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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As Delhi University goes ahead with online mock tests, students rue that online open book examinations are not a viable solution.(Photo: Sushil Kumar/HT)
As Delhi University goes ahead with online mock tests, students rue that online open book examinations are not a viable solution.(Photo: Sushil Kumar/HT)

DU gung ho about final year open book exams; students rue

UPDATED ON AUG 05, 2020 12:04 PM IST
While some universities have exempted final year students owing to Covid 19 precautions, no such respite seems likely for DU. Final
Music producer and composer Ram Sampath talks about the workings of the film industry and weighs in on the many battles that musicians have to face working on Bollywood projects.
Music producer and composer Ram Sampath talks about the workings of the film industry and weighs in on the many battles that musicians have to face working on Bollywood projects.

Shots are called by a few interconnected families with a few rare exceptions: Ram Sampath

Hindustan Times | By Etti Bali
PUBLISHED ON AUG 05, 2020 11:47 AM IST
Ram Sampath, who has given music for films like Fukrey (2013) and Delhi Belly (2011), opens up about favouritism in the industry and how only a select few have the final say in a film’s final fate.
Tea made with herbs and spices is season-perfect.(Photo: Shutterstock)
Tea made with herbs and spices is season-perfect.(Photo: Shutterstock)

A cup of immunitea to ward off monsoon blues

Hindustan Times | By Etti Bali
PUBLISHED ON JUL 30, 2020 04:08 PM IST
As much as we love soaking ourselves to the bone in a good spell of rain, the chances of catching a cold cannot be ignored. The medicinal properties of tea are widely acknowledged, and when brewed with herbs, the resulting drink can work wonders for the immune system.
Feasting, which is an integral part of festivals, is different this year as people avoid gathering amid COVID 19 precautions.(Photo: Gokul VS/HT)
Feasting, which is an integral part of festivals, is different this year as people avoid gathering amid COVID 19 precautions.(Photo: Gokul VS/HT)

An Eid in spirit: No lavish feasts or gatherings amid Covid precautions

Hindustan Times | By Etti Bali
UPDATED ON AUG 01, 2020 11:07 AM IST
Eid-ul-adha marks some important rituals in Islam, but this year, due to the COVID19 scare, celebrations will be low-key for many. Some have chosen to donate money in place of distributing meat of the sacrificial lamb, while others will let go of family gatherings.
Menstrual hygiene, women’s psychological well-being and the non-biodegradable waste are some subjects that need immediate attention.(Photo: Shutterstock)
Menstrual hygiene, women’s psychological well-being and the non-biodegradable waste are some subjects that need immediate attention.(Photo: Shutterstock)

Bleed with dignity: Sustainable solutions for a healthy period

Hindustan Times | By Etti Bali
UPDATED ON JUL 25, 2020 07:22 PM IST
As menstruation remains a stigmatised subject in our country, it renders a plethora of subjects taboo. Menstrual hygiene, women’s psychological well-being and the non-biodegradable waste that is generated every year are some of these subjects that demand immediate attention.
Rakhis at Ornamental Mithai by Neelam Saini are made with traditional ingredients like gulkand and paan.
Rakhis at Ornamental Mithai by Neelam Saini are made with traditional ingredients like gulkand and paan.

Have your Rakhi and eat it, too: Edible rakhis are a special this Raksha Bandhan

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By Etti Bali
UPDATED ON AUG 03, 2020 10:59 AM IST
Raksha Bandhan 2020: Mithai shops, home bakers and patisseries are offering pan-India delivery services of their signature edible rakhis, with proper safety precautions.
Adil Hussain’s efforts in bringing attention to the floods in Assam led international football clubs to post about the subject, putting the crisis on the global map.(Photo: Instagram/_adilhussain)
Adil Hussain’s efforts in bringing attention to the floods in Assam led international football clubs to post about the subject, putting the crisis on the global map.(Photo: Instagram/_adilhussain)

“I don’t think anyone has taken it (Assam floods) seriously. There have only been quick-fixes and band-aids,” says Adil Hussain

Hindustan Times | By Etti Bali
UPDATED ON JUL 20, 2020 04:07 PM IST
Adil hails from Goalpara in Assam and his mother still lives there. Despite being in a high-lying area, their house faces the threat of rising flood waters.
The quintessential Indian spice box has turmeric, jeera and dhania powder, salt and red chilli powder.(Photo: Instagram)
The quintessential Indian spice box has turmeric, jeera and dhania powder, salt and red chilli powder.(Photo: Instagram)

