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Madhav Sheth, co-founder and CEO of realme India.
Nitin Vats, founder and CEO of TryNdBuy, says adoption of 3D solutions for apparel fittings might be faster outside India.
(From left) William Bao Bean, SOSV general partner and MD of Chinaccelerator and MOX, with Supplynote co-founders Kushang Kumar and Harshit Mittal.
(From left) William Bao Bean, SOSV general partner and MD of Chinaccelerator and MOX, with Supplynote co-founders Kushang Kumar and Harshit Mittal.

Why the China model may suit startups targeting Bharat

  • William Bao Bean has been investing in Chinese startups for over a decade, and is now bringing that experience to India
  • In India, lower capacity to pay, poor infrastructure and patchy internet have kept VCs focused mostly on urban consumers

Tara Masjid gets its name from the star-shaped mosaic work inside. Photo from alamy
Tara Masjid gets its name from the star-shaped mosaic work inside. Photo from alamy

The stars of Dhaka’s Armanitola

The search for the monument on the 100 taka note leads to the Armenian quarter of Old Dhaka, once home to an Armenian community

The playschool gates offer some reprieve for first-time parents.
Shivani Charak goes on 10km runs. (Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint)
Oliver’s weather allows for multiple grape varietals. Photo: Alamy
Bangladeshi freedom fighters in a jungle on the Indian side of the border in 1971. (Alamy)
Illustration: Sarnath Banerjee
Drive-By Truckers performing in Nashville in 2017. (Getty Images)
Drive-By Truckers performing in Nashville in 2017. (Getty Images)

The flag bearers of southern rock

Drive-By Truckers are the undisputed stars of American southern rock. Their 12th album captures the fractured spirit of a country’s society in crisis

Photo: Alamy
Photo: Alamy

How to unlock umami from matcha

The nicest matcha is sweet and vegetal but balanced by a bit of bitterness and that hit of umami that is so characteristic of Japanese tea

Being received by the Chögyal of Sikkim while the Panchen Lama, seen here to the left of the Dalai Lama, looks on. Gangtok, 1956. Photo courtesy: Office of his holiness The Dalai Lama
Being received by the Chögyal of Sikkim while the Panchen Lama, seen here to the left of the Dalai Lama, looks on. Gangtok, 1956. Photo courtesy: Office of his holiness The Dalai Lama

Untold stories from the Dalai Lama’s first India visit

This excerpt from the new authoritative biography of the Tibetan leader reveals little-known facets of his life—including a vivid account of his first visit to India on Jawaharlal Nehru’s invitation

Textiles drying in Pali, Rajasthan. (Alamy)
The India Heritage Walk Festival is on till 29 February
The India Heritage Walk Festival is on till 29 February

How to Lounge this weekend

From India Heritage Walk Festival to Visions In The Making at the Italian Culture Centre, to staging of Amol Palekar's 'Kusur' at the Chowdiah Memorial Hall, Bengaluru

Graine borrowed inspiration from the silver foil on Indian mithais and translated it into zardozi handwork on discarded rubber-tyre embellishments
Graine borrowed inspiration from the silver foil on Indian mithais and translated it into zardozi handwork on discarded rubber-tyre embellishments

Takeaways from Lakmé Fashion Week Summer-Resort 2020

The event’s 20th anniversary included new takes on traditional crafting techniques, a debate on inclusive formats and a Gen Next show that could have been better

From the Sanna Halter Back Swimsuit by Nete to Tonik’s elegant Bikini Lounger
‘Kasuri methi crackers’ (Nandita Iyer)
‘Kasuri methi crackers’ (Nandita Iyer)

The edible alchemy of methi and memory

Comforting fenugreek-flavoured recipes inspired by a knock-out dish—my father’s aloo methi

Photo: Radio Brahmaputra
Photo: Radio Brahmaputra

The sound waves of change

Community radios such as Kadal Osai, Sangham Radio and Radio Brahmaputra are focusing on pressing issues such as climate change, marginalization and gender

Methane bubbles trapped under a frozen lake. Photo: Alamy
Rishi Sunak after his first cabinet meeting as Britain’s new finance minister (AFP)
Rishi Sunak after his first cabinet meeting as Britain’s new finance minister (AFP)

Ready to send your child to politician school?

The entry of those who have capital, cultural or otherwise, into politics is not necessarily something that should make us applaud

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