HindustanTimes Thu,18 Dec 2014

Meet Dipika Pallikal and Joshna Chinappa, India's new racquet girls

They are glamorous, successful and full of life – and now Dipika Pallikal and Joshna Chinappa, India's new racquet queens, are making the squash world sit up and take notice.

If not an actor, I would have been an international art thief: Rahul Khanna

VJ-turned-actor Rahul Khanna talks about how he would have loved to take Marilyn Monroe out for dinner, playing the big brother and much more.

Yo Alok Nath so sanskaari

Master Haveliram from the ’80s Doordarshan show Buniyaad tells us how he became the brand ambassador of traditional values.

How to look pretty this Diwali

As you flit from one party to another, and smile for your 389th Diwali-wali group photo, make sure your make-up keeps up. We've tackled a few problems you might encounter while you put your game face on this year.

The six-pack Ram: Gurmeet Choudhary

Twenty five years after the original TV series, a new generation of viewers dicovered Ramayan through Gurmeet Choudhary. That his father is called Sitaram and the fact that his family read the Ramayan every day are just quirks of karma.

Don't we all love Theobroma?

Theobroma is where many young Mumbaikars sampled their first chocolate brownie or cheesecake. Ten years on, Kainaz Messman’s Theobroma remains Mumbai’s favourite sweet haunt and she’s only just begun.

What not to wear at Wills India Fashion Week

If only Fashion Week attendees understood that there is a difference between dressing to kill and murdering style. Keep it slick and chic and do not over-dress. Some looks should be reserved only for the ramp. Here are a few tips!

The making of an icon: Amitabh Bachchan

Amitabh Bachchan's life is a salute to iconicty. As the perennial icon of Hindi film, he seduces old age, acting effortlessly with Hema Malini and Tabu, revealing that an icon transcends generations, writes Shiv Visvanathan.

What if these series ended differently?

When How I met Your Mother came to an end this March – revealing the mother in How I Met Your Mother – fans felt cheated. We decided to list out alternative endings for other disappointing (for fans) series finales. Warning: spoilers aplenty!

I grew up mimicking Robert De Niro: Farhan Akhtar

He wrote and directed Dil Chahta Hai, acted and sang in Rock On!!, produced Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, judged Nach Baliye Season 1 and even launched a social campaign called MARD. Brunch interviewed the man with a beautiful smile and a husky voice, Farhan Akhtar.

Amitabh Bachchan has stood the test of time: Karan Johar

If there is one star who symbolises Hindi movies, it is Amitabh Bachchan. He has dominated Bollywood since the early '70s and continues to do so even today. Karan Johar shares fond memories about the legend.

The Gandhi you didn't know

Did you know there was racism even on the sets of Gandhi? Or, that Ben Kinsley who played Mahatma Gandhi abstained from drinking alcohol and gave up meat too until the film was made? These behind the scene stories will make you want to revisit the movie!

Around the world in 90 days

The year's almost drawing to a close and suddenly you realise that you are yet to fulfil your resolution to go out and explore the world. But where's the time to decide on the location, you wonder. We have done the job for you. Here's a compilation of international events/festivities to help you plan your holiday around. Take your pick!

My acting gets me appreciation. But yes, maybe I don't get the 'rates': Kay Kay Menon

Despite great performances in Sarkar, Life...In A Metro and Hazaron Khwaishein Aisi, Kay Kay Menon is one of our most underrated actors. But he says he's happy to just act and let his perfomance speak, rather than blow the trumpet.

Happiness is...

Ralph Lazar and Lisa Swerling, creators of the popular Happiness Is illustrations on Facebook, talk about how the Happy Page have turned everyday joy into an international phenomenon. Did you know that the idea for their illustrations was born in a jacuzzi?
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