Kabir Singh Bhandari

Kabir Singh Bhandari is a journalist and stand up comedian. He has 10 years experience in journalism and has worked in India, Bangladesh and Thailand.

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4 iconic restaurants on Kolkata’s Park Street you must visit

When it comes to restaurants and food choices, we all have our own tastes and preferences. But there are some places which have stood the test of time. The most happening part of Kolkata, Park Street, is home to some of these gems, which have a loyal customer base like no other.
The interiors of Peter Cat, on Park Street.
The interiors of Peter Cat, on Park Street.
Updated on Jun 10, 2020 09:56 AM IST
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How not to talk to the blind: Asia’s first visually impaired person to run an independent PR agency guides us

Delhi based Siddharth Sharma, Asia’s first visually impaired person to run an independent PR agency, tells us how not to talk to blind people.
Siddharth Sharma is partner and CEO of Foundations PR.
Siddharth Sharma is partner and CEO of Foundations PR.
Updated on Jun 06, 2020 03:19 PM IST
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Horror, the Parsi vibe and 1950s America: The culture of Big Chill, Sodabottle Openerwala and American Diner

Whenever we go to a restaurant, it’s not only the food which draws us there, but the entire atmosphere.
A customer flips through the menu at The Big Chill Cafe at Khan Market.(Kabir Singh Bhandari)
A customer flips through the menu at The Big Chill Cafe at Khan Market.(Kabir Singh Bhandari)
Updated on Jun 03, 2020 03:22 PM IST
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Saying goodbye: What I learnt when my grandparents passed away

Losing both my grandparents in a space of one year taught me the importance of going back to where they were, even though i would be late for their funerals.
My grandfather holding me when i was a baby.
My grandfather holding me when i was a baby.
Updated on May 27, 2020 07:22 PM IST
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The man with over 5,000 autographs, from Jawahar Lal Nehru, Marilyn Monroe to Amitabh Bachchan

Delhi based Amarjeet Singh has more than 5,000 autographs, was awarded by the Limca Book of Records for having the maximum number of autographs of Olympic medal winners.
Amarjeet Singh with Hollywood star Chris Hemsworth.
Amarjeet Singh with Hollywood star Chris Hemsworth.
Updated on May 11, 2020 04:00 PM IST
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Mother’s Day 2020: From me-time, spa visits to an adventure trip, get mom what she’s missing the most this Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day 2020: When it comes to those gifts, why not try to give her what she’s missing the most? No matter her quarantine craving, show your mom how much you love her (and how well you listen) by giving her a gift she’s really longing for on this far-from-ordinary day.
At times like these—when the world is witnessing amazing acts of mothering and self-sacrifice—we’re all thinking about our moms even more than usual.(Unsplash)
At times like these—when the world is witnessing amazing acts of mothering and self-sacrifice—we’re all thinking about our moms even more than usual.(Unsplash)
Updated on May 09, 2020 08:22 AM IST
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Meet the class 10 students who have designed prosthetic limbs for handicapped dogs

Instead of just feeling sad for handicapped dogs and hoping one day someone would do something for them, a group of six class 10 students from Shiv Nadar School, Noida, actually went ahead and designed prosthetic limbs for dogs.
Delena with her prosthetic limb.
Delena with her prosthetic limb.
Updated on Apr 25, 2020 08:40 AM IST
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The curious case of potato in Kolkata biryani and how the British fed us a lie

Kolkata biryani is a huge favourite not only in Kolkata, but also outside. However, it wasn’t introduced as an alternative to meat as is widely believed. Read on to find out the real reason.
Kolkata biryani comprises rice, chicken/mutton, potato and egg.(Wikimedia Commons/Deepanjan Ghosh)
Kolkata biryani comprises rice, chicken/mutton, potato and egg.(Wikimedia Commons/Deepanjan Ghosh)
Updated on Apr 21, 2020 04:37 PM IST
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What it was like living with a mouse during the lockdown in Delhi

