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Tavishi Paitandy Rastogi

Tavishi Paitandy Rastogi

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Tavishi is the Editor of HT Cafe. In her 11 years with HT, she has worked with Brunch, the Sunday magazine, and written extensively on entertainment and lifestyle.

  • Dec 02, 2016 20:06
    Megastar Amitabh Bachchan was at his wittiest best during an interaction with filmmaker Karan Johar at the final session on Day 1 of the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit 2016 in Delhi on Friday, when he spoke to a full house not just about films and... read more
  • Sep 28, 2015 08:16
    As legendary Bollywood singer Lata Mangeshkar turns 86 on Monday, we bring 20 songs from her personal playlist that she shared with Hindustan Times magazine, Brunch. read more
  • Jan 18, 2015 11:10
    While reaffirming that he is not political, veteran actor Amitabh Bachchan says he doesn’t take decisions about whom to meet depending on their political affiliation. He also discusses film promotions, and why he remains guarded. read more
  • Nov 16, 2014 11:07
    She doesn’t waste reams of newsprint eulogising her love for alleged boyfriend Virat Kohli. Yet, she is bold enough to face the cameras as she cheers for him from the stands. Everything she does, or doesn’t do, makes news. Here\'s an exclusive interv... read more
  • Sep 19, 2014 18:28
    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. read more
  • Sep 06, 2014 18:11
    Ittar or attar is no longer about traditional strong fragrance. Today, it is being made to suit the modern world. The result is a fragrance that lingers on. read more
  • Aug 01, 2014 18:12
    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. read more
  • Jul 25, 2014 14:21
    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. read more
  • May 03, 2014 11:15
    After a forgettable debut, Tanishaa\'s career was all but over till Bigg Boss Season 7 happened. Now, she is back on TV as a comedy show judge. But can she make an impression? read more
  • Apr 19, 2014 13:44
    They will seem impossible to begin with but in time and with practice, these tips won\'t be hard to follow. Here\'s a simple guide to living a fuller life. read more
  • Apr 12, 2014 15:39
    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. read more
  • Apr 12, 2014 15:28
    From IQ levels that could put a seven-year-old to shame to a few who actually impressed with their candid confessions, here\'s a new awards series to reward those stars who graced Koffee with Karan this season. read more
  • Apr 12, 2014 13:53
    From Kapil Sharma\'s sexist comments which get him Babaji Ka Thullu award to Aankhon Ka Tara award which is reserved for Saurabh Jain (Krishna, Mahabharat), there\'s enough to tickle your funny bone. Read on. read more
  • Feb 28, 2014 20:36
    Romantic heroes are clean shaven or so the producers of new serial believed. But Ashish Sharma, the hot new hunk from Rangrasiya, always believed this character had to have a \'mooch\' and had his way. read more
  • Feb 01, 2014 15:59
    There is something strange about the bad men and women of today. They connive, manipulate and kill. They unnerve, and yet fascinate. It could be Prakash Raj in Singham or Supriya Pathak in Ram Leela. You hate them but can\'t get them out of your head.... read more
  • Jan 25, 2014 17:36
    You know those people who disdainfully say \"Indians, they\'re everywhere!\" Show them this Brunch copy. Let them have a good look at how their brethren - in every corner of the world - have taken India to greater heights. Filmmakers, actors, jazz singers,... read more
  • Jan 17, 2014 21:10
    Go on art and poetry trails, soak in the city\'s history, try rock climbing – all this and more without spending a single rupee! Read on and pick your favourite free Sunday pursuit! read more
  • Jan 03, 2014 18:37
    We have all seen them clinch big deals. Now find out how India’s women bankers -- Chanda Kochhar, Naina Lal Kidwai, Shikha Sharma, Vijaylakshmi Iyer, Kalpana Morparia and Kaku Nakhate – manage their ‘normal’ lives. read more
  • Dec 27, 2013 18:58
