Etti Bali

Etti Bali

Etti Bali reports on Page 3 parties and cultural events for the daily entertainment and lifestyle supplement, HT City

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Transgenders feel that though we are making progress as a society, more inclusivity in policy-making needs to be implemented. (Photos: Shutterstock)
Transgenders feel that though we are making progress as a society, more inclusivity in policy-making needs to be implemented. (Photos: Shutterstock)

Trans-people welcome the decision for separate toilets, but need gender-neutral toilets

By Etti Bali, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 23, 2021 11:19 AM IST
The Delhi government has mandated that all its departments, offices, district authorities, municipal corporations, state-run companies and the Delhi Police have separate and exclusive washrooms for transgender persons.
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Ilona Kolachana is a professional Finnish danseuse with a love for Indian classical and folk dance forms.
Ilona Kolachana is a professional Finnish danseuse with a love for Indian classical and folk dance forms.

“In Indian traditional music and dance, you can hear and see the echoes of long traditions,” says Finnish danseuse Ilona Kolachana

By Etti Bali, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 15, 2021 06:32 PM IST
For Ilona Kolachan, it was love at first sight when she first visited Indian on a backpacking trip in 2008. She now teaches various classical Indian dance forms, and Bollywood and folk dances to people around the globe. Here is her story.
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Dr Arjun Dang at his lab in Delhi (Photo: Raajessh Kashyap/HT)
Dr Arjun Dang at his lab in Delhi (Photo: Raajessh Kashyap/HT)

The Hindustan Times Trailblazer Award 2021 : Dr Arjun Dang

By Etti Bali, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 05, 2021 01:16 PM IST
The first centre was set up in the beginning of April last year in the Central Market area of Punjabi Bagh and then expanding to Saket and Khel Gaon. With these, Dr Arjun Dang and his team ensured that people could get tested with maximum safety and minimum interaction.
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Restaurants everywhere reserve the right to admission, which depends on certain parameters set by the management.(Photo: Shutterstock)
Restaurants everywhere reserve the right to admission, which depends on certain parameters set by the management.(Photo: Shutterstock)

Rights to admission reserved at restaurants: Colonial hangover or a vibe thing?

By Etti Bali | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2021 12:07 AM IST
While the dress code is subjective, it is the staff’s behaviour that often determines the outcome of a situation where the guests are not dressed as per the norms set by the restaurant.
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Vegan butters are obtained from plants such as olive, avocado, coconut or a combination of oils.(Photo: Instagram)
Vegan butters are obtained from plants such as olive, avocado, coconut or a combination of oils.(Photo: Instagram)

This season, make a butter choice with vegan

By Etti Bali | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2021 11:10 PM IST
Vegan butter can also be easily made at home with flavourings such as garlic, kasuri methi, coriander and many more herbs and spices.
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Adil Hussain(Photo: Instagram)
Adil Hussain(Photo: Instagram)

I reinforce resolutions every day, there is not a specific new year resolution: Adil Hussain

By Etti Bali | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 03, 2021 11:24 PM IST
He adds, “To be more aware, more empathetic, more non-judgemental and to be more accessible for people, to be more accommodating and break down my barriers of the ideas of right and wrong and rise above them, to be more organic in my approach to acting, more wide-heartedness — these are very important to me.”
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Bollywood veterans Shabana Azmi, Waheeda Rehman and Muzaffar Ali have been part of Jashn-e-Rekhta.(Photo: Raajessh Kashyap/HT)
Bollywood veterans Shabana Azmi, Waheeda Rehman and Muzaffar Ali have been part of Jashn-e-Rekhta.(Photo: Raajessh Kashyap/HT)

Jashn-e-Rekhta cancels annual event in light of Covid-19 pandemic

By Etti Bali | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 27, 2020 11:06 PM IST
Rekhta Foundation decided to cancel the 2020 edition of its annual event.
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Actors like Anupria Goenka, Chandan Roy Sanyal and Namit Das share their wish for Santa Claus.
Actors like Anupria Goenka, Chandan Roy Sanyal and Namit Das share their wish for Santa Claus.