When you spend time with a mouse, you find out new facts about the furry creatures, some of which can be scary.
Have you ever shared your house with a mouse?(Wikimedia Commons)
Have you ever shared your house with a mouse?(Wikimedia Commons)
Updated on Apr 18, 2020 07:26 AM IST
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Sridevi, the Eternal Screen Goddess and ‘Female’ Bachchan who fought for equality in Bollywood

In December 2019, Satyarth Nayak wrote Sridevi: The Eternal Screen Goddess, published by Penguin Random House India. In a conversation with us, Nayak tells us about the book, who all he spoke to from Bollywood and more.
Sridevi was called the ‘Female Bachchan.’ She had refused films opposite Amitabh Bachchan unless she had an equally solid role.
Sridevi was called the ‘Female Bachchan.’ She had refused films opposite Amitabh Bachchan unless she had an equally solid role.
Updated on Apr 05, 2020 03:04 PM IST
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Watch: With Mahabharata returning on TV, Duryodhana has a message for all those staying at home during the coronavirus outbreak

The epic serial Mahabharata is returning to Doordarshan to help keep those of us staying at home occupied with some quality old school content. And Duryodhana, aka Puneet Issar, has some advice for us during these uncertain times.
The veteran actor, one of the earliest proponents of fitness in Bollywood, talks about how we need to practice social distancing.
The veteran actor, one of the earliest proponents of fitness in Bollywood, talks about how we need to practice social distancing.
Updated on Mar 29, 2020 05:21 PM IST
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International Women’s Day 2020: Meet Taniya Sanyal, India’s first woman firefighter to be appointed by AAI

International Women’s Day 2020: Born and brought up in Kolkata, Taniya Sanyal is the first woman firefighter to be appointed by the Airport Authority of India (AAI).
International Women’s Day 2020: Taniya had to pass the written, medical, driving and physical tests that were required to be cleared by firefighter aspirants. Among other tasks, they need to showcase their physical strength, run long distance, sprint, climb ladders and carry a 40kg sandbag for a distance of 60 meters.
International Women’s Day 2020: Taniya had to pass the written, medical, driving and physical tests that were required to be cleared by firefighter aspirants. Among other tasks, they need to showcase their physical strength, run long distance, sprint, climb ladders and carry a 40kg sandbag for a distance of 60 meters.
Updated on Mar 10, 2020 03:34 PM IST
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International Women’s Day 2020: How you can intervene and make public spaces safer for women

International Women’s Day 2020: To commemorate International Women’s Day, Uber has brought its global “Driving Change” campaign to India and announced a partnership with Breakthrough, a non-profit organization which works to reduce violence against women and girls in India.
International Women’s Day 2020: #IgnoreNoMore is designed to drive awareness, inspire action and encourage more Indians to say “no more” to gender-based violence and bystander apathy.(HT)
International Women’s Day 2020: #IgnoreNoMore is designed to drive awareness, inspire action and encourage more Indians to say “no more” to gender-based violence and bystander apathy.(HT)
Updated on Mar 08, 2020 11:06 AM IST
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Meet the Indian artist who is bringing back childhood memories of the Sikh community through his comics

We spoke with Dashmeet Singh, asking him about what made him start the comics, the response from the Sikh community and whether SikhPark inspired him or not.
Dashmeet at an event at What A Comic Show in GK 2, Delhi.(Kabir Singh Bhandari)
Dashmeet at an event at What A Comic Show in GK 2, Delhi.(Kabir Singh Bhandari)
Updated on Feb 05, 2020 01:29 PM IST
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Meet the Swiss fashion designer who makes cocktail dresses out of garbage

Mariel Manuel creates products out of waste- in her exhibitions, the dresses, both geometric and organic, are presented as wall textiles which tell their own tale.
A model wearing one of Mariel’s creations.(Valentin Giacobetti)
A model wearing one of Mariel’s creations.(Valentin Giacobetti)
Updated on Jan 30, 2020 01:53 PM IST
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Designer Anamika Khanna: People get the impression that I might be elusive