    Every year is about the people (and things) that make it fabulous. And so, in our year-end issue, we always look forward to who’s going to make it big next year. We ask a jury of experts to suggest names in Bollywood that will hit the jackpot. read more
  • Nov 15, 2013 16:38
    Making a lifetime commitment is stressful enough. How do you cope with the strain of planning a wedding? read more
  • Nov 09, 2013 15:14
    Can’t do without sweets? Maybe it’s time to stop giving in to your sugar craving. “The truth is that we can survive on a sugar-free diet because all the sugar that our bodies need is present in the carbs and the natural sweets we eat every day,” says... read more
  • Nov 08, 2013 17:41
    Director Abhinay Deo says 24 is just the begining of a new generation of TV shows, writes Tavishi Paitandy Rastogi. read more
  • Oct 25, 2013 16:57
    Diwali meant unending ‘patakebaazi’ with my cousins and staying out of the house till the wee hours,” says actor Siddharth Malhotra who spent 22 years of his life in Delhi, his home. read more
  • Oct 18, 2013 15:52
    The first experience of something, anything, has the power to break the mould, open your eyes and change your perspective. There is truly nothing quite like the first time. No love like first love and of course read more
  • Oct 10, 2013 16:35
    Once dismissed as ‘ordinary,’ Deepika Padukone has blossomed into a beautiful, talented, super successful star. But her middle-class upbringing ensures that she remains almost unnervingly grounded. read more
  • Sep 27, 2013 19:13
    Though thrilled with the success of The Lunch Box, Delhi girl Nimrat Kaur is upset that the film is not going to the Oscars. \"It\'s like a beautiful dream and the best part is that I am living my dream. It just couldn’t get any better,\" she says, about... read more
  • Sep 20, 2013 17:49
    As a parent, there must be a power differential with your children. read more
  • Aug 31, 2013 15:55
    On her 85th birthday we revist the best Hindi film songs of all time selected by Lata Mangeshkar (and Asha Bhosle). The legends list their favourites out of the thousands of numbers they\'ve sung. Listen in on a century of great film music with us! read more
  • Jul 26, 2013 16:34
    Can’t wait to watch read more
  • Jul 13, 2013 13:34
    Eight lessons for life, from those who took on Bollywood, the toughest industry in the world, and came out shining. The world’s biggest film industry is probably also the world’s hardest place to succeed. Thousands try, thousands fail and thousands more... read more
  • May 31, 2013 17:47
    There’s a Zen-like serenity to Delhi at dawn. Before the heat raises temperatures and tempers, the city is at its most accommodating. So, HT Brunch decided to fan out and experience the most enjoyable early morning... read more
  • Mar 29, 2013 14:45
    Irrfan and I by Tavishi Paitandy Rastogi Hot all right, but I didn’t think Irrfan would be fun. He seems so intimidating on screen. read more
  • Mar 29, 2013 14:14
    He is Hindi cinema’s best known name in Hollywood. And with the National Award for Paan Singh Tomar under his belt, Irrfan is pushing new boundaries read more
  • Mar 09, 2013 12:36
    Couplehood doesn’t mean you’re joined at the hip. Sounds insensitive? Maybe, but these days, the most common cause of relationships rupturing is that one partner is too clingy. Time to get real about romance read more
  • Feb 01, 2013 16:56
    She calls herself carefree, a loose canon. She hates to plan or wait for anything. From modelling to films to endorsements, do-it-now is her mantra... read more
  • Jan 18, 2013 20:24
    What’s on your to-do list? Plenty of things we bet. Big and small. Buying the new flavour of dahi that hit the stands last week, posting party pictures on Facebook and addressing the 54 replies that will inevitably follow, booking a summer holiday N... read more
  • Dec 12, 2012 17:47
    Life is short. Too short to climb every mountain, reinvent every wheel and make every mistake yourself. So why waste time when those who did it their way and did it well show us how to do it too. read more
  • Dec 12, 2012 17:25
    Traditionally the Bollywood cop has been the butt of many a joke. Our reel cops generally arrived late at the crime scene, were caricatured, sported weird hairdos (imagine Amitabh Bachchan or Mithun Chakraborty of the 1980s with shoulder-length hair),... read more
