Lubna Salim

Lubna Salim

Lubna Salim is the chief content producer with Brunch. A lifestyle journalist for seven years, she writes on fashion, food, travel and all things luxurious.

Articles by Lubna Salim
This last year, digital media came to the rescue in the wake of the global Pandemic and made the impossible a cakewalk - be it online classrooms or game changing boardroom meetings.
This last year, digital media came to the rescue in the wake of the global Pandemic and made the impossible a cakewalk - be it online classrooms or game changing boardroom meetings.

#BrunchBookChallenge Episode One: Book Reading by William Dalrymple

UPDATED ON JAN 10, 2021 05:42 PM IST
The author and historian reads extracts from two of his books, written 30 years apart
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This week’s In Bed With star Kunal Rawal confesses he’s a germaphobe and obsessed with rings
This week’s In Bed With star Kunal Rawal confesses he’s a germaphobe and obsessed with rings

“My biggest lie? Reaching in two…!” reveals designer Kunal Rawal

By Lubna Salim | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JAN 03, 2021 08:15 AM IST
The fashion designer gets candid as he talks about his wardrobe, his bedside manners and pet peeves
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Pramod, 31, is ranked world number one in para-badminton for men’s singles and doubles, while Sukant is presently at the fifth position in the world para-badminton space; styled by Drishti Vij(Shivamm Paathak)
Pramod, 31, is ranked world number one in para-badminton for men’s singles and doubles, while Sukant is presently at the fifth position in the world para-badminton space; styled by Drishti Vij(Shivamm Paathak)

HT Brunch Cover Story: Para-athletes Pramod Bhagat and Sukant Kadam show us how to look at the glass half full

By Lubna Salim | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 27, 2020 07:42 AM IST
As we sign off 2020, two para-badminton players tell us how they put aside their leg defects and took off as world toppers
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Abhishek Sharma and Jyotsna Balooni took maximum precautions when they went on their first date during the pandemic
Abhishek Sharma and Jyotsna Balooni took maximum precautions when they went on their first date during the pandemic

When negative is positive

By Lubna Salim | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON DEC 20, 2020 07:09 AM IST
The latest entrant to the dating checklist is a Covid-19 test report, says a couple who began seeing each other during the pandemic
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Neutral Hues blend in, no matter how extensive or elaborate the outfit; Art direction: Amit Malik Styling assistant: Tanya Aggarwal; Make-up and hair: Shaan; Models: Archita Mahalwal and Anil Singh;(Purple Thoughts Management); On Archita:Dress, Ritu Kumar;slippers, Melissa; On Anil: Kurta and trousers, AntarAgni; shoes, Adidas(Hari Nair)
Neutral Hues blend in, no matter how extensive or elaborate the outfit; Art direction: Amit Malik Styling assistant: Tanya Aggarwal; Make-up and hair: Shaan; Models: Archita Mahalwal and Anil Singh;(Purple Thoughts Management); On Archita:Dress, Ritu Kumar;slippers, Melissa; On Anil: Kurta and trousers, AntarAgni; shoes, Adidas(Hari Nair)

‘Tis the season of neutrals

By Lubna Salim | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 09, 2020 04:40 PM IST
Is it a surprise that the colour of a particularly challenging year is as neutral as it comes?
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Balance seemed an apt title for Deanne Panday’s book – the concept, chapters, etc. Even the cover features Deanne on a circular swing symbolising the circle of life programme she’s written about in the book
Balance seemed an apt title for Deanne Panday’s book – the concept, chapters, etc. Even the cover features Deanne on a circular swing symbolising the circle of life programme she’s written about in the book

All is wellness

By Lubna Salim | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON NOV 29, 2020 08:04 AM IST
Celebrity fitness expert Deanne Panday and food guru Rujuta Diwekar’s latest outings turn the spotlight on health and happiness
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Delhi designer Rimzim Dadu is hooked to the song
Delhi designer Rimzim Dadu is hooked to the song

