2021 07:46 PM IST
A new book uses snippets, short stories and anecdotes to explain classical Indian music and dance to children. The effort, by author and educator Shrinkhla Sahai, also features untold histories, colourful imagery and interactive exercises.
Elton John has roped in Gucci to design the costumes for his farewell tour. Suits, as always, but also a more refined palette of prints and pigments will be evident at his concerts. (Rocketman Entertainment)
Elton John has roped in Gucci to design the costumes for his farewell tour. Suits, as always, but also a more refined palette of prints and pigments will be evident at his concerts. (Rocketman Entertainment)

Suiting up like Rocket man: An ode to Elton John’s unforgettable costumes

UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2021 07:41 PM IST
The singer-songwriter is on his final tour, capping 60 years in music. We’ll always have the hits. But we might miss his costumes more.
 (HT Archives)
(HT Archives)

Laying on the gilt: What’s next for Sanjay Leela Bhansali?

UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2021 07:31 PM IST
In an industry with less and less room for opulent productions, he seems determined to stay the path. His upcoming movies and a Netflix show about courtesans hold out the same promise of glitter. Could that very steadfastness stream him onward?
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Can you guess the Hollywood film? An East Indian language quiz

By Candida Remedios
UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2021 04:58 PM IST
East Indian and trivia buff Candida Remedios from Mumbai posts a quiz every weekend on Instagram. It’s her small effort to try and keep her language alive. The language overlaps with Hindi and Marathi, so even non-East-Indian-speakers can take a shot.
Onlooker takes a picture as workers put the final touch to wrap the Arc de Triomphe monument, in Paris. The "L'Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped" project by late artist Christo and Jeanne-Claude will be on view from, Sept. 18 to Oct. 3. The famed Paris monument will be wrapped in 25,000 square meters of fabric in silvery blue and with 3,000 meters of red rope.(AP Photo/Francois Mori)
Onlooker takes a picture as workers put the final touch to wrap the Arc de Triomphe monument, in Paris. The "L'Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped" project by late artist Christo and Jeanne-Claude will be on view from, Sept. 18 to Oct. 3. The famed Paris monument will be wrapped in 25,000 square meters of fabric in silvery blue and with 3,000 meters of red rope.(AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Paris' Arc de Triomphe ‘a gift offered to Parisians, French and all art lovers’

AP | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz, Paris
UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2021 07:54 AM IST
  • The installation of Arc de Triomphe in Paris, by late artist couple Christo and Jeanne-Claude, will open on Saturday. Visitors to the famous Napoleonic arch, which dominates the Champs-Elysees Avenue, will not only be able to see the gleaming fabric, but to touch it too.
Masterpiece or monstrosity? Arc de Triomphe enveloped by Christo's artwork leaves tourists bemused(AP)
Masterpiece or monstrosity? Arc de Triomphe enveloped by Christo's artwork leaves tourists bemused(AP)

Arc de Triomphe enveloped by Christo's artwork leaves tourists bemused

Reuters | , Paris
PUBLISHED ON SEP 16, 2021 07:41 AM IST
  • The work, known as "L'Arc de Triomphe Wrapped" was finally brought to life by Christo's nephew, Vladimir Yavachev, who last week said completing the project had been a promise he made to his uncle.
Nadia Wassef co-founded the Diwan bookstore in Cairo in 2002(Dany Eid Photography)
Nadia Wassef co-founded the Diwan bookstore in Cairo in 2002(Dany Eid Photography)

Nadia Wassef's bookshop memoir is a chronicle of Egypt's upheaval

By Deutsche Welle
UPDATED ON SEP 15, 2021 08:25 PM IST
  • Egyptian author Nadia Wassef speaks about opening the first independent bookstore in her home country; and her latest book in which she celebrates books and booksellers.
Japan's highest art prize given to photographer Sebastião Salgado(The Japan Art Associtaion/Shun Kambe)
Japan's highest art prize given to photographer Sebastião Salgado(The Japan Art Associtaion/Shun Kambe)

Japan's highest art prize given to photographer Sebastião Salgado

By Deutsche Welle, Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 15, 2021 10:13 AM IST
  • Other winners of the prestigious Praemium Imperiale in 2021 include light artist James Turrell and cellist Yo-Yo Ma.
Marta Fuchs, the head seamstress at the "Obere Nähstube"(Juraj Minarik)
Marta Fuchs, the head seamstress at the "Obere Nähstube"(Juraj Minarik)

Historian brings to light story of the dressmakers of Auschwitz

By Deutsche Welle, Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 15, 2021 10:10 AM IST
  • When she read about a 'tailoring studio' in Auschwitz, historian Lucy Adlington set out to find more about the death camp inmates employed as dressmakers.
RBG filmmakers tap into feminist love stories genre on trailblazing women icons(Twitter/jer2911tx)
RBG filmmakers tap into feminist love stories genre on trailblazing women icons(Twitter/jer2911tx)

RBG filmmakers tap into feminist love stories genre on trailblazing women icons

AP | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz
UPDATED ON SEP 13, 2021 12:49 PM IST
  • In ‘RGB’, the 2018 Oscar-nominated bio-documentary of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the filmmakers lingered over the encouraging role of her longtime husband. Their latest, ‘Julia’, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and is about a pioneering 20th century adventurous TV chef Julia Child
 (Image courtesy the Bhagat family)
(Image courtesy the Bhagat family)

Stellar support: This woman defied tradition to build 69 bridges in India

UPDATED ON SEP 11, 2021 02:46 PM IST
Shakuntala Bhagat, who died in 2012, was India’s first woman civil engineer. Her inventions and ideas keep bridges across the Himalayas standing even today.
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