  • Nov 17, 2012 16:22
    Get to know the other side of Ali Zafar as we get up, close and personal with him! read more
  • Oct 06, 2012 15:51
    Scripts, endorsements, clothes, grooming and launching – production houses are taking complete charge of a debutant’s life, writes Tavishi Paitandy Rastogi. read more
  • Sep 21, 2012 17:12
    Guys, if you hope to score, you can’t be a boor. Make it through that crucial first date with actor and model Angad Bedi as your guide. First dates can be nerve wracking. I don’t know her likes and dislikes, but... read more
  • Sep 19, 2012 17:57
    What happens when a dark, brooding young man meets a lively, giggly young woman? Her artlessness and effervescence slowly erode his hard edges and he serenades her like never before read more
  • Sep 15, 2012 18:15
    Has the fact that you’re an older, younger or middle child shaped your personality? Three sets of celebrity siblings discuss the point. Kushalrani Gulab finds out more... read more
  • Aug 04, 2012 13:39
    Falling in love is complicated enough. But falling in love with a friend who is sleeping with you but not in love with you? Why make a cocktail of your relationship, asks Tavishi Paitandy Rastogi read more
  • Jul 20, 2012 11:26
    Leading hairstylist and wife of director-actor-singer Farhan Akhtar, Adhuna Akhtar shares her likes and dislikes with Tavishi Paitandy Rastogi. read more
  • Jul 12, 2012 19:13
    Till as recently as a couple of years ago, mothers-in-law asked uncomfortable questions, intrusive relatives cast aspersions and couples hung their heads in shame for not having kids in the first few years of marriage. Not any more. read more
  • Jun 22, 2012 15:41
    He isn’t the easiest star to deal with. Or so say many people who have worked with him. He has the reputation of being ‘difficult.’ And he doesn’t even try to defend himself. But in this interview, Shahid Kapoor finally comes clean. read more
  • May 11, 2012 16:28
    Ayushmann Khurrana has made a mark with his debut Bollywood movie Vicky Donor. The actor speaks to Tavishi Paitandy Rastogi about life, movies, food and his drakest fantasy. read more
  • May 11, 2012 15:44
    Passion for theatre is what drives these three members of the Babbar clan (the money’s still not great) read more
  • May 05, 2012 14:06
    You\'re not in a relationship but there are feelings, there\'s this attraction. No questions asked, no reasons sought... is it love? read more
  • Apr 28, 2012 15:57
    The actors in the background were what made Kahaani and Paan Singh Tomar a huge hit. Here\'s a look at them. read more
  • Mar 16, 2012 13:22
    Has your joy dipped after your little bundle of joy came in? In being available to the baby at all times, they lose out on each other. So, stop fussing over your baby and concentrate a bit on each other instead. read more
  • Feb 25, 2012 18:45
    Movies and Relationships - perhaps the only two things that have fascinated me most in life. May be because both have been essential components of my growing up years. Tavishi Paitandy Rastogi writes. read more
  • Feb 24, 2012 16:17
    Bitchy colleagues, whimsical bosses, annoying subordinates and a stressful office atmosphere are definitely not the newest phenomena in our lives. We’ve all faced them at some point. But how do you move past them? read more
  • Feb 04, 2012 18:22
    On the face of it, it’s romantic. Married man or woman meets someone else, falls in love, has an affair in secret, comes to the conclusion that this person is his or her real true love, and decides to stay with her or him. Tavishi Paitandy Rastogi w... read more
  • Jan 28, 2012 16:57
    Strife is inevitable when one partner in a relationship is better looking than the other. Tavishi Paitandy Rastogi finds out how to cope with the problem. read more
  • Dec 30, 2011 15:09
    We asked the experts to give us their nominations for people we ought to keep our eyes peeled for this year. Here goes... read more
  • Dec 17, 2011 12:10
    Work, party or play, you can do it all, and more – even if you have just had a baby, suggests Tavishi Paitandy Rastogi. read more
  • Dec 02, 2011 18:11