“There’s nothing some Pinot Grigio can’t cure!” says fashion designer Rimzim Dadu

By Lubna Salim | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON NOV 29, 2020 07:58 AM IST
The 34-year-old Delhiite lets us into her daily life and lesser-known details
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Nida Mahmood shot exclusively for HT Brunch in her Delhi home; Make-up & hair: Anuj Dogra(Tushar Bhardwaj)
Nida Mahmood shot exclusively for HT Brunch in her Delhi home; Make-up & hair: Anuj Dogra(Tushar Bhardwaj)

“My cat decides most things in my house,” says designer Nida Mahmood

By Lubna Salim | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON NOV 22, 2020 08:26 AM IST
The fashion designer gets candid about her cat Mr Toffee Tinkerbell, her bedtimes rituals and growing up dreaming of shoes
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HT Brunch Cover Story: How to upcycle your fashion this festive season

By Lubna Salim | Hindustan Timess
UPDATED ON NOV 01, 2020 09:58 AM IST
We asked six stylish achievers to pick out an heirloom piece from the back of their closets, which we helped reinvent to showcase fashion’s newest mantra: upcycling!
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(From left) Shobhaa De picks Anaïs Nin as her favourite erotic fiction author and Tahira Kashyap Khurrana is fond of reading books with magical realism
(From left) Shobhaa De picks Anaïs Nin as her favourite erotic fiction author and Tahira Kashyap Khurrana is fond of reading books with magical realism

The tales of two women

By Lubna Salim | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON OCT 25, 2020 10:42 AM IST
Shobhaa De and Tahira Kashyap Khurrana’s latest women-centric outings are laced with sex and feminism
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Narendra Kumar Ahmed mends a jacket while posing for an exclusive pic for this column in his bedroom at home in Mumbai. On Narendra: Tracks, Zara; top, Zadig Voltaire; jacket, Narendra Kumar Ahmed
Narendra Kumar Ahmed mends a jacket while posing for an exclusive pic for this column in his bedroom at home in Mumbai. On Narendra: Tracks, Zara; top, Zadig Voltaire; jacket, Narendra Kumar Ahmed

“The best thing about fashion? It changes” says Narendra Kumar Ahmed

By Lubna Salim | Hindustan times
PUBLISHED ON OCT 04, 2020 07:32 AM IST
The designer divulges his first-morning activity, favourite breakfast in bed and many more such details
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Kabir Akhtar is an Indian-origin American director of the series Never Have I Ever and is the nephew of lyricist Javed Akhtar
Kabir Akhtar is an Indian-origin American director of the series Never Have I Ever and is the nephew of lyricist Javed Akhtar

The new Akhtar on the block

By Lubna Salim | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON SEP 25, 2020 06:32 PM IST
Meet the Emmy-winning director-editor who talks as passionately about racism as his love for samosas
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Prateek, the man behind Masque, has been awarded the most innovative chef of the year in 2016 and 2017
Prateek, the man behind Masque, has been awarded the most innovative chef of the year in 2016 and 2017

Any recognition is always encouraging, says Kashmiri chef Prateek Sadhu as he debuts at a new columnist in HT Brunch

By Lubna Salim | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON SEP 12, 2020 06:34 PM IST
The award-winning young chef hopes his Q&A column, which debuts tomorrow, will get people more excited about cooking!
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Tahira Kashyap Khurrana believes that having a difference of opinion helps you learn about the other person’s ideas(Samir Singh)
Tahira Kashyap Khurrana believes that having a difference of opinion helps you learn about the other person’s ideas(Samir Singh)

Writing has really liberated me on multiple levels: Tahira Kashyap Khurrana

By Lubna Salim | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON SEP 05, 2020 09:33 AM IST
Author and thought leader Tahira Kashyap Khurrana on her debut as the new HT Brunch columnist this Sunday
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Artist Paresh Maity believes in staying as close to nature as possible
Artist Paresh Maity believes in staying as close to nature as possible

Art musings with Paresh Maity

By Lubna Salim | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON AUG 30, 2020 08:06 AM IST
In a book of photographs by the celebrated photographer Nemai Ghosh, artist Paresh Maity is captured in pictures and words
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Chef Suvir Saran (inset) says that the nutty flavour in his Birbal ki khichri comes from frying the moong dal.
Chef Suvir Saran (inset) says that the nutty flavour in his Birbal ki khichri comes from frying the moong dal.

