Madhusree Ghosh

Madhusree Ghosh

Madhusree is a feature writer who loves Kolkata, is learning to love Mumbai. She loves to travel, write and bake

Articles by Madhusree Ghosh
 (HT Illustration: Jayachandran)
(HT Illustration: Jayachandran)

How to reclaim the lost art of doing nothing

UPDATED ON JAN 16, 2021 10:14 AM IST
In times of chaos, it’s even more important to wipe the slate clean. Here are tips to help you get started, and a primer on why you should.
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Residents and visitors get together to paint the walls of the mud houses in Khwaabgaon, in the initiative led by artist Mrinal Mandal. There are also workshops where visitors can try their hand at arts and crafts, and exhibition spaces where villagers sell their crafts.
Residents and visitors get together to paint the walls of the mud houses in Khwaabgaon, in the initiative led by artist Mrinal Mandal. There are also workshops where visitors can try their hand at arts and crafts, and exhibition spaces where villagers sell their crafts.

Meet the dream catchers at work in Khwaabgaon, a village of art in West Bengal

By Madhusree Ghosh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JAN 10, 2021 04:21 PM IST
An initiative by a group of artists is helping villagers earn more through arts, crafts and now tourism, and opening up new worlds to their children.
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Before life starts to imitate an episode of Black Mirror, consider clearing unused apps and stored data off your devices.(IMAGE COURTESY NETFLIX)
Before life starts to imitate an episode of Black Mirror, consider clearing unused apps and stored data off your devices.(IMAGE COURTESY NETFLIX)

Detox your device to protect yourself online

By Madhusree Ghosh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JAN 10, 2021 04:23 PM IST
All that time spent with your phone means you’ve accumulated tonnes of stored data, giving up more of your privacy to online apps and snoops. Here’s how to hit refresh for ease and safety.
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The e-store @janpathonline, set up by Sheetal Munshi and Deekhsha Khanna, sources its pieces from Janpath as well as Jaipur, Ahmedabad and Chennai.(Image courtesy JanpathOnline)
The e-store @janpathonline, set up by Sheetal Munshi and Deekhsha Khanna, sources its pieces from Janpath as well as Jaipur, Ahmedabad and Chennai.(Image courtesy JanpathOnline)

Gems from Delhi’s Janpath market, now a click away

By Madhusree Ghosh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 07:43 PM IST
An Instagram account set up by two women adds in surprises from other parts of the country too.
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Once a word has made it into the Gaali Project repository, it is uploaded as a designed social media post or meme, the origins and meaning explained.
Once a word has made it into the Gaali Project repository, it is uploaded as a designed social media post or meme, the origins and meaning explained.

Lifting the curse: The Gaali Project aims to change how you swear

By Madhusree Ghosh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JAN 01, 2021 06:20 PM IST
Two women, Tamanna Mishra and Neha Thakur, are compiling a glossary of Indian insults that you can use without guilt, because they’ll put down your foe without prejudice.
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(Shutterstock)

Coping mechanisms: The pandemic guide to grieving

By Madhusree Ghosh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 18, 2020 05:17 PM IST
Life amid Covid-19 can resemble the five stages of grief. What stage are you at, and what should you aim for?
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In a country with 0.29 psychiatrists per 100,000 people — against a recommended 3 per 100,000 — according to 2017 World Health Organization data, online access to counselling can be a vital tool.(HT Illustration: Gajanan Nirphale)
In a country with 0.29 psychiatrists per 100,000 people — against a recommended 3 per 100,000 — according to 2017 World Health Organization data, online access to counselling can be a vital tool.(HT Illustration: Gajanan Nirphale)

Couch surfing: As therapists turn influencers, here’s what to watch out for

By Madhusree Ghosh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 21, 2020 02:19 PM IST
The helpful, humorous videos about mental health can act as a gateway in times of stress, make the idea of counselling less intimidating, but must never be seen as a substitute for the real thing.
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Isaivani began her music career as a cover artist, singing Tamil film songs. “I discontinued my studies in Class 12 because I wanted to sing. ‘Isai’ means music in Tamil, so I guess it was destined,” she says.(The Casteless Collective)
Isaivani began her music career as a cover artist, singing Tamil film songs. “I discontinued my studies in Class 12 because I wanted to sing. ‘Isai’ means music in Tamil, so I guess it was destined,” she says.(The Casteless Collective)

Isaivani: The pathbreaking woman gaana singer now on a BBC Top 100 list

By Madhusree Ghosh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 18, 2020 04:02 PM IST
The 24-year-old discusses her journey, the politics of patriarchy and caste, and what drives the music of the band she’s in, The Casteless Collective.
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Suvi expresses frustration in a clip from Project Almirah.
Suvi expresses frustration in a clip from Project Almirah.

The Almirah Project: A cupboard as a metaphor for pandemic-era emotions

By Madhusree Ghosh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 12, 2020 07:57 PM IST
Sharmila Nair’s online art installation has Bharatanatyam dancer Ramya Suvi emoting inside a 100-year-old wardrobe full of unused saris.
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Michelle Pfeiffer played Catwoman as a fierce fighter in Tim Burton’s Batman Returns, 1992.
Michelle Pfeiffer played Catwoman as a fierce fighter in Tim Burton’s Batman Returns, 1992.

