Plain Type

What you see in front of you is not an essay. It is actually the outcome of an unspoken negotiation between two parties: the one who designed Proxima Nova (in this case‚ Mark Simonson) and the one who decided to use it. Speaking through its counters‚ bowls and tails‚ the typeface designer made his case clearly and plainly‚ never overselling the virtues of his creation. After … Continue reading Plain Type

Chanderi: A gossamer trail

Few tourists pass through the town of Chanderi, in spite of its 272 monuments. The simplest route to this remote hamlet is to alight at the nearest train station, Lalitpur, and drive 37 unwieldy kilometres from Uttar Pradesh into Madhya Pradesh. With roughly 30,000 inhabitants and a loom in almost every home (4,352 to be exact), unbeknownst to many, it is one of the most … Continue reading Chanderi: A gossamer trail

Works in progress

On a sultry Sunday afternoon, we were welcomed by artist-curator Sudarshan Shetty along with co-founders Riyas Komu and Bose Krishnamachari and Kochi Biennale Foundation CEO Manju Sara Ranjan at Aspinwall House, a heritage property by the sea and the primary venue of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale (KMB). Visibly exhausted and nervous about speaking in front of the group that had gathered around him, Shetty began to … Continue reading Works in progress