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Zara Murao

Zara Murao

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Zara heads the weekend features and special projects teams in Mumbai. She has been a journalist for 15 years, but a grammar Nazi for much longer.

  • Jul 08, 2014 23:05
    Can women, whether rich and powerful like Nooyi or middle-class and anonymous like the rest of us, do it all? If we said it right, we might even arrive at the right answer, writes Zara Murao. read more
  • Mar 22, 2013 15:27
    The truth is, there is no such thing as the perfect travel buddy. Even when you find someone who checks all the boxes – same interests, similar income, flexible schedule, neat, clean, punctual, pleasant – there will still be the odd disaster. Finding... read more
  • Dec 02, 2012 00:23
    Once a haven for the middle-class, this suburb that has been forced into innumerable makeovers over the years, has now become the address to flaunt, and a new breed of rich youngsters is altering its identity, finds Zara Murao. read more
  • Sep 29, 2011 23:36
    Some argue that if Troy Davis, a convicted killer, had lived, there is a danger that he would have escaped and killed again. Others insist that only his death could deter other criminals from killing. read more
  • Jul 16, 2011 23:50
    New York\'s \'hottest chef\', Amritsar-born Vikas Khanna, is set to launch a humanitarian food project at the White House. read more
  • Apr 15, 2011 22:57
    It’s strange to think of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim as a frightened young man, hiding from his enraged policeman father after beating up a young thug in a gang fight. Zara Murao writes. read more
  • Apr 01, 2011 22:45
    ‘All this over a game?’ asks Lisa Simpson in what was perhaps a programming masterstroke on the part of Star World. Zara Murao writes. read more
  • Feb 15, 2011 23:09
    ‘As a child, I believed aliens built the pyramids,’ says Hella, laughing. It’s March 2009 and the pretty, crisp-toned tour guide is adjusting her headscarf as she sits in the front seat of our tour van, smilingly trying to break the ice with yet another... read more
  • Feb 07, 2011 01:40
    Every few days, a small group of ragpickers heads briskly to a block of buildings in Andheri West, making sure they get there before the municipal garbage collection van. read more
  • Apr 26, 2010 00:54
    Should Mumbai’s 189 indigenous villages remain gaothans, even as the rest of the city is transformed around them, or should they have the option of developing, redeveloping and growing as they wish? read more
  • Apr 07, 2010 01:21
    She’s a widely travelled activist and entrepreneur who has spoken at the UN, represented Asia-Pacific — and, on Friday, was asked to leave Bombay Gymkhana because she is a transsexual. In conversation with Laxmi Tripathi… read more
  • Jan 17, 2010 19:27
    In breathtaking Arunachal Pradesh, the Sino-Indian war is living history. Memorials dot the winding, mountainous route from Tezpur in Assam to the monastery town of Tawang. Zara Murao writes.Photo by AFP read more
  • Jan 16, 2010 23:03
    In breathtaking Arunachal Pradesh, the Sino-Indian war is living history. Memorials dot the winding, mountainous route from Tezpur in Assam to the monastery town of Tawang. Zara Murao writes. read more
  • Nov 07, 2009 01:10
    A beach idyll at Juhu can be as relaxing as a soothing massage. All you need is some seclusion, re;ports Zara Murao. read more
  • Oct 17, 2009 00:50
    It’s like stepping back in time. A balcony ticket costs Rs 22, the snacks cost Rs 10, popcorn still comes in little plastic packets. There’s just one screen at Maratha Mandir, and two ticket windows — for balcony and stalls, writes Zara Murao. read more
  • Oct 10, 2009 23:17
    It’s not much to look at, but the cavernous lobby of Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) is where dreams come true — for some, Zara Murao writes. read more
  • Oct 06, 2009 01:38
    They were here before the rest, working in the mills and building homes along the coast. Now, a realty boom has claimed their homes and they find their voices don’t matter as much. Zara Murao reports. read more
  • Sep 24, 2009 15:54
    There\'s little of the \'real\' Tibet in Lhasa today. Except during the Shoton Festival, writes Zara Murao read more
  • Sep 19, 2009 23:53
    There’s little of the ‘real’ Tibet in Lhasa today. Except during the Shoton Festival, writes Zara Murao. read more
  • Sep 12, 2009 00:17
    A day spent window-shopping at a mall can be an inexpensive pleasure. Just picking out what you might buy is almost as good as the real thing, writes Zara Murao. read more