Arts/Culture Category

Just when you thought you couldn’t handle another romantic comedy, along comes The Big Sick to prove you wrong and redeem your faith in this worn-out genre. The film is based on a real-life story of comedian Kumail Nanjiani and his wife Emily V. Gordon (who, coincidentally, wrote the script together). Pakistan-born comedian and uber driver Kumail (played by himself) and grad student Emily (played by Zoe Kazan) navigate the modern-day challenges of dating in ways that are both heartwarming and hilarious. They form a romantic attachment after she “woo-hoo”sRead More
Joy Elkayam, Fashion Editor: Recycled products such as plastic bottles and alike are not new to eco-fashion. But new to me were Vivobarefoot’s new shoes, made of algae. Behind their eco-friendly practices, Vivobarefoot particularly stands out from mainstream shoe companies due to their philosophy to create shoes that mimic the feel of barefeet. This month, I interviewed their founder, Galahad Clark, about their outlook on bare feet, shoes, and algae. Parvati Magazine: Different from mainstream shoes, Vivobarefoot does not have thick cushiony soles or support. Instead, you create thin andRead More
The name Levi Strauss & Co. (LS&Co.) can bring to mind your favorite jeans, comfort and happy times. However, if you’ve been paying attention to the news about the garment industry lately, you may also have valid concerns about the environmental and social impact of your beloved jeans. It turns out, in the case of your Levi’s®, you can feel better than you might have expected. In a fashion world under fire for the environmental and human costs involved in clothing us all, LS&Co. have a strong commitment to leadershipRead More
Reading the insightful book Loveable felt like a long drive through the picturesque countryside in a convertible on a sunny Sunday afternoon – easy, liberating, and just where you want to be. It is the first full-length offering from Dr. Kelly Flanagan, the clinical psychologist and father behind the blog UnTangled and viral posts, “A Daddy’s Letter to his Little Girl (About Her Future Husband)” and “The Reason Every Kid Should Talk Back To their Parents”. Structured in three parts, it’s aligned with the three acts Flanagan says are partRead More
Image credit: Concepción Studios My relationship with Belle and Sebastian goes back to a rainy Edinburgh spring day in 1996. Out doing some record shopping, I followed a cobblestone backstreet to a bustling little shop whose display of local bands caught my eye. I was drawn to a monochrome picture of a young woman nursing a stuffed tiger in a bathtub. This was the cover for Tigermilk, their debut album. When I got back to my brother’s house and popped the CD into my CD Walkman, it was love atRead More
Maudie is equal parts frustrating and lovely. Its characters are simple, but complex. My heart was rooting for the two protagonists to “live happily ever after”, and yet I’m not sure I can say whether or not they actually did. Based on actual events, this movie focuses on the bleak love story of famous Canadian artist Maud Lewis, and her unlikely rise to folk art fame. It opens with Maud (Maudie), played by Academy Award nominee Sally Hawkins, sitting forlornly on the porch swing of a stately house. She hasRead More
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