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amal shiyas

Amal is an assistant editor at Fifty Two. She is a history & film graduate.

Stories amal has worked on

Troops by Monika Mondal; Illustration by Akshaya Zachariah for FiftyTwo.in
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Troops

Monkeys and humans are fighting for space in Indian cities. Right now, it doesn’t look like a winnable war.
23 Jul 21
Mysore Star by Seema Singh; Illustration by Akshaya Zachariah for FiftyTwo.in
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Mysore Star

Not all new Indian cinema was born in Bombay, Calcutta or Madras. One pioneer helped build the Kannada movie world in Mysore. In the year of his birth centenary, this is the story of Shankar Singh.
06 Aug 21
Homelands by Rayan Naqash; Illustration by Akshaya Zachariah on FiftyTwo.in
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Homelands

For the nomadic Gujjar-Bakarwals of J&K, the abrogation of Article 370 came with a sliver of hope for their lands and livelihoods. But they’ve been losing both for years.
13 Aug 21
Khansama by Sadaf Hussain; Illustration by Akshaya Zachariah for FiftyTwo.in
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Khansama

A chef lifts the veil on his journey from home cook to TV stardom and the heat of the Indian restaurant kitchen.
20 Aug 21
Solo by Nikhil Eapen; Illustration by Akshaya Zachariah for FiftyTwo.in
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Solo

Three boats, three men, and the Indian history of one of the world’s last great adventures.
27 Aug 21
The Foreigner by Makepeace Sitlhou; Illustration by Akshaya Zachariah for FiftyTwo.in. Picture credit: Prakash Bhuyan.
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The Foreigner

An Assam Border Police official and ex-serviceman, Mohammed Sanaullah was the model Indian citizen. Then his employers decided he wasn't.
03 Sep 21
Majority Report by Alok Prasanna Kumar; Illustrations by Akshaya Zachariah for FiftyTwo.in
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Majority Report

For most of independent India’s history, President’s Rule was imposed on an average of 2.5 times a year. Now it’s rarely invoked. Here’s what changed the game for Indian federalism.
10 Sep 21
Reservoir Gods by Aparajith Ramnath; Illustration by Akshaya Zachariah for FiftyTwo.in
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Reservoir Gods

How the Cauvery was dammed, through the eyes of the project’s foremost champion, M. Visvesvaraya—and his fiercest critics.
17 Sep 21
Source Code by Vedica Kant; Illustration by Akshaya Zachariah for FiftyTwo.in
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Source Code

Liberalisation helped make India the world’s software capital. This is what it looked like to the men who built its most successful company, Infosys.
24 Sep 21
Stamina by Sohini; Illustration by Akshaya Zachariah for FiftyTwo.in
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Stamina

India’s marathon culture came of age thanks to liberalisation. It jump-started the career of many athletes, birthed new marketing strategies—and changed the lives of dozens of girls in a drought-prone village of eastern Maharashtra.
01 Oct 21
The Namesakes by Sanjana Ramachandran; Illustration by Akshaya Zachariah for FiftyTwo.in
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The Namesakes

The story of roughly fifty Sanjanas, how their parents decided to call them that, and the secret history of why Indians give their babies the names they do.
08 Oct 21
Rice, Fat, Meat, Streets by Ahmer Naqvi; Illustration by Akshaya Zachariah for FiftyTwo.in
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Rice, Fat, Meat, Streets

Why does biryani mean so much to so many people on the Indian subcontinent? The answers may be found on the streets of one of the world’s food capitals: Karachi.
15 Oct 21