Henna Rakheja

Henna Rakheja writes on city, art and culture, for the daily Entertainment & Lifestyle supplement, HT City.

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Exclusive| Int Dog Day: Soha and Kunal to co-author children’s books

Actors Soha Ali Khan and Kunal Kemmu are compiling a series of three children’s books titled Inni and Bobo, which will be published by Penguin. The story of the series is inspired from their three-year-old daughter Inaaya’s love for stories and animals.
Soha Ali Khan earlier wrote her memoir, and the new series of books will see Kunal Kemmu’s debut as an author.
Soha Ali Khan earlier wrote her memoir, and the new series of books will see Kunal Kemmu’s debut as an author.
Published on Aug 26, 2021 11:37 AM IST
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ByHenna Rakheja, New Delhi

Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra: Sports as an expression should not be underestimated

The filmmaker highlights how “sports develops citizens, and teaches them courage, the value of hard work and most importantly how to fail and bounce back”!
Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra recently released his memoir, The Stranger in the Mirror. (Photo: Amal KS/HT)
Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra recently released his memoir, The Stranger in the Mirror. (Photo: Amal KS/HT)
Published on Aug 18, 2021 01:57 PM IST
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ByHenna Rakheja, New Delhi

Monsoon mingling: Sun romances Delhi sky

Here’s how the Capital’s sky captivates when it sings with the sun, in between the rains, to present a magic show for mere mortals.
The rains have taken a break from Delhi, which means it’s time out for the sun’s rays. The latter continue to poke the truant clouds and play hide-and-seek with them. Here’s how they are caught in the camera, when shot from the Outer Ring Road, somewhere in south Delhi’s Munirka. (Photo: Jasjeet Plaha/HT)
The rains have taken a break from Delhi, which means it’s time out for the sun’s rays. The latter continue to poke the truant clouds and play hide-and-seek with them. Here’s how they are caught in the camera, when shot from the Outer Ring Road, somewhere in south Delhi’s Munirka. (Photo: Jasjeet Plaha/HT)
Updated on Aug 18, 2021 02:15 PM IST
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ByHenna Rakheja, New Delhi

National Handloom Day: Threads of culture that bind these ambassadors to India

On National Handloom Day, German ambassador to India, Walter J Lindner, and the Polish ambassador Adam Burakowski along with his wife Agnieszka, tell us how they fell in love with Indian clothing. Giving us a peak into their closets, they share many lesser known tales!
German ambassador to India Walter J Lindner, and Polish ambassador Adam Burakowski with his wife Agnieszka, share how they fell in love with India and its handloom. (Photo: Shivam Saxena/Raajessh Kashyap/HT)
German ambassador to India Walter J Lindner, and Polish ambassador Adam Burakowski with his wife Agnieszka, share how they fell in love with India and its handloom. (Photo: Shivam Saxena/Raajessh Kashyap/HT)
Published on Aug 07, 2021 04:36 PM IST
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ByAnjuri Nayar Singh and Henna Rakheja, New Delhi

Neena Gupta: I’m not a bold person

The Bollywood actor who has penned her autobiography, Sach Kahun Toh, shares that one incident in life can’t label her. From her days of growing up in Delhi, remembering how she was abused like any other young girl, to uncovering the truth of casting couch in Mumbai’s film industry, and taking to social media to ask for work, she talks about most of her ups and downs in life, but names only those people who gave her permission to do so.
Neena Gupta says she was compelled by the lockdown, due to Covid-19 pandemic, to write her autobiography, which has been recently released by Penguin. (Photo: Aalok Soni/HT)
Neena Gupta says she was compelled by the lockdown, due to Covid-19 pandemic, to write her autobiography, which has been recently released by Penguin. (Photo: Aalok Soni/HT)
Published on Jun 25, 2021 08:25 AM IST
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ByHenna Rakheja, New Delhi

A vow of art: To bolster the society battling Covid-19

Subodh Gupta and Bharti Kher, established Indian artists, recently organised a fundraiser with nine works that were created to contribute to the efforts of NGOs toiling for Covid relief work.
Artists Subodh Gupta and Bharti Kher have dedicated their studio practices to create works for Covid relief.
Artists Subodh Gupta and Bharti Kher have dedicated their studio practices to create works for Covid relief.
Updated on Jun 06, 2021 05:40 PM IST
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ByHenna Rakheja, New Delhi

