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This Should Be Your Go-to Quarantine Reading List

With conventional means of entertainment being scarce amidst the lockdown, the internet has proved to be a saviour with a variety of options to keep us occupied. 

While the pandemic keeps us inside our homes, here is a list of super cool and, for some reason lesser known but totally amazing online resources to buy and treasure. We bet these will keep you hooked during the lockdown. 

1. Soupgram by Meera Ganapathi:

With the current resurgence in digital magazines and publications, more and more are debuting regularly, with each one specializing in interestingly niche segments of the society. Soupgram is one such beautifully crafted product that delivers distinct and relatable contemporary accounts of modern-day India.  The trimonthly issue distinguishes itself with curated content and insightful stories which instantly immerse you in. Covering everything from essays, interviews and personal logs  to Indian culture, society and food, Soupgram relates a little bit to the everyday in all of us. 

2. Pari by P.Sainath:

Bringing you the unsung heroes from rural India, Pari focuses on archiving the issues that surround our incredible and diverse countryside like no other. It examines the grit and mettle of thousands of rural households and it’s people by bringing to you their stories, languages, occupations, culture, poetry and much more. With visually gripping documentation that strikes an emotional and sensitive  chord Pari is aptly ‘the living archive of the world’s most complex countryside’.

3. The Meraki Project by Sonali Pamnani Jhabakh:

An all women’s club that serves as a social reformer by creating powerful and thought provoking content that spreads awareness and inspiration about the lives of women. An intriguing and one of a kind mix of features and blogs, both created and curated, that address gender, equality, body, sex, age, growing and more with stunning visuals that stand out. With all three of their issues available online for free, you’ll be glued to your screen soaking every bit in. 

4. The Alipore Post by Rohini Kejriwal: There are a lot of Indian magazines, online resources and journals that deliver art and poetry online. However, The Alipore Post won us over with its diverse storytelling. The weekly poetry and art newsletter is perfect for those Sunday evenings on the balcony with a warm cup of coffee to find your refuge in. You’ll discover a newfound love for poetry which will keep you aching for more and even inspire you to write some. The journal binds inspirational words, music, illustrations, images, and ideas that encourage people to simplify their lives and explore new things. 

5. Daak by Onaiza Drabu and Prachi Jha: The untold stories of men and women from Indian culture and heritage. Interestingly, Daak attempts to revive and preserve the written word in a way that it fills the cultural vacuum caused by technological advancement. It explores the unexplored treasure trove of living heritage in the Indian Subcontinent by featuring conversations, artwork, literature and stories.  Daak, will literally, arrive to your inbox every week and take you back to an untold era you wished you were a part of unequivocally.

Written by: Ar.Dev Tyagi




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