Madhusree Ghosh

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

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Detox your device to protect yourself online

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.
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)
Updated on Jan 10, 2021 04:23 PM IST
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Gems from Delhi’s Janpath market, now a click away

An Instagram account set up by two women adds in surprises from other parts of the country too.
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)
Updated on Jan 08, 2021 07:43 PM IST
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Lifting the curse: The Gaali Project aims to change how you swear

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.
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.
Updated on Jan 01, 2021 06:20 PM IST
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Coping mechanisms: The pandemic guide to grieving

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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Updated on Dec 18, 2020 05:17 PM IST
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Couch surfing: As therapists turn influencers, here’s what to watch out for

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.
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)
Updated on Dec 21, 2020 02:19 PM IST
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Isaivani: The pathbreaking woman gaana singer now on a BBC Top 100 list

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.
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)
Updated on Dec 18, 2020 04:02 PM IST
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The Almirah Project: A cupboard as a metaphor for pandemic-era emotions

Sharmila Nair’s online art installation has Bharatanatyam dancer Ramya Suvi emoting inside a 100-year-old wardrobe full of unused saris.
Suvi expresses frustration in a clip from Project Almirah.
Suvi expresses frustration in a clip from Project Almirah.
Updated on Dec 12, 2020 07:57 PM IST
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Tail, claw, bite: The gradual evolution of Catwoman

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.
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.
Updated on Dec 11, 2020 08:02 PM IST
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Say it in style: The woke fashion glossary

Say ”dripping” instead of ”flattering”, choose conscious over organic, and always question the fat tax.
Updated on Dec 12, 2020 09:13 AM IST
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Bite dance: A look at how the pandemic has changed what we eat, who feeds us and how

Picnic baskets, family meals, DIY kits and home chefs with super-specialised menus — tracking the sea change.
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.
Updated on Dec 04, 2020 08:54 PM IST
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Flash in the pandemic: New kinds of chefs that emerged after March

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.
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.
Updated on Dec 04, 2020 08:21 PM IST
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I think some people hire me only for my eyes: Shefali Shah on craft, passion and the Delhi Crime Emmy win

“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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Updated on Dec 06, 2020 07:39 AM IST
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A ragdolls to riches tale: Feminist icons get a new avatar, in Kodaikanal

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.
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.
Updated on Dec 02, 2020 07:39 PM IST
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How not to be a lawnmower parent

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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(HT Illustration: Jayachandran)
Updated on Nov 29, 2020 03:02 PM IST
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Snapshots from a new Harvard study on Covid-era dreamscapes

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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Updated on Nov 15, 2020 03:06 PM IST
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My life feels like a fairy tale in the middle of its happy ending, says actor Pankaj Tripathi

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.
“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.
Updated on Nov 08, 2020 10:22 PM IST
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Virtual reality, green screens: The near future of weddings

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.
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)
Updated on Oct 24, 2020 04:01 PM IST
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Doing it differently: Wedding workarounds from around the world

Couples are tying the knot with guests in their cars, on the street, in the driveway...
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)
Updated on Oct 23, 2020 09:02 PM IST
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Inside the no-touch pandemic wedding

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.
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)
Updated on Oct 24, 2020 06:00 PM IST
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A beauty brand borne of a great-grandma’s alchemy

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.
Some of the journals in which Shakunatala Devi noted down her experiments.
Some of the journals in which Shakunatala Devi noted down her experiments.
Updated on Oct 18, 2020 01:47 PM IST
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Can’t stop scrolling? Here’s how to frame a nutritious digital meal plan

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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Updated on Oct 18, 2020 10:48 AM IST
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How Mira Nair turned Vikram Seth’s novel into a suitable show

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.
‘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)
Updated on Oct 18, 2020 10:33 AM IST
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Living the dream? What moving to Goa is really like

Hear from early mover Karan Manral, who runs and organic farm and consultancy, and helps others dreamers make the shift — and adjust their expectations.
Updated on Oct 11, 2020 10:25 AM IST
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With Easy Hai tech sessions, two sisters are helping push all the right buttons

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).
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.
Updated on Sep 27, 2020 12:03 PM IST
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Art meets charity in a deck of pandemic-themed playing cards

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.
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)
Updated on Sep 27, 2020 10:59 AM IST
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A Delhi studio is making Indian anime films that look deliciously Japanese

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.
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.
Updated on Sep 20, 2020 10:52 AM IST
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Chaitanya Tamhane, just back from Venice, talks film, fandom and art

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.
‘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)
Updated on Sep 18, 2020 07:27 PM IST
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Destiny’s child: An interview with the man of the moment, Fahadh Faasil

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.
(Photo courtesy Amazon Prime)
(Photo courtesy Amazon Prime)
Updated on Sep 12, 2020 11:14 AM IST
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A guerrilla gardener working in secret creates a forest in Kolkata

Advocate Mantu Hait started out with a few saplings, and a determination to clear the garbage off a vacant Port Trust plot. The self-sustaining forest is now a haven for residents... and birds.
The forest is in Alipore.Over the past decade, mango, sheesham, plum, guava, tamarind and Asoka trees have come up on the 1-km-long strip.
The forest is in Alipore.Over the past decade, mango, sheesham, plum, guava, tamarind and Asoka trees have come up on the 1-km-long strip.
Updated on Sep 05, 2020 12:18 PM IST
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The Voice of Malabar Hills: A good-news guide to south Mumbai

The community newspaper prints true-life inspiring stories about the lives of the residents of Malabar Hill, Napean Sea Road, Walkeshwar, Altamount Road, Peddar Road and adjoining areas.
The paper organises events like ‘Local Speaks’ , where readers discusses the achievements and problems of the community.
The paper organises events like ‘Local Speaks’ , where readers discusses the achievements and problems of the community.
Updated on Sep 04, 2020 10:20 PM IST
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