A spice odyssey: Understanding the round masala-daani intrinsic to Indian kitchens the world over

Hindustan Times | By Etti Bali
UPDATED ON JUL 17, 2020 04:04 PM IST
The humble stainless steel round box was no less than an artist’s palette, housing a magic trove of colours, flavours and aromas. The round spice box was akin to the conveyor belt inside which these dish-changing, nostalgia-inducing masalas were stored.
Amid the widespread transmission of coronavirus, students from various universities had been demanding that exams be cancelled.(Photo: HT Photo)
Amid the widespread transmission of coronavirus, students from various universities had been demanding that exams be cancelled.(Photo: HT Photo)

Students rejoice as Delhi Government cancels all state university exams

Hindustan Times | By Etti Bali
PUBLISHED ON JUL 16, 2020 12:44 PM IST
Final year is the time when students start applying for jobs or give exams for further studies, and were caught in the doldrums as there was no disclosure till now. We speak to some students from GGSIPU on how they think this decision will help them.
Food photography is no rocket science and with these expert tips, you can turn any ordinary-looking dish into a masterpiece.(Photo: Instagram/gluttonygoddess)
Food photography is no rocket science and with these expert tips, you can turn any ordinary-looking dish into a masterpiece.(Photo: Instagram/gluttonygoddess)

Click before you dig? Here are some expert tips to get that perfect droolworthy food photo

Hindustan Times | By Etti Bali
UPDATED ON JUL 15, 2020 01:38 PM IST
Food photography is an aesthetic that is not difficult to master. With a decent phone camera, the right kind of framing and basic editing, you can give your food shots a professional look.
Nothing excites the palate in summers like a bowl of salad.(Photo: iStock)
Nothing excites the palate in summers like a bowl of salad.(Photo: iStock)

Summer lovin’: Add salads with seasonal produce to your diet for a shot of health

Hindustan Times | By Etti Bali
UPDATED ON JUL 14, 2020 06:13 PM IST
Salads made with fresh seasonal produce are not only easy to put together but also pack a healthy punch and provide essential minerals and nutrients to combat summer blues.
Try and locate the baby bird’s nest, but in case you can’t find it, contact a rescue centre, advise experts.(Photo: HT PHOTO)
Try and locate the baby bird’s nest, but in case you can’t find it, contact a rescue centre, advise experts.(Photo: HT PHOTO)

Let’s show some TLC for baby birds: Dos and Dont’s of bird rescue

Hindustan Times | By Etti Bali
UPDATED ON JUL 13, 2020 05:10 PM IST
Due to reasons that may range from storms or people sweeping away their nests in a bid to clean their houses, these baby birds find themselves in a state of shock, injury and hunger.
Plant-based milk, including that extracted from nuts and grains, is gaining popularity in cafes across Delhi-NCR.(Photo: Instagram/begreenr)
Plant-based milk, including that extracted from nuts and grains, is gaining popularity in cafes across Delhi-NCR.(Photo: Instagram/begreenr)

Going nuts over dairy alternatives: Here’s a lowdown on plant-based milk

Hindustan Times | By Etti Bali
UPDATED ON JUL 06, 2020 06:51 PM IST
Whether you are a vegan, or allergic to dairy, plant-based milk offers a one-stop solution as a milk substitute.
Novoneel Chakraborty has authored 17 books and is now writing short stories.(Photo: Instagram/novoneelchakraborty)
Novoneel Chakraborty has authored 17 books and is now writing short stories.(Photo: Instagram/novoneelchakraborty)

“If you are being harassed, involve your parents, teachers. Go to the police if need be,” says author Novoneel Chakraborty

Hindustan Times | By Etti Bali
UPDATED ON JUL 06, 2020 03:28 PM IST
The author feels that the publishing industry will need an overhaul in a post-pandemic world.

Spreading joy under a pandemic: Shikhar ‘The One’ Dhawan visits Hindu refugees living in Delhi

Hindustan Times | By Etti Bali
UPDATED ON JUL 05, 2020 01:05 PM IST
The morning of July 4 came with a sweet surprise for the Hindu refugees living near the Majlis Park Metro Station in Delhi as Indian batsman Shikhar Dhawan paid them a visit to distribute cricket kits and other amenities.
Set up a barbecue grill in your garden or the rooftop to replicate the feel of an outdoor picnic.(Photo: Shutterstock)
Set up a barbecue grill in your garden or the rooftop to replicate the feel of an outdoor picnic.(Photo: Shutterstock)

DIY tips to host a Monsoon-perfect indoor picnic in these Covid-19 times

Hindustan Times | By Etti Bali
UPDATED ON JUL 02, 2020 09:53 AM IST
Experts list out the perfect props, foods and just that right dose of monsoon magic to set the mood right for an indoor picnic.
Faraz Arif Ansari made India’s first silent LGBTQ love story in 2017.
Faraz Arif Ansari made India’s first silent LGBTQ love story in 2017.

