Manoj Sharma

Manoj Sharma is Metro Features Editor at Hindustan Times. He likes to pursue stories that otherwise fall through the cracks.

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Zamrudpur is cooking up a revolution in cloud kitchens

Md Shamim, a delivery executive with an online food aggregator, says that since the Delhi government banned dine-in at restaurants last week, the number of deliveries he makes every day has almost doubled
A delivery executive waits for the order outside a cloud kitchen in Zamrudpur (HT)
A delivery executive waits for the order outside a cloud kitchen in Zamrudpur (HT)
Updated on Jan 17, 2022 01:59 AM IST
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Kathputli live: Musicians, puppeteers of Delhi colony to get digital viewers

  • Hundreds of performing artistes and craftsmen in Kathputli Colony, perhaps the country’s biggest community of performing artistes, have taken to technology in a big way in the past two years of the pandemic.
The artistes are rehearsing for Kathputli Utsav, an online art festival to be hosted in February by the University of Manchester in the UK for the artistes of the colony.
The artistes are rehearsing for Kathputli Utsav, an online art festival to be hosted in February by the University of Manchester in the UK for the artistes of the colony.
Published on Jan 10, 2022 05:59 AM IST
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How Covid killed the calendar

Paper calendars survived the digital age, but their sales have suffered a massive drop in the past two years of the pandemic, what with unprecedented disruption in social, personal and professional lives, rendering calendaring not- so- necessary
A calendar seller at Nai Sarak in old Delhi, which is home to some of India’s biggest calendar companies. (HT Photo)
A calendar seller at Nai Sarak in old Delhi, which is home to some of India’s biggest calendar companies. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 03, 2022 07:07 AM IST
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For beggars in Delhi, a training drive may hold beacon of hope

Sanjay Kumar Kushwaha, 25, is listening intently to his trainer as he tells a class of 25 students, all beggars on the streets of Delhi until a month back, about various tools of painting a wall—brush, roller, sandpapers and their uses
New Delhi, India - Dec. 6, 2021: Homeless people participate in a vocational training program by the Delhi Government, at Ashray Griha, Katra Maula Bux, Roshanara Road, in New Delhi , India, on Monday, December 6, 2021. (Photo by Amal KS / Hindustan Times) (Hindustan Times)
New Delhi, India - Dec. 6, 2021: Homeless people participate in a vocational training program by the Delhi Government, at Ashray Griha, Katra Maula Bux, Roshanara Road, in New Delhi , India, on Monday, December 6, 2021. (Photo by Amal KS / Hindustan Times) (Hindustan Times)
Published on Dec 13, 2021 12:25 AM IST
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Delhi: Mughlai hub Jama Masjid area getting a continental makeover

Jama Masjid area is undergoing a quiet, invisible transformation as a food destination, thanks to many upwardly mobile youngsters who are opening new fine dining restaurants and European-style cafés
The Ebony cafe has emerged as a popular hangout in Jama Masjid area. (Amal KS/Hindustan Times)
The Ebony cafe has emerged as a popular hangout in Jama Masjid area. (Amal KS/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Dec 06, 2021 06:46 AM IST
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Key skills: Typewriter finds its place despite digital onslaught

Delhi has many typewriting institutes, where hundreds of aspirants for various government jobs requiring a typing speed test are trained on old Remingtons and Godrej typewriters, even as laptops and touch screens hold sway.
Students at the Ashoka Typing College in Laxmi Nagar. (Raj K Raj/Hindustan Times)
Students at the Ashoka Typing College in Laxmi Nagar. (Raj K Raj/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Nov 29, 2021 12:04 AM IST
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For clockmakers in old Delhi, time is a friend and an enemy

Quartz and digital clocks, they say, are more accurate but they have depreciated the timepieces and their profession.
Suhail Akhtar, a clockmaker at his shop near Jama Masjid, is considered an encyclopedia on mechanical clocks.(Ht Photo/Sanchit Khanna)
Suhail Akhtar, a clockmaker at his shop near Jama Masjid, is considered an encyclopedia on mechanical clocks.(Ht Photo/Sanchit Khanna)
Updated on Nov 10, 2021 08:35 PM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Get savvy or go bust: Street food joints in Delhi reinvent after Covid shock

According to the National Association of Street Vendors of India (NASVI), Delhi had about 60,000 street food vendors before the pandemic , but now only about 30, 000 are left
Bhola Shankar Kachori Wale’s stall at Vaishali in Sector 4 in Ghaziabad. (Sanjeev Verma/HT photo)
Bhola Shankar Kachori Wale’s stall at Vaishali in Sector 4 in Ghaziabad. (Sanjeev Verma/HT photo)
Updated on Nov 01, 2021 02:02 AM IST
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Taking stock of the market: Bull run boosts finance literacy programmes in Delhi