Peace, hugs and a vaccine, these are the things celebs want in Santa’s bag in 2020

By Etti Bali | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 24, 2020 09:04 PM IST
With just a few days remaining in 2020, Bollywood actors tell us what they would want Santa to bring them this year.
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Prominent personalities tell us as to what is that one thing they would want Santa to bring for them and the world
Prominent personalities tell us as to what is that one thing they would want Santa to bring for them and the world

Dear Santa, all I want for Christmas is...

By Etti Bali and Sanchita Kalra | Hindustan Times, Delhi
PUBLISHED ON DEC 23, 2020 02:58 PM IST
Prominent personalities tell us as to what is that one thing they would want Santa to bring for them and the world.
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Maria Goretti believes that food has the power to heal.(Photo: Instagram/mariagorettiz)
Maria Goretti believes that food has the power to heal.(Photo: Instagram/mariagorettiz)

“Food is like music; there is no language that you can’t understand,” says Maria Goretti

By Etti Bali | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 19, 2020 07:59 PM IST
Author and chef Maria Goretti shares her Christmas traditions and says she loves to fuse her traditional recipes with the French techniques she learnt at culinary school.
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Himansh Kohli cautions that hygiene and safety protocols should be strictly followed even after Covid19 vaccinations start.
Himansh Kohli cautions that hygiene and safety protocols should be strictly followed even after Covid19 vaccinations start.

A vaccine is a hope that we can overcome the worst of biological terrors: Himansh Kohli on Covid19 vaccine development

By Etti Bali | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 18, 2020 02:17 PM IST
Actor Himansh Kohli, who battled with the disease in September, adds that whenever he gets vaccinated, the first thing he would do would be to hug his family and friends.
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Jaggery is high in antioxidants, helps boost immunity, aids digestion and helps cut down the damage caused by pollution.(Photo: iStock)
Jaggery is high in antioxidants, helps boost immunity, aids digestion and helps cut down the damage caused by pollution.(Photo: iStock)

Make a gur choice: Jaggery is the superfood of the season

By Etti Bali | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 15, 2020 02:17 PM IST
With the onset of winter, the one food that is in top demand is gur or jaggery. So what is it about this little golden brown chunk of naturally-obtained sweet that everyone swears by? Read on to find more.
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Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Morgan Freeman and Madhuri Dixit Nene posted photos with their elves.
Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Morgan Freeman and Madhuri Dixit Nene posted photos with their elves.

From Priyanka Chopra Jonas to Morgan Freeman, Christmas 2020 has celebs asking: Who’s your elf?

By Etti Bali | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 11, 2020 12:42 PM IST
The #myelf challenge has celebs superimposing their photos with photos of other celebs with whom their names rhyme. This challenge is also called Myelf and I, and Elf on the Self.
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Music producer Ram Sampath has directed his partner, artiste Sona Mohapatra in their new release, Heere Heere.
Music producer Ram Sampath has directed his partner, artiste Sona Mohapatra in their new release, Heere Heere.

Ram Sampath makes directorial debut with Heere Heere, says shooting was a breeze

By Etti Bali | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 10, 2020 05:50 PM IST
The video, shot over a span of a day-and-a-half, features artiste Sona Mohapatra and Kuchipudi danseuse Pujita Chivukula.
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Cyrus Broacha loves lifting weights and wants “to be as strong and big as possible.”
Cyrus Broacha loves lifting weights and wants “to be as strong and big as possible.”

