Henna Rakheja

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

Articles by Henna Rakheja

Swiss artist Gerry refracts from mundane to light up creativity in India

Light art innovator Gerry Hofstetter recently created myriad motifs, on the trees, as part of his maiden performance in India, at the Embassy of Switzerland in Delhi. In a candid tête-à-tête he confesses that he was afraid to come here in his young years, because he believed that he will fall in love with the country and wont return!

A peacock created with light projections by Swiss artist Gerry Hofstetter and his team, at his debut act in Delhi, India.
A peacock created with light projections by Swiss artist Gerry Hofstetter and his team, at his debut act in Delhi, India.
Published on Oct 30, 2022 06:10 PM IST
ByHenna Rakheja, New Delhi

Author Amish says Bhansali’s Jhonka Hawa Ka... song helped overcome his writer’s block

Author Amish Tripathi’s War Of Lanka is the latest in his Ram Chandra series. The narrative of this work sketches the struggles of mythological characters of Ram, Sita and Ravana, from the Ramayana. And the writer confesses how he encountered his inner turmoil to get back to completing this book.

Author Amish Tripathi is a self-confessed workaholic. (Photo: Raajessh Kashyap/HT)
Author Amish Tripathi is a self-confessed workaholic. (Photo: Raajessh Kashyap/HT)
Published on Oct 22, 2022 05:32 PM IST
ByHenna Rakheja, New Delhi

Int’l Translation Day: Finnish author says not all is lost in translation!

Author of The Rabbit Factor, Antti Tuomainen emphasises on the significance of translation to be able to reach a larger audience. He also talks about his books getting adapted for the screen, such as the upcoming Hollywood film that will feature actor Steve Carrell.

Author Antti Tuomainen, from Finland, was recently in Delhi for the Long Night of LiteratureS. (Photo: Raajessh Kashyap/HT)
Author Antti Tuomainen, from Finland, was recently in Delhi for the Long Night of LiteratureS. (Photo: Raajessh Kashyap/HT)
Updated on Oct 01, 2022 03:30 AM IST
ByHenna Rakheja, New Delhi

Through the lens: Hampi’s rich heritage

Delhi-based photographer Manoj Arora’s frames capture his escapades at Karnataka’s Hampi, which stands still in time. He feels photographing it is like “touching history”, and curator Uma Nair proves it right by bringing together 60 photos that exude the rich art and architecture possessed by this ancient city.

The Celestial Flute Player showing Lord Krishna is one among the 60 photographs in the exhibition, Rediscover Hampi.
The Celestial Flute Player showing Lord Krishna is one among the 60 photographs in the exhibition, Rediscover Hampi.
Published on Sep 11, 2022 03:53 PM IST
ByHenna Rakheja, New Delhi

Kargil heroes get a theatrical tribute on Delhi stage

On Kargil Vijay Diwas, July 26, actors from National School of Drama’s Repertory Company will perform a play that highlights the valour of soldiers. For this performance, the actors also underwent training in presence of Indian Army officers, for the first time ever.

As part of Kargil play preparation, the actors received input from Army officers about the correct way to march in parade, how a senior officer gives commands, etc.
As part of Kargil play preparation, the actors received input from Army officers about the correct way to march in parade, how a senior officer gives commands, etc.
Updated on Jul 26, 2022 11:05 AM IST
ByHenna Rakheja, New Delhi

NSD presents a theatrical ode to India’s unsung heroes

Delhi’s theatre hub, National School of Drama is staging five plays based on the life of lesser known freedom fighters and unsung heroes from the Partition. These performances are being staged as part of 22nd Bharat Rang Mahotsav - Azadi Series, as part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav.

A scene from the play, Train To Pakistan, which is based on late author Khushwant Singh’s popular novel by the same name.
A scene from the play, Train To Pakistan, which is based on late author Khushwant Singh’s popular novel by the same name.
Published on Jul 17, 2022 11:48 AM IST
ByHenna Rakheja, New Delhi

Arunoday Singh: I don’t think I’ll ever write my memoir!

Bollywood actor Arunoday Singh has compiled the first collection of his poems, and shares how he’s more comfortable to find his rhythm in poetry vis a vis prose. A self-confessed “compulsive poet”, he reveals about his muse from his school days, his quarantine poetry after divorce, and why he never names his poems.

Actor Arunoday Singh has recently come up with his book of poems, Unsung.
Actor Arunoday Singh has recently come up with his book of poems, Unsung.
Published on Jul 09, 2022 11:28 AM IST
ByHenna Rakheja, New Delhi

Deepti Naval: My self image is contrary to the sweet girl-next-door label

Actor-writer-painter Deepti Naval opens up about her memoir, which she feel she should have written “20 years ago”. She confesses missing her co-actor, late Farooque Shaikh, while compiling this book, and shares that she wrote it as a tribute to her parents. Having lived her life unabashedly, she comes out unfiltered in this piece of writing, and adds that the image of “sweet girl next door” that people label her, is not her.

Deepti Naval says she missed her co-actor, late Farooque Shaikh, while compiling her memoir. (Photo: Gokul VS/HT)
Deepti Naval says she missed her co-actor, late Farooque Shaikh, while compiling her memoir. (Photo: Gokul VS/HT)
Updated on Jul 08, 2022 11:49 AM IST
ByHenna Rakheja, New Delhi

HT City 30Under30: Quest for the go-getters begins!

