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HindustanTimes Sat,23 Aug 2014

How to add some tehzeeb to your conversation

The Pakistani dramas on Zindagi have taught us several things. TV soaps can have proper storylines, they don't have to go on endlessly and many more. But the Urdu language is the best takeaway. Few examples.

On the Brunch radar

From Vidyut Jamwal to the Pippin's song in Hobbit trailer, Saudamini Jain tells us what she loved and hated this week.

From the Biblio files

We’ve been eating our way through the ever-expanding pile of books on the Brunch bookshelf. Sample these

Fashion bloggers: Not just posers

If you thought every fashion blogger out there was just a clone of the other, you're missing out on great chroniclers of style who break free from convention.

A Pakistan less known

There's no doubt that Indians in Pakistan are followed. But away from the bombs and shrill rhetoric, lies another Pakistan with warmth and friendship writes Ruchira Hoon.

Why keeping up with pop culture isn't a great thing

Struggling to cope with opinions and feelings on Twitter, Facebook and god alone know what else? Ashish Shakya was too, until he realised how silly he was being.

Social media is full of cowards: Sonam Kapoor

Her refreshing frankness stands out in an industry where most stars like to play safe. Outspoken and honest, Sonam Kapoor says she gets bad press every time she opens her mouth.

Dump Jamie Dornan, pick your favourite Christian Grey

The first trailer of the much-anticipated film in recent times is out. And so seems the verdict. Very few seem convinced seeing Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey of Fifty Shades of Grey. Brunch presents its list of actors for the job.

Dipannita Sharma picks five super scary horror films

Pizza 3D actor Dipannita Sharma is a horror junkie. We asked her to recommend five horror films you may not have watched. Here’s the list.

All the world’s a stage, quite literally

Kitchens, terraces, courtyards, libraries, even a bus is substituting the stage. Expensive performance spaces are forcing troupes to jump off it.

Life after KBC: Into the world of middle-class crorepatis

How much does happiness cost? You don’t need Kaun Banega Crorepati’s Computerji to tell you that the answer is Rs. 1 crore. You just need to see what the TV quiz show’s winners have done with their lives since they won the prize money.

Riteish Deshmukh: The not-so-regular Bollywood star

He’s fought the flops, defied everyone’s predictions, made comedy his own and even emerged as a good producer. Actor Riteish Deshmukh is having the last laugh.

Why it’s trendy to read Manto again

The James Dean of India’s literary circles, Manto died in 1965, aged just 43. During his short and tumultuous life, he put out a body of work that challenged genres - short stories, novel, radio plays, essays, sketches and movie scripts. His best stories are reversed for the Partition though.

The fight for Her-yana

How women wrestlers and boxers are turning gender equations upside down and fighting prejudice in a state infamous for its patriarchal mindset.

Eid festivities: Eat, pray, shop... eat

The streets around Jama Masjid are almost imploding with activity during Ramzan. Festive delicacies and great shopping make it a must-visit this time of year.
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