With the increasing penetration of internet and smartphones in rural India the last few years, we notice a substantial increase in people’s engagement with them. As the internet makes inroads into the previously untouched parts of the country, we also witness a surge not only in consumption, but also in content creation. A consequence of … Read more

In the past decade, a number of anthropologists have provided fascinating insights into people’s digital behaviour. People have been increasingly using the internet for a varied number of reasons such as to socialize, consume and produce knowledge, for entertainment, work etc. Moreover, the pandemic further accelerated our usage of the digital. Even in India, as … Read more

The word intimacy was first used in the English dictionary in 1632. Since then the word has gone through its own tumultuous journey. Over centuries, its meaning has evolved and branched out acquiring newer dimensions.  “Intimacy has traditionally been fixed in the realm of the private and the personal and viewed as physical contact within … Read more

The ancestral village of Kamala Harris, US Vice President-elect, erupted in celebrations hailing her victory in the US presidential election. The residents of the village have been showcasing a lot of love and support as they even performed a special puja earlier to show their support for her campaign. Feature Picture Credit: The Guardian (https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/nov/08/kamala-harris-south-india-joy-daughter-of-our-village)

With the onset of Covid-19 a few months back, the world around us changed in ways we had never imagined. In one way or another, people witnessed almost every aspect of their life undergoing a transformation. Like many other countries, India too began to observe a lockdown from mid-march. However, India’s lockdown was much more … Read more

With the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, people’s lives across the globe turned upside down. Many professions and industries found themselves unprepared to adapt to this new lifestyle and struggled to find their place in this new way of being. Even for the qualitative researchers, there was an immediate pressure to adapt to this new … Read more

Visuals by Srinidhi Chandrashekar, with inputs from Rupali Kapoor and Tanvi Gupta. About the author Srinidhi Chandrashekar is an intern at the Consumer Culture Lab. She is currently pursuing her master’s in design at NID, Gandhinagar. From advertising to design, she believes that her work has journeyed from communicating to users to understanding users, and … Read more

Food blogger Gaurav Wasan, highlighted the plight of an elderly couple who are selling fresh food in South Delhi. He made a video in which the elderly man was teary-eyed while narrating the financial plight he was going through with the business slowing down. The video went viral instantly with people sharing it on their … Read more

Many authors have tried to define culture. Varnum and Grossmann synthesize these definitions and state that culture is “a shared set of ideas, norms, and behaviors common to a group of people inhabiting a geographic location”1. This suggests that culture can have multiple levels as there can be different groups with different beliefs. Nonetheless, in … Read more

During an Instagram Live session, popular Punjabi and Bollywood singer, actor Diljit Dosanjh had an interesting ‘clash’ with Amazon’s virtual assistant Alexa. The video showed the hilarious exchange that followed between the two as Diljit repeatedly kept asking Alexa to play his latest track. It immediately became viral and has received over 2.5 million views. … Read more

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