    Ekta Kapoor\'s TV soaps pushed us back to the dark ages, but her cinema is edgy and forward-looking. Tavishi Paitandy Rastogi finds the lesser known side of the Czarina of entertainment. read more
  • Nov 26, 2011 13:52
    As fog and mist set in and winter closets are revisited, we realised that this year can\'t be a last season repeat. So we the Brunch team have decided to make our own game plan to make the most of this cooler weather. Eating out, travelling or just chilling,... read more
  • Nov 12, 2011 16:23
    Call it what you want. ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder). Short Attention Span Syndrome. Or the ‘lifestyle flu’ of our times. Here’s a lowdown on the condition in short, bite-sized morsels for the easily distracted reader. read more
  • Oct 20, 2011 18:56
    Want to host a Diwali party and don\'t know how to go about it? Here’s how to get your guests to drop all other invitations and make a beeline for your do. read more
  • Sep 23, 2011 20:05
    Hotels charge what they think the market can bear. There is no set formula. Prices of wine are based only on a desire to maximise profit. What they sell it at is a different matter. Vir Sanghvi presents a comparative list of the prices of a bottle of... read more
  • Aug 12, 2011 17:10
    Though he made his debut with the film Dillagi in 1999, it was Monsoon Wedding that catapulted him to stardom. Here\'s getting to know the actor better... read more
  • Aug 06, 2011 18:05
    Larger-than-life tough heroes. Larger-than-life vicious villains. Raw action. Song and dance. When films like Dabangg, Wanted and Singham become superhits, you know the masala action potboiler is back! read more
  • Jul 22, 2011 17:44
    He likes cricket; after all, Angad is the son of the renowned cricketer Bishan Singh Bedi. But though he was part of the Delhi Ranji team, Angad soon realised that he “couldn’t be as great as his legendary father”, and that talking about cricket and... read more
  • Jul 15, 2011 13:02
    Constantly fretting about what others think of you? Always looking for applause and compliments? Prone to descending into gloom at the slightest criticism? Wanting to be one up at all times? If you answered yes to all these questions, you’re in trou... read more
  • Jul 09, 2011 17:06
    Kamla is any woman who would rather stay at home than go out to work – a noticeable trend among urban women. Whatever happened to the feminist dream of self-worth and financial independence? read more
  • Jul 08, 2011 18:25
    The Canada-born, half Bengali-half Polish stunner Lisa Ray started as a model in the Indian fashion industry and then she ventured into Bollywood before she was diagnosed with cancer. Having survived the disease, Lisa is now all set to make a comeback... read more
  • Jun 17, 2011 18:30
    I will clean my cupboard once every month. I will start going to the gym again, every day. I will not eat junk food. I will finish my work on time. No one says it’s easy, but you can add muscle to the flabby thing that is your will power. read more
  • Jun 17, 2011 18:16
    The first Indian designer invited to display his garments at the world’s largest garment fair at Dusseldorf, Wendell Rodricks in conversation with Tavishi Paitandy Rastogi. read more
  • Jun 10, 2011 17:31
    Unlike his father, actor Vinod Khanna or brother Akshaye Khanna, Rahul made an unconventional debut on the big screen with Deepa Mehta’s Earth. With good reviews and awards in his kitty, he didn’t jump on the Bollywood bandwagon but experimented with... read more
  • Jun 10, 2011 16:38
    Putting on a lot of weight? What’s the first thing that you drop from your diet? Rice, of course. So chapatis it is – day after day, month after month. Till you start getting a bloated feeling, only to realise that perhaps you are becoming wheat int... read more
  • May 28, 2011 14:20
    Sahil Shroff dabbled in many careers before he made it as one of India’s top models. At one time or another, Shroff did his masters in information technology, pursued management studies in Australia and worked graveyard shifts as a bouncer in the nightclubs... read more
  • May 28, 2011 12:42
    A bad mood can be a killer. The sooner you get out of it, the better. But as we all know, this is not easy. Sometimes the mood can last for hours, if not days. Here are five ways to get out of a bad mood – instantly. read more
