South Stories | Quarterly Issue 1, April 2019
It’s a week of new beginnings in the south. Karnataka, Andhra, and Telangana celebrate their new year as we release this issue — our first of this year. Tamil Nadu and Kerala will, in about a week’s time. The first three states have their versions of Ugadi (yuga: era + adi: beginning) pacchadi, a little concoction of 6 different tastes symbolising the different emotions you might feel during the year. As kids, we remember making a big game of who felt what taste the most. We’d battle for who got the most sweet, or who got the most crunch. But now, it seems like the whole blend is better than any one big flavour’s takeover. This issue is kind of like the pacchadi. There are bittersweet stories about identity; there is a happy but full-of-heart gulp about making friends with the south through coffee and pop culture; or a quick bite of being a parachute visitor and not seeing much but feeling tons. This issue is close to our hearts, because of how a whole bunch of things here draw from what South India is, what it has, and what it means to a host of people. Including us.
Journeys within the Kalari
On our many identities: geographical, cultural and linguistic
Dissecting the time-resistant love relation between Tamil Nadu and its flowers.
Beyond the hashtags. Saris everyday.
New Years Eve in small-town Kerala
Textbook-famous but not talked of enough: A visit to three Jain temple-sites in the south
Solo wanderings | Quaterly Issue 2, June 2019
From the perspective of three islanders, who recall their memories of a girl who came to vacation alone
How one half-day spent alone halfway across the world has changed this author’s relationship to the city in which she grew up
Snippets from walking with flowers
A Sunday walk around the quaint town of Landour, when visiting the popular octogenarian author, Ruskin Bond
On the day I went out to the theatre alone, and found a way out of a mental maze.
…and no small-talk with a stranger