Dipanjan Sinha

Dipanjan Sinha

Dipanjan Sinha is principal correspondent, weekend features in Mumbai. He has been a journalist for seven years now and worked on the desk, news and features teams

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Death is inevitable, and yet passing over needn’t come as a surprise or scary chapter, as we’ve learnt from the 2017 film Coco.(IMAGE COURTESY PIXAR)
Death is inevitable, and yet passing over needn’t come as a surprise or scary chapter, as we’ve learnt from the 2017 film Coco.(IMAGE COURTESY PIXAR)

In a new book, insightful thoughts on readying for life’s final exam

By Dipanjan Sinha | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 07:36 PM IST
Arun Shourie’s Preparing: For Death offers advice on last days, and explores the end as an opportunity to move on rather than an occasion to fear.
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Karachi. For some, the repository offers glimpses of cities they will likely never visit. For others, it is a reminder that borders often separate people who were once one.(Lawaiza Zahid Hussain)
Karachi. For some, the repository offers glimpses of cities they will likely never visit. For others, it is a reminder that borders often separate people who were once one.(Lawaiza Zahid Hussain)

Check out a virtual pandemic-era travelogue focused on South Asia

By Dipanjan Sinha | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 27, 2020 05:41 AM IST
The Daak Vaak repository on Instagram is crowdsourced, with people sending in photographs of cities they love and miss.
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When social media is the audience and the hotbed of abuse, it’s hard to avoid trolls. The trick, says Joshua, is to protect your privacy, mute the haters and cling to your sense of humour.(HT File Photo)
When social media is the audience and the hotbed of abuse, it’s hard to avoid trolls. The trick, says Joshua, is to protect your privacy, mute the haters and cling to your sense of humour.(HT File Photo)

The Playbook: How to tackle trolls and stay sane, via comedian Agrima Joshua

By Dipanjan Sinha | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON NOV 24, 2020 12:33 PM IST
Joshua, 30, was been doing stand-up for four years. Her hacks for dealing with the hate hinge on self-care, humour and, sometimes, confrontation.
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It takes a certain degree of energy and will—and a healthy sprinkling of providence—but some are actually managing to use the lockdown to work on long-pending personal projects and ambitions.
It takes a certain degree of energy and will—and a healthy sprinkling of providence—but some are actually managing to use the lockdown to work on long-pending personal projects and ambitions.

What’s your lockdown challenge?

By Dipanjan Sinha | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON MAY 12, 2020 12:07 PM IST
It takes a certain degree of energy and will—and a healthy sprinkling of providence—but some are actually managing to use the lockdown to work on long-pending personal projects and ambitions.
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A kid in lockdown is a restless kid, so parents are using that pent-up energy to try new things.
A kid in lockdown is a restless kid, so parents are using that pent-up energy to try new things.

Coronavirus outbreak: Sew, dance, take flight with the kids

PUBLISHED ON APR 06, 2020 12:14 PM IST
The ongoing lockdown has given parents that rare opportunity to spend all day with their kids.
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Aadriti Khan, 3, is experimenting with thumb printing, paper pasting, sponge painting and more. Above right is a recent sketch by Siddhart Tallur, 34, an assistant professor at IIT-Bombay.
Aadriti Khan, 3, is experimenting with thumb printing, paper pasting, sponge painting and more. Above right is a recent sketch by Siddhart Tallur, 34, an assistant professor at IIT-Bombay.

Any age is the right age to pick a hobby

By Dipanjan Sinha | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON APR 02, 2020 08:44 AM IST
An activity that you already enjoyed is a good pick for a hobby, or will lead you to one.
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How AI and blockchain are transforming cityscapes and real-estate practices

By Dipanjan Sinha | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON MAR 07, 2020 10:11 PM IST
New-age tech labs are sprouting in cities, a blockchain district is on the cards. A look at how technology is set to positively impact the realty industry.
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Non-metro cities are becoming the new realty hotspots

By Dipanjan Sinha | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON FEB 22, 2020 05:44 PM IST
In the struggling market, investors are looking at cities like Ahmedabad, Lucknow, Bhopal, Kochi, Bhubaneshwar for housing and infrastructure projects, as metros get saturated and outrageously expensive.
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Universities are launching courses to study, address the climate crisis

By Dipanjan Sinha | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON FEB 19, 2020 08:26 PM IST
The aim, they say, is to create batches of professionals who can work on mitigation as that becomes a priority across sectors.
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One key challenge is growing competition. Over just one year, the number of hackers registered with HackerOne, the largest global interface between companies and ethical hackers, almost doubled, going from 166,000 in 2017 to 300,000 in 2018.
One key challenge is growing competition. Over just one year, the number of hackers registered with HackerOne, the largest global interface between companies and ethical hackers, almost doubled, going from 166,000 in 2017 to 300,000 in 2018.