The HT City 30 Under 30 awards, presented by Raheja Developers Limited, raise a toast to fearless achievers from different walks of life, who have achieved phenomenal success before they turned 30.

A glimpse of the winners from the last edition of HT City 30Under30 awards.
A glimpse of the winners from the last edition of HT City 30Under30 awards.
Published on Jun 11, 2022 02:38 PM IST
ByHenna Rakheja, New Delhi

Usha Uthup: I’m a very non-controversial person

Singer Usha Uthup shares some candid anecdotes of her life, which have now found space in her recently released authorised biography, The Queen of Indian Pop. A “compulsive optimist” in her own words, she stays strong in the wake of the pandemic and encourages the youth to “stay away from depression”.

Singer Usha Uthup’s biography gives an insight into her life, and the world of Indian pop music in Bollywood.
Singer Usha Uthup’s biography gives an insight into her life, and the world of Indian pop music in Bollywood.
Published on Mar 02, 2022 10:24 AM IST
ByHenna Rakheja, New Delhi

Seema Goswami: Have had many offers to turn the books into web series

Author Seema Goswami says her latest political thriller Madam Prime Minister, and its prequel Race Course Road, have aroused the interest of many web platforms. When asked if her characters have any resemblance to specific politicians in the present times, the author denies adding “they are not prototypes of any particular leader, dead or alive, in politics or retired”.

Columnist and author Seema Goswami’s recent book Madam Prime Minister is published by Penguin.
Columnist and author Seema Goswami’s recent book Madam Prime Minister is published by Penguin.
Published on Feb 26, 2022 07:03 PM IST
ByHenna Rakheja, New Delhi

Omung Kumar: Portraying intense drama with history is a challenge

National Award winning filmmaker and production designer Omung Kumar, has designed the set for Babasaheb: The Grand Musical, which is being staged in Delhi’s JLN Stadium. He talks about what excited him to take up the project, and recalls his memories of performing for the live audience during his college days.

Bollywood director Omung Kumar has designed the stage for a play on BR Ambedkar, organised by the Delhi government.
Bollywood director Omung Kumar has designed the stage for a play on BR Ambedkar, organised by the Delhi government.
Updated on Feb 25, 2022 11:03 PM IST
ByHenna Rakheja, New Delhi

Sketching tales of persistence and passion of digital stars

Authors Harsh Pamnani and Manish Pandey have came together to bring out the book, Booming Digital Stars. It narrates the stories of 11 digital content creators of India namely Yashraj Mukhate, Ranveer Allahbadia, Nikunj Lotia, Bhuvan Bam, Team Naach, Kabita Singh, Ujjwal Chaurasia, Prajakta Koli, Ashish Chanchlani, Madan Gowri, Abhi and Niyu.

Harsh Pamnani and Manish Pandey’s book, Booming Digital Stars, covers inspirational journeys of 11 content creators from India.
Harsh Pamnani and Manish Pandey’s book, Booming Digital Stars, covers inspirational journeys of 11 content creators from India.
Updated on Feb 20, 2022 06:48 PM IST
ByHenna Rakheja, New Delhi

The She Age: Honouring women who lead the way

The She Age awards, by HT City, Hindustan Times and Bhutani Grandthum, raise a toast to fearless women from different walks of life. These leaders have had phenomenal journeys, which are living examples of grit and determination!

The She Age awards celebrate women who have amazing leadership skills. (Photo: Shutterstock)
The She Age awards celebrate women who have amazing leadership skills. (Photo: Shutterstock)
Published on Feb 17, 2022 02:48 AM IST
ByHenna Rakheja, New Delhi

IAS officer cracks the secret to ‘healthy pregnancy’

Durga Shakti Nagpal — the IAS officer who took down the sand mafia in Ghaziabad — says it’s not her feat in career but motherhood that inspired her to write her story. Her debut book, Grow Your Baby Not Your Weight, talks about all it takes to have a healthy pregnancy without undermining the nutritional needs of the body.

IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal has turned into an author with her debut book, by Rupa Publications.
IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal has turned into an author with her debut book, by Rupa Publications.
Published on Feb 12, 2022 02:08 PM IST
ByHenna Rakheja, New Delhi

Westland publishing closure comes as shock to authors, book lovers

Westland Books publishing house, which was founded in 1962 got acquired by Amazon in 2017. In a recent development, it has been decided to shut down the publishing company, which has left the authors and book lovers feeling disappointed.

Westland Books publication house was founded in 1962, and acquired by Amazon in 2017.
Westland Books publication house was founded in 1962, and acquired by Amazon in 2017.
Published on Feb 01, 2022 04:41 PM IST
ByHenna Rakheja, New Delhi

Thich Nhat Hanh (1926-2022): The mindful monk had said, ‘Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet’

Known as the Father of Mindfulness, author, activist and Zen Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh passed away on Friday at the age of 95.

Thich Nhat Hanh, the author, activist and Zen Buddhist monk has passed away, at the age of 95.
Thich Nhat Hanh, the author, activist and Zen Buddhist monk has passed away, at the age of 95.
Updated on Jan 26, 2022 02:46 AM IST
ByAnjuri Nayar Singh and Henna Rakheja, New Delhi

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
ByHenna Rakheja, Naina Arora and Digvijay, New Delhi
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