Lavina writes about trends, leisure, higher education, culture, communities and real-estate.
Articles by Lavina Mulchandani
Even if you’ve resolved to cut sugar from your diet, it makes its way into your system in disguise. Can you spot hidden sugars in ordinary foods?
Renting may be easier. Paperwork simpler. But taxes and land reforms are still stuck in the past.
Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities will see fast growth in the retail sector, with premium brands choosing to open shop and cater to rapidly changing consumer tastes.
Sandra Oh flaunted them on the red carpet, Natasha Lyonne brought them to life on screen. Here’s how to get the look.
As digital entertainment platforms boom, a quiet area called Aram Nagar has been overrun. There are casting agents in the cafes, audition announcements pasted on tree trunks, studios in old cottages.
Aram Nagar is the place where you meet every struggler stereotype. Here are some key traits that will help you spot them.
Townships are now offering coaching programmes by Cricket Australia, bouldering zones, and gyms designed by global sportstars.
A central government scheme called SPARC, announced last year, has sanctioned funds for 600 joint research projects between Indian institutes and top-ranked universities around the world.
The slow-moving domestic real-estate sector has led High Net-worth Individuals and Ultra High-Net-worth Individuals to consider overseas options. The primary reason is an expectation of good returns.
Self-redevelopment is more feasible for housing societies in Mumbai now, thanks to easier norms for loans and sanctions.
From lessons in making a friend disappear, to cutting an apple in half on a man’s head, blindfolded; the courses at magic schools draw on science, comedy and drama to groom students into master performers.
Diversity policies and attractive govt scholarships are among the key factors drawing Indian students.
New platforms let you search by service, identify plumbers, painters, housing society managers; monitor accounts and keep records too.
A gay love triangle in Bengali, drug-themed docu dramas in Punjabi. Digital entertainment platforms are going multilingual, experimenting, as they cater to regional audiences.
There is still no clarity on some key factors, such as whether there will be a corresponding change in levies on input materials like cement and steel.
Now you can watch horror movies as part of honing analytical skills, learn about the comedy business and study how cities operate.
Professionals with doctorates in mass communication, tourism, architecture and design are being courted by companies looking for innovators, researchers, problem-solvers.
Fellowships, consultancies and even senior positions are now open to graduates and executives.
There’s dancing on the streets, recording in the bylanes, music videos being shot in parks. New songs are released on streaming apps every day. It’s a struggler ecosystem, but imbued with a lot more hope than, say, LA or Mumbai.
Sops such as lower interest rates on loans and minimal downpayments are seeing more homes bought in the woman’s name.
Higher incomes, entrepreneurial opportunities and easy access to information are factors helping guide their decision.
Hindustan Times | ByLavina Mulchandani & Aishwarya Iyer
Separate rankings for Indian institutes mean you now have more options to choose from and institutes get a larger platform too.
India’s new comic-book avengers are rooted in the present. They’re taking on the system, fighting rapists, corruption, terror and even the caste hierarchy.
The craze for engineering is fading in the metros, but in small-town India, it’s still the only thing to aspire to. And so in places like Madurai and Patna, coaching for admission tests has become a booming, assembly-line business — even though only 1% of aspirants ever make it into an IIT.
A Hoppipola in Ranchi, a Farzi Café in Chandigarh, a Flying Saucer Café in Lucknow, and a Mocha in Raipur. Tier-2 cities are developing a taste for big-city dining, changing the way India eats out.
Hindustan Times | ByKrutika Behrawala and Lavina Mulchandani
From horse stables in Ahmedabad and golf courses in Bengaluru to designer flats in Mumbai, the definition of luxury homes is changing.
Players are moving into high-end malls and five-star hotels to offer integrated ecosystems that let you shop, read, eat while at work.
Twenty three-year-old Sameera Syed lives in Mumbai’s Andheri and has been a flight attendant for three years.
Hindustan Times, Mumbai | ByLavina Mulchandani
The traditional gold-thread embroidery has gone pop. New motifs are being used on scarves, jackets and ties, and finding takers around the world.
These projects allow investors to build homes that cater to their passions, with infrastructure focused on sport, nature, organic farming.