Anesha George

Anesha George

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.

Articles by Anesha George
At the United Punjab pop-up meals hosted by Sherry Malhotra in Pune, you’ll find Lahori ande chhole, and bharwan karela, but with a filling of minced meat.
At the United Punjab pop-up meals hosted by Sherry Malhotra in Pune, you’ll find Lahori ande chhole, and bharwan karela, but with a filling of minced meat.

These food pop-ups offer bites of history from colonial, pre-Partition India

By Anesha George | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON NOV 23, 2019 07:28 PM IST
Brinjals stuffed with meat, chhole paired with boiled eggs, a planter’s lunch in Assam — events by home chefs explore niche micro-cuisines.
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Roasted cashew nut paneer with date chutney is one of the dishes on offer at Mumbai’s Masala Library by Jiggs Kalra.
Roasted cashew nut paneer with date chutney is one of the dishes on offer at Mumbai’s Masala Library by Jiggs Kalra.

Bite-sized portions, multiple courses: Tasting menus get popular

By Anesha George | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON NOV 16, 2019 06:53 PM IST
One good fallout of Instagram at the dinner table is that tasting menus are finally catching on in India, allowing chefs and diners to experiment
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Dipika Sharma, a digital marketing manager from Noida, conducts healing forest walks in and around Delhi.
Dipika Sharma, a digital marketing manager from Noida, conducts healing forest walks in and around Delhi.

Forest Bathing: Where nature becomes your therapist

By Anesha George | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON NOV 02, 2019 06:17 PM IST
To try the Japanese concept, pick a spot of unadulterated nature and just soak it in
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Shania Twain and Shilpa Shetty owned the animal print trend in the 1990s. Most recently, Sara Ali Khan gave it a shot. It is not an easy look to pull off.(HT File Photo)
Shania Twain and Shilpa Shetty owned the animal print trend in the 1990s. Most recently, Sara Ali Khan gave it a shot. It is not an easy look to pull off.(HT File Photo)

Trend Alert: Ugly ’90s fashion is back. Think of this as a to-don’t list

By Anesha George | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON OCT 19, 2019 06:32 PM IST
Velvet scrunchies, animal-print onesies, big big jackets... we can’t wait for these to be out of style again.
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Pannu in one of designer Purvi Doshi’s creations. Khadi falls and drapes beautifully, making it perfect for long flowy outfits such as saris, kurtis, skirts, and long shrugs.
Pannu in one of designer Purvi Doshi’s creations. Khadi falls and drapes beautifully, making it perfect for long flowy outfits such as saris, kurtis, skirts, and long shrugs.

A new spin on Khadi: It’s hip, luxurious and colourful

UPDATED ON SEP 28, 2019 05:52 PM IST
The once-coarse fabric is on the runway and in chic closets, but it is still true to its roots
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An average person's daily caffeine intake should not exceed 200mg - that's about two cups of coffee a day, say experts.(Shutterstock)
An average person's daily caffeine intake should not exceed 200mg - that's about two cups of coffee a day, say experts.(Shutterstock)

Are you running on coffee?

By Anesha George & Shweta Kushe | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON SEP 21, 2019 10:39 PM IST
For those who can’t live without their brew, a primer on how to do it right.
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People fell in love with characters like Gaitonde, Bunty, Kukoo and Katekar and hence the anticipation for Season Two has been high.
People fell in love with characters like Gaitonde, Bunty, Kukoo and Katekar and hence the anticipation for Season Two has been high.

The show that changed India’s Netflix game

By Madhsuree Ghosh & Anesha George | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON AUG 10, 2019 05:14 PM IST
The success of Sacred Games both in India and abroad led to the announcement of 16 new original series by the platform
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India’s 15-a-side women’s rugby team won a nail-biting 21-19 victory against the higher-ranked Singapore, in June.
India’s 15-a-side women’s rugby team won a nail-biting 21-19 victory against the higher-ranked Singapore, in June.

Meet the rugby power rangers who gave India another Chak De! moment

By Anesha George | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON AUG 03, 2019 08:34 PM IST
The women’s 15s rugby team played its first international match just last year, and has already brought home a medal. In a sport marked by aggression, they’re breaking stereotypes at home and abroad.
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A still from Season 1 of Netflix’s Sacred Games, based on the novel by Vikram Chandra. Season 2 is out next month.
A still from Season 1 of Netflix’s Sacred Games, based on the novel by Vikram Chandra. Season 2 is out next month.