Tail, claw, bite: The gradual evolution of Catwoman

By Madhusree Ghosh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 11, 2020 08:02 PM IST
From Eartha Kitt’s portrayal in the 1960s, catty and endearing, to Pfeiffer’s superheroine of action and Anne Hathaway’s rebel and revolutionary, it’s been a series of graceful leaps.
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Say it in style: The woke fashion glossary

By Madhusree Ghosh & Rachel Lopez | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 12, 2020 09:13 AM IST
Say ”dripping” instead of ”flattering”, choose conscious over organic, and always question the fat tax.
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The Aloo aur Gosht ka Salan by Ghosht Stories, a cloud kitchen in Mumbai that serves up only mutton dishes.
The Aloo aur Gosht ka Salan by Ghosht Stories, a cloud kitchen in Mumbai that serves up only mutton dishes.

Bite dance: A look at how the pandemic has changed what we eat, who feeds us and how

By Madhusree Ghosh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 04, 2020 08:54 PM IST
Picnic baskets, family meals, DIY kits and home chefs with super-specialised menus — tracking the sea change.
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Home chefs have rallied and shone during the lockdown. Above is the Onam Sadya made and home-delivered by Chris Mary Kurian of Delhi, who specialises in Malayali cuisine.
Home chefs have rallied and shone during the lockdown. Above is the Onam Sadya made and home-delivered by Chris Mary Kurian of Delhi, who specialises in Malayali cuisine.

Flash in the pandemic: New kinds of chefs that emerged after March

By Madhusree Ghosh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 04, 2020 08:21 PM IST
Some became chefs almost by accident, others are “cooking” but can’t speak yet, the influencers are mostly just getting in the way, and really we have heard all we need to about sourdough.
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(Arsh Sayed)

I think some people hire me only for my eyes: Shefali Shah on craft, passion and the Delhi Crime Emmy win

By Madhusree Ghosh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 06, 2020 07:39 AM IST
“At the Sundance Film Festival, I heard a couple of people ask, ‘Is she the real cop who cracked the case?’ I felt that was a win,” the 47-year-old actor says.
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The dolls are faceless, but instantly recognisable.You can tell Frida Kahlo from her brows and flowers.
The dolls are faceless, but instantly recognisable.You can tell Frida Kahlo from her brows and flowers.

A ragdolls to riches tale: Feminist icons get a new avatar, in Kodaikanal

By Madhusree Ghosh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 02, 2020 07:39 PM IST
Former journalist Smriti Lamech is working with women from a self-help group called Prowess to make dolls of Frida Kahlo, Savitribai Phule, Maya Angelou, Kalpana Chawla and other women icons.
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(HT Illustration: Jayachandran)
(HT Illustration: Jayachandran)

How not to be a lawnmower parent

By Madhusree Ghosh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON NOV 29, 2020 03:02 PM IST
Jumping in to smooth every path for your child won’t make the journey easier. It hurts learning, confidence and problem-solving ability.
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Snapshots from a new Harvard study on Covid-era dreamscapes

By Madhusree Ghosh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON NOV 15, 2020 03:06 PM IST
Bugs have featured widely in nightmares during the pandemic. Invisible monsters and invitations from the dead are being reported too. But they’re not all frightmares — some are also dreaming up a cure.
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“I don’t have many friends in the industry. I’m friends with strangers I meet in my travels, carpenters, people who don’t have any connection with the cinema business,” Tripathi says.
“I don’t have many friends in the industry. I’m friends with strangers I meet in my travels, carpenters, people who don’t have any connection with the cinema business,” Tripathi says.

My life feels like a fairy tale in the middle of its happy ending, says actor Pankaj Tripathi

By Madhusree Ghosh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON NOV 08, 2020 10:22 PM IST
The 45-year-old actor has, over the past three years, become the man to watch. He returns as the dreaded gangster Kaleen Bhaiya in Mirzapur S2. He sat down with Wknd to talk films, life and Bollywood.
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A server in PPE gear. Celebrations are making a comeback and bookings are trickling in, but weddings will continue to look different well into 2021.(Photo courtesy Megha Israni)
A server in PPE gear. Celebrations are making a comeback and bookings are trickling in, but weddings will continue to look different well into 2021.(Photo courtesy Megha Israni)

Virtual reality, green screens: The near future of weddings

By Madhusree Ghosh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON OCT 24, 2020 04:01 PM IST
Is there a way to rescue the sangeet? Make shopping online less mundane? The answers to these and other questions are emerging as the industry pivots to fit a new reality.
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Roma Popat and Vinal Patel at their drive-in wedding in Essex, England.(Courtesy Saheli Events / i-Maani Photography)
Roma Popat and Vinal Patel at their drive-in wedding in Essex, England.(Courtesy Saheli Events / i-Maani Photography)

Doing it differently: Wedding workarounds from around the world

By Madhusree Ghosh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON OCT 23, 2020 09:02 PM IST
Couples are tying the knot with guests in their cars, on the street, in the driveway...
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Some couples are taking the pandemic in their stride and incorporating it in their wedding themes, decor and cake.(Photo courtesy Megha Israni)
Some couples are taking the pandemic in their stride and incorporating it in their wedding themes, decor and cake.(Photo courtesy Megha Israni)

Inside the no-touch pandemic wedding

By Madhusree Ghosh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON OCT 24, 2020 06:00 PM IST
Photographers with zoom lenses, cake-top dolls in masks, special zones for seniors — as we head into wedding season, a look at how the celebration is changing to suit the times.
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Some of the journals in which Shakunatala Devi noted down her experiments.
Some of the journals in which Shakunatala Devi noted down her experiments.

