True Conservation

BY RON THOMSON After World War II, the League of Nations was dismantled and replaced by a new international organisation which called itself The United Nations (the UN). In 1948, the UN created a sub-division of its responsibilities which it called the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). UNEP’s purpose was to address itself to all matters pertaining to the environment. Dividing its responsibilities, UNEP established … Continue reading True Conservation


BY CSMI STAFF WRITER Nikhil Chopra is an Indian contemporary artist based in Goa, India. Chopra’s art—a complex amalgam of durational performance, painting, drawing, sculpture, and photography—critically explores issues relating to identity, politics, history, and the body. Born in Kolkata to a Kashmiri family, after attaining a degree in commerce, Chopra began studying fine arts. After first completing a BFA at The Maharaja Sayajirao University … Continue reading Chopra

The Seven Pagodas

BY RASHMI SINGH Mamallapuram, also called Mahabalipuram or Seven Pagodas, is an historic town, in northeast Tamil Nadu state, in south eastern India. It lies along the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal 37 miles (60 km) south of Chennai (Madras). The town’s religious centre was founded by a 7th-century-CE Hindu Pallava king—Narasimhavarman, also known as Mamalla—for whom the town was named. Ancient Chinese, … Continue reading The Seven Pagodas

Malabar Prawns

Ingredients 400g raw king prawns 2 tsp turmeric 3-4 tsp Kashmiri chilli powder 4 tsp lemon juice , plus a squeeze 40g ginger , half peeled and grated, half finely sliced into matchsticks 1 tbsp vegetable oil 4 curry leaves 2-4 green chillies , halved and deseeded 1 onion , finely sliced 1 tsp cracked black pepper 40g fresh coconut , grated ½ small bunch coriander , leaves only Method STEP 1 Rinse the prawns in cold water and pat dry. Toss them … Continue reading Malabar Prawns

Has Woke Won?

BY JAMES BEMBRIDGE Titling her book on the assumption that it has, Joanna Williams delivers a powerful critique against this cultural cancer which has now metastasised itself into every aspect of our lives. It may seem absurd to afford a tabloid buzzword like Woke with any degree of intellectual seriousness, but Williams’ arguments – peppered with persuasive evidence and delivered in a scholarly and detached … Continue reading Has Woke Won?

Jitish Kallat

BY CSMI STAFF WRITER Working in a diverse array of materials, Jitish Kallat makes installations, paintings, and sculptures that take inspiration from the people and paradoxes of his native city of Mumbai. His monumental sculptures, such as Eruda and Annexe (2006), mythologise India’s urban poor, whom he depicts as both disenfranchised and remarkably resilient. He cites a broad range of influences, from Pop art and Dada to Persian miniatures and billboards, coalescing in … Continue reading Jitish Kallat

Following the Hippie Trail

BY RASHMI SINGH The hippie trail is the name given to the overland journey taken by members of the hippie subculture and others from the mid-1950s to the late 1970s between Europe and South Asia, mainly from Turkey through Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, to Nepal; an alternative route ran from Turkey to the Levant. The hippie trail was a form of alternative tourism, and one … Continue reading Following the Hippie Trail

Keema Pav

Ingredients 4 garlic cloves 1cm piece ginger, peeled 700g lamb mince (10-20% fat) 2 tbsp vegetable oil 5-7 curry leaves 2 medium onions, finely chopped 2 medium tomatoes, finely chopped 3 green chillies, finely chopped 1 tbsp coriander leaves, finely chopped, plus extra to serve 1 heaped tsp Kashmiri chilli powder (or mild chilli powder) 1⁄2 tsp ground turmeric 180ml coconut milk 1 tsp dark brown soft sugar 2 tbsp red or white wine vinegar 1 tbsp lemon juice For the spice powder 3 green cardamom pods 1 … Continue reading Keema Pav