Alka Raghuvanshi (1961-2021): A sentiment from the art world departs

Artist, curator and art critic Alka Raghuvanshi passed away in Delhi, at 60. Her vast repertoire of work includes her experimentation with art, and how she created new platforms for it to get assimilated in everyday lives. Her contemporaries express grief and share memories of her effervescent persona.
Alka Raghuvanshi was India’s first trained art curator. She received her training at the Goldsmiths, University of London and the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford. (Photo: Facebook)
Alka Raghuvanshi was India’s first trained art curator. She received her training at the Goldsmiths, University of London and the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford. (Photo: Facebook)
Updated on May 27, 2021 02:28 PM IST
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ByHenna Rakheja, New Delhi

Exclusive: Kalki Koechlin to write debut book on motherhood struggles, says ‘People just don’t talk about how difficult it is’

Kalki says she too “suffered from postpartum depression” and it’s really important that people know that this happens a lot more than it’s admitted. In her graphic memoir, she aims to use her experiences to address the many challenges that pregnancy poses to women in the present times.
Bollywood actor Kalki Koechlin to debut as an author with a graphic memoir, The Elephant In the Womb, to be published by Penguin.
Bollywood actor Kalki Koechlin to debut as an author with a graphic memoir, The Elephant In the Womb, to be published by Penguin.
Updated on May 08, 2021 03:46 PM IST
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ByHenna Rakheja, New Delhi

Kabir Bedi: Protima and Parveen Babi are just one chapter each in my book

The actor has dedicated his memoir, Stories I Must Tell, to his late son, Siddharth, and also revealed a lot about his past love affairs, broken marriage and Hollywood.
Actor Kabir Bedi has come up with his memoir titled Stories I Must Tell.
Actor Kabir Bedi has come up with his memoir titled Stories I Must Tell.
Updated on Apr 19, 2021 03:44 PM IST
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ByHenna Rakheja, New Delhi

Many wonder how can a kid write a book for other kids: Vivan Ramdeo

The 12-year-old has come up with his debut book, which is based on a fictional tale inspired from his visit to the historical monument of Moth Ki Masjid, in Delhi’s South Extension.
Vivan Ramdeo, 12, has recently published his first book.
Vivan Ramdeo, 12, has recently published his first book.
Published on Apr 11, 2021 08:00 PM IST
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ByHenna Rakheja, New Delhi

Anuja Chauhan: I’m terrified of being cast into a certain formula

“My daughter has been posting pictures from Sunder Nursery, and I see those and crave to visit Delhi since the city looks lovely in spring,” says author Anuja Chauhan, who has been living in Bengaluru for around six years now, and adds, “My son is going to his college here, and I still have a house in Gurugram
Author Anuja Chauhan’s previous works include Those Pricey Thakur Girls and The Zoya Factor.
Author Anuja Chauhan’s previous works include Those Pricey Thakur Girls and The Zoya Factor.
Published on Mar 12, 2021 04:42 PM IST
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ByHenna Rakheja, New Delhi

Pet parents ahoy! Here’s a team of experts at service of furry friends

This new state-of-the-art pet care facility in the Capital is nothing short of a dreamland for animal lovers.
Pratapsinh Gaekwad, founder of Crown Vet, with Sheroy Wadia at the newly opened centre in Delhi’s Lajpat Nagar. (Photos: Raajessh Kashyap/HT)
Pratapsinh Gaekwad, founder of Crown Vet, with Sheroy Wadia at the newly opened centre in Delhi’s Lajpat Nagar. (Photos: Raajessh Kashyap/HT)
Updated on Mar 10, 2021 04:30 PM IST
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ByHenna Rakheja, New Delhi

Delhi’s Covid tales: 60+ Give a shot to life, say better safe!

As the Covid-19 vaccine becomes available to people aged above 60, and those above 45 with comorbidities, quite a few Delhi-NCR based popular personalities come forward to inspire others.
Sarod exponent Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, historian-author Rana Safvi, photographer Ram Rahman and model Dinesh Mohan share their experiences of getting vaccinated.
Sarod exponent Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, historian-author Rana Safvi, photographer Ram Rahman and model Dinesh Mohan share their experiences of getting vaccinated.
Published on Mar 06, 2021 01:47 PM IST
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ByHenna Rakheja, Naina Arora and Digvijay, New Delhi

Book is full of Bangalorean characters, hopefully no one comes to know: Anuja Chauhan