“Filmmaking is a privilege that needs to be used wisely,” says Sisak filmmaker Faraz Arif Ansari

Hindustan Times | By Etti Bali
PUBLISHED ON JUN 28, 2020 11:54 AM IST
The director of films like Sisak and Sheer Qorma believes that we need to move beyond tokenism and create honest platforms for LGBTQIA+ integration into the mainstream.
The Sector 50 metro station on the Aqua Line that connects NOIDA-Greater NOIDA will be renamed Rainbow, dedicated to the transgender community.(HT Photo)
The Sector 50 metro station on the Aqua Line that connects NOIDA-Greater NOIDA will be renamed Rainbow, dedicated to the transgender community.(HT Photo)

A Rainbow of inclusivity: Trans community welcomes move by NMRC to rename metro station

Hindustan Times | By Etti Bali
PUBLISHED ON JUN 27, 2020 12:03 PM IST
Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC) announced that the sector 50 metro station will be named Rainbow, dedicated to the transgender community and will generate employment opportunities for transgenders.
Dharm Hindustan has been released by singers, musicians, and young adults from across the country in a collaborative effort by NGO Arpan and Purani Dilli Walo ki Baatein, a not-for-profit collective.
Dharm Hindustan has been released by singers, musicians, and young adults from across the country in a collaborative effort by NGO Arpan and Purani Dilli Walo ki Baatein, a not-for-profit collective.

World Music Day: Singing a song of unity amid COVID 19 pandemic

Hindustan Times | By Etti Bali
UPDATED ON JUN 21, 2020 01:05 PM IST
As the world grapples with a global pandemic, we are leading the fight with our sheer spirit, grit and determination. This World Music Day, highlighting this innate strength and showing gratitude to all the frontline workers, a song titled Dharm Hindustan has been released by singers, musicians, and young adults from across the country.
Dubbed as India’s first rap artiste, Baba Sehgal likes to keep his music relevant, topical and free of controversy.(Photo: Instagram/babasehgal)
Dubbed as India’s first rap artiste, Baba Sehgal likes to keep his music relevant, topical and free of controversy.(Photo: Instagram/babasehgal)

“I don’t want to issue a cheque just to put it on social media,” says rapper Baba Sehgal

Hindustan Times | By Etti Bali
PUBLISHED ON JUN 20, 2020 01:01 PM IST
Rap artiste Baba Sehgal talks about recording songs under a lockdown, doing kar sewa in gurudwaras and dealing with trolls.
Nemat Sadat took to activism and art to understand the world within and around him.
Nemat Sadat took to activism and art to understand the world within and around him.

Nemat Sadat weaves a tale of hope for the LGBTQI+ community

Hindustan Times | By Etti Bali
PUBLISHED ON JUN 19, 2020 01:23 PM IST
Being an openly homosexual, Afghan, American, ex-Muslim, non-native immigrant, Nemat Sadat has straddled multiple identities. The author of The Carpet Weaver talks about identity conflict, shunning the stigmas around LGBTQI+ persons and the importance of opening a dialogue around mental health.
A mural painted by youth volunteers at Govindpuri in south-east Delhi.(Photo: Twitter/Nyksindia)
A mural painted by youth volunteers at Govindpuri in south-east Delhi.(Photo: Twitter/Nyksindia)

Spreading corona awareness, one wall at a time

Hindustan Times | By Etti Bali
UPDATED ON JUN 15, 2020 03:00 PM IST
Crisp messaging, colourful visuals and catchy slogans have made these walls a symbol of our fight against coronavirus and will go down in the city’s history as a reminder of our resilience.
Full Circle Bookstore in Khan Market is now closing shop, leaving behind a 20-year old legacy.(PHOTO: Burhaan Kinu/HT)
Full Circle Bookstore in Khan Market is now closing shop, leaving behind a 20-year old legacy.(PHOTO: Burhaan Kinu/HT)

Full Circle in Khan Market shuts its 20-year old legacy as it suffers collateral amid the coronavirus pandemic

Hindustan Times | By Etti Bali
PUBLISHED ON JUN 09, 2020 11:20 AM IST
Rent woes and no earnings from their Khan Market bookstore and cafe has forced Full Circle Bookstore and Cafe Turtle to shut shop, bringing down the curtains on a 20-year old legacy
Vishnu Bhagwan Chopra, 86, is a corona warrior who fought the virus with his sheer willpower.
Vishnu Bhagwan Chopra, 86, is a corona warrior who fought the virus with his sheer willpower.

