Arts/Culture Category

I’ll be honest: I did not expect to like Wonder Woman. I’m not typically a big fan of superhero movies. I’ve actually never read a Wonder Woman comic or seen the 1980s Lynda Carter series on TV. I’m not necessarily the target audience for summer blockbusters. But oh, let me count the ways I loved this movie! Gal Gadot’s portrayal of Diana’s strength and innocence, fearlessness and faith was pure bliss. I also now know what all the fuss is about regarding Chris Pine. Not only is he Mr. McDreamyRead More
Bestselling author Deepak Chopra recently teamed up with Grammy winners Paul Avgerinos and Kabir Sehgal (also a bestselling author) to create an artistic project around immigration. HOME: Where Everyone is Welcome combines poetry and music in a heartfelt portrayal of the immigrant experience in America. Parvati Magazine’s music editor Rishi Deva spoke with the three artists about their collaboration. Parvati Magazine: Who came up with the idea to write a book of poetry about inspiring immigrants in America? Paul Avgerinos: Not only are the three of us immigrants or theRead More
This month’s book is for anyone who struggles to do what they know is good for them: exercise regularly, meditate daily, eat healthier, keep in touch with friends, or stay on top of the clutter of life. Author Sharon Lipinski is a self proclaimed “Habit SuperHero” and certified corporate wellness specialist. She is also the founder of the nonprofit Change Gangs: Virtual Giving Circles (which pools donations from many people to make a bigger impact toward a specific cause). 365 Ways to Live Generously is her first offering to helpRead More
H&M is one of the biggest international fashion stores selling trendy clothes, accessories, shoes, and home items at affordable prices. In 2012, they launched their Conscious Collection in 100 stores comprised of organic cotton, hemp, recycled polyester, linen and tencel clothes. Fast forward to today, H&M continues to expand their Conscious Collection and practices with the end goal to produce all their clothes using sustainable materials by 2030. If you haven’t already seen these clothing items and are curious to do so, keep your eyes peeled for green tags thatRead More
When I thought about what to write about this month, I was brought back to the message Bob Dylan shared with his song Gotta Serve Somebody from his Grammy-winning 1979 album Slow Train Coming: You might be a rock ‘n’ roll addict prancing on the stage You might have drugs at your command, women in a cage You may be a business man or some high-degree thief They may call you doctor or they may call you chief But you’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes you are You’re gonnaRead More
Gifted is a heartwarming, if somewhat formulaic movie, that follows the story of a spirited young math prodigy Mary (McKenna Grace) and her hunky slacker uncle turned-father-figure Frank (Chris Evans). Frank stepped in as Mary’s guardian when his sister, Mary’s mom, committed suicide. They were eking out their somewhat unconventional life in a beachside town and happily living under the radar, until Frank decides it is time for Mary to start school. It is at school where her precociousness is noticed by the school administration and trouble soon follows. TheRead More
Image credit: Instagram/Mata Traders This month, I’m featuring fashion blogs and Instagram feeds that I enjoy looking at for fresh ideas, brands, eco-fashion news and information, seasonal highlights, and of course, images for style inspiration! Here are three diverse eco-fashion bloggers and organizations that I adore. “Sustainably Chic” by Natalie Kay Natalie Kay is a fashion, beauty, and lifestyle blogger for Sustainably Chic. With a background in fashion, Natalie left the mainstream side in 2014 to focus on sustainable fashion. Three years on, her fresh, beautiful, nature-filled images shot onRead More
You’ve probably heard of Sheryl Sandberg as the COO of Facebook and the bestselling author of Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead. Her latest offering, in collaboration with friend and psychologist, Adam Grant, is the newly released Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy. As arguably one of the world’s most successful and influential women (she once appeared on the cover of Time magazine with the byline “Don’t Hate Her Because She’s Successful”), you would be right to wonder what she would know about adversityRead More
Anne Lamott is the New York Times bestselling author of a number of books like Help, Thanks, Wow; Small Victories; Stitches; and Some Assembly Required. You may have seen her with Oprah on Super Soul Sunday or relaxing with her friends and dogs in Northern California. In addition to being a writer, she is a political activist, single mom, and self-described “jealous and judgemental human being”. In her newest offering, Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy, she shares a collection of nine chapters (essays, some would say) on experiences that run theRead More
First things first – don’t let the title of this movie fool you on this one, dear readers. This is not a kid-friendly period piece remake of Dr. Doolittle or a real-life action version of Zootopia. Instead, this cinematic gem offers a new perspective on the extremes of World War II. Based on a combination of both Diane Ackerman’s non-fiction book of the same name and the diaries of Antonina Żabińska (published in Poland as Ludzie i zwierzęta, translated as: People and Animals in 1968), The Zookeeper’s Wife starts inRead More