Page-turners, now on screen: The world of book-to-web adaptations

By Anesha George | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON JUL 20, 2019 06:52 PM IST
In the race for diverse content, authors are being wooed by film and web content producers, and represented by new agencies that specialise in adaptation deals.
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Ahead of her wedding last December, Priyanka Chopra collaborated with Amazon to set up a gift registry on the site. Her wishlist included pet and travel accessories, including a bed for her dog, Diana.
Ahead of her wedding last December, Priyanka Chopra collaborated with Amazon to set up a gift registry on the site. Her wishlist included pet and travel accessories, including a bed for her dog, Diana.

Present Perfect: How to create a wish list that counts

By Anesha George | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JUL 20, 2019 01:57 PM IST
E-gift-registries have gone beyond weddings and now cater to birthdays, anniversaries, baby showers and housewarmings too.
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In the sixth instalment of the car-racing game Gran Turismo 6, players get to leave Earth and speed about on the moon, in a lunar rover.
In the sixth instalment of the car-racing game Gran Turismo 6, players get to leave Earth and speed about on the moon, in a lunar rover.

Virtually there: Here’s how video games can send you to the moon

By Anesha George | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JUL 13, 2019 09:21 PM IST
Video games now let you firefight, infiltrate enemy camps and go on gravity-defying exploratory missions on the moon
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(Photo: Saee Koranne-Khandekar)
(Photo: Saee Koranne-Khandekar)

As the clouds roll in, a look at niche monsoon treats from across India

By Anesha George | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON JUN 29, 2019 06:54 PM IST
A dry fish salad from Goa, a mashed-corn bhel from Gujarat... what’s your favourite comfort food no one’s heard of?
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Asura was released in 2017 by Ogre Head Studio. ‘Since most indie developers are also catering to a global audience, there’s a polish to the design and narrative,’ says Shruti Verma, former head of the Nasscom gaming forum. Finding funding, though, is a constant struggle. While India’s market is huge, the indie or independent segment is not a very lucrative one yet.
Asura was released in 2017 by Ogre Head Studio. ‘Since most indie developers are also catering to a global audience, there’s a polish to the design and narrative,’ says Shruti Verma, former head of the Nasscom gaming forum. Finding funding, though, is a constant struggle. While India’s market is huge, the indie or independent segment is not a very lucrative one yet.

One level up: Indie games are playing on desi history, poetry, myth

By Anesha George | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON MAY 30, 2019 05:57 PM IST
Check out videogames that let you fight on the side of an Asura, walk through a forgotten museum, reconnect a drought-striken village and its river.
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The beads used in ancient games like Pallanguzhi are believed to good stress-relievers.
The beads used in ancient games like Pallanguzhi are believed to good stress-relievers.

Roll the dice to discover ancient India through a games conference

By Anesha George | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON MAY 20, 2019 05:23 PM IST
Experts will discuss the sociological and historical relevance of games like Pallanguzhi, Chaupar and Ganjifa at the National Conference on Ancient and Medieval Indian Board Games, in Mumbai.
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The audio OTT boom has been good news for independent podcast companies like Kavita Rajwade and Amit Doshi‘s Indus Vox Media, or IVM. They’ve recorded 73 podcasts since 2015, most of which are now available on major music-streaming platforms.(Aalok Soni / HT Photo)
The audio OTT boom has been good news for independent podcast companies like Kavita Rajwade and Amit Doshi‘s Indus Vox Media, or IVM. They’ve recorded 73 podcasts since 2015, most of which are now available on major music-streaming platforms.(Aalok Soni / HT Photo)

Check out the coolest non-music content on music-streaming platforms in India

By Anesha George | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON MAY 13, 2019 03:31 PM IST
Desi players like Wynk Music and JioSaavn are competing now with Spotify, Amazon and YouTube. One weapon they’re increasingly turning to: Podcasts.
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Indian breeds like the Chippiparai Hound have been getting popular over the last few years, in part because they are more trainable and have stronger immune systems.(Karthik Davey)
Indian breeds like the Chippiparai Hound have been getting popular over the last few years, in part because they are more trainable and have stronger immune systems.(Karthik Davey)