“When people say you have lost weight, I get depressed. I want to be as strong and big as possible,” says Cyrus Broacha

By Etti Bali | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 10, 2020 02:49 PM IST
The “Bakra guy” recently shared a photo of himself in a fitter, leaner avatar. He trains on his terrace with a squat rack, a bench, 350 pounds of weight and a bar.
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Full Circle Book Store in its former glory at Khan Market.(PHOTO: Burhaan Kinu/HT)
Full Circle Book Store in its former glory at Khan Market.(PHOTO: Burhaan Kinu/HT)

Delhi’s book lovers, rejoice! Full Circle Book Store and Café Turtle set to make a comeback to their beloved Khan Market

By Etti Bali | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 05, 2020 08:07 PM IST
In June this year, Full Circle Book Store had announced the closing down of its Khan Market outlet owing to mounting bills and thinning revenue. But now, along with Café Turtle, the store plans to begin the new year with new tidings.
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50% seating, sanitisers and thermal scans are common at restaurants in Delhi.
50% seating, sanitisers and thermal scans are common at restaurants in Delhi.

City’s F&B industry on better grounds in the third wave of the pandemic. Here’s how

By Etti Bali | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 08, 2020 02:33 PM IST
Masks, face shields and all SOPs in place, restaurants are seeing a spike in business in the third phase of the pandemic. The sales are further substantiated by home delivery models.
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Turmeric milk or Golden milk is one of the easiest ways to consume turmeric.(Photo: Shutterstock)
Turmeric milk or Golden milk is one of the easiest ways to consume turmeric.(Photo: Shutterstock)

Make a haldi choice: Turn to turmeric to strengthen immunity

By Etti Bali | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 28, 2020 10:41 AM IST
With the pandemic, turmeric’s immunity-boosting and anti-bacterial properties are in demand more than ever.
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A file photo of a blanket distribution drive in NOIDA.(Photo: Sunil Ghosh/HT)
A file photo of a blanket distribution drive in NOIDA.(Photo: Sunil Ghosh/HT)

Helping the homeless: Stories of selfless deeds that will warm your heart

By Etti Bali | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 27, 2020 05:01 PM IST
A hot meal or a warm blanket cost nothing to most of us, but can be lifesavers for thousands living on the streets, with no roof above their head. Here’s how some good samaritans are helping spread warmth this winter.
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Eminent personalities from different walks of life share how they’re contributing to make it a happy Diwali this year for those around
Eminent personalities from different walks of life share how they’re contributing to make it a happy Diwali this year for those around

Yours, mine, ours — A happy Diwali for all

By Etti Bali and Sanchita Kalra | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON NOV 12, 2020 11:41 PM IST
Celebrating Diwali in its true essence and espousing its true spirit, industry pioneers are doing every bit to ensure that the people around have a truly happy Diwali
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President-elect of the US, Joe Biden with his German Shepherd Major.(Photo: AP)
President-elect of the US, Joe Biden with his German Shepherd Major.(Photo: AP)

Major hope for rescues as White House’s first rescue pup-to be reinstills faith in forever homes

By Etti Bali | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 12, 2020 02:06 PM IST
President-elect Joe Biden’s German Shepherd, Major, is going to be the first rescue dog in the White House. This reignites hope among local rescuers to provide forever homes for abandoned animals.
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Celebs including Kriti Sanon, Mandira Bedi and Aashka Goradia Goble shared photos of them wearing handloom weaves.
Celebs including Kriti Sanon, Mandira Bedi and Aashka Goradia Goble shared photos of them wearing handloom weaves.

Local4Diwali: Ministries and celebs get on board PM Modi’s appeal to buy from local artisans

By Etti Bali | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 10, 2020 12:21 AM IST
“It will strengthen local identity and will illuminate Diwali of craftsmen and artisans who make these products. Celebrate Diwali with local, be vocal for local. You will see, it will bring a new life to the entire economy,” PM Modi said.
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Bhuvan Bam, who contracted the covid-19 virus, reiterates the importance of social distancing and wearing masks.
Bhuvan Bam, who contracted the covid-19 virus, reiterates the importance of social distancing and wearing masks.

