Lavina Mulchandani

Lavina writes about trends, leisure, higher education, culture, communities and real-estate.

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How much sugar are you really taking in?

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?
Sauces often are packed with sugars, which make their way into your body despite your low-sugar diet.
Sauces often are packed with sugars, which make their way into your body despite your low-sugar diet.
Published on Jul 27, 2019 05:28 PM IST
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Union Budget is not all good news for young homebuyers: experts

Renting may be easier. Paperwork simpler. But taxes and land reforms are still stuck in the past.
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Updated on Jul 29, 2019 01:41 PM IST
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Commercial spaces make a splash in smaller cities

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.
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Updated on Jun 25, 2019 04:44 PM IST
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#Fashion: How to rock curly bangs

Sandra Oh flaunted them on the red carpet, Natasha Lyonne brought them to life on screen. Here’s how to get the look.
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Published on Jun 22, 2019 05:19 PM IST
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Lights, camera, upload: A sneak peek into Mumbai’s newest acting hub

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.
A mural on the wall of an old bungalow in Aram Nagar. Most of the bungalows date back to the Partition era. Now, they house casting agencies and production studios, martial arts and audition spaces catering mainly to OTT platforms.(Shashi S Kashyap / HT Photo)
A mural on the wall of an old bungalow in Aram Nagar. Most of the bungalows date back to the Partition era. Now, they house casting agencies and production studios, martial arts and audition spaces catering mainly to OTT platforms.(Shashi S Kashyap / HT Photo)
Updated on May 30, 2019 04:47 PM IST
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People you can expect to run into in Mumbai’s Newest OTT production hub

Aram Nagar is the place where you meet every struggler stereotype. Here are some key traits that will help you spot them.
: Here to do a job. Sits at the console and focuses on work — post-production, editing, sound design. Won’t smoke, and doesn’t want to go to Goa over the weekend
: Here to do a job. Sits at the console and focuses on work — post-production, editing, sound design. Won’t smoke, and doesn’t want to go to Goa over the weekend
Updated on May 25, 2019 08:43 PM IST
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Developers are batting for the sports enthusiast looking for a big-city home

Townships are now offering coaching programmes by Cricket Australia, bouldering zones, and gyms designed by global sportstars.
Updated on May 31, 2019 05:18 PM IST
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New scheme kicks off, gives Indian students a chance to work in labs abroad

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.
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Published on May 01, 2019 02:57 PM IST
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Home prices dip in UK, US & UAE. Grab the chance to invest

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.
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Published on Apr 27, 2019 06:23 PM IST
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The DIY route to redevelopment

Self-redevelopment is more feasible for housing societies in Mumbai now, thanks to easier norms for loans and sanctions.
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Published on Apr 20, 2019 03:50 PM IST
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Inside India’s Hogwarts: magic schools hidden in plain sight

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.
Magician Mandar Patil showing a magic trick to his students at Andheri (W) in Mumbai(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)
Magician Mandar Patil showing a magic trick to his students at Andheri (W) in Mumbai(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 07, 2019 03:55 PM IST
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Study abroad: Why Lithuania, Slovakia, Qatar are emerging as hotspots

Diversity policies and attractive govt scholarships are among the key factors drawing Indian students.
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Published on Mar 28, 2019 12:06 PM IST
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Aggregator apps for realty are connecting buyers with multiple service providers

New platforms let you search by service, identify plumbers, painters, housing society managers; monitor accounts and keep records too.
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Published on Mar 16, 2019 06:38 PM IST
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Traditional tales with a twist: Check out what’s streaming in non-metro India

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.
In West Bengal, OTT platform HoiChoi’s most popular show, Hello, is the story of a love triangle, but one where it’s the two women with the chemistry and back story. Sensuality comes in subtle scenes such as the one above, on the exchange of sindoor during Durga Puja.
In West Bengal, OTT platform HoiChoi’s most popular show, Hello, is the story of a love triangle, but one where it’s the two women with the chemistry and back story. Sensuality comes in subtle scenes such as the one above, on the exchange of sindoor during Durga Puja.
Updated on Mar 09, 2019 09:49 PM IST
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Slash in GST has buyers hopeful but experts ask to read between the lines

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.
Experts believe that tax cuts on under-construction property have to also benefit the developer if it has to reach the buyer.(iStock)
Experts believe that tax cuts on under-construction property have to also benefit the developer if it has to reach the buyer.(iStock)
Published on Mar 06, 2019 07:50 PM IST
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Niche courses are in focus and they’re helping fetch unusual jobs for students

Now you can watch horror movies as part of honing analytical skills, learn about the comedy business and study how cities operate.
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Published on Mar 04, 2019 09:19 PM IST
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What’s up, doc? The market is opening up for a new breed of PhDs

Professionals with doctorates in mass communication, tourism, architecture and design are being courted by companies looking for innovators, researchers, problem-solvers.
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Updated on Feb 07, 2019 12:16 PM IST
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Lateral entry: New institutes are prepping students for government jobs

Fellowships, consultancies and even senior positions are now open to graduates and executives.
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Published on Jan 17, 2019 04:18 PM IST
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Everyone’s a rockstar in Mohali, the city at the heart of a Punjabi music boom

