The Bucket & the Shower

Examining bathing, modernity, heritage and nostalgia in India

Disorderly Design

In praise of local idiosyncrasies – India vs Singapore & global homogeneity

Ophelia Bears Down on Harvey

Reflections on the shaming of Harvey Weinstein


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Hamsini Shivakumar

Director of Leapfrog Strategy Consulting, Hamsini Shivakumar is an accomplished brand strategist, researcher and communications thinker with over two decades of experience. Loves studying human nature, with its myriad nuances and contradictions. Has a particular interest in developing new frameworks for addressing classic and new age branding issues. Published a WPP-Atticus award winning paper on global branding. Is a regular contributor to international and local publications.

New Delhi, India

Cathy Maisano

Cathy Maisano is a cultural and behavioural researcher, specialising in ethnography and semiotics. She has run her own freelance business called Cradle-Research in the UK where she has lived for ten and a half years. Now on her first ever ‘gap year’, she and her family have returned to Australia. ‘Getting under the skin of Down Under will be my daily pleasure!’

Sydney, Australia

Opal Cerdan

Author, critic, on the faculty of Tourism & Women's Studies at the Welsh campus of the Ecole des Hautes Etudes in Benllech, Anglesey. One of Opal's main areas of research is cross-dressing and subjectivity in Welsh political activism, with special reference to the Rebecca Riots of the 1830s and 1840s. She is also a postmodern cake designer creating fantastic icing sculptures with alcoves wherein may be displayed actual cake. Much acclaimed & decorated internationally, with awards for her work at the interface of patisserie, cultural insight & cyborg theory.

Benllech, Anglesey, UK