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Anesha is a features writer, sometimes a reader, who loves to eat and plan fitness goals she can never keep. She writes on food, culture and youth trends.

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Retell therapy: See how new narratives featuring women are taking shape

Stories of women that were rarely being told are now in the spotlight. Poems, photos, fables are exploring new landscapes infused with fresh perspectives

. (Illustration: Rahul Krishnan)
Updated on Jun 07, 2024 09:52 PM IST
ByAnesha George

By the meter: A new anthology brings together verse rooted in Sri Lanka

The collection of works by over 100 writers acts as a record of resistance, war and the crushing struggle to build a life away from home.

Out of Sri Lanka features poems from across years of civil war, protests, exodus and economic turmoil. (Getty Images; Shutterstock)
Updated on Jun 01, 2024 12:53 PM IST
ByAnesha George

Curdle bug: Will a missing mould kill the Camembert?

A race for the whitest wheel caused makers to lean on a single strain – a mutant, albino spore that is now dying out. How will the cheese survive? What’s next?

The creamy, complex cheese is known for its mushroomy notes, rich lactic flavours, and slight whiff of a flavour like sweet roasted cauliflower. (Adobe Stock)
Updated on May 25, 2024 01:48 PM IST
ByAnesha George

Viral phenomenon: An interview with ex-WHO chief scientist Dr Soumya Swaminathan

Her tip to other women at the top: ‘As lonely as it might seem, you are never really alone. Around the world, women are tackling similar challenges.’

A new biography of Dr Swaminathan, written by Anuradha Mascarenhas, is called At the Wheel of Research. (HT Photo: Rangaprasad)
Updated on May 24, 2024 01:49 PM IST
ByAnesha George

Cue the orchestra...: A 22-year-old is creating songs as gifts

It was tribute tracks he wrote for loved ones that gave Yajur Madan the idea. Now, he runs My Creative Factory and invites commissions for musical works.

 (Shutterstock)
Updated on May 18, 2024 06:26 PM IST
ByAnesha George

Bark knights: Meet India’s wildlife super-sniffer dogs

They help forest officers track rare species and crack down on poachers. In their free time, they snuggle and play fetch. They have hearty retirement plans too.

Hira and Moya of the Wildlife Conservation Trust, at work in the field. (Ninad Bhosale)
Updated on May 18, 2024 06:24 PM IST
ByAnesha George

Link, share, follow: The world’s newest data-gatherers are sharks, storks, seals

Sensors on these and other creatures are helping build new maps of ocean floors, track storms in real time. Could an ‘Internet of Animals’ be next?

(HT Imaging)
Updated on May 04, 2024 04:17 PM IST
ByAnesha George

What was the world’s first ‘animal tag’? How did it prove birds don’t hibernate?

The practice of tagging began with an accident. See how an injured stork flew across continents, a spear lodged in its neck, altering science in a range of ways

The pfeilstorch (German for ‘arrow stork’) dates to the 1820s. It was preserved and now stands on display at the University of Rostock museum in Germany. (Wikimedia Commons)
Updated on May 03, 2024 04:56 PM IST
ByAnesha George

Do you accept these terms?: New words to describe the changing workplace

There are phrases for new perks, new work schedules, presenteeism in all its forms, and for offices trying, in desperate and shallow ways, to woo people back.

(HT Imaging: Monica Gupta and Puneet Kumar)
Updated on Apr 27, 2024 03:08 PM IST
ByAnesha George

Math and music: A brief note on Pythagoras’s theory of universal harmonies

The Ancient Greek mathematician used ratios to explain harmony. See what he got right, and see which parts of his theory researchers are refuting today.

A visualisation of Pythagoras and his music theory, by Midjourney.
Updated on Apr 12, 2024 05:32 PM IST
ByAnesha George

The quest for quiet: Can we retune the urban world?

The pitch of human-made noise has risen. See how seismic guns fired underwater are claiming lives; how trains are affecting learning levels in classrooms.