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.
The culture in Mohali is encouraging, says Gurnazar Chattha, at centre above. Here, the singer and lyricist shoots his latest video, for a song called ‘Kudi kudi’, at an uncle’s bungalow. Local music labels release as many as 30 songs online a day. The music itself costs very little to produce and distribute, and within the formula — catchy beat, young dancers, lyrics about alcohol / partying / romance / heartbreak — some returns are almost guaranteed.(Anil Dayal / HT Photo)
The culture in Mohali is encouraging, says Gurnazar Chattha, at centre above. Here, the singer and lyricist shoots his latest video, for a song called ‘Kudi kudi’, at an uncle’s bungalow. Local music labels release as many as 30 songs online a day. The music itself costs very little to produce and distribute, and within the formula — catchy beat, young dancers, lyrics about alcohol / partying / romance / heartbreak — some returns are almost guaranteed.(Anil Dayal / HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 08, 2019 06:35 PM IST
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A place of her own: Tracking the growing number of women realty buyers

Sops such as lower interest rates on loans and minimal downpayments are seeing more homes bought in the woman’s name.
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Published on Dec 08, 2018 06:37 PM IST
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Starting young: Meet professionals buying homes before 30

Higher incomes, entrepreneurial opportunities and easy access to information are factors helping guide their decision.
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Published on Nov 17, 2018 04:17 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByLavina Mulchandani & Aishwarya Iyer

Lesser-known universities find place in QS India rankings

Separate rankings for Indian institutes mean you now have more options to choose from and institutes get a larger platform too.
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Published on Nov 15, 2018 09:47 PM IST
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Move over Batman, Bajrangi takes on supervillains

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.
Not quite your Marvel-DC caped crusaders, India’s homegrown superheroes come from different ethnicities and fight social evils. There’s teen girl from Mizoram, a vigilante ex-army man and middle-aged cop.(Imaging: Shrikrishna Patkar)
Not quite your Marvel-DC caped crusaders, India’s homegrown superheroes come from different ethnicities and fight social evils. There’s teen girl from Mizoram, a vigilante ex-army man and middle-aged cop.(Imaging: Shrikrishna Patkar)
Updated on Nov 04, 2018 12:19 PM IST
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Why are there ‘education malls’ in Ranchi? Inside the new Kotas of India

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.
Five storeys of hoardings greet students at an ‘education mall’ in Lalpur, an IIT-JEE coaching hub in Ranchi. The number of coaching centres has shot up from 200 in 2012 to about 10,000 this year, according to the Jharkhand Coaching Association.(Sanchit Khanna / HT Photo)
Five storeys of hoardings greet students at an ‘education mall’ in Lalpur, an IIT-JEE coaching hub in Ranchi. The number of coaching centres has shot up from 200 in 2012 to about 10,000 this year, according to the Jharkhand Coaching Association.(Sanchit Khanna / HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 20, 2018 08:39 PM IST
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Big bites in small cities: Why posh restaurants are looking beyond metros

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.
A favourite with under-25s and present in six other cities, Hoppipola is Ranchi’s first restopub. It also has a microbrewery, Jharkhand’s first.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
A favourite with under-25s and present in six other cities, Hoppipola is Ranchi’s first restopub. It also has a microbrewery, Jharkhand’s first.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Oct 13, 2018 08:13 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByKrutika Behrawala and Lavina Mulchandani

Space upgrade: Premium living in cities comes in diverse shapes

From horse stables in Ahmedabad and golf courses in Bengaluru to designer flats in Mumbai, the definition of luxury homes is changing.
Bespoke homes designed by architects from around the world and green luxury homes are in the trend.(Mahindra Lifespace)
Bespoke homes designed by architects from around the world and green luxury homes are in the trend.(Mahindra Lifespace)
Updated on Oct 08, 2018 05:43 PM IST
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Pull up a chair: Co-working spaces are changing again

Players are moving into high­-end malls and five-­star hotels to offer integrated ecosystems that let you shop, read, eat while at work.
The Hive facility at the VR mall in Bengaluru has a laidback vibe, bright decor and provides an integrated work ecosystem where you can eat, watch a football match and shop in the same building.
The Hive facility at the VR mall in Bengaluru has a laidback vibe, bright decor and provides an integrated work ecosystem where you can eat, watch a football match and shop in the same building.
Updated on Sep 12, 2018 03:34 PM IST
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‘You can go out at night with friends and yet feel safe’

Twenty three-year-old Sameera Syed lives in Mumbai’s Andheri and has been a flight attendant for three years.
For flight attendant Sameera Sayed who travels across the globe frequently, nothing matches the comfort of Mumbai.(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)
For flight attendant Sameera Sayed who travels across the globe frequently, nothing matches the comfort of Mumbai.(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 30, 2018 11:43 AM IST
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Pokemon, Eiffel tower, burgers: Artisans are sewing new life into zardozi

The traditional gold-thread embroidery has gone pop. New motifs are being used on scarves, jackets and ties, and finding takers around the world.
Zardozi artist Mohammad Irfan Ali at his workshop in Old Lucknow.(Subhankar Chakraborty / HT Photo)
Zardozi artist Mohammad Irfan Ali at his workshop in Old Lucknow.(Subhankar Chakraborty / HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 26, 2018 08:18 AM IST
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Land planned: Themed plotted developments catch on among young buyers

These projects allow investors to build homes that cater to their passions, with infrastructure focused on sport, nature, organic farming.
The resort-themed Karjat Waters has a pond and a bird sanctuary on the premises.
The resort-themed Karjat Waters has a pond and a bird sanctuary on the premises.
Published on Jul 28, 2018 09:01 PM IST
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