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HindustanTimes Fri,25 Jul 2014

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.

A Pakistani revolution on Indian soil

Indian designers seem to have given the salwar kameez a miss but the garment has got an elegant makeover from Pakistan. Called the 'Pakistani suit', Indian women are lapping it up for its cuts and style that flatter Asian women.

Mila Kunis is the one I'd love to work with: Arjun Kapoor

He arrived with a bang with Ishaqzaade. With Gunday and 2 States he showed his staying power in Bollywood. In an interview with Brunch he talks of his fantasy, fears and what it means to be Anil Kapoor's nephew.

Who's the baddest man on TV?

Who would you pick? Is Walter White from Breaking Bad worse than Petyr Baelish of Game of Thrones? We compared the meanest monsters on TV today and found some surprises. Check them out.

Rediscovering the lost art of interview

Tired of the shouty journos on TV supposedly interviewing a newsmaker? Well, you are not the only one. There are a whole bunch of those in media today. Seema Goswami tells us what makes up for a good interview.

Fad or fact: Busting myths behind food

From the goodness of red wine to the benefits of olive oil, there are too many theories about food, health and dieting. Vir Sanghvi does a deep dive to try and find how many of these have a scientific foundation.

Are you prepared for a driverless car?

The fantasy of driverless cars has been with us for ages. Movies and sci-fi books have had them and various companies have given it a go. It's only now that new experiments have shown that this may soon be a reality, writes Rajiv Makhni.

Can milk be bad for you?

Do you feel gassy, nauseated and bloated after eating a dairy product? Chances are you have lactose intolerance which means your body can't digest lactose. Shikha Sharma tells you how to deal with it.

Biting the bullet: If India could zoom fast

India just got its first Bullet train from Mumbai to Ahmedabad (well, at least on paper. It gets operational only in 2022.) And that got us thinking - what if, we have Bullet trains crisscrossing through all major Indian cities? We calculated just how long it will take to travel from Delhi to other metros and see what we found.

Biting the bullet: If India could zoom fast

India just got its first Bullet train from Mumbai to Ahmedabad (well, at least on paper. It gets operational only in 2022.) And that got us thinking - what if, we have Bullet trains crisscrossing through all major Indian cities? We calculated just how long it will take to travel from Mumbai to other metros and see what we found.
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