Life behind the firewall: What it’s like to be an ethical hacker today

By Dipanjan Sinha | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON FEB 15, 2020 03:29 PM IST
Death threats, confused relatives and an increasingly difficult fight to stay anonymous - it’s not easy being in the shoes of the white hats that work with companies and govts to help keep digital data safe.
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Professors make return journeys, bring back lessons from across borders

By Dipanjan Sinha | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON FEB 05, 2020 07:06 PM IST
When teachers travel abroad for research or as faculty, they return with insight into other cultures, new perspectives on young minds, and fresh views of education systems in other countries.
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An interesting aspect of the work of these young poets - men like Hussain Haidry, Vrun Grover and Amir Aziz - is that it is open-source. They are happy for it to be quoted, shared, even modified. And as a result, it is being embraced at rallies, used online, recited at protests and gatherings.(HT File Photo)
An interesting aspect of the work of these young poets - men like Hussain Haidry, Vrun Grover and Amir Aziz - is that it is open-source. They are happy for it to be quoted, shared, even modified. And as a result, it is being embraced at rallies, used online, recited at protests and gatherings.(HT File Photo)

Voices in the dark: Meet the poets behind the lines on the street

By Dipanjan Sinha | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON FEB 01, 2020 07:48 PM IST
Hindustani Musalmaan, Hum Kagaz Nahi Dikhayenge, Tum Kaun Ho Be — their poems are current, resonant, a response to their times. Now, their lines are popping up as slogans, songs and memes.
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Edtech firms are helping future-proof students with study now, pay later schemes

By Cherylann Mollan and Dipanjan Sinha | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JAN 09, 2020 06:05 PM IST
Courses on offer include coding, machine learning, AI, blockchain, business analytics, digital marketing and design thinking, for those pursuing mainstream degrees.
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Greg Clark won the best director (factual) in the BAFTA Scotland this year.
Greg Clark won the best director (factual) in the BAFTA Scotland this year.

Kashmir’s football team wins again

By Dipanjan Sinha | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON JAN 04, 2020 06:22 PM IST
Documentary filmmaker Greg Clark talks about his film on Real Kashmir and how he followed a BAFTA Scotland winning story
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An old soap factory in Vikhroli has been converted into an office and a buzzing cafe.(Edmund Sumner)
An old soap factory in Vikhroli has been converted into an office and a buzzing cafe.(Edmund Sumner)

Check out breathtaking examples of adaptive reuse in five Indian cities

By Dipanjan Sinha | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON DEC 07, 2019 06:28 PM IST
Old homes, havelis, factories and mills are being reinvented as exciting and unexpected places to live, work and unwind.
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In the big leagues: Indian colleges enter global alliance

By Dipanjan Sinha | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON DEC 04, 2019 07:33 PM IST
A growing umbrella of Indian institutes of higher education are signing on to work with foreign varsities to create common practices, pedagogy and policies.
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Zomato’s originals are all connected in some way to food. Episodes are 3 to 15 minutes long.
Zomato’s originals are all connected in some way to food. Episodes are 3 to 15 minutes long.

Now making web shows: Food and e-commerce apps

By Dipanjan Sinha | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON NOV 23, 2019 06:28 PM IST
Companies like Flipkart and Zomato have started creating their own Originals — short, snackable video content to help build brand presence.
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FN Souza’s The Last Supper, which has been at Japan’s Glenbarra museum for the two decades, sold for ₹5.6 crore, just above its upper estimate of ₹5 crore.(Aalok Soni / HT Photo)
FN Souza’s The Last Supper, which has been at Japan’s Glenbarra museum for the two decades, sold for ₹5.6 crore, just above its upper estimate of ₹5 crore.(Aalok Soni / HT Photo)

Sotheby’s 2nd live auction sees no record; major artworks find no takers

By Dipanjan Sinha & Cherylann Mollan | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON NOV 18, 2019 07:48 PM IST
Of the 61 lots on the block, including an FN Souza, a Bhupen Khakhar and a rare Husain, about 20% were left unsold.
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The choir is currently comprised of 23 boys aged 10 to 14, including students from Japan, Korea and Syria. The conductor here was Jimy Chiang from Hong Kong.(Pratik Chorge / HT Photo)
The choir is currently comprised of 23 boys aged 10 to 14, including students from Japan, Korea and Syria. The conductor here was Jimy Chiang from Hong Kong.(Pratik Chorge / HT Photo)

Vienna Boys’ Choir storms Mumbai with bhajans, qawwalis at NCPA

By Dipanjan Sinha | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON OCT 31, 2019 06:03 PM IST
In an interview with HT, president and artistic director Gerald Wirth discusses history, legacy and music choices.
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Edtech platforms step up, tie up with universities to offer add-ons