Flamingoes flock to Talawe in Navi Mumbai, during the pandemic. Around the world during this time, birds became more audible; some actually responded to the quiet by beginning to sing more softly. (HT Archives)
Updated on Apr 12, 2024 05:21 PM IST
ByAnesha George

Early ears, audible plants, and bizarre acoustic experiments through the years

Humans have been fascinated by who can hear, and how, for centuries. We’ve used endearing, intriguing and brutal methods to study how sound works.

Charles Darwin played a bassoon to a mimosa, to test whether plants could “hear”. He wanted to see if it would close its leaves, as it did when touched. (It didn’t.) Above, a recreation of the experiment, by Midjourney.
Updated on Apr 12, 2024 05:46 PM IST
ByAnesha George

What did the Big Bang sound like? Tour astonishing sonic landscapes of our world

A Book of Noises journeys back, and peers into the future. See how sound shaped the era of the dinosaurs, and how it’s altering medicine today.

(HT Illustration: Rahul Krishnan)
Updated on Apr 12, 2024 04:59 PM IST
ByAnesha George

Window on the word: Why do accents form and why do they matter?

The study that recently revealed new speech patterns in Antarctica, reveals a lot more. What might people sound like in space, or on Mars?

(Images: Adobe Stock; Imaging: Monica Gupta)
Updated on Mar 30, 2024 01:36 PM IST
ByAnesha George

The rise of merchants of menace: What will the internet of the future look like?

Scams, spam, glitches... the enshittification of the Net will continue. Even as walled gardens of protected content form, it will all come at a cost to the user

Is Hagrid Played By a Robot?: An AI-generated story on the AI-controlled website The Enlightened Mindset. The article contains made-up quotes attributed to real people.
Updated on Mar 23, 2024 02:07 PM IST
ByAnesha George

Playin’ and simple: How podcasts change you

Tuning in via headphones can impact how people retain information and engage with it. Could podcasts alter speech patterns, and make us more curious too?

 (Adobe Stock)
Updated on Mar 16, 2024 07:21 PM IST
ByAnesha George

Whose hoarding?: See how ads are heading towards outer space, surrealism

In an effort to stand out, brands are being sent into space. On Earth, ads are using surrealist messaging that embraces CGI and holograms.

In one CGI-led surrealist campaign, London’s Big Ben was “clad” in a North Face puffer jacket.
Updated on Mar 16, 2024 06:45 PM IST
ByAnesha George

Beauty’s beast: How cosmetics packaging went from brass to plastic

Makeup kits once resembled small treasure chests. They have since shrunk to wallet-sized pouches. Makeup expert Cici Andersen builds a timeline.

The Polish-American makeup artist Max Factor’s kits were an early trendsetter, in the 1920s. They offered grease paint packaged in aluminium tubes. (Courtesy Cici Andersen)
Updated on Mar 08, 2024 09:00 PM IST
ByAnesha George

They too shall pass: Wildlife crossings now go the extra mile

Canopy bridges for monkeys, ropeways for squirrels, ladders for fish. Wildlife crossings are finding new ways to ferry animals across highways and tunnels.

The Ecoduct De Borkeld in the Netherlands. (Adobe Stock)
Updated on Feb 23, 2024 05:19 PM IST
ByAnesha George

As OpenAI’s Sora ups the ante, what’s next for AI detection tests?

Algorithms were already struggling to identify AI-generated text, voice, video, imagery. Could a new tech alliance get the tech world to enforce metadata?

A still from a video generated by Sora, in response to the text prompt: Chinese Lunar New Year celebration with Chinese Dragon.
Updated on Feb 16, 2024 09:42 PM IST
ByAnesha George

A long shelf life: How a book stall in a market became Rupa publishers

In his book Never Out of Print, Rupa head Rajen Mehra looks back on 50 years of stories, history, and bestselling authors such as Ruskin Bond and Chetan Bhagat.

