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Abhijit Banerjee
Abhijit Banerjee

Mood: How the Lounge team is feeling this week

  • According to the Global Hunger Index (GHI) 2019, India ranks 102 among 117 countries in hunger severity
  • Last week, Mumbai-born Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer were awarded the Nobel Prize for Economics 2019

Scarlet and Rahat have introduced us to people who love animals.  (Photo Courtesy: Natasha Badhwar)
Scarlet and Rahat have introduced us to people who love animals. (Photo Courtesy: Natasha Badhwar)

Adopt ‘desi’ animals, discover a new you

  • Among other gifts, our pets have introduced us to people who love and care for animals
  • I am still mesmerized by this tribe and the extent to which they go to care for vulnerable animals.

An Image from the first day the Darbar Sahib was opened to the public after Operation Blue Star, mid-June, 1984. (Photo: Satpal Danish)
An Image from the first day the Darbar Sahib was opened to the public after Operation Blue Star, mid-June, 1984. (Photo: Satpal Danish)

Counting the corpses of Panjab

  • In his new book, journalist Amandeep Sandhu looks at Panjab’s bloodstained past and fractious present
  • This exclusive excerpt sets up the premise of his reportage, based on extensive travels and interviews

A 2014 photograph of Sikhs gathered near Downing Street in London, prior to delivering a petition demanding an inquiry into British involvement in the 1984 massacre. (Photo: Alamy)
A 2014 photograph of Sikhs gathered near Downing Street in London, prior to delivering a petition demanding an inquiry into British involvement in the 1984 massacre. (Photo: Alamy)

Healing the wounds of 1984

  • Thirty-five years since the anti-Sikh violence of 1984, a writer pays homage to the victims and survivors
  • Four commissions, nine committees and two special investigation teams later, only two convictions have been made

Kolkata recently welcomed its latest multi-designer clothing and accessories store, Dapper
Kolkata recently welcomed its latest multi-designer clothing and accessories store, Dapper

How to Lounge this weekend

  • From Dapper, a brand new multi-designer designer store that caters to tastes of Kolkata's fashion-forward men, to the Vintage Garden, a weekend market in Mumbai that has opportunities to discover new brands
  • A Delhi-based olfactory exhibition guides you on how to experience the city through its scents

Lounge's recommendation of beautiful and bizarre objects of desire for this week.
Lounge's recommendation of beautiful and bizarre objects of desire for this week.

Source: A compendium of beautiful and bizarre objects of desire

  • From a table by Blue Loft that will make you take a double look at it to derby shoes from Paraboot and Zegna that are a stunning reissue of the classic silhouette
  • Even with its deceptively simple design, the Larp floor lamp from Josmo Studio is a striking piece of decor

Siddhartha Gigoo in front of his ancestral house in 2012. (Photo Courtesy: Siddhartha Gigoo)
Siddhartha Gigoo in front of his ancestral house in 2012. (Photo Courtesy: Siddhartha Gigoo)

Subjects of a lost state

A Kashmiri Pandit revisits his short-lived special status a couple of months after the abrogation of Article 370

Solar geoengineering seeks to reflect solar energy back into space. (Photo: Alamy)
Navdeep Singh (left) and Saif Ali Khan on the sets of ‘Laal Kaptaan’.
After eight games, Liverpool have raced to an eight-point lead at the top of the Premier League table. (Photo: Getty Images)
After eight games, Liverpool have raced to an eight-point lead at the top of the Premier League table. (Photo: Getty Images)

Early movers in the Premier League

  • The Premier League returns this weekend, with Liverpool sitting pretty on top with eight straight wins
  • Just two points separate the next five teams, including defending champions Manchester City

R. Praggnanandhaa at the World Youth Chess Championship in Mumbai. (Photo: Manoej Paateel/Mint)
R. Praggnanandhaa at the World Youth Chess Championship in Mumbai. (Photo: Manoej Paateel/Mint)

The young knight of the chess world

  • R. Praggnanandhaa, the Under-18 world chess champion, lives and breathes the game
  • 14-year-old chess star became the world champion at the World Youth Chess Championships in Mumbai

Sourav Ganguly celebrates with teammates during a One Day International against England in 2004.  (Getty Images)
Sourav Ganguly celebrates with teammates during a One Day International against England in 2004. (Getty Images)

Sourav Ganguly: The prince returns

  • Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly is back, this time as president of the BCCI
  • Cricket fans will be hoping to see Ganguly demonstrate the same fearlessness and proactive leadership as an administrator

Jogen Chowdhury. Photo: Emami Art
Jogen Chowdhury. Photo: Emami Art

Breathing life into forms

  • A retrospective of Jogen Chowdhury in Kolkata revisits the artist’s obsessions, even as he continues to push boundaries
  • Titled ‘Reverie And Reality’, the show focuses on the diversity of subjects and styles that have preoccupied Chowdhury since the 1950s

A deserted street in Srinagar last month
A deserted street in Srinagar last month

Dystopia vs development: The Kashmir paradox

  • Before the communication shutdown, things were looking up for young Kashmiri entrepreneurs
  • Now, with funds drying up and no internet, more than 100 startups in the valley have had to put the brakes on their dreams

The Valley of Flowers is one of 135 Indian Himalayan protected areas.
Students of Haji Public School.
Students of Haji Public School.

Notes from a school on the hill

  • Sabbah Haji runs a school in the Himalayan village of Breswana in Jammu and Kashmir’s Doda district
  • She has kept the school running every day these past two months despite government orders

Vishal Gondal. (Jayachandran/Mint)
Vishal Gondal. (Jayachandran/Mint)

Vishal Gondal: The game is afoot

  • The founder of GOQii talks to Mint about gaming healthcare, empowering the consumer with data, investing smartly and getting that headstand right
  • Gondal says early stage investing is like talent scouting—90% of the onus is on the team building the business, 10% is on the idea

Malhar Rao Gaekwad. Photo: Alamy; and (right) Robert Phayre. Photo: Getty Images
Malhar Rao Gaekwad. Photo: Alamy; and (right) Robert Phayre. Photo: Getty Images

Opinion: Gold cannons and a poison plot

  • Born in 1831, Malhar Rao Gaekwad was notorious for his misrule over the princely state of Baroda
  • He was accused by the British appointed representative, Robert Phayre, of attempting to poison him

Nick Cave at a concert with his band at the Norwegian music festival Bergenfest in 2013. (Photo: Alamy)
Nick Cave at a concert with his band at the Norwegian music festival Bergenfest in 2013. (Photo: Alamy)

A precious gem from a man of many talents

  • Nick Cave’s new album, Ghosteen, is the poet, singer-songwriter’s most exquisite work till date
  • On it, the ethereal songs take sadness born out of personal tragedy and make it wonderfully soothing

Ben Platt as Payton Hobart, the sociopathic lead of ‘The Politician’.
Ben Platt as Payton Hobart, the sociopathic lead of ‘The Politician’.

Empathy for the devil

  • Ryan Murphy’s glossy Netflix satire is about a budding politician in high school
  • ‘The Politician’ is polished, but disappointingly hollow and trashy