By Dipanjan Sinha | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON OCT 30, 2019 07:05 PM IST
The apps and websites are also offering industry-specific courses, and helping with entrance exam prep.
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A bramhadaitya saves a man from other ghosts in this image from the 1912 illustrated edition of Folk-Tales of Bengal by Lal Behari Dey.(illustration by Warwick Goble)
A bramhadaitya saves a man from other ghosts in this image from the 1912 illustrated edition of Folk-Tales of Bengal by Lal Behari Dey.(illustration by Warwick Goble)

Trick or treat? This Halloween, why not go as one our charming desi spooks

By Dipanjan Sinha | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON OCT 26, 2019 07:14 PM IST
Some are scary, some are helpful and some are just downright cute. A look at the big fat Indian ghost family.
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runner-up title at a reality singing show in Itanagar in Arunachal Pradesh, in October. Simiarly, other independent music voices from the community are finding a platform, and a career, via Miriwood.
runner-up title at a reality singing show in Itanagar in Arunachal Pradesh, in October. Simiarly, other independent music voices from the community are finding a platform, and a career, via Miriwood.

Assam’s tiny Mising community finds its voice on YouTube

By Dipanjan Sinha | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON OCT 26, 2019 07:05 PM IST
Artists are posting music videos in the Mising language on a unique channel called Miriwood that’s racked up 38,000 subscribers.
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There are fewer takers for the BSc degree, but this is just the time to consider it

By Dipanjan Sinha | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON OCT 16, 2019 08:08 PM IST
Counsellors say numbers are falling largely because of failures in communication. As AI, machine learning and big data fields open up, there’s plenty of opportunity for the Science grad.
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The film is a football fans delight with scene after scene of the legend in action.
The film is a football fans delight with scene after scene of the legend in action.

Maradona is like a gangster film: Asif Kapadia on his biopic on the legend

By Dipanjan Sinha | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON OCT 12, 2019 08:25 PM IST
The filmmaker talks about the art of telling real stories about famous people
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An increase in office space investment has helped generate employment, leading to a rise in demand for residential realty.(AFP)
An increase in office space investment has helped generate employment, leading to a rise in demand for residential realty.(AFP)

As realty numbers stand still, how is Hyderabad still growing?

UPDATED ON SEP 14, 2019 08:38 PM IST
Policy reform, pro-industry measures and a focus on investment have helped the city boom.
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While Friends is the most high-profile nostalgia hit on the web-streaming platforms, also out there are shows like Yes, Minister, Malgudi Days, Fauji and Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi from the ’80s, Shaktimaan, Seinfeld and That ’70s Show from the ’90s, Hip Hip Hurray from the turn of the century.
While Friends is the most high-profile nostalgia hit on the web-streaming platforms, also out there are shows like Yes, Minister, Malgudi Days, Fauji and Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi from the ’80s, Shaktimaan, Seinfeld and That ’70s Show from the ’90s, Hip Hip Hurray from the turn of the century.

Chanelling nostalgia: Old shows find new views, new love on OTT platforms

By Dipanjan Sinha | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON SEP 07, 2019 09:18 PM IST
Nostalgia is a surprisingly big hit on streaming platforms, where decades-old shows like Friends, Shaktimaan and early episodes of Crime Patrol are finding millions of takers
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As students push for more freedom and equality, college hostels are changing

By Dipanjan Sinha | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON AUG 28, 2019 07:33 PM IST
Among the top demands are more-relaxed curfew hours and dress codes, and equal norms for male and female students.
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The first step in addressing GAD is recognising that this is a disorder, not a state of mind or a response to situations.(istock)
The first step in addressing GAD is recognising that this is a disorder, not a state of mind or a response to situations.(istock)

Are you anxious all the time?

By Dipanjan Sinha | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON AUG 24, 2019 07:21 PM IST
If you are worried even in the absence of something to worry about it could be Generalised Anxiety Disorder
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Moving forward, with help: Who needs grief counselling, how does it work?

By Dipanjan Sinha | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON AUG 17, 2019 06:11 PM IST
When the period of grieving goes on for too long, it is time to seek help.
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Indian edutech platforms are going global, and they’re doing this mainly through collaborations with prestigious foreign universities and Ivy League schools.(iStock)
Indian edutech platforms are going global, and they’re doing this mainly through collaborations with prestigious foreign universities and Ivy League schools.(iStock)

Indian campuses are expanding their global footprint

By Dipanjan Sinha and Vanessa Viegas | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON JUL 31, 2019 07:41 PM IST
Education brands from India are establishing international presence and are finding domestic as well as international takers for their campuses abroad.
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