A crowd gathers outside the Rupa office in Kolkata in 1976, to buy early copies of Sunil Gavaskar’s autobiography, Sunny Days. (Courtesy Never Out of Print)
Updated on Feb 09, 2024 08:49 PM IST
ByAnesha George

Rock, paper, fissures: Answering questions around the continent of Zealandia

See how it twisted away from Gondwana, caught fire and sank. Was missed and then mislabelled. And is now being studied for clues on life in the dinosaur age.

The topography of Zealandia, outlined in pink. (Wikimedia Commons)
Updated on Feb 03, 2024 02:56 PM IST
ByAnesha George

Un-hintered access: The Book of Bihari Literature holds many surprises

Poems of rebellion by Buddhist nuns, culinary treats, an excerpt from the first book published by an Indian in English... a new anthology offers a rare tour.

A streetscape in Patna, painted by British civil servant Charles D’Oyly, in 1825. (WIkimedia Commons)
Updated on Jan 27, 2024 04:44 PM IST
ByAnesha George

Who was Aphra Behn? A look at a trailblazing 17th-century poet, writer, spy

She inspired Virginia Woolf, wrote of gender-fluidity, and was likely overshadowed by the growing legacy of Shakespeare in her time.

Born in Canterbury in 1640, Behn died at 48, and is buried at Westminster Abbey. (Wikimedia Commons)
Updated on Jan 20, 2024 03:09 PM IST
ByAnesha George

Contested Will: What is Shakespeare’s true linguistic legacy?

A new encyclopedia of his language addresses questions of meaning and structure in the playwright’s work. How many words did he coin? Which ones? Take a look.

(Clockwise from bottom left) King Lear, the Fool, Romeo and Juliet, Lord and Lady Macbeth, Othello and Desdemona, The Three Witches. (Top centre) William Shakespeare (1564-1616). (Photos: Getty Images, Adobe stock, Wikimedia Commons; Photo Imaging: Puneet Kumar)
Updated on Jan 20, 2024 03:57 PM IST
ByAnesha George

Guest practices: Towns around the world are turning tourists politely away

Is there a way to save a place from its own beauty before it is all gone? We could learn from approaches in use in Venice, Vermont, Austria, Athens, Mallorca.

Tourists at the Acropolis, which is set to cap the number of visitors at 20,000 a day. (AP)
Updated on Jan 13, 2024 03:42 PM IST
ByAnesha George

Mardon Wali Baat: An interactive web comic is helping reimagine masculinity

The comics explore stories of first dates, consent, homosexuality. At each stage in the tale, the viewer pick the course of action, and experiences its impact.

Rushed a first kiss? Stumbled upon someone else’s secret? With every option selected as a scenario plays out on mardonwalibaat.com, a pop-up box appears to explain why it may or may not be the ideal choice.
Updated on Dec 23, 2023 08:59 PM IST
ByAnesha George

How did hue get there? A colour-mapping project is peering at pigments in art

The Asia-focused project aims to bridge key gaps in the history of pigments. How did a specific blue get to Europe; where was a certain popular yellow invented?

A 12th- century palm leaf manuscript is examined as part of the project, at the Asiatic Society, Mumbai. (Mapping Color in History)
Updated on Dec 15, 2023 10:28 PM IST
ByAnesha George

Mera Wala Grief: A podcast that became a space for tears, fears, silence

Struggling after the death of her father in the pandemic, RJ Stutee found a new voice, through an HT podcast she launched to talk about loss.

Ghosh says her idea was for the podcast to show that grief is not just dark and morbid. It is also a way of coping, remembering, and processing love that now has nowhere to go.
Updated on Dec 09, 2023 10:12 PM IST
ByAnesha George

What does healing look like, in unruly and unpredictable grief?

Processing grief isn’t about losing the pain; it’s about being able to sit with it. What is a good way to reach out to someone who is bereaved? Take a look.

Grief doesn’t unfold in a linear fashion. It is disorderly, recursive, uncertain. When one no longer reacts to triggers with an intense fight-or-flight response, one can consider healing to have begun. (Pixabay)
Updated on Dec 09, 2023 10:01 PM IST
ByAnesha George
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