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Jamal Shaikh

Jamal Shaikh is National Editor - Brunch and New Media Initiatives at the Hindustan Times. He is a well-known TV host and magazine editor, who has launched and edited the Indian editions of Men’s Health, Robb Report and Discovery Channel Magazine. He tweets and Instagrams @jamalshaikh

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Editor’s Note: Sport the star!

Long before HT Brunch went digital and I had the luxury of utilising a full page in the magazine to address you readers, we featured two young female athletes on our cover

Today’s cover star and the captain of India’s women’s national football team, Loitongbam Ashalata Devi
Published on Jan 20, 2023 10:38 PM IST

Secret Traveller by Jamal Shaikh: Noosa & other happy discoveries

Noosa around my neck!As a traveller, I’m particularly wary of proper nouns that sound like marketing catchphrases

One of only 10 World Surfing Reserves, with five world-class point breaks, Noosa’s surf sites are set against the backdrop of a beautiful coastal national park
Published on Jan 20, 2023 10:34 PM IST

Secret Traveller by Jamal Shaikh: White magic

The most beautiful part of our planet has a hostile welcome for visitors. Interestingly, Antarctica is also the place humans are working towards keeping pristine

The world’s largest glaciers (above)by area are found in Antarctica, where large amounts of ice have accumulated over a long period of time
Published on Jan 13, 2023 09:19 PM IST

Editor’s Note: Lessons in individuality

Our focus on millennials has led us to discover young talent that promises to outshine its famous pedigree

Viraj, Anamika and Vishesh Khanna in this week’s HT Brunch; (Rajesh Gupta & Kanishk Gupta)
Updated on Jan 14, 2023 01:31 PM IST

Luxury: Sonu Shivdasani’s best-kept secrets

The iconic hotelier on his plans for the environment and a secret new resort he mustn’t yet talk about

A beginners surfing lesson that mentors local youngsters from the Maldivian island of Dharavandhoo, one of the adopted islands for the Namoona Baa project
Updated on Jan 09, 2023 07:37 PM IST

Editor’s Note: Multitalented Inc.

An artiste who can act, sing and employ other forms of creative expression has a distinct edge over the others

In an age where you don’t need to pick only one path to success, actor Aditya Roy Kapur is on a mission to become a multi-hyphenate artiste
Published on Jan 06, 2023 10:44 PM IST

Secret Traveller by Jamal Shaikh: Irish two!

Let’s start with a bit of Irish history

Trinity College Dublin is Ireland’s most prestigious university and boasts playwright Samuel Beckett, poet Oscar Wilde, author Bram Stoker, and Game of Thrones actor Jack Gleeson among its alumni
Published on Jan 06, 2023 10:43 PM IST

HT Brunch Cover Story: Three Like That!

Presenting creative achievers whose millennial way of life is idea-agnostic and refreshing

(Left to right) Rishiv Khattar, Dr Tanaya Narendra and Zaeden are all millennials following their passion, differently (Photos shot exclusively for HT Brunch byShivamm Paathak; Art direction by Amit Malik; Hair & make-up by Rekha Das)
Updated on Dec 31, 2022 08:18 PM IST
ByJamal Shaikh, Urvee Modwel, Karishma Kuenzang

Secret Traveller by Jamal Shaikh: A Scottish surprise

Presenting a whisky trail that shows how the golden liquid is no longer an old man’s drink. Rather, it’s young, trendy and delicious

The five-storeyed Johnnie Walker experience centre in Edinburgh
Published on Dec 31, 2022 12:13 AM IST

Editor’s Note: Meet the most reluctant cover stars ever!

What makes millennials such public people, yet so private?

(Left to right) Rishiv Khattar, Dr Tanaya Narendra and Zaeden are three millennials who aren’t chasing fame (Shivamm Paathak)
Updated on Dec 31, 2022 08:47 AM IST

Jamal Shaikh picks his favourite read of 2022

My year in books was dominated by autobiographies, with everyone from corporate game changers like Indira Nooyi and James Dyson to film personalities Onir and Divya Dutta jostling for attention

Offering a ringside view of how brittle stardom can be (HT Photo)
Published on Dec 30, 2022 04:33 PM IST

Secret Traveller by Jamal Shaikh: The rhythms of the light

The most fascinating part of life in Rovaniemi, Finland is the phenomenon of 24 hours of daylight during summer months

The Northern Lights illuminate the sky above the Arktikum, a science centre and museum where you can explore Finnish nature, culture and history
Published on Dec 23, 2022 11:58 PM IST

Editor’s Note: Strength of a woman

As the son of a mother who was widowed at age 35 and remained single for the rest of her life, I am reminded of an incident at Mumbai’s Churchgate Station from when I was just 10 years old

Raja grew up in the USA, and brought with her to India the strength of knowing that “nothing was out of reach” for women
Published on Dec 23, 2022 11:53 PM IST

Secret Travel by Jamal Shaikh: If happiness had a destination...

Questioning Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness, and what makes it one of the toughest countries to visit in the world

The Punakha Dzong, aka fortress, constructed in 1637-38, appears on Bhutanese banknotes. But you may never see it because the Indian rupee is used commonly and welcomed
Published on Dec 17, 2022 12:52 AM IST

Editor’s Note: World citizens: Gen One

Is the creative millennial ethnicity-agnostic? He’s proud of being Indian, but refuses to be boxed into characteristics that “being Indian” means

Singer-songwriter Armaan Malik (left) is part of the new generation making a name for themselves across the globe (Shreyans Dungarwal)
Published on Dec 17, 2022 12:52 AM IST

Secret Traveller by Jamal Shaikh: The Maharaja’s new clothes

Are Air India’s new fashion and grooming rules for flight attendants regressive, or a first step towards a more efficient airline?