In an exclusive interview, designer Anamika Khanna spoke to us about how Kolkata has influenced her, being in the industry for 20 years, whether she’s a scary boss, not taking holidays and much more.
Anamika Khanna with Kareena Kapoor Khan during the Lakme Fashion Week Grand Finale 2018.(Anamika Khanna Facebook)
Anamika Khanna with Kareena Kapoor Khan during the Lakme Fashion Week Grand Finale 2018.(Anamika Khanna Facebook)
Updated on Jan 14, 2020 12:01 PM IST
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This is what happened when clowns took over the Delhi Metro

The clowns are part of Clownselors, comprising a bunch of individuals who visit children’s wards in hospitals and dance, perform plays and interact, all with the intention of putting a smile on the faces of the children, their parents, doctors and nurses.
Meet the clowns.
Meet the clowns.
Updated on Nov 25, 2019 12:44 PM IST
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Meet the woman behind those exquisite wedding sets from Amazon Prime’s Made In Heaven

One aspect of the series which was hard to miss were the picturesque, colourful and detailed sets displayed in each episode for the weddings. The woman behind these creations is Mumbai based Priti Sidhwaani, who herself has a wedding company called DreamzKrraft.
DreamzKrraft, the company responsible for the wedding décor in the web series Made In Heaven, help in planning all aspects of a marriage.(DreamzKrraft)
DreamzKrraft, the company responsible for the wedding décor in the web series Made In Heaven, help in planning all aspects of a marriage.(DreamzKrraft)
Updated on Jul 21, 2020 12:45 AM IST
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Lotus Make-up India Fashion Week 2020: 9 things you might have just missed

Fun moments on the ramp, photographers striking yoga poses, quirky characters and more- here’s what you might have missed noticing at the Lotus Make-up India Fashion Week 2020.
A model poses on the last day of the Lotus Make-up India Fashion Week 2020.
A model poses on the last day of the Lotus Make-up India Fashion Week 2020.
Updated on Oct 16, 2019 12:23 PM IST
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Of Jackson Poker and a woman in black: An intimate evening with 13 European authors in Delhi

Audiences move from room to room, listening to authors reading to them for about 20 minutes, after which they go to the next room to listen to the next author.
It’s not every day that you get to spend an evening with authors from 13 different European countries, but that’s what Long Night of LiteratureS is all about.
It’s not every day that you get to spend an evening with authors from 13 different European countries, but that’s what Long Night of LiteratureS is all about.
Updated on Oct 08, 2019 04:14 PM IST
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Meet the man who is turning your favourite books into movies

Of late, the world of books-to-film agenting has seen a solid push. One of the companies leading this movement is The Story Ink, India’s first story company, as its founder Sidharth Jain calls it.
Previously, Jain had founded iRock Films, a content development and a film production company, after which he had a two-year stint heading original content, licensing and acquisitions at Hotstar. Then in 2018 Jain started The Story Ink.
Previously, Jain had founded iRock Films, a content development and a film production company, after which he had a two-year stint heading original content, licensing and acquisitions at Hotstar. Then in 2018 Jain started The Story Ink.
Updated on Oct 06, 2019 06:07 PM IST
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No director, no rehearsals and no set. See Sumeet Vyas in this bizarre play where he gets the script 30 minutes before the show

White Rabbit Red Rabbit is part of the Delhi Theatre Festival, which is taking place from August 30- September 1, and shall be held at Pearey Lal Bhavan on August 31, with Sumeet Vyas playing the lead role.
White Rabbit Red Rabbit was written by Nassim Soleimanpour, an Iranian playwright who during its conception (2010) had been barred from travelling outside Iran because he had refused compulsory military service.
White Rabbit Red Rabbit was written by Nassim Soleimanpour, an Iranian playwright who during its conception (2010) had been barred from travelling outside Iran because he had refused compulsory military service.
Updated on Aug 27, 2019 05:50 PM IST
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Why is your painting so expensive? 11 artists tell us things they are tired of hearing

