Best of Brunch 2014

  • Brunch team, Hindustan Times
  • Updated: Jan 02, 2015 20:26 IST

We hope you read Brunch every single Sunday of the year – but In Case You Missed It, here's a rundown through some of our best cover stories of the year

January 11: Nepal’s Out Of The Closet
Just after India re-criminalised homosexuality, we look at the success of Nepal’s rainbow movement, which has made it the sub-continent’s most gay-friendly destination

February 9: Mush Ado Over A Guy
Bestselling writer Anuja Chauhan wrote an exclusive short story on romance. This is also a prequel to her first book The Zoya Factor (2008)

February 16: Out of the Shadows
The incredible story of the Panna Tiger Reserve – where the tiger count went from zero to 24 in just six years. It got us trending on Twitter

February 23: 10 Years of Brunch
Brunch completed 10 years in 2014. And so, we put together a special two-part issue on the theme 'Look How We've Changed' highlighting the journey of not just the magazine, but also our lives. Plus, we asked writers and authors, specialists in their fields, to do a series of essays for us

April 20: The IAS-wallahs
Welcome to the urban ghettos of Delhi where thousands of starry-eyed IAS aspirants from all over India land feet first. Here – Rajinder Nagar, Mukherjee Nagar... – they spend most of their 20s pursuing the civil services dream

May 4: The Qureshi Quotient
Meet the Qureshis: India’s first family of Indian cuisine, whose recipe for success borrows as much from tradition as it does from good old-fashioned ingenuity. The curious tale of how 30 members of one Lucknowi family came to dominate north Indian cuisine across the country’s top restaurants.

May 18: The Internet Humour Special
Our third annual issue on humour, this about shudh desi online humour. And how the Internet became the funniest place in India. You're going to #ROFL your way through this one #satire #memes #GIFs #puns #videos #Facebook #Twitter # parody #uncensored

May 25: City Lights
Patna in 2014: Reduced crime, a throbbing nightlife and the world’s longest WiFi zone – Bihar’s once notorious capital, appears to be high on an edgy cocktail of the quaint and the contemporary

June 1: The Mango Men of Malihabad
Known for its fabled varieties of mangoes such as the Dussehri and Langda, Malihabad is also home to families who have been growing the fruit for 200 years and have amazing tales to tell about their legendary ancestors and orchards. We walk you through it

June 22: 54 Indian Novels you MUST read
An incomplete list of the finest Indian novels in English (including translations from regional languages), handpicked by our special jury of writers, publishers and academics. You can’t afford to not read these books. It got us trending on Twitter

August 10: Independence Day Special - Then and Now
We found old photographs of Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata landmarks and shot them again, from the same angles. We present these beloved cities in photographs that juxtapose the old with the new – to chronicle how they've changed over the last six decades. It got us trending on Twitter

August 24: Many Flavours of Fame
The inspiring story of Michelin-starred chef Vikas Khanna and how he went from Amritsar to America, from whipping up meals for kitty parties to White House dinners and from overcoming disability to being voted the sexiest man alive

August 31: The World according to Nasser
A profile of Naseeruddin Shah – and his unbelievably interesting life. Plus, extracts from his searingly honest autobiography, ‘And Then One Day’

September 14: In Search of a Lost Time
Once a prosperous community of a few thousand in Calcutta, Indian-Armenians have shrunk to fewer than 100 people. This is the fascinating story of how they dwindled to just a handful in just half a century

September 21: Mary Kom Unboxed
MC Mary Kom beat overwhelming odds to win five world boxing championships. Here's her story from a remote village to her biopic – and what she felt like when she watched the story of her life on the big screen

September 28: Where Satyagraha was Born
To commemorate Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday, we go on the Gandhi trail in South Africa, where he – even before he became Mahatma – orchestrated a powerful campaign of non-violent resistance

November 2: Casino Nights
A report from the tables of India’s only off-shore casinos – glamourous, glittering floating vessels on the river Mandovi in Goa

November 23: Dan Brown Decoded
Just like his books, Dan Brown’s life is rooted in controversy, criticism and cliffhangers. Here is the story of the writer, before and after The Da Vinci Code

November 30: What an Idea India
A blanket that fights mosquitoes, a washing machine that fits in a bucket, a fridge that needs no electricity. Author and entrepreneur Rashmi Bansal picked out ideas with the most promise

December 7: Get Hitched Without a Hitch
Marriages are made in heaven, but in Sawantwadi, a few kilometres from Goa, they’re solemnized speedily. The little town is paradise for Indian couples who want to wed. Brunch went undercover

December 14: Kitnay Dialogues Thay
In this Bollywood Special, we revisit some iconic lines, from yesteryear movies to present times. Plus, get an insight from some of the film industry's biggest names on the art of dialogue writing #Dialoguebaazi. It got us trending on Twitter

From HT Brunch, January 2, 2015
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