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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: The core of every celebration

Festivals are about families. And togetherness. Today’s Festive Issue goes back to the core of every celebration: Family

Chef Vikas Khanna and his mother Bindu
Published on Oct 21, 2022 11:52 PM IST

Editor’s Note: Model of the future

At a time when my profession of choice, journalism, has gone from being one with the gold star for respectability to one that inspires animated memes, I rue about another profession that’s in the public eye just as much: modelling

This year’s list of India’s Top 50 Models is fronted by 20-year-old Avanti Nagrath (Augustin Michaud)
Updated on Oct 15, 2022 03:21 AM IST

Passions: The price of poverty porn

“These tours romanticise a harsh reality” By Urvee Modwel

In Gully Boy, Ranveer Singh’s character lives in the slums, and watches as foreign tourists take a look around his neighbourhood
Published on Sep 24, 2022 12:24 AM IST
ByUrvee Modwel, Jamal Shaikh

Editor’s Note: Selfie to self-realisation

How one of India's first fashion content creators found her way out of social media insecurity

“Everyone is going to grow up and at some point the bubble will break,” says Santoshi Shetty of the moment she realised social media content creation wouldn’t be her whole life; Outfit by Huemn; Shoes by Zara (Tushar Bhardwaj)
Updated on Sep 24, 2022 10:25 AM IST

HT Brunch Cover Story: Two times a family

Actor Arjun Rampal & his partner Gabriella Demetriades, on the unconventional dynamics and unadulterated love across all parts of their modern Indian family

Arjun and Gabriella say they don’t really have a crazy romantic story. “Ours is just a very organic sort of friendship, and that is what it is right now, too,” she says; Styled by Dolla Baruah; Styling assistants: Kareena Mishra & Deepanshi Goel; Make-up by Adhishree P; Hair by Rami Halder; On Gabriella:Cardigan by Rescha; Pants by N&S Gaia; On Arjun: Coord set by Erised Pret; Rings by Amrapali Jewels (Sasha Jairam)
Published on Sep 17, 2022 02:19 AM IST

Editor’s Note: Come, fall in love again!

Can a second time in love be as beautiful as the first? A couple that’s found it the second time round shares their journey

Arjun Rampal, with his partner Gabriella (Sasha Jairam)
Published on Sep 17, 2022 02:18 AM IST

HT Brunch Cover Story: Funny side up!

Meet two of social media’s most amusing guys—JustSul and Abdu Rozik—and find out what makes them tick!

Humour content creators JustSul and Abdu Rozik, with a following of 6.3 million and 3.6 million respectively, are the digital world’s most successful comedians; Hair and make-up by Ashwin Shelar (Prabhat Shetty)
Published on Sep 10, 2022 01:13 AM IST
ByJamal ShaikhJamal Shaikh

Travel: Faratas, Dholl-puri & some Alouda in Mauritius!

The island has more to offer than the other destinations in the Indian ocean, especially for the culture and connection-seeking Indian traveller

Many Mauritian food names find their origin in Hindi: dholl-puri is dal puri
Updated on Sep 06, 2022 07:59 PM IST

Editor’s Note: Millennials ahoy!

Celebrating the self-starting generation, as we focus on millennials in different fields who are taking the world by storm

Diipa Büller-Khosla and Rahi Chadda on the cover of HT Brunch (Armand Da Silva)
Published on Sep 03, 2022 01:43 AM IST

Editor’s Note: Beautiful places, stunning people!

Anecdotes from the most picturesque parts of India: The North East. Learn more as you traverse the region through the eyes of our cover star

Our cover star today, Papon, writes about the North East , the people, the culture and the beauty (Prabhat Shetty)
Published on Aug 27, 2022 12:31 AM IST

Editor’s Note: An open letter to Kartik Aaryan

Praise, a confession and some advice to the actor who is being hailed as the superstar of the season

Kartik Aaryan on the cover of HT Brunch in August 2022
Published on Aug 19, 2022 07:10 PM IST

Editor’s Note: The non-binary bandhan

Meghna Pant and Sorabh Pant’s stories celebrate the strength of their bond

Sister Meghna Pant is the “protector” between the siblings: she saved Sorabh from bullies in childhood
Published on Aug 12, 2022 07:13 PM IST

Editor’s Note: Sibling support

Patralekha and Parnalekha Paul show how a sibling’s non-judgmental support can make tough times easier

In this week’s a Raksha Bandhan-timed HT Brunch celebration of siblings: Actor Patralekha and her sister Parnalekha Paul (Tushar Bhardwaj)
Published on Aug 05, 2022 09:03 PM IST

Editor’s Note: Mind the generation gap!

If authenticity was the calling card of millennials, Gen Z-ers bring with it a strong sense of reality

Today’s cover story showcases Gen Z-ers, born after 1997, who grew up with smartphones as their playthings (Subi Samuel)
Updated on Jul 30, 2022 03:17 PM IST

Editor’s Note: Cocking a snook at you!