Author Anuja Chauhan reminisces the time when she decided to settle in Bengaluru, and feels elated to have made the Garden City her home.
Author Anuja Chauhan says she has attempted a whodunnit in her new book, Club You To Death, which is a mystery based in Delhi.
Author Anuja Chauhan says she has attempted a whodunnit in her new book, Club You To Death, which is a mystery based in Delhi.
Published on Feb 24, 2021 06:31 PM IST
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ByHenna Rakheja, Bengaluru

Jaipur Literature Festival 2021: Lit minds, on a virtual path

Over 300 speakers and performers representing about 25 Indian and 18 international languages from more than 23 nationalities are part of the 14th edition of JLF.
Jaipur Literature Festival used to be held at Diggi Palace, Jaipur until last year.
Jaipur Literature Festival used to be held at Diggi Palace, Jaipur until last year.
Updated on Feb 20, 2021 02:25 AM IST
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ByHenna Rakheja, New Delhi

Mughal Gardens open in Delhi: Denizens, the blooms are back!

Visitors will be allowed entry at Rashtrapati Bhavan only through online bookings this year, to maintain social distancing.
Udyanotsav 2021 celebrations have begun at the Mughal Gardens, which are open to general public till March 21. (Photos: Shivam Saxena/HT)
Udyanotsav 2021 celebrations have begun at the Mughal Gardens, which are open to general public till March 21. (Photos: Shivam Saxena/HT)
Published on Feb 13, 2021 10:55 AM IST
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ByHenna Rakheja, New Delhi

Bombay Jayashri on Padma Shri win: It’s big for people who loved me for 40 years

As soon as her phone began buzzing on the eve of Republic Day, Carnatic vocalist Bombay Jayashri Ramnath browsed through TV news channels
Bombay Jayashri says she has “delivered film songs like a director’s actor”. (Photo: Facebook/BombayJayashriRamnath)
Bombay Jayashri says she has “delivered film songs like a director’s actor”. (Photo: Facebook/BombayJayashriRamnath)
Published on Jan 28, 2021 01:41 AM IST
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ByHenna Rakheja, New Delhi

Children’s Day: What do kids want? A lovely story, say these authors

Ahead of Children’s Day (November 14), prominent Indian writers Anand Neelakantan, Devdutt Pattanaik and Ravi Subramanian, talk about how they are dabbling in the genre of children’s literature, and the challenges they have encountered.
Prominent Indian authors share what it takes to write for children, and keep them engaged.
Prominent Indian authors share what it takes to write for children, and keep them engaged.
Updated on Nov 14, 2020 01:08 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Parampara Series goes digital: Archives of performances by maestros will enthral classical arts aficionados

From Pt Hariprasad Chaurasia’s flute to ace Vikku Vinayakram’s ghatam, everything will be heard online at this year’s Parampara Series as Natya Tarangini and Raja Radha Reddy partner with United Nations India to celebrate 75 years of UN.
Raja Radha Reddy, Kuchipudi exponents’ performance will be an amalgamation of six dance styles.
Raja Radha Reddy, Kuchipudi exponents’ performance will be an amalgamation of six dance styles.
Updated on Oct 27, 2020 02:26 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Shobha Deepak Singh on recovering from Covid-19: Jo Dara So Mara

Cultural impresario and director of Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra, Shobha Deepak Singh says one can’t stay afraid in these times.
Shobha Deepak Singh has recently recovered from corona virus and is back to directing SBKK’s Ramlila.
Shobha Deepak Singh has recently recovered from corona virus and is back to directing SBKK’s Ramlila.
Published on Oct 10, 2020 02:14 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Gandhi Jayanti: Drama returns to Delhi’s stage with Bapu’s footsteps

National School of Drama is all set to stage its first performance since Covid-19 lockdown, and the play shall mark Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary.
A scene from the play Pehla Satyagrahi, which is all set to mark the return of live theatre performances in Delhi’s Mandi House.
A scene from the play Pehla Satyagrahi, which is all set to mark the return of live theatre performances in Delhi’s Mandi House.
Updated on Oct 01, 2020 04:39 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Mandira Bedi on what was the lowest point in her marriage

It was on February 14, 1999 that actor Mandira Bedi married director-producer Raj Kaushal.
Mandira Bedi is known for her portrayal of Shanti from the cult TV series.(Tarasha/Hindustan Times)
Mandira Bedi is known for her portrayal of Shanti from the cult TV series.(Tarasha/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Feb 06, 2020 11:16 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By, New Dellhi

Food trucks in Delhi: Get, set and ready to go!