“It’s not just about me; there are thousands of people who are losing their loved ones to this every day,” says Bhuvan Bam on contracting covid-19

By Etti Bali | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 06, 2020 10:22 PM IST
The YouTuber-musician was scared when he started showing symptoms of Covid-19, but is gradually coping with the disease.
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A file photo of people bursting crackers is relevant even two years later. Delhi remains engulfed in a haze as pollution levels increase.(PHOTO: Amal KS/HT)
A file photo of people bursting crackers is relevant even two years later. Delhi remains engulfed in a haze as pollution levels increase.(PHOTO: Amal KS/HT)

Ban on green crackers leaves traders gasping for air even as Delhi chokes

By Etti Bali | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 06, 2020 10:15 PM IST
The Arvind Kejriwal-led government in the Capital announced a blanket ban on sale, purchase and use of all kinds of firecrackers in the city from November 7 to November 30.
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Saasha Ramsay with her late father, filmmaker Shyam Ramsay.(Photo: Aalok Soni/HT)
Saasha Ramsay with her late father, filmmaker Shyam Ramsay.(Photo: Aalok Soni/HT)

The Ramsays don’t believe in ghosts: Saasha Shyam Ramsay

By Etti Bali | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 01, 2020 03:07 PM IST
With an idea that struck quite serendipitously, the Ramsay Brothers created films in the pulp horror genre that continue to fascinate.
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Renuka Shahane says that she doesn’t take the characters she plays too seriously.
Renuka Shahane says that she doesn’t take the characters she plays too seriously.

I love laughing at myself, one can’t take oneself too seriously: Renuka Shahane

By Etti Bali | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 30, 2020 03:29 PM IST
Shahane knows it is futile to take oneself seriously, so instead of letting trolls affect her, she looks forward to celebrating the power of social media.
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This Halloween, there are tempting offers and discounts for the most innovative costumes and scariest looking guests at restaurants across Delhi NCR.
This Halloween, there are tempting offers and discounts for the most innovative costumes and scariest looking guests at restaurants across Delhi NCR.

City restaurants set to boo patrons with Halloween specials

By Etti Bali | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 28, 2020 12:45 PM IST
Grisly-looking dishes and goosebumps-inducing ambience, it’s all ghoul play for these eateries as they set to lure guests with Halloween offers.
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Celebrating the victory of good over evil.
Celebrating the victory of good over evil.

This Dussehra, pioneers from different realms hope for goodness to prevail

By Etti Bali and Sanchita Kalra | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON OCT 26, 2020 02:30 PM IST
Be it gratitude for Covid-19 warriors, or the eradication of hatred, these celebs hope to reinstate faith in goodness.
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Anuja Chauhan builds her own Ravana and believes it is a great unifier.(Photo: Instagram)
Anuja Chauhan builds her own Ravana and believes it is a great unifier.(Photo: Instagram)

DIY, eco-friendly Ravanas are a vital part of author Anuja Chauhan’s Dussehra celebrations

By Etti Bali | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 25, 2020 12:51 PM IST
The bestselling author of books such as The Zoya Factor and Those Pricey Thakur Girls, Chauhan makes her own Ravanas and feels that Dussehra is a great equaliser.
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Renuka Shahane has a message for women empowerment, and she plans to use her social media to create the right noise around it.
Renuka Shahane has a message for women empowerment, and she plans to use her social media to create the right noise around it.

Ask the men to behave – isn’t that the easier way to go about it: Renuka Shahane

By Etti Bali | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON OCT 20, 2020 12:41 PM IST
The mother of two boys, Shouryaman and Satyendra with husband, actor Ashutosh Rana, Shahane is a firm believer in sensitising boys. “Social norms allow men a lot of leeway for basic things; they are not expected to follow certain rules. It is ok if they don’t, but a woman has to work double, struggle, learn self-defense,” she says.
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