Making Art Accessible to the Visually Impaired: A Conversation with Siddhant Shah

“Please Touch.” Seeing a sign board that says this— in a museum no less—one is likely to do a double-take wondering if it’s a typo. Surely the ‘not’ is missing. But the little permanent exhibition tucked away in one section of the National Museum in Delhi is clear on what it wants you to do: to not just look at the sculptures, but experience them with touch. These sculptures are part of the ‘tactile exhibition’ set up by the National Museum to give the visually impaired a way to experience and

'I Won't Have Children': The Trials of Choosing a Childfree Life

As we collectively traverse through the 21st century — and as more and more women find their agency and the will to exercise said agency — many are looking at the possibility of having children as a choice rather than a fundamental duty. The turn of the decade has seen a rising number of millennial men and women reconsidering, or putting off having children for various reasons from simply not wanting them, not feeling like they would make suitable parents, to not being able to afford them.

The Many Lives of Used Books

In my parent’s room, underneath my mother’s dresser is a makeshift bookshelf. In it sit three worn-out books, away from the rest of their paper-backed brethren in the study, quiet and unassuming in their senile state. I call these three the crown jewels of my mother’s collection, for all three of these senior citizens – a Milton, a Shakespeare, and a Chamber’s dictionary – are over a hundred years old. My parents were neither collectors of vintage books nor antique enthusiasts. Growing up, for

FIT Explains: Can You ‘Reverse’ Your Diabetes?

We all know someone who has diabetes and we have all, at some point or the other, feared ‘could I get it?’ Not just in your genes, you might even find the answer to that question in the mirror. As the pace of life accelerates, we often tend to neglect our health. Quick fix meals, a lack of exercise and ignoring your body’s warning signs have gifted us the global epidemic of ‘lifestyle diseases’. One of these lifestyle diseases, that effects over 300 million people worldwide, is Type 2 diabete

WebQoof: Can Doing This Tongue Exercise Help Prevent Alzheimer’s?

However, that does not mean that exercising the tongue could help strengthen the brain. Because, as it happens, the motor cortex of the cerebral hemisphere is responsible for all voluntary movements which means that all voluntary muscles including the ones in your limbs are connected to it. The stiffening that the post talks of, in those exhibiting symptoms of Alzheimer's, too, is not restricted to the tongue but all voluntary muscles. The idea that exercising one muscle results in regenerati

The Afterlives of Monuments and Art Objects

Monuments and sculptures have lives before and beyond the moment of their first manifestation. The processes and agencies that shape artistic expressions and bring them to life at a particular juncture in history are significant aspects of their histories. The motives and circumstances that determine their reception in the decades, years, and centuries to follow are just as fascinating. This assignment is about understanding the after-lives of some representative objects and monuments.