We spoke to a few artists, who told us things they are tired of hearing. And from the looks of it, it seems we’ve all been part of the system they describe.
From painting for free to being told they will get famous only after they die, artists are tired of hearing a lot of things.(Pracheta Banerjee)
From painting for free to being told they will get famous only after they die, artists are tired of hearing a lot of things.(Pracheta Banerjee)
Updated on Aug 05, 2019 03:01 PM IST
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Meet Bishamber Das, the first British Asian plus-size model

Bishamber Das tells us about how plus-size individuals are treated in India, her journey as a plus-size model in the industry and more.
Bishamber Das has modelled for various international plus-size brands and was the runner up at the international Miss India Europe competition in 2014.(Bishamber Das Instagram)
Bishamber Das has modelled for various international plus-size brands and was the runner up at the international Miss India Europe competition in 2014.(Bishamber Das Instagram)
Updated on Jul 10, 2019 10:36 AM IST
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World Music Day 2019: Musicians tell us their most weird experiences

World Music Day 2019: On the occasion of World Music Day, we speak to a bunch of musicians who tell us about the weirdest and funniest incidents that they have experienced.
The reality behind a musician’s life involves a lot of unexpected incidents, whether it is their audience preferring to play songs from Youtube instead of listening to them or getting attacked on stage.
The reality behind a musician’s life involves a lot of unexpected incidents, whether it is their audience preferring to play songs from Youtube instead of listening to them or getting attacked on stage.
Updated on Jun 21, 2019 05:24 PM IST
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Russel Peters on his worst experiences, Kolkata connection, his daughter and more

Russel Peters, who is in India for his latest tour, titled Deported, spoke to us about his Kolkata connection, what’s he like in real life, Bollywood and much more.
Comedian Russel Peters is performing in Bangalore on May 29, Delhi on May 31, and on June 2 and June 3 in Mumbai.
Comedian Russel Peters is performing in Bangalore on May 29, Delhi on May 31, and on June 2 and June 3 in Mumbai.
Updated on May 27, 2019 06:47 PM IST
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Reality check: Being an unmarried 32-year-old man in India

A single man in India writes about his conversations with family, friends and others who feel that its high time he tied the knot.
To marry or not to marry- that is the question.(Unsplash)
To marry or not to marry- that is the question.(Unsplash)
Updated on May 26, 2019 02:40 PM IST
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The non-alcoholic diaries: My experiments with wine

Not everyone is a fan of wine. One reason could be that wine is an acquired taste and does take a bit of commitment to learn about and like.
Are you fond of wine too or would you rather opt for vodka, whisky, beer or something else?(The Pasta Bowl Company)
Are you fond of wine too or would you rather opt for vodka, whisky, beer or something else?(The Pasta Bowl Company)
Updated on May 19, 2019 04:40 PM IST
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Destiny’s Flowers: Love, catharsis and our anxieties

Kajoli Khanna’s book, Destiny’s Flowers, is an explorative quest into the lives of Urmilla, Pema and Atish, who find their destinies intertwined.
Kajoli Khanna’s book, Destiny’s Flowers, is the story of three souls all entwined into one novel.
Kajoli Khanna’s book, Destiny’s Flowers, is the story of three souls all entwined into one novel.
Updated on May 16, 2019 06:10 PM IST
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Laxmi Agarwal, who Deepika Padukone plays in Chhapaak, shares how not to talk to an acid attack survivor

Laxmi Agarwal tells us how those known to her started to ignore her post the acid attack when she was 15-years-old and how we need to remove the acid from our minds.
We caught up with Laxmi Agarwal in Delhi on the first day of the India Runway Week Spring/Summer 2019, where she was the showstopper for designer Laxmishriali.((Left) Deepika Padukone Instagram (Right) Cherry Amar)
We caught up with Laxmi Agarwal in Delhi on the first day of the India Runway Week Spring/Summer 2019, where she was the showstopper for designer Laxmishriali.((Left) Deepika Padukone Instagram (Right) Cherry Amar)
Updated on Apr 04, 2019 06:06 PM IST
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