Kanika Bhaskar, a resident of Nirman Vihar in east Delhi, expounds stock market trading concepts such as risk management, position-sizing, and stop-loss, among others like a seasoned professional
Taking stock of the market: Bull run boosts finance literacy programmes in Delhi
Taking stock of the market: Bull run boosts finance literacy programmes in Delhi
Updated on Oct 25, 2021 01:31 AM IST
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Are your home or office private security guards trained? Probably not

Unlicensed agencies and their reluctance to invest; RWAs and their desire to avoid paying minimum wages; and governments and their lack of oversight are contributory factors
Talk to guards across Delhi and most of them will tell you that they have not undergone training as prescribed under the law (Representative Image) (AFP)
Talk to guards across Delhi and most of them will tell you that they have not undergone training as prescribed under the law (Representative Image) (AFP)
Updated on Oct 12, 2021 11:40 AM IST
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Unlikely Covid fillip boosts famous scissors market in Meerut

The Covid-19 pandemic has unexpectedly given a new lease of life to Meerut’s 350-year-old scissors industry, which faced a downward spiral in the past two decades due to the growing popularity of Chinese scissors.
(From left) Abdul Aziz and Mohammad Anis at the world famous Kainchi Bazar (scissors market) in Meerut. (Raj K Raj/HT Photo)
(From left) Abdul Aziz and Mohammad Anis at the world famous Kainchi Bazar (scissors market) in Meerut. (Raj K Raj/HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 11, 2021 05:52 AM IST
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Mohammadpur village in Delhi debates its name and past

The village has been in the news after a local councillor sought to rename the change the name of the village from Mohammadpur to Madhavpuram
A lane in Mohammadpur village in Delhi. (Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
A lane in Mohammadpur village in Delhi. (Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Oct 04, 2021 01:31 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Ramlila a non-starter in the land of Ravana worshippers

Bisrakh—a village in Gautam Budh Nagar, about 30 km from Connaught Place, does not organise Ramlila or celebrate Dussehra, which is in fact the day of mourning for villagers. Local legend has it that Bisrakh is the birthplace of Ravana, the demon king and the ruler of Lanka.
The Shiva temple in Bisrakh, Gautam Budh Nagar, which according to the local legend was established by demon king Ravana’s father Vishrava. Local residents claim that it was at this temple that Ravana, along with Vishrava, used to worship Lord Shiva. They say that they don’t organise Ramlila and Dussehra is a day of mourning for them. (HT Photo)
The Shiva temple in Bisrakh, Gautam Budh Nagar, which according to the local legend was established by demon king Ravana’s father Vishrava. Local residents claim that it was at this temple that Ravana, along with Vishrava, used to worship Lord Shiva. They say that they don’t organise Ramlila and Dussehra is a day of mourning for them. (HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 27, 2021 04:16 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Delhi’s revamped Chandni Chowk holds different meanings for its many residents

The redeveloped Chandni Chowk was inaugurated by Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on September 12.
Locals take a stroll on the revamped Chandni Chowk in New Delhi on Saturday (Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)
Locals take a stroll on the revamped Chandni Chowk in New Delhi on Saturday (Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 20, 2021 12:49 AM IST
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At Signature Bridge, lifts that didn’t lift off

A colonial-era law's definition of a lift has blocked a ticketed ride for tourists to the glass viewing gallery atop the Signature Bridge in national capital Delhi
The stairs leading to the gate of Delhi's Signature Bridge lift(Raj K Raj/HT Photo)
The stairs leading to the gate of Delhi's Signature Bridge lift(Raj K Raj/HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 13, 2021 04:23 PM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

From cargo to classrooms: Containers triggering ideas and opportunities

Experts say they are slowly gaining popularity as an eco-friendly, rapidly deployable, scalable, portable plug-and-play building solution.
A container school in UP’s Gorakhpur set up by Project OoSC (Out of School Children). (Sourced)
A container school in UP’s Gorakhpur set up by Project OoSC (Out of School Children). (Sourced)
Updated on Sep 06, 2021 10:18 AM IST
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Khari Baoli dry fruit market has centuries-old ties with Kabul

Afghanistan has been driving the dry fruit business in Khari Baoli, which is India’s biggest dry fruit market and home to some of the oldest dry fruit importers in the country.
Katra Ishwar Bhawan in Khari Baoli has hundreds dry fruit importers, who have long business ties with Afghanistan. (Sanchit Khanna/HT)
Katra Ishwar Bhawan in Khari Baoli has hundreds dry fruit importers, who have long business ties with Afghanistan. (Sanchit Khanna/HT)
Updated on Aug 30, 2021 04:39 AM IST
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By, New Delhi

Kabuli Gurdwara: A sanctuary in Delhi for Afghan violence victims

On Sunday, an Indian Air Force (IAF) C-17 Globemaster aircraft landed at the Hindan airbase in Ghaziabad with 168 travellers, including 107 Indians, from Kabul.
Afghanistan MP Narender Singh Khalsa was also among those airlifted to India from Kabul on Sunday. He broke down as the plane touched down at Hindan airbase.
Afghanistan MP Narender Singh Khalsa was also among those airlifted to India from Kabul on Sunday. He broke down as the plane touched down at Hindan airbase.
Updated on Aug 23, 2021 12:50 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

With new world-class sports facilities, Najafgarh capital’s major sports hub

There are over a hundred others playing football on the new synthetic turf, and practising long jump and running around a 400-metre new synthetic track.
The Delhi government has also made a big sporting infrastructure push in the area, investing about <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>150 crore in developing multi-sports complexes.
The Delhi government has also made a big sporting infrastructure push in the area, investing about 150 crore in developing multi-sports complexes.
Updated on Aug 23, 2021 12:37 AM IST
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The uniform serves even after duty ends

  • ‘Sepoi’ -- a name from the word ‘sipahi’ meaning soldier--- is another such initiative. Founded in 2019 by Mumbai-based couple Siddharth and Suchi Jaiswal, it turns old defence uniforms into products such as backpacks, tote bags, and laptop bags.
A unit in Khanpur in south Delhi, where military uniforms are repurposed into different products such as bags, masks, aprons, etc. (Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
A unit in Khanpur in south Delhi, where military uniforms are repurposed into different products such as bags, masks, aprons, etc. (Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
Published on Aug 16, 2021 06:13 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

High on glory, monumental flags take huge effort to install, retain

  • In the past few years, from Delhi-NCR to Guwahati, India has had some of the world’s tallest and largest national flags installed in public parks, at railway stations, airports, educational campuses, corporate houses, among others.
A worker gives finishing touches to the 60x90 feet tricolour at a Byculla workshop, in Mumbai, on July 30. (Photo by Satish Bate/Hindustan Times)(Satish Bate/HT PHOTO)
A worker gives finishing touches to the 60x90 feet tricolour at a Byculla workshop, in Mumbai, on July 30. (Photo by Satish Bate/Hindustan Times)(Satish Bate/HT PHOTO)
Published on Aug 02, 2021 03:24 AM IST
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By, New Delhi

Silent culinary revolution brews at south Delhi’s Humayunpur village

  • The village, near Safdarjung Enclave, has witnessed a slow and silent culinary revolution with over 60 trendy, budget-friendly restaurants and cafes offering Chinese, Korean, Nepalese and North-east Indian cuisine coming up in the last three years, putting Humayunpur on the city’s ever-expanding culinary map.
A view of Humayunpur Village, at Safdarjung in New Delhi.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
A view of Humayunpur Village, at Safdarjung in New Delhi.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
Published on Jul 26, 2021 05:26 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Villages set up own libraries with a little help from friends

  • A rural library movement is sweeping across the country.
Kalda in Gautam Buddh Nagar district, about 45 km from Connaught Place, is not the only village to have set up a library—in fact, a rural library movement is sweeping across the country.(HT Photo)
Kalda in Gautam Buddh Nagar district, about 45 km from Connaught Place, is not the only village to have set up a library—in fact, a rural library movement is sweeping across the country.(HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 20, 2021 07:11 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

OTT platforms give new lease of life to regional language authors

  • The OTT platforms’ search for content has also given rise to ‘book story agents’, who act as intermediaries between publishing houses, writers and OTT platforms and production houses.
A poster of Rabindranath Ekhane Kokhono Khete Asen Ni, an OTT adaptation of a thriller novel.(HT Photo)
A poster of Rabindranath Ekhane Kokhono Khete Asen Ni, an OTT adaptation of a thriller novel.(HT Photo)
Published on Jul 12, 2021 01:39 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

A haircut above the rest: Outdoor allure a win for roadside barbers

While the business of salons and hairdressers has suffered since the pandemic began last year, Delhi/ NCR’s ubiquitous roadside barbers are getting new clients who desperately need a haircut but are fearful of walking into the air-conditioned salons for fear of contracting the Sars-Cov-2 that causes coronavirus disease (Covid-19).
In east Delhi’s Mayur Vihar, Munna Thakur, another roadside barber, also attracts many customers from DDA’s SFS flats located right behind his shop.
In east Delhi’s Mayur Vihar, Munna Thakur, another roadside barber, also attracts many customers from DDA’s SFS flats located right behind his shop.
Updated