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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Seema Khanwalkar

Seema Khanwalkar is an academic semiotician and a semiotic consultant in India. She enjoys interpreting contemporary shifts in Indian society and culture as they relate to food, urban living, advertising, films arts, architecture etc. - focusing on the semiotics of the contemporary traditions in India, contemporary art as narrative spaces and semiotics of architectural art, a continued interest since her doctoral research. She heads a one of its kind Master's program in Arts Journalism at CEPT University, in India.

Ahmedabad, India

Sandra Mardin

Sandra is a British Macedonian apprentice in the field of semiotics and cultural insight, fascinated with decoding communication, cultural innovation, identities and intercultural misunderstandings. She has so far completed a dissertation on theatrical performances of Shakespeare in Japan; researched the role of culture in English language teaching and conducted contrastive analysis of the English and Macedonian media discourse. After working for almost a decade in Skopje’s independent alternative radio station Kanal 103 and singing in several indie-pop bands, she moved to the UK where she continues to blog about music, contemporary design, innovation and cultural trends in her tumblr blog Lofidelica.

London, United Kingdom

Habiba Allarakia

Habiba Allarakia has worked since the early 1990s in business and marketing research across diverse markets and categories, with 6 years in Western Europe, Central and Eastern Europe and the Middle East and over a decade in the Arabian Peninsula. Habiba was the first woman to work at Procter & Gamble Saudi Arabia, where she set up the now flourishing women’s office. Her key areas of expertise are strategy & initiative development, building brands & portfolios, consumer insight and market understanding. Habiba loves reading, the sea, travelling and discovery.

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia