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HindustanTimes Tue,23 Sep 2014

On the Brunch radar

Brunch is very excited about the goth-looking black burger to be introduced by Burger King in Japan while gives a thumbs-down to the Humans of New York in India. Here's a roundup of the week.

Why Masaba Gupta, Huemn and Quirkbox are taking the high street route

Haute couture is all very well and has its takers. But what the market is yearning for is affordable pret. Older designers may rely on bridal collections, but young designers have set their sights on the mass market, writes Sujata Assomull Sippy.

Issued by the Brunch Book Club

Stella Rimington's espionage novel, Close Call, or Cyrus Mistry's collection of short stories, Passion Flower? There can never be enough book recommendations. But every few weeks Brunch brings you a selection you may like - because its always nice to talk about books. Take your pick.

Fight disease naturally

We've read all about anti-oxidants, but do you really know much about them? They not only protect your DNA from breaking down and mutating, but also prevent arthritis, heart diseases and cancers. Here's a primer by Dr Shikha Sharma.

How to pretend to be a lit pro for Facebook’s 10-book challenge

Because, you know, as long as you sound like you're well-read, nobody will be able to tell the difference.

Why Indian fashion designers are obsessed with weddings

The answer to this pertinent question is a four-letter word: C-A-S-H. The big fat Indian wedding is estimated to be worth Rs. 1,00,000 crore - and wedding apparel makes up Rs10,000 crore of that!

Why I will miss Poonam Pandey on Facebook

Brunch staffer Asad Ali has a soft spot for the weird. He is (still) lamenting the demise of Poonam Pandey's Facebook account.

The case of the vanishing Armenians

There are fewer than 100 Indian Armenians in Kolkata. They were once a prosperous community but their numbers have dwindled dradtically in half a century. Brunch brings you potraits from the past and the present.

Biryani in your pizza is not just a sad story, it is a trend

From Mc Donald's Chipotle Wrap to KFC's Rice Bowlz, international fast food chains are costumising to the Indian food market like never before - the result is not always pretty.

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?

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.

MC Mary Kom - unboxed

Born in a remote village to landless labourers, she beat overwhelming odds to win five world boxing championships. You've seen the film. Now, get to know the real Mary Kom who inspired the biopic.

And the countdown begins - #BrunchBookChallenge

There are just 100 days left in 2014. And 100 days is all you need to devour 24 books- four full days to finish reading each book. Here's advice on how to reach your goal. What are you waiting for?

The big booty obsession

From JLo to Beyonce, Deepika Padukone to Sonam Kapoor- butts seem to be having a major moment in pop culture. We get to the bottom of it in a neat little graph. Shake that booty baby!

Bang Bang is going to be the most 'paisa vasool' movie: Hrithik Roshan

With a body like a Greek god, and smile that makes girls swoon, Hrithik Roshan is one of the hottest B-town heartthrobs, despite being a father of two. In an interview with Brunch, he opens up about things that nobody knows about him.
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