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HindustanTimes Sat,23 Aug 2014

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.

I’d love to dance like Madhuri Dixit: Yami Gautam

Bollywood’s pretty girl loves to gorge on Elaichi chai and bread pakoras. And how does she maintain her svelte figure after that? Well, it’s hot yoga for her. The Vicky Donor actor opens up to Brunch on much more.

Get a clean bill to health

Personal hygiene is important in any season, but particularly during the monsoon. Follow few good habits and keep skin infections, body odour, scalp infections, bad breath, etc at bay, writes Shikha Sharma.

Bukhara: It’s old but it works

Sometimes it takes an anniversary to remember and celebrate a great restaurant. Bukhara dates from a different era but its food is great. And this one has a soul, writes Vir Sanghvi.

Listen to the pouring rain...

When the monsoon comes, it brings with it the nay-sayers, who moan about the onset of the rains. But it’s the time to leave all your inhibitions aside and embrace the promise of the season, writes Seema Goswami.

A smart way to sell a smartphone

Serious about mobile phones? A brand called Xiaomi is on its way. Rajiv Makhni explains what the Xiaomi craze is all about – from its much-in-demand ‘only sold online’ model to updating their entire phone OS and features ‘Over the Air’ every single week.

A guide to mall prowlers during discount

Glide into a mall and chances are you’ll see mall prowlers of all kinds. One can easily slot them into some kind of a shopper or the other. Here’s how to identify them.

The truth about the Harry Quebert affair: A thriller you must read

This 600-page tome of a crime thriller written by Swiss writer Joël Dicker is about a struggling author set in Somerset and is full of twists and surprises at every turn.

On the Brunch radar

Brunch tells us the best and worst of the week – selfies of George Harrison in India and Pakistani actor Fawad Khan in Khoobsurat got our thumbs up while writer Arundhati Roy criticising Gandhi and Uttar Pradesh authorities talking nonsense deserved to be ridiculed.

The book club: The five stages of reading fan fiction

The young-adult reading experience is incomplete until you've read (and maybe tried writing) fan fiction. On the internet it is hard to miss it. Harder still is making sense of its content. Check out what we found.

55 years later: A look back at Apollo 11

On July 20, 1969 Apollo 11 landed on moon. It was a landmark moment and has since led to many such expeditions. But there were many who thought it was all a hoax; that it was simply some studio job done in the States. A look back.

On the Brunch radar

From the trailer of Mardaani to professional storytellers, Brunch tells you what worked and what didn't this week.

Rise and rise of English TV

From side-splitting sitcoms to thrilling crime-dramas to intriguing fantasies, English-language shows are altering the way an entire generation of Indians experiences television.

Another Jhumpa Lahiri? Not quite

But Mira Jacob's debut novel The Sleepwalker's Guide To Dancing adds a new dimension to the Indian immigrant experience. If Lahiri's books had Bengali characters anchored in New England, Jacob's novel is a rambunctious tale of a Syrian Christian family unfolding in New Mexico.

Imran Abbas Naqvi, the dude from Karachi

Meet the Pakistani actor who is making a two-fold debut in India - on the big screen with Vikram Bhatt's Creature 3D and the other on the small screen with his 2011 TV show Mera Naseeb which will go on air on new entertainment channel Zindagi.
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