86-year old Delhi resident shines a ray of hope in these grim times by defeating Covid 19

Hindustan Times | By Etti Bali
PUBLISHED ON JUN 08, 2020 10:59 AM IST
Dispelling proven theories that coronavirus is fatal for people above 60 years of age, 86-year old Vishnu Bhagwan Chopra has set an example by defeating the virus. Even the doctors who were treating him have said that if the patient has willpower, the efficacy of the medicines increases. Here is his heartwarming story that will instil hope in many as we grapple with the pandemic.
Ronit Roy’s video, in which he makes a mask out of a t-shirt, has gone viral amid nationwide protests in the US.(Photo: Gokul VS/HT)
Ronit Roy’s video, in which he makes a mask out of a t-shirt, has gone viral amid nationwide protests in the US.(Photo: Gokul VS/HT)

Protestors in the US take a fancy to Ronit Roy’s mask-making video. Here is what he has to say

Hindustan Times | By Etti Bali
PUBLISHED ON JUN 02, 2020 01:43 PM IST
Ronit Roy’s DIY mask-making video, which he made in April, has gone viral once again. It is being circulated in the US as the country faces widespread protests after George Floyd’s death in Minnesota, with people encouraging its use to hide their identities .
Sona Mohapatra focuses the spotlight on the folk art of Odisha and makes an appeal to help folk artists affected by cyclone Amphan and coronavirus crises.
Sona Mohapatra focuses the spotlight on the folk art of Odisha and makes an appeal to help folk artists affected by cyclone Amphan and coronavirus crises.

Sona Mohapatra pens an ode to her homeland Odisha as it battles cyclone Amphan

Hindustan Times | By Etti Bali
PUBLISHED ON MAY 28, 2020 12:37 PM IST
The artiste has family and friends in Odisha who are currently braving the crisis, and through her song, she celebrates the unflinching spirit of the people.
People are avoiding congregating in large numbers, and instead, are urging everyone to offer Eid prayers from home.(PHOTO: Ajay Aggarwal/HT)
People are avoiding congregating in large numbers, and instead, are urging everyone to offer Eid prayers from home.(PHOTO: Ajay Aggarwal/HT)

Namaz from home, virtual hugs: This Eid, Muslims appeal to stay indoors amid coronavirus scare

Hindustan Times | By Etti Bali
UPDATED ON MAY 25, 2020 12:51 PM IST
As virtual becomes the new reality, Muslims across the country plan to offer Eid prayers from home and wish each other on video calls.
The otherwise bustling stalls and lanes of North Campus in Delhi University now lay vacant.(Photo: Facebook)
The otherwise bustling stalls and lanes of North Campus in Delhi University now lay vacant.(Photo: Facebook)

No-show at DU amid lockdown renders standalone street food vendors jobless

Hindustan Times | By Etti Bali
UPDATED ON MAY 23, 2020 02:00 PM IST
Summing up a DU student’s life without the mention of Tom Uncle ki maggi or Sudama ki chai is almost a sin. But with admissions and exams being postponed, these standalone, hole-in-the-wall establishments have incurred huge losses. Here is what they have to say.
It’s time to update your vocabulary with post-Corona terminology.
It’s time to update your vocabulary with post-Corona terminology.

It’s time to flex the lex: Demystifying new words and top searches in a Covid-19 affected world

Hindustan Times | By Etti Bali
UPDATED ON MAY 19, 2020 02:25 PM IST
As a result of Covid-19, many new words have become part of the common lexicon. At first, the searches brought results for the medical terminology, such as PPE Kits, but as the lockdowns kept getting extended, the searches showed results for the social outcome of the Coronavirus.
Rocknaama performing live at one of their older gigs before the coronavirus pandemic.(Photo: Instagram/shaheensalmaniofficial)
Rocknaama performing live at one of their older gigs before the coronavirus pandemic.(Photo: Instagram/shaheensalmaniofficial)

Rocknaama’s Shaheen Salmani holds online gig to help raise funds for daily wage workers and migrant labourers

Hindustan Times | By Etti Bali
UPDATED ON MAY 18, 2020 12:17 PM IST
The online show reached over 10k views and has helped raise 35,000 so far.
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