Meet the desi doggos finding favour, and homes across the country

By Anesha George | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON APR 28, 2019 04:43 PM IST
As demand for indigenous breeds grows among pet owners, prices are rising too. Here’s a look at the breeds that are winning dog shows and now finding takers across India.
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Nihal Rajagopalan, 9, chats as he cooks, discusses textures and flavours like a pro, and says he wants to be an astronaut chef when he grows up.(KichaTube HD)
Nihal Rajagopalan, 9, chats as he cooks, discusses textures and flavours like a pro, and says he wants to be an astronaut chef when he grows up.(KichaTube HD)

Meet India’s young influencers, who’ve taken YouTube by storm

UPDATED ON APR 28, 2019 04:39 PM IST
They review toys, make ice-cream, offer glimpses into the life of the urban tween. With millions tuning in, these young vloggers are also learning to generate hits, deal with the perks and perils of fame.
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Bengaluru-based Harshit Agrawal’s artwork, created using an algorithm called Tandem, was showcased at Art Centre Nabi, in Seoul, South Korea, in 2016.
Bengaluru-based Harshit Agrawal’s artwork, created using an algorithm called Tandem, was showcased at Art Centre Nabi, in Seoul, South Korea, in 2016.

Meet the Indians using artificial intelligence to create art

By Anesha George | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON MAR 31, 2019 05:44 PM IST
They feed data sets into special algorithms to create canvases; they’re showing at art events around the world. Elsewhere, AI art is even ending up at auction.
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The food of the Seven Sister states hasn’t been given the recognition it deserves, says Atul Kochhar, explaining why he picked it as the focus of Kanishka, which he’s set up with restaurateur Tina English.(Johnny Stephens)
The food of the Seven Sister states hasn’t been given the recognition it deserves, says Atul Kochhar, explaining why he picked it as the focus of Kanishka, which he’s set up with restaurateur Tina English.(Johnny Stephens)

Chef Atul Kochhar on his newest London address, Twitter storms and more

By Anesha George | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON MAR 24, 2019 12:21 PM IST
India’s first Michelin-star chef discusses his new restaurant, Kanishka; his pick of north-east-Indian cuisines; and things he wishes he’d never said.
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There’s even a range of allied occupations growing up around the hobby / passion of collecting sneakers. Parth Sharma, 24, from Delhi, for instance, is a collector who also specialises in shooting in-demand sneakers against interesting backgrounds.
There’s even a range of allied occupations growing up around the hobby / passion of collecting sneakers. Parth Sharma, 24, from Delhi, for instance, is a collector who also specialises in shooting in-demand sneakers against interesting backgrounds.

Just for kicks: Meet India’s ‘sneakerheads’

By Anesha George | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON MAR 02, 2019 08:32 PM IST
They scrimp and queue to buy special shoes they may never wear. They meet at special events held to trade and talk about kicks. Inside the world of the sneaker enthusiast.
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Narsanna Koppula has an 11.5-acre perma-farm in Telangana. There are no neat rows, trees coexist with shrubs. As with most such farms, there’s also a small water body built in, home to fish. He keeps bees. The fish make the water nutrient-rich for the plants; the bees help in pollination. Here, he shows enthusiasts around during a permaculture design course.(Sneha Koppula)
Narsanna Koppula has an 11.5-acre perma-farm in Telangana. There are no neat rows, trees coexist with shrubs. As with most such farms, there’s also a small water body built in, home to fish. He keeps bees. The fish make the water nutrient-rich for the plants; the bees help in pollination. Here, he shows enthusiasts around during a permaculture design course.(Sneha Koppula)

Meet the people growing food forests in their backyards

By Anesha George | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON FEB 13, 2019 02:00 PM IST
It’s called permaculture and it works on the principle that the less you interfere, the better. These farmers let their plants evolve into forests, even welcome insects and small animals.
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Shilpi Batra Adwani with Bagodai Babai, a Pashtun Hindu migrant seen here in a restored Kakari kameez. The heavily embroidered garment traditionally had coins sewn into the bodice to indicate wealth and status.
Shilpi Batra Adwani with Bagodai Babai, a Pashtun Hindu migrant seen here in a restored Kakari kameez. The heavily embroidered garment traditionally had coins sewn into the bodice to indicate wealth and status.

See the ‘blue-skinned’ Pashtun Hindus brought to life in a new film

By Anesha George | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JAN 27, 2019 12:14 PM IST
Filmmaker Shilpi Batra Adwani set out to trace her roots. Her journey took her from Jaipur to Afghanistan and back, unravelling a unique and little-known Partition tale.
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The Hindustan Times Palate Fest has been a much-looked-forward-to event in Delhi for years. This will be its first edition in Mumbai.
The Hindustan Times Palate Fest has been a much-looked-forward-to event in Delhi for years. This will be its first edition in Mumbai.