The famed Birbal ki khichri: Has it changed with time?

By Lubna Salim | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON AUG 23, 2020 09:04 PM IST
Now, thanks to Michelin-starred chef Suvir Saran, you can make this proverbial khichri and eat it too!
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Bobby Geetha, a London-based chef has trained and worked at Michelin-star establishments like Noma, Raymond Blanc and Heston Blumenthal
Bobby Geetha, a London-based chef has trained and worked at Michelin-star establishments like Noma, Raymond Blanc and Heston Blumenthal

Seven fine dining secrets

By Lubna Salim | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON AUG 02, 2020 08:46 AM IST
The very concept finds a new meaning in the culinary dictionary of chef Bobby Geetha
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The ability to change someone’s life through her work gives her a profound sense of satisfaction, says designer Monika Dugar
The ability to change someone’s life through her work gives her a profound sense of satisfaction, says designer Monika Dugar

Fashion with a special focus

By Lubna Salim | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JUL 26, 2020 07:31 AM IST
Her father’s condition inspired London-based designer Monika Dugar to create a line of adaptive clothing for the differently-abled
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Young authors pick one movie each, that would make for a great book
Young authors pick one movie each, that would make for a great book

#BrunchBookChallenge: 5 movies that would make great books

By Lubna Salim | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON JUN 21, 2020 03:29 AM IST
Can a movie be turned into a book? Five young writers pick a film and point to a character they’d love to flesh out in words.
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Nimish Shah is the hot new creative director Indian fashion is currently raving about(Adhiraj Chakrabarti)
Nimish Shah is the hot new creative director Indian fashion is currently raving about(Adhiraj Chakrabarti)
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Five travel enthusiasts pick that one museum they have absolutely loved
Five travel enthusiasts pick that one museum they have absolutely loved

The world’s best museums

By Lubna Salim | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON MAY 10, 2020 11:10 PM IST
With International Museum Day on May 18, five travel enthusiasts pick their favourites
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Chef Vikramjit Roy prefers to make his own sauces and condiments in bulk and stores them for use over time
Chef Vikramjit Roy prefers to make his own sauces and condiments in bulk and stores them for use over time

Quarantine cooking: How to cook without salt!

By Lubna Salim | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON APR 19, 2020 12:24 AM IST
Chef Vikramjit Roy shows you how to cook without any salt!
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Styling by Anaita Shroff Adajania; On Sooni: Pant suit, Lavish Alice; sandals, Zara; Anaita: Top, Aerie; skirt, Self Portrait; bracelets, Dana Levy, Kaj, Tayaani; sandals, Minelli; Make-up: Tanvi Chemburkar; Hair: Geeta Arora(Prabhat Shetty)
Styling by Anaita Shroff Adajania; On Sooni: Pant suit, Lavish Alice; sandals, Zara; Anaita: Top, Aerie; skirt, Self Portrait; bracelets, Dana Levy, Kaj, Tayaani; sandals, Minelli; Make-up: Tanvi Chemburkar; Hair: Geeta Arora(Prabhat Shetty)

HT Brunch Cover Story: Some good-natured bawi banter!

