Arts/Culture Category

In the second half of our two-part interview with Deepak Chopra, he answers questions about his recent book “You Are The Universe”, written with the physicist Menas Kafatos. Parvati Magazine: The understanding you share in You Are the Universe could be profoundly game-changing for many people. What is your wish for how people may change their lives and the world after reading it? Deepak Chopra: Human beings suffer because: They do not know their true self. They have cravings and addictions. They identify with their ego(s). They fear impermanence. TheyRead More
I’ll admit I was excited to hear about the brouhaha that was the announcement of the Best Picture Award at this year’s Academy Awards. I mean, if a live broadcast of a multi-million-dollar production with Hollywood’s best and brightest can’t nail the delivery of their grand finale, doesn’t that give us all permission to embrace our own imperfections? I saw La La Land in the theatre last month with the intention to write a review for this column… but the whole thing was just plain ‘blah blah land’ for me.Read More
Innovators of pop punk, Blondie, have come out with a new album Pollinator that just may be the 2017 equivalent of their 1978 classic album Parallel Lines. The leadoff single, Fun, certainly lives up to its name. It’s a witty, entertaining song reminiscent of tracks off the Parallel Lines record. While the production value is right in keeping with today’s great pop tracks, it’s still the sound that made Blondie so famous. Its pacing is urgent while laid back. The spaces in between the melodies breathe. It punches and kicksRead More
This month, Parvati Magazine spoke with Linda Balti, the founder and creative director of  Amour Vert, an eco-conscious company that creates clothing using natural, organic and recycled materials without toxic dyes. Made in America, this company has adopted a zero-waste philosophy and planted over a hundred thousand trees with their tree planting program. Parvati Magazine: What was the inspiration behind Amour Vert? Linda Balti, Amour Vert: Fashion is the second most polluting industry in the world behind big oil. We wanted to create a brand where great style and sustainabilityRead More
Grab your tissues, folks, because even though you know what to expect from the main plot points of Lion, you’ll be caught off guard by this beautiful and evocative film. Based on the real-life story (and adapted from the book A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley), Lion tells the dramatic and heart-wrenching tale of five-year-old Saroo. Born into a poor but happy family in rural India, Saroo gets separated from his older brother at a train station and accidentally ends up trapped and alone on a decommissioned passenger trainRead More
What does the bluegrass-country singer Alison Krauss have in common with the legendary producer Quincy Jones? They are two of the most decorated Grammy Award recipients to date. If you have been focused on pop, you might not realize that Alison has 27 Grammys and 42 nominations to her name, bridging pop, country and bluegrass, while Quincy has 28 Grammy Awards and 79 nominations, second only to the incredible classical conductor Georg Solti whose shelves boast 31 golden gramophones. Alison, however, is the most nominated and most awarded female singerRead More
Grab a blanket, a piece of cake, a cup of warm cocoa and bring this book to a window seat with some candles, and you’ll be ready to hygge. The Danish concept of “hygge” is having a moment in the spotlight; the Collins English Dictionary named hygge the runner-up (after Brexit) as word of the year in 2016. But what is it really all about? Well, to be honest, it’s a pretty basic concept. You light candles. You indulge in decadent cakes and nurse warm drinks. You hunker down inRead More
This month, I was tipped off by a friend to check out Patagonia, the outdoor clothing designer. You may have heard of the brand and their gear, but you might not have known how committed they are to sustainability on several fronts. They truly are a company that does everything they can to help preserve the environment. In researching and writing this article, I found myself impressed and inspired. Founder Yvon Chouinard is a rock climber, environmentalist and outdoor industry businessman. Early in his life, Chouinard became an avid climberRead More
Hidden Figures is a delight from beginning to end. I just got home from watching it in a packed theatre on a Friday night (which ended with the viewers applauding, myself included) and I can barely type out my praises fast enough. The ‘based on a true story’ movie features three African-American women who were ‘computers’ for NASA during the great race to space era. Before IBM mainframes, PCs, and iPads, there were humans sitting in rooms with pencils and papers cranking out calculation after calculation to determine how toRead More

Posted On February 17, 2017By Parvati MagazineIn Arts/Culture, Fashion, March 2017 - Relations

Fashion: Taska Bags, The Vegan Style

The bag you carry is more than a function of life. It is a part of your identity, your lifestyle, your look! At Taska, I build this idea into each design to make pieces that are as unique as you are. In addition to my commitment to style and function is a strongly held belief in producing items from 100% cruelty free materials. I use the highest quality vegan leathers, textures, wovens, felts, canvas and many other interesting textiles. The mixing of fabrics and textures has become the signature lookRead More