  • May 14, 2011 13:44
    Nobody really knows how it started. But most filmmakers attribute it to the success of Dhoom, which released in 2004, and Dhoom 2, which followed two years later. These are the films that began the trend of sequels and franchises in the Hindi film i... read more
  • Apr 30, 2011 16:18
    How many hours of sleep do you really need every night? Well, a good night’s sleep, as defined by experts, is a sound and deep sleep, without dreams or with dreams you don’t remember when you wake up. Ideally, it should be undisturbed by noise, harsh... read more
  • Apr 16, 2011 14:00
    If much of Bollywood looks like Angreziwood these days, it’s because of the urban, international soul of people like Karan Johar and Katrina Kaif. We got up and close with both in an exclusive story in the Brunch Quarterly. Read on for more. read more
  • Mar 26, 2011 14:50
    No one ever tells the real story about Veena Malik, complains Veena Malik. So we invited the Pakistani actress to lunch – and to spill the beans. read more
  • Jan 22, 2011 18:41
    Director Raj Kumar Gupta dared to do what most industrywalas wouldn’t – make unconventional movies with elan. At a dinner rendezvous, director reveals his satisfaction with the success of No One Killed Jessica. read more
  • Oct 22, 2010 16:37
    Dia Mirza who\'s planning to launch a production house with actor Zayed Khan speaks to Tavishi Paitandy Rastogi about life, love, and dreams. read more
  • Oct 22, 2010 16:27
    Don’t pamper your kids, but don’t punish them either. Be their friend, but discipline them too. And remember you’re always their role model. Here’s the best way to raise your babies. read more
  • Sep 25, 2010 17:27
    Soha Ali Khan didn\'t really shoot to fame with her Bollywood debut. Then, Rang De Basanti happened and everyone suddenly sat up and took notice of her. Here\'s everything you want to know about her. read more
  • Aug 27, 2010 14:09
    For many people, the bathroom is a sanctuary. A place they can truly call their own. So, if you are bored of your bath being the usual, jazz it up with some new concepts. read more
  • Aug 20, 2010 17:59
    She created quite a sensation with her size zero status, but actress Kareena Kapoor seems to have had enough of it. She wants her original sensuous curvy figure, as seen in Chameli and Don 2, back. read more
  • Aug 13, 2010 15:53
    Gen 1947 and Gen X give us their views. \'According to me, freedom is when you are able to live just the way you wish to. I am free – to do what I want to, to live the way I wish to,” says actor Rana Daggubati. read more
  • Jul 23, 2010 17:01
    His debut film, Footpath, released in 2003, didn’t set the cash registers ringing, but it did brand him as Bollywood’s ‘serial kisser’. Here\'s everything you want to know about Emraan... read more
  • Jul 10, 2010 16:42
    A graduate from Delhi University, Manoj Bajpayee started his career with the TV serial Swabhimaan. The actor speaks to Tavishi Paitandy Rastogi on life, rumours, movies and more.. read more
  • Jul 10, 2010 16:04
    One is temperamental and impulsive; the other is strong and poised. Meet the two new bahus of TV land, who resolutely refuse to sob into their handkerchiefs every night on prime time. read more
  • Jul 03, 2010 14:51
    With at least eight biographical films due in theatres soon, the biopic seems to have come of age in Bollywood. The focus is no longer on great political and historical figures; now attention has moved to more ‘real’ people and their fascinating lives.... read more
  • Jun 26, 2010 11:37
    Her fresh face in Rock On! won her quite a few fans. Now she’s getting a good reaction to her ‘Bobby’ look in her latest film, Once Upon A Time. Here\'s everything you want to know about her. read more
  • Jun 18, 2010 19:57
    The next time you want a tasty and easy snack in between meals, grab a handful of nuts. This crunchy and healthy option not only fills you up, but can also round off your diet with nutrition and calories. read more
  • Jun 11, 2010 19:14
    Take care of your bones or you could develop a disorder. read more
  • May 07, 2010 14:34
    A new breed of hot, talented south Indian stars is all set to storm Hindi films. Their predecessors couldn’t make it big, but this generation seems different. Bollywood, watch out! read more
