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Is London losing its cultural diversity to a rising tide of built-for-Instagram aesthetics?

Is London losing its cultural diversity to a rising tide of built-for-Instagram aesthetics?

Culture, Design, Featured, Lifestyle, photography, Society
Whether it’s an art exhibition, a new restaurant, or an inner-city festival, it appears that London’s cultural institutions must now cater to the like-seeking social media space first and foremost. In a city with more than enough foodies to fill seats, if your new restaurant lacks Instagram appeal — be that the food or the décor — it’s unlikely to get much in the way of footfall. It’s often seen by businesses as a platform for free promotion, but is the price of success a sacrifice at the Instagram altar? To some, it’s not seen as a sacrifice, especially if it boosts business and tourism. But are we conceding some of the uniqueness of London by applying the same cookie cutter social media aesthetics as other global cities to our art and public spaces? In the restaurant busines
Childfree and Proud pt.2 – By the grace of God

Childfree and Proud pt.2 – By the grace of God

Featured, Feminism, Investigations, Religion, Specials
“God blessed them; and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth." Genesis 1:28 In the first part of Childfree and Proud,  Kirsty, Rebi and Jena described their experiences when dealing with parents who do understand their desire to never have children and the complicated relationship the community has with traditional media. But this is only scraping the surface.   Kirsty, Jena and Rebi strongly believe that a big part of the social conditioning that pushes women towards motherhood has a lot to do with religion. “All of them”, Kirsty adds.    In Jena’s words: “religion is just a book full of rules on how to live your
This might be the worst Christmas ever

This might be the worst Christmas ever

Culture, Lifestyle
For many Christmas is one of the most joyous holiday seasons. What should be a memorable time of love, family, friends, grand gestures, gifts, devouring mince pies and singing Christmas carols, for others is a time of overdrinking and sleeping before 9 pm to avoid curling into piles of holiday despair. The harsh reality is that Christmas isn't always all it cracks up to be in the films. When you're in a different country to your loved ones, been dumped, broke or suffering from food poising, Christmas isn't so great. The Voice of London took to the internet to ask: "What's your worst Christmas holiday experience?" The anonymous responses on Whisper were both sad, mildly funny and enough to make you want to say "bah humbug." Hopefully, you'll be having a better Christmas than this,...
The real India: Illiteracy, culture and hope

The real India: Illiteracy, culture and hope

culture, Culture, Feminism, Lifestyle, Travel
What comes to your mind when you think of India? Taj Mahal, and the Himalayas; novels by renowned authors like Chetan Bhagat and home to world’s most beautiful and cultural resorts, perhaps. India, without a doubt, has a beautiful culture and heritage. Different states offer unique and diverse forms of culture like musical heritage, sculpturing, traditional beliefs, dances, food, languages, and festivals. The state of Rajasthan, for example, follows the principle ‘Attithi Devo bhavo’ which means treat your guests as you would treat God. Being ruled by many rulers in the past, each region in Rajasthan has its own folk culture. As a tourist, you will find a variety of food you need to try. The state itself is known for its spices and sweetness. One particular dish called ‘dalbati’
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