By Lubna Salim | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON MAR 30, 2020 08:38 PM IST
India’s top fashion stylist Anaita Shroff Adajania styles acclaimed filmmaker Sooni Taraporevala, and what ensues is inspiring conversation laced with Parsi humour
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Bra top not just sounds sexy, but can be as bold as you want it to be. Styling by Avneet Chadha. Art direction: Amit Malik; Styling assistant: Tanya Aggarwal ; Make-up and hair: Anuj Dogra; Model: Prabhjot(Shivamm Paathak)
Bra top not just sounds sexy, but can be as bold as you want it to be. Styling by Avneet Chadha. Art direction: Amit Malik; Styling assistant: Tanya Aggarwal ; Make-up and hair: Anuj Dogra; Model: Prabhjot(Shivamm Paathak)

The fashion edit: Bringing the bra out of the closet!

By Lubna Salim | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON MAR 07, 2020 10:59 PM IST
How to pair the bra top with everything, from shorts to saris
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Top Indian chefs, (anticlockwise from top left)Vicky Ratnani, Manish Mehrotra, Kunal Kapur, Manu Chandra, Pooja Dhingra reveal how they fixed their worst kitchen fail
Top Indian chefs, (anticlockwise from top left)Vicky Ratnani, Manish Mehrotra, Kunal Kapur, Manu Chandra, Pooja Dhingra reveal how they fixed their worst kitchen fail

Kitchen disasters, chefs’ edition!

By By Lubna Salim and Dhara Vora Sabhnani | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON MAR 07, 2020 11:03 PM IST
5 top chefs share fun stories about a food faux pas they fixed
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At 32, Desai had already bagged a Michelin star and that he appeared on the Great British Menu series on the BBC; Make-up and hair: Ashwin Shelar(Subi Samuel)
At 32, Desai had already bagged a Michelin star and that he appeared on the Great British Menu series on the BBC; Make-up and hair: Ashwin Shelar(Subi Samuel)

HT Brunch Cover Story: Meet Hrishikesh Desai, the Michelin star chef from India everyone in Britain is raving about!

By Lubna Salim | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON MAR 01, 2020 12:23 AM IST
How a Pune boy, who grew up eating simple vegetarian fare, became one of the most formidable names in fine dining
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Denims can easily work both for a casual as well as a dressy look. Location courtesy: The Junkyard Cafe, New Delhi; Styling: Avneet Chadha; Art direction: Amit Malik; Make-up and hair: Anjali Jain; Styling assistant: Tanya Aggarwal; Model: Akanksha Seth (Runway) and Vaibhav Anand(Shivamm Paathak)
Denims can easily work both for a casual as well as a dressy look. Location courtesy: The Junkyard Cafe, New Delhi; Styling: Avneet Chadha; Art direction: Amit Malik; Make-up and hair: Anjali Jain; Styling assistant: Tanya Aggarwal; Model: Akanksha Seth (Runway) and Vaibhav Anand(Shivamm Paathak)

The fashion edit: The definitive denim guide

By Lubna Salim | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON FEB 22, 2020 10:35 PM IST
From appliqué and embroidery to lace and overlays, here’s how you can dazzle in denims daily
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Dr Svoboda’s association with India dates back to 1973
Dr Svoboda’s association with India dates back to 1973

Wellness: Ayurveda for the weary soul

By Lubna Salim | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON FEB 09, 2020 12:03 AM IST
A doctor from the West uses the age-old Indian system of medicine to heal ailing hearts
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Edwin Sta or chef Ed as he’s popularly known, cooked for eight years at Nobu – the world’s most popular Japanese restaurant chain
Edwin Sta or chef Ed as he’s popularly known, cooked for eight years at Nobu – the world’s most popular Japanese restaurant chain

Food thoughts: Sushi so fine!

By Lubna Salim | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON FEB 09, 2020 12:03 AM IST
Meet former Nobu chef Edwin Sta, whose new restaurant in Pune is what every serious Japanese food lover is talking about
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Matsushima is home to the serene and beautiful Entsuin temple
Matsushima is home to the serene and beautiful Entsuin temple

Travel: Japan beyond the cherry blossoms

By Lubna Salim | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON FEB 09, 2020 12:04 AM IST
There’s so much more to Japan than sakura, geishas and tea ceremonies
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