The iconic Air India Maharaja first appeared in 1946, and was invented by Air India’s Commercial Director, Bobby Kooka, and artist Umesh Rao, from J Walter Thompson in Mumbai
Published on Dec 09, 2022 11:57 PM IST

Editor’s Note: Not a knife in sight

How the six millennial chefs on our cover—all amongst India’s best—are comrades first, competitors second

Legendary hoteliers helped turn the Maldives into a global craze. One of them is now creating new levels of luxury (Subi Samuel)
Published on Dec 09, 2022 11:46 PM IST

Editor’s Note: The people we should know

How HT Brunch has always shone the spotlight on young athletes from various sports in order to encourage them. You should too!

Today’s issue leads with 24-year-old Kamran Kaur Thandi, a six-foot tall Delhi girl with ambition, drive and discipline (Shivamm Paathak)
Published on Dec 02, 2022 09:23 PM IST

Secret Traveller by Jamal Shaikh: Saudi Arabia’s secret garden

In AlUla, an oasis in Saudi Arabia, new age coffee franchises rub shoulders with 4,000-year-old monuments

Rainbow Rock or The Arch is a sandstone, arch that is 90 minutes away from the centre of AlUla town
Updated on Dec 05, 2022 10:54 AM IST

HT Brunch Cover Story: His Baba’s Babil

The smile is the same, as is the stark intensity in the eyes

Babil makes his debut in Bulbul director Anvita Dutt’s psychological drama, Qala, which releases on Netflix next month; Styling by Isha Bhansali & Akshay Tyagi; Outfit by Urvashi Kaur; Hair by Naqi Mohammad; Make-up by Vijay Shikare & Pratik Shikare (Shivaji Storm Sen)
Published on Nov 25, 2022 10:11 PM IST

Secret Traveller by Jamal Shaikh: Bottled-up emotions

Like India, Saudi Arabia has two factions of people. One looking to modernise, the other looking back

The 300 metre high Kingdom Tower in Riyadh (right) has a unique bottle opener shape
Updated on Nov 25, 2022 09:57 PM IST

Editor’s Note: Son rise

Our cover story today is as much about Irrfan as it is about his son, Babil Khan, who will make his acting debut in just a few days

Irrfan Khan (left) on the cover of HT Brunch in 2016, and his son, Babil Khan’s cover in 2022
Published on Nov 25, 2022 09:46 PM IST

Secret Traveller by Jamal Shaikh: Finding warmth in cold Finland

On either side of the grand entrance to the Helsinki Central Railway Station stand two statues, each holding a spherical lamp that lights up at night

The Helsinki Central Railway Station that features two statues on either side
Updated on Nov 21, 2022 09:24 PM IST

Editor’s Note: Freedom is the best medicine

Our cover story presents a heart-warming lesson in parenting that every father, mother and child must know about

Ajay Bijli (seated) has guided his children (left to right) Nayana, Aamer and Niharika while giving them the freedom to pursue their own dreams
Published on Nov 19, 2022 02:42 AM IST

Passions: The verification war

It is these verified users that make Twitter By Dilip Cherian

HT Image
Published on Nov 12, 2022 12:07 AM IST
ByDilip Cherian, Jamal ShaikhDilip Cherian, Jamal Shaikh

Editor’s Note: North East matters

Before we claim Rishi Sunak as Indian, join us as we celebrate an entire race that’s often been ignored

Cover stars Carol Andrea Kevichüsa and Chum Darang (Tushar Bhardwaj)
Updated on Nov 12, 2022 02:50 PM IST

Travel: A double helping of Turkey

One part is a tourist trap, another is where not enough travellers go (but should!)

The early morning hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia takes you up in the air for about one hour, and offers a view of the region’s unique rock formations
Updated on Nov 07, 2022 09:41 AM IST

Editor’s Note: Privilege, with promise

How does a person of privilege get moved so much by the story of a poor chaiwala’s son and his cinematic escapades, that he decides to make a movie on it? India’s entry to the Oscar’s 2023, the Gujarati-language film Chhello Show, aka The Last Film Show, tells the story of a boy in Saurashtra who helps his father sell tea by the railway tracks, but discovers that his true passion lies at the movies

For Dheer Momaya and Dar Gai, it was love at first sight—with each other and with the movies
Updated on Nov 05, 2022 02:40 AM IST

Travel: A tale of two Dubais

What’s the biggest cliché that comes to your mind when you think of Dubai? Gold taps? Shopping festivals? Ice slopes in a desert? ‘Seven-star hotels’ and man-made islands? Or the world’s tallest, fastest, biggest of… everything? I’m of the Burj Al Arab generation who discovered Dubai in the early 2000s, long before the Burj Khalifa was constructed

Snapshots from activities at Alserkal Avenue, a creative thinker’s space with an independent theatre, art house cinema, galleries and more (Angelo Aguilar)
Updated on Oct 29, 2022 01:27 AM IST
ByJamal ShaikhJamal Shaikh

Editor’s Note: Changing faces of humour

A joke could make even the most unacceptable idea seem acceptable. Read more in this week’s cover story with Kal Penn

It’s been 20 years since actor and comedian Kal Penn added a shade of brown to Hollywood’s output and a lot has changed
Updated on Oct 29, 2022 11:36 AM IST
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