As SDMC prepares to issue new licences to food trucks, the restaurateurs rejoice and share which spots would be perfect for a food truck park in Delhi.
Food trucks, such as those in Gurugram’s Leisure Valley, may make a comeback in Delhi soon.(PHOTO: Sanjeev Verma/HT)
Food trucks, such as those in Gurugram’s Leisure Valley, may make a comeback in Delhi soon.(PHOTO: Sanjeev Verma/HT)
Updated on Jan 28, 2020 03:08 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

I have been able to get through depression because I’ve a sense of humour about it: Shaheen Bhatt on her debut book

Shaheen Bhatt explores her writing skills while exposing some of the deepest secrets of her life in her memoir titled I’ve Never Been (Un)happier, which talks about her encounter with depression.
Shaheen Bhatt with actor sister, Alia Bhatt.(INSTAGRAM)
Shaheen Bhatt with actor sister, Alia Bhatt.(INSTAGRAM)
Updated on Dec 22, 2019 12:48 PM IST
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Jashn-e-Rekhta: For the love of Urdu, a language that defines a composite culture

Over the last five years, this cultural festival has sought much interest from specifically the younger generation.
For the love of Urdu, a language that defines a composite culture.(rekhta.org)
For the love of Urdu, a language that defines a composite culture.(rekhta.org)
Updated on Dec 13, 2019 12:14 PM IST
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Hindustan Times Palate Fest 2019: Get ready to feast on mouth-watering sumptuous meals this season

Hindustan Times Palate Fest 2019: The Hindustan Times Palate Fest is back with entertaining performances by popular music artists, masterclasses by renowned chefs, and some surprise elements.
(HT Photo)
(HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 12, 2019 02:41 PM IST
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Help find Kirori Mal College’s Tingu ji: The tale of the lost candy seller

The popular candy seller of DU’s North Campus has been missing since October 18, and the students on campus are leaving no stone unturned to find him.
Tingu ji (Amar Singh) is popular among KMC alumnus as the man who brought them candies and tales galore.(HT PHOTO)
Tingu ji (Amar Singh) is popular among KMC alumnus as the man who brought them candies and tales galore.(HT PHOTO)
Updated on Nov 06, 2019 03:05 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Bright by night, monuments in Delhi draw heritage walkers

Architectural illumination of the Capital’s historical structures is drawing visitors after sunset keen to explore a different side.
A view of the illuminated Qutub Minar, which is a 73m-high and five-storey tower of victory, built in 1193 by Qutab-ud-din Aibak. The first three storeys are made of red sandstone, the fourth and fifth storeys are of marble and sandstone. At the foot of the tower is the Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque, which is said to be the first mosque built in India.
A view of the illuminated Qutub Minar, which is a 73m-high and five-storey tower of victory, built in 1193 by Qutab-ud-din Aibak. The first three storeys are made of red sandstone, the fourth and fifth storeys are of marble and sandstone. At the foot of the tower is the Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque, which is said to be the first mosque built in India.
Updated on Oct 15, 2019 01:18 PM IST
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Ravi Kishan: Main bada muhfat aadmi hun

While dressing up to play Angad in a Ramlila in Delhi, actor-politician Ravi Kishan talks about the uncertainty with which he lives his life.
Actor Ravi Kishan played Angad in Ramlila at Derawala Nagar near Model Town in Delhi.(PHOTO: MANOJ VERMA/HT)
Actor Ravi Kishan played Angad in Ramlila at Derawala Nagar near Model Town in Delhi.(PHOTO: MANOJ VERMA/HT)
Published on Oct 08, 2019 02:54 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

The saga of priceless Indian folk art from the hills of Himachal

As many as 240 artefacts are showcased from the collections of Gurugram-based Museum of Folk & Tribal Arts, at this exhibition in National Museum, and are worth millions.
From the more popular Pahari Rumals and silver jewellery to the less studied musical instruments and much-less studied textiles of Himachal, the objects on display at an ongoing exhibition speaks volumes about the diverse folk art of this region.
From the more popular Pahari Rumals and silver jewellery to the less studied musical instruments and much-less studied textiles of Himachal, the objects on display at an ongoing exhibition speaks volumes about the diverse folk art of this region.
Updated on Aug 06, 2019 01:33 PM IST
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