Do you recognise the top names of the Indian hockey team? Meet five of the top names in this week’s HT Brunch cover story

Captain of the Indian hockey team, Manpreet Singh, on the cover of HT Brunch in 2017
Updated on Jul 23, 2022 11:17 AM IST

In Bed With Tsahi Halevi: “The last thing I do before I go to sleep is kiss my beautiful wife”

The Fauda actor talks about wanting to be a musicians before he discovered his love for acting, being an adventurous traveller and a family man

Tsahi Halevi poses exclusively for this HT Brunch column; Art direction by Amit Malik; Location: Leela Place New Delhi (Vinod Aggarwal)
Published on Jul 15, 2022 09:02 PM IST

Travel: Capital conundrum

Why is it that Australians believe Canberra is the most boring city in the country? Tourists definitely don’t share this point of view

The Parliament House in Canberra is a triangular-shaped that allows visitors access to the Senate Room, as well as the House of Commons
Published on Jul 15, 2022 09:01 PM IST

Editor’s Note: Some more Masaba, please!

How to turn adversity into advantage is something that our cover star this week seems to have mastered

Masaba first proved herself as a fashion designer, then transitioned to following the profession her mother is a master at—acting (The House of Pixels)
Published on Jul 15, 2022 08:56 PM IST

Editor’s Note: At the fine dine table of happiness

What makes Chef Alain Ducasse so special is the large-heartedness every hospitality professional must have

Chef Alain Ducasse with students at the new École Ducasse campus in Gurugram
Published on Jul 09, 2022 12:18 AM IST

Editor’s Note: A millennial soundtrack

How social media is today helping young musicians score the first round of applause, and other stories in this week’s edition

This week’s cover stars (from left to right) Rishab Rikhiram Sharma, Aksh Baghla and Mayur Jumani (This week’s cover stars (from left to right) Rishab Rikhiram Sharma, Aksh Baghla and Mayur Jumani)
Published on Jul 01, 2022 10:13 PM IST

Editor’s Note: Pride, with perspective

Our #PrideParents have gotten it right. Knowing and being privy to the truth is more of a privilege than a problem

A still from Memories in March starring Rituparno Ghosh and Deepti Naval
Updated on Jun 25, 2022 10:05 AM IST

Editor’s Note: The privilege of good sense

There’s another perspective on the nepotism debate that cover girl and actor Ananya Panday exemplifies

Father-daughter duo Chunky and Ananya Panday (Photo by Subi Samuel)
Published on Jun 17, 2022 11:35 PM IST

Editor’s Note: In the name of the planet

The smallest actions can spell big benefits for our future. Here’s celebrating the sense of responsibility towards our planet that wasn’t quite as pronounced earlier

(Left to right, above) Sustainable designers Radhika Malhotra, Pratyush Kumar, Sanah Sharma and Sudheer Rajbhar
Published on Jun 10, 2022 08:04 PM IST

HT Brunch Cover Story: Harteerath of hearts

One year ago, Harteerath Singh not only saved hundreds of lives, but instilled the concept of seva in us forever

Harteerath Singh says that over the past two years, the Hemkunt Foundation has impacted 4,00,000 lives in over 21 states of India; Styling by Tanya Aggarwal; Art Direction by Amit Malik; Hair and make-up by Artistry by Anjali Jain; Trackpants and hoodie set by Genes Lecoanet Hemant; Sunglasses by Prada; Shoes by Asics (Shivamm Pathak)
Published on Jun 03, 2022 07:32 PM IST
ByJamal ShaikhJamal Shaikh

Editor’s Note: The man who seva’d the year!

How Harteerath Singh’s “seva” made him the poster boy among millennials, a peek at India’s first virtual “influencer” and a column by influencer marketing expert Shivam Agarwal

Harteerath Singh (above) of Hemkunt Foundation whose work during the pandemic was lauded by all
Published on Jun 03, 2022 07:31 PM IST

Editor’s Note: Shoe and tell!

Presenting millennials with passions that make life worth living, whether it’s lifestyle, fashion, sports or arts and culture

HT Brunch columnist Rajeev Masand becomes the first person to talk about films at the Cannes Film Festival in this edition
Published on May 28, 2022 02:05 AM IST

Food: Bangkok buffet!

The Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards 2022 celebrated a part of the world that’s using culture to redefine its cuisine

(Clockwise from left) Masque’s Langoustines with a Goan xec xec-inspired curry; The Buratta Chaat at Indian Accent; Sashimi platter at Megu
Published on May 20, 2022 08:45 PM IST
ByJamal ShaikhJamal Shaikh

Editor’s Note: Matches made in heaven

Deepak Chahar & Jaya Bhardwaj appeared on the cover of the same issue of HT Brunch exactly one year apart. Did we play a part in their love story?

Our cover story today is a love match: cricketer Deepak Chahar pops the question to his girlfriend Jaya Bhardwaj (Asha Thadani)
Published on May 20, 2022 08:40 PM IST

Editor’s Note: The mother knows best!

Vibes and jibes mark the millennial actors who realise their mother gave up her world for them. She has no regrets, but could they do the same?

In today’s cover story: Actors Bhagyashree, now 53, her son, Abhimanyu Dassani, 32, and daughter, Avanatikia, 24 (Subi Samuel)
Updated on May 14, 2022 02:40 AM IST

Editor’s Note: Sameera Reddy’s social climb

From photoshopped perfection to taking pride in your bodily imperfections, the actress’s journey is resetting society’s standards of beauty

(Top to bottom) Nikhil Taneja, Vir Sanghvi and Priya Tanna
Published on May 06, 2022 10:27 PM IST
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