A beauty brand borne of a great-grandma’s alchemy

By Madhusree Ghosh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON OCT 18, 2020 01:47 PM IST
Noor Arora, her mother Geeti Arora and aunt Mani Khurana have founded a company based on 90 notebooks full of experiments that they found years after their Ammaji’s death.
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Can’t stop scrolling? Here’s how to frame a nutritious digital meal plan

By Madhusree Ghosh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON OCT 18, 2020 10:48 AM IST
New apps can help you balance the news you need with the good news you don’t get enough of, and a sprinkling of humour and bite-sized entertainment. You can do it yourself too.
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‘We decided it wouldn’t be a period piece alone, but a mirror to Indian society today. A beautiful mirror to what we have left behind, the world we should never forget,’ Nair says.(Getty Images)
‘We decided it wouldn’t be a period piece alone, but a mirror to Indian society today. A beautiful mirror to what we have left behind, the world we should never forget,’ Nair says.(Getty Images)

How Mira Nair turned Vikram Seth’s novel into a suitable show

By Madhusree Ghosh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON OCT 18, 2020 10:33 AM IST
She’s known for taking Indian stories to the world; listen in as she discusses her latest, the six-part mini-series based on Seth’s A Suitable Boy, due out on Netflix later this week.
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Living the dream? What moving to Goa is really like

By Madhusree Ghosh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON OCT 11, 2020 10:25 AM IST
Hear from early mover Karan Manral, who runs and organic farm and consultancy, and helps others dreamers make the shift — and adjust their expectations.
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Surbhi and Shreya Bajaj conduct Zoom classes to help people learn to use their apps and gadgets. Their primary tool, they say, is patience.
Surbhi and Shreya Bajaj conduct Zoom classes to help people learn to use their apps and gadgets. Their primary tool, they say, is patience.

With Easy Hai tech sessions, two sisters are helping push all the right buttons

By Madhusree Ghosh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON SEP 27, 2020 12:03 PM IST
Their most popular modules are Entertainment (how to post and interact on social media, share files, stream music, edit photos, etc) and Productivity (e-calendars, syncing of email and more).
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Each artist interpreted the theme differently. Some chose to depict anger or frustration, for others it was isolation as peace.(Cards for a Cause)
Each artist interpreted the theme differently. Some chose to depict anger or frustration, for others it was isolation as peace.(Cards for a Cause)

Art meets charity in a deck of pandemic-themed playing cards

By Madhusree Ghosh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON SEP 27, 2020 10:59 AM IST
Two friends from Ahmedabad got 55 Indian artists to create a limited-edition deck for charity. The proceeds go to an NGO arranging food aid for those impacted by the epidemic and its fallout.
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Karmachakra was made with a tiny core team of four, so the 80-minute film took four years, rather than the usual 18 months for a work of this kind.
Karmachakra was made with a tiny core team of four, so the 80-minute film took four years, rather than the usual 18 months for a work of this kind.

A Delhi studio is making Indian anime films that look deliciously Japanese

By Madhusree Ghosh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON SEP 20, 2020 10:52 AM IST
Karmachakra, the tale of an orphan girl, a dead friend, and a fair bit of cyber intrigue, checks a lot of the boxes, with frames that glow, luscious drawings of food, and music that feels universal.
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‘Audiences are warming up to all kinds of content that’s well made. So if I have a story to tell, I tell it. And if my story is set in a village in Gujarat, I’m not telling that story in English,’ Tamhane says.(Reto Albertalli for Rolex Mentor Protege Arts Initiative)
‘Audiences are warming up to all kinds of content that’s well made. So if I have a story to tell, I tell it. And if my story is set in a village in Gujarat, I’m not telling that story in English,’ Tamhane says.(Reto Albertalli for Rolex Mentor Protege Arts Initiative)

Chaitanya Tamhane, just back from Venice, talks film, fandom and art

By Madhusree Ghosh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON SEP 18, 2020 07:27 PM IST
It’s been a tough journey, the young auteur admits. It’s been hard raising money for his Marathi films. Now he wants to do justice to those whose support has been unwavering.
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(Photo courtesy Amazon Prime)
(Photo courtesy Amazon Prime)

Destiny’s child: An interview with the man of the moment, Fahadh Faasil

By Madhusree Ghosh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON SEP 12, 2020 11:14 AM IST
His looks set him apart, so do his roles. There’s no real explanation for why I’ve made it, says the star of C U Soon.
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