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HindustanTimes Sun,31 Aug 2014

Why Hay Festival is called 'Woodstock of the mind'

The literary festival takes place in a town called Hay-on-Wye in Wales, UK. That this quiant town should host the festival isn't surprising as it has, for long, been the mecca for bibliophiles and was the world's first book town.

Netas and their speeches

What does a politician really mean when he is handing out a sickening, sweet or sickeningly-sweet speech? Basically, what he means to say is, believe my words at your own risk. Some samples.

The Firangi Tadka awards: the whiny, the forever lost, the weird

Mercifully, these don't go on and on like the desi ones. But they aren't without their share of absurdities - from the most convoluted plot (Lost) to January Jones (Mad Men) for being a selfish cry baby. Check them out.

Candy Crush Saga effect: the addiction called mobile gaming

Whether or not Indian developers pull their games off the market for being addictive or not, mobile games will probably keep gamers addicted for a long time to come, writes Shreya Sethuraman.

Sudarshan Shetty: the collector of untold stories

Fresh from a successful show in Delhi, installation artist Sudarshan Shetty tells HT Brunch how he is inspired by Bollywood and Bhakti poets.

If I vote this time, then I’ll go for NOTA, says Kalki Koechlin

In a chat with HT Brunch, actor Kalki Koechlin talks of a host of topics ranging from the best thing about Bollywood to why we need a womanifesto and not manifesto.

When spring cleaning actually feels good

It is the season for spring cleaning, and discovering tiny hidden treasures in the nooks and crannies of your home is the best thing about it, says Shreya Sethuraman.

The name is Bond, Ruskin Bond

On his birthday today, we revive an interview we conducted with Ruskin Bond in his beloved Mussoorie sometime back. The author recalls leopards, London and his 20s.Excerpts from the interview.

Quiz Hour: how much our first-time voters know

India goes to the polls starting tomorrow. So we asked college kids, many of them first-time voters, about what’s happening. Their answers hurt so much, we almost cried.

Know your vitamins, minerals better

Vitamins and minerals are called micronutrients because the body needs only tiny amounts of them, but to miss them can be disastrous, writes Shikha Sharma.

Why HTC’s new smartphone is the most stunning phone today

Confused about which of the two recent launches -- HTC One M8 or the Samsung Galaxy S5 – is the top-of-heap smartphone? In part I of this two-part series, Rajiv Makhni tells you what makes M8 brilliant.

On poll eve, some free advice for our netas

In this season of poll mania, it is hard not to get caught up in the madness. At the same time, one is compelled to offer some free and unsolicited advice to all the candidates in the fray, writes Seema Goswami.

A taste of two cities: favourites in Delhi, Mumbai

From Italian to Japanese, a couple of Delhi's restaurants are offering food worth going back for. In Bombay, I'm finally willing to name my favourite eating places, writes Vir Sanghvi.

Jacqueline Fernandez had her first crush in Class II

From why Sri Lanka will always remain home to being jobless between two releases in a year, the Lankan beauty chats up on a host of topics with HT Brunch.

Sunny Leone: confessions of a porn star

Riding high on the success of Ragini MMS 2, Sunny Leone has come a long way from her Bigg Boss days. What she still retains is her honesty and belief in her work. We revisit an interview we did in 2011 with the adult entertainment actor-turned-Bollywood star.
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