Celebrating essence of city

AIAF to open with Vyom Mehta’s installation and Gavin Parry’s photographic works Ahmedabad International Arts Festival (AIAF) begins on Thursday with a public art project by Vyom Mehta, a graduate from Maharaja Sayajirao University (MSU) Vadodara. “This is spirit of celebration in figurative form,” says artist Vyom Mehta. Mehta who is engrossed in setting up […]

What freedom means to you

India will celebrate 66 years of freedom and independence means different things to different people. Priya Adhyaru-Majithia asks Amdavadis what it means to them. Hoisting the Tricolour, attending a parade, singing patriotic songs and the national anthem or listening to the annual speech by the prime minister and president – that is how many of […]


On Friendship Day Mirror speaks to a few Amdavadis who used technology to renew their bonds of friendship Priya Adhyaru-Majithia A true friend is one soul in two bodies, said famous Greek philosopher Aristotle. But many a time, demands made by a full-fledged career, family life and other commitments, even best of friends drift apart. […]

Gaj Shringaar unites states

About 38 mahout-artists from UP, Bihar, MP, Rajasthan and Gujarat join hands to decorate 18 to 21 elephants for Rath Yatra Priya Adhyaru-Majithia Mahant Jagdishdas (left) and other artists fill shades of scarlet into the basic white sketch made to decorate the animal for Rath Yatra In the build up to the 136th Rath Yatra, […]


Summer holidays may mean globe-trotting tours for many. Priya Adhyaru-Majithia talks to those who prefer to do it ‘hatke se’ by going on field trips, learning Sanskrit and doing social work SHARING RESOURCES A group of eight like-minded mothers from Prahladnagar, Vastrapur and Satellite are running special holiday programmes for underprivileged children under an initiative […]

Mom’s stories I grew up with…

Famous personalities of the city reveal their favourite childhood tale to Priya Adhyaru-Majithia from the range of wonderful stories their mothers wove for them and how it went on to strengthen the mother-child bond Story without stops : ELA BHATT AND MIHIR BHATT EMINENT SOCIAL worker Ela Bhatt’s stories for her children did not have […]

Celebrating their womanhood

Priya Adhyaru-Majithia meets some brave young women laari-vali, rickshaw-vali and bike-vali who have created their cosy space defying invisible yet invincible rules of Indian patriarchy In spite of the feminist movement, the gender equations have remained unevenly unequal till the date. However, there are few occupationally atypical women who have ably charted out their own […]