  • Apr 23, 2010 14:07
    All the actresses who have worked with Madhur Bhandarkar have been apprehensive about doing his films at one point. Yet he has a fascination for strong women characters. So, what is it about Bhandarkar’s penchant for women-oriented movies? Read on to... read more
  • Apr 16, 2010 18:41
    Flat feet are described as the phenomena when the inner curve between the toe and the heel of the foot is absent. It is one of the commonest and most neglected problems, say experts. read more
  • Apr 10, 2010 17:47
    One of the staples of Hindi films was stars singing songs on screen. Now, most hit numbers are background scores. Is lip-syncing on its way out of Bollywood? read more
  • Mar 12, 2010 22:47
    When actor Ram Kapoor hosted Rakhi Ka Swayamvar and Rahul Dulhaniya Le Jayega, the two recent television swayamvar shows, he had his hands full. Why did he choose to do it? Find out. read more
  • Feb 26, 2010 14:09
    Have you ever wondered why some songs stay with us for a lifetime? Three passionate film music lovers give us a few answers. Read on to know what they said. read more
  • Feb 20, 2010 19:45
    If you have a problem with your ability to concentrate, don’t worry. It can be resolved. read more
  • Feb 12, 2010 15:27
    They’re under 12 years old. They’re very talented. And thanks to TV, they’ve become stars. What gives these kids the confidence to get out there and entertain the world? read more
  • Feb 06, 2010 12:51
    Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro is Hindi cinema’s ultimate comedy film. Here, director Kundan Shah explains why he believes it is impossible to re-create that crazy magic again. read more
  • Feb 05, 2010 12:36
    At Brunch, we are highly ambitious. We want to do things that make you talk. And laugh. And realise that life, actually, can be really good. For our 6th anniversary, then, we thought, let’s party. read more
  • Jan 30, 2010 11:29
    In an industry that’s dominated by weight issues, Shikha Talsania and Pushtie are large-hearted enough to say – we don’t care a damn. Here\'s what the two actresses said... read more
  • Jan 23, 2010 13:50
    The sight of the tricolour always makes us feel good about our country. So, how about eating some fruits and veggies in our national hues? Check out some interesting ideas... read more
  • Jan 16, 2010 11:30
    According to experts, it\'s never a good idea to avoid confrontation in a relationship. So, if you are constantly brushing problems under the carpet and avoiding arguments - don\'t. Talk them out. read more
  • Jan 09, 2010 14:43
    Some of us dismiss astrology as superstition, others cringe at the thought of facing life without their horoscopes. What’s the fascination with zodiac signs? Read on to find out. read more
  • Dec 12, 2009 13:44
    The first signs of any change in weather can always be seen on our skin. And no matter how well one moisturises it, by the end of a few hours, one’s skin is back to feeling dry, chipped and rough. read more
  • Dec 05, 2009 20:47
    There’s no harm in the small fibs you come up with to keep your partner happy. But they do indicate that there’s something not quite open in your relationship. Are you in a similar situation? read more
  • Nov 28, 2009 21:35
    You don’t need fancy diets or complicated exercise plans to stay fit. According to fitness experts, just a few steps can help you stay on the right side of the fitness treadmill. read more
  • Nov 21, 2009 20:36
    Her role as Bani in the TV serial Kasamh Se got her instant recognition and fame. Also, a film role in Rock On won her good reviews. Read on to know more about Prachi Desai. read more
  • Nov 07, 2009 18:54
    I wasn’t flying to the land of the Alps to join a film shoot, but for a more exotic reason – to watch some of India’s premier cricketers play ball on top of Europe, at the Jungfraujoch. Tavishi Paitandy Rastogi tells more. read more
  • Nov 07, 2009 18:04
    Daughter of Sharmila Tagore and cricket legend Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, Soha comes with a mixed pedigree of royalty and glamour. But unlike most star kids, acting wasn’t her first career option. read more