Sundaze with Moderas #2

Hello and welcome to Sundaze with Moderas, where I share top-of-mind thoughts, videos, links, interesting reads that I came across during the week, for you to read on your Sunday. They will primarily be centered around sustainability, fashion, and design, but it could be anything, really! I had asked my followers if they’d like an email newsletter or a blog feature – they chose the latter. But if you would like a dose of interesting reads on a lazy Sunday delivered to your inbox – I’m still figuring it out, so watch this space.

This week, it’s a reading-heavy Sunday, with articles & book recommendations in all my areas of interest – feminism, fashion ethics, reading, and more. Scroll on!

What’s on my mind?

How is 2018 nearing a close so soon? It feels like nothing has happened this year, but many things have. I had big plans for the blog this year and it is disappointing that I didn’t see them through. Hopefully in the time I have left of 2018, I can make the most of it. October has World Mental Health Day, so I’m excited to look out for & feature great initiatives at that time. Plus, I want to put some editorial content out on the blog – multiple ways to style your basic kurtis, anyone? Let me know 🙂

Fashion to Die For: A must-read


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The Business of Fashion magazine & website is a popular and reliable source of news and reporting for the fashion industry. This month, they put Kalpona Akter, a workers’ activist in Bangladesh on their cover, and her feature article takes you through the garment industry in Bangladesh, including the realities of sexual & physicalabuse that female workers face, and Kalpona’s tireless struggle for better conditions. 

“There’s no doubt we need these jobs. [The question is] do we need them at any cost?” – Kalpona

If you don’t read/click through anything else in this post, that’s okay, but please read this article & remember that there are real people behind your clothing.

Podcasting this week

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I managed to squeeze in a quick podcast when I was cooking, which was an episode of Malcolm Gladwell’s Revisionist History. Every episode re-examines something from the past—an event, a person, an idea, a song—and asks whether we analysed it the right way. I heard the first episode of Season 1, which discusses the curious case of the artist behind a popular painting, The Roll Call, and how she disappeared after the success. 

Weaving feminism, and the concept of moral licensing (which is a concept I didn’t know of), and taking that lesson into the case of Julia Gillard, former PM of Australia, it was thought-provoking. You can hear the episode here – perfect while you run your errands or prep your meals. The link also provides more reading documents & he has three seasons’ worth of content for your hearing pleasure.

What’s on my bookshelf?

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I’m currently reading Thinking Fast & Slow, for possibly the 5th time – I never finished it or got past 150 pages in my first 4 tries. The book continues to surprise me every time, in every chapter. I’m starting to prefer non-fiction over fiction thanks to such gems.

The book explores concepts of behavioural economics, written in a manner that does not alienate non-economics graduates. The author is now my idol. I highly recommend it if you’re looking for a non-fiction read.

Heard of an Instagram bookshelf?

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The New York Public Library (NYPL) recently began posting pages of novels to its Instagram stories (aptly called InstaNovels). They stated it to be a “reimagining of Instagram Stories to provide a new platform for iconic stories”. The first novel they’ve posted is Alice in Wonderland, illustrated by designer Magoz. 

I began reading the novel on Instagram yesterday (yes I often read multiple things at the same time), and I’m enamoured by the idea of consuming classic novel content in its true form but in a modern medium. I love how the stories are designed and animated mindfully, with a space to hold your thumb to make the story freeze for reading.

Check out the NYPL’s Instagram account here (the stories are on the highlights) & read more about the initiative here.


That’s all from me for this Sunday! I hope this gave you some interesting reads and tidbits. More to come. Questions? Feedback? Reach out to me in the comments.

2 thoughts on “Sundaze with Moderas #2

  1. Varsha, I’m really enjoying this series of posts (I hope that motivates you to keep going) and I especially like the links that you curate. I love listening to podcasts while I commute or cook, and I’m going to check out the Malcom Gladwell one. Thank you.

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