Savour global flavours at HT Palate Fest in Mumbai

By Anesha George | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JAN 18, 2019 06:05 PM IST
The two-day festival brings popular food brands, celebrity chefs and live music acts to the Mahalaxmi racecourse.
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Actor Kalki Koechlin performing at the first Spoken fest, in 2017.
Actor Kalki Koechlin performing at the first Spoken fest, in 2017.

Spoken 2.0: Check out a festival of storytelling in Mumbai

By Anesha George | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON JAN 09, 2019 08:33 PM IST
The two-day event features 65 performers, from poets and storytellers to songwriters and musicians from around the world.
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Hemant Chabbra, 57, and his wife have left Mumbai to live on an organic farm that used to be a weekend getaway. ‘Returning to the city just made us unhappy, so we shifted,’ Hemant says.
Hemant Chabbra, 57, and his wife have left Mumbai to live on an organic farm that used to be a weekend getaway. ‘Returning to the city just made us unhappy, so we shifted,’ Hemant says.

A return to the simple life: Slowing down, tuning out, living in the past

By Anesha George | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 29, 2018 09:18 PM IST
In a world of extremes, the return to retro can take extreme forms, but those exhausted by the FOMO and white noise of our times are finding it worth it.
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This past year, Netflix debuted The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, a dark retelling of the ’90s family comedy-drama, Sabrina: The Teenage Witch.
This past year, Netflix debuted The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, a dark retelling of the ’90s family comedy-drama, Sabrina: The Teenage Witch.

Throwback 2018: The year retro starred on the small screen

By Anesha George | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 31, 2018 05:41 PM IST
If the ‘Every ’90s kid ever’ quizzes and hunting for Pokémon weren’t enough, shows streaming on OTT platforms took you down memory lane too.
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Man of Steel (2013) was a reboot of the Superman series starring Henry Cavill as Clark Kent and was directed by Zack Snyder.
Man of Steel (2013) was a reboot of the Superman series starring Henry Cavill as Clark Kent and was directed by Zack Snyder.

S for style: How Superman got his iconic look

By Anesha George | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON DEC 15, 2018 07:30 PM IST
How many logos were designed before the famous yellow S emblem? When did superman finally ‘fly’ in a movie? Here’s all you need to know about this Kryptonian character
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Claire Foy as a young Queen Elizabeth, in The Crown. Asked if there was an element of propaganda in his portrayal of the Queen, an attempt to make her more relatable and human to the global, post-colonial audience, Daldry laughed and replied with a simple, ‘Yes’.
Claire Foy as a young Queen Elizabeth, in The Crown. Asked if there was an element of propaganda in his portrayal of the Queen, an attempt to make her more relatable and human to the global, post-colonial audience, Daldry laughed and replied with a simple, ‘Yes’.

‘Royalty is riveting because it’s like a never-ending soap opera’

By Anesha George | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON NOV 19, 2018 02:42 PM IST
Stephen Daldry, director of Netflix series The Crown, at the Mumbai LitLive literature festival.
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From Spider-Man, The Hulk and Black Panther to Thor, Stan Lee created or co-created some of the most beloved superheroes in the Marvel Comics Universe.(Marvel)
From Spider-Man, The Hulk and Black Panther to Thor, Stan Lee created or co-created some of the most beloved superheroes in the Marvel Comics Universe.(Marvel)

Master of the multiverse: A beginner’s guide to the work of Stan Lee

By Anesha George | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON NOV 21, 2018 08:13 PM IST
In a world smitten by Batman and Superman, Lee’s superheroes were charming, flawed and human. If you didn’t know Lee’s world, and wish you did, these books and movies are a good place to start.
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There will be food and alcohol at the venue, and just a sprinkling of chairs so guests can make themselves comfortable anywhere on the ground.(Anshuman Poyrekar / HT Photo)
There will be food and alcohol at the venue, and just a sprinkling of chairs so guests can make themselves comfortable anywhere on the ground.(Anshuman Poyrekar / HT Photo)

Shhh... NCPA invites youngsters in, throws open ‘secret garden’ for gigs

By Anesha George | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON NOV 14, 2018 12:38 AM IST
Expect indie bands and stand-up comics; beer and sandwiches. ‘We want to show our walls are not too high and we can be informal,’ says music curator.
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