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Aparna Alluri was part of Hindustan Times’ nationwide network of correspondents that brings news, analysis and information to its readers. She no longer works with the Hindustan Times.

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Thinking out of the bowl: The movement for germ-free public toilet seats

A Delhi homemaker has invented a toilet seat cover you can slip into your bag and carry around with you. IIT students are innovating with a pedal device...

One of Delhi homemaker Neena Narayan’s Sit Free toilet seat covers, which come in little pouches you can slip into your purse.(Burhaan Kinu / HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 09, 2017 08:37 AM IST
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Murakami Monologues brings surrealism to the stage

The Play Factory debuts with a performance of a trio of Murakami’s short stories that have been adapted for the stage

Japanese author Haruki Murakami is known for his works like A Wild Sheep Chase, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle and 1Q84.(Corbis via Getty Images)
Updated on Jun 03, 2017 08:21 AM IST
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What stands in the way of a revolutionary male contraceptive? Men

Birth control for men has barely progressed since the first vasectomy in 1899. The reason for that is a little bit of science and a lot of sexism.

A research assistant prepares a syringe at the research laboratory for a new male contraceptive at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur. The drug could prove revolutionary because it’s the first reversible birth control for men.(Getty Images)
Updated on May 28, 2017 08:37 AM IST
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Hitchcock and Capra: A film festival of classic noir and comedy

World’s Best Classic Movie Festival at the Siri Fort Auditorium is a must for the fans of Alfred Hitchcock, Frank Capra and actor James Stewart.

Alfred Hitchcock
Updated on May 27, 2017 05:14 PM IST
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The eight films you must watch at the Habitat Film Festival

From love to melancholy to thrilling suspense, we have got you covered with this must-watch list from the Habitat Film Festival. Some of them include Sairat, Mukti Bhawan and A Death in the Gunj.

A poster of Konkona Sen Sharma’s directorial debut, A Death in the Gunj, which features an ensemble cast, including Kalki Koechlin, Ranvir Shorey and Tillotama Shome.(Habitat Film Festival)
Updated on May 20, 2017 08:55 AM IST
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The legacy of Khwaja Ahmad Abbas

A KA Abbas retrospective at the Habitat Film Festival, currently on in Delhi, takes stock of how he portrayed the common man’s encounter with the city.

A still from the song ‘Pyar Hua Ikrar Hua’ in Shree 420. Written by Khwaja Ahmad Abbas, the film feature a famously Chaplin-esque Raj Kapoor who plays a poor orphan in big, bad and rich Bombay.(Habitat Film Festival)
Updated on May 20, 2017 08:09 AM IST
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A Dastango who spins tales for the modern age

Fouzia Dastango is one of the few women storytellers in the oral tradition of Dastangoi.

Fouzia Dastangois among the few women practitioners of Dastangoi, a centuries-old oral storytelling style.(Ravi Choudhary/HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 29, 2017 08:02 AM IST
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The Indian wedding photograph, then and now

The Indian wedding photo has changed dramatically. Shy brides and impassive grooms have all but vanished. In their place are beaming posers oblivious to what has become a daily accessory: the camera.

This is what a wedding portrait looks like in 2016. A newly married couple en route to the reception venue in downtown Philadelphia. “We wanted her to lead,” says the photographer, Shivali Chopra. “Why should he lead always?”(Courtesy: Stories by Joseph Radhik)
Updated on Apr 26, 2017 10:30 AM IST
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In Pics: The World Press Photo awards 2016

Award-winning photos from The World Press Photo Foundation’s 2016 collection are now on display in Delhi.

Brent Stirton’s award-winning series for National Geographic on the illegal ivory trade in Chad, Africa, on view at a gallery in Delhi. The series is part of the World Press Photo Foundation’s award-winning photojournalism being exhibited in the capital.(Saumya Khandelwal/HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 03, 2017 01:14 PM IST
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Kitsch to realism: Emerging global art in a snapshot

The week-long exhibition in Delhi brings together a collection of edgy, contemporary art from across the globe with an eye on young Indian buyers.

Indonesian artist Budi Ubrux’s striking oil paintings are recognisable by the faceless figures wrapped in newspapers. The unusual portrayal is a satirical comment on the “untruthful nature of news coverage”.(Great Banyan Art)
Updated on Mar 25, 2017 07:53 AM IST
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A weekend with spooks at the Crime Writers Festival

Homegrown sleuths, true crime, espionage and more at the third edition of the festival

Updated on Feb 08, 2017 06:33 PM IST
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How the salwar went south (of Delhi)

Patriarchy, rebellion, Bollywood, the pressures of dressing to work and the lure of comfort have all transformed a distinctly “Punjabi” outfit into a familiar ensemble across India

A woman in 1940s Punjab in the traditional version of a salwar kameez (L) A woman models a salwar kameez-inspired chic ensemble in 2017 (R)(Getty Images (L) and Sarath Shetty (R))
Updated on Jan 16, 2017 09:44 AM IST
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From Vietnam with love

It’s 45 years of the Indo-Vietnam friendship

An exhibition to commemorate 45 years of the Indo-Vietnam relationship. Till January 11.(Arvind Yadav / HT)
Updated on Jan 07, 2017 09:06 AM IST
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A one-man show from Ghalib to a Greek tragedy

The “Major” Actor’s Assorted Monologues is a one-hour long solo performance drawing from poetry, stories and letters in multiple languages.

The “Major” Actor’s Assorted Monologues, a one-man monologue by Shah, will be performed in Delhi for the first time.(Courtesy: Mohommed Ali Shah)
Updated on Dec 25, 2016 11:00 AM IST
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When music takes center-stage in your living room

“House concerts”, public performances in people's homes, are popular because the music is diverse and the vibe intimate and relaxed.

Singer Christabel Menezes performs at a home in Hauz Khas earlier this year. The evening was organised by House Concert Delhi, a group of young people who want to create intimate spaces for an attentive audience.(Courtesy: Reelflect)
Updated on Dec 17, 2016 06:04 PM IST
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Trump’s Air Force One jibe: No frills to luxury, here’s how world leaders fly

Trump’s tweet has put the focus on Air Force One – an oval office-in-the-air-- fitted with the best communication and defence technology.

United States president Barack Obama and his wife Michelle in New Delhi next to Air Force One, the US presidential aircraft.(T. Narayanan/ HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 07, 2016 02:50 PM IST
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The films of Isao Takahata

For anime fans and novices - a retrospective on the celebrated Japanese filmmaker

Japanese anime film, The Tale of the Princess of Kaguya was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature in 2015(Credit: Lightcube Film Society)
Updated on Nov 05, 2016 10:13 AM IST
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Pinjra Tod: Delhi girls fight back to reclaim public spaces for women

Pinjra Tod, a Delhi-wide student campaign seeks to break through the deeply sexist and suffocating rules for women.

Devangana Kalita at a protest to reclaim public spaces in Delhi’s South Campus on Monday.(Aishwarya Kandpal/HT)
Updated on Oct 09, 2016 12:03 PM IST
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Baby boomers: India’s old school rockers for whom music was about rebellion

As a legendary of line-up of rock and roll stars draws the crowds, we go looking for their biggest fans in India

A 73-year-old Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones performs on the first day of the Desert Trip festival on October 7, 2016 in California.(Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
Updated on Oct 09, 2016 11:26 AM IST
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Mark his words: Why Boris Johnson is no stranger to controversies

In his former life as a swashbuckling conservative columnist, Johnson said a lot of things that are at odds with the buttoned-down rules of diplomacy.

Boris Johnson, when he was the London Mayor, boxes with a trainer during his visit to Fight for Peace Academy in North Woolwich, London in October 2014.(AFP)
Updated on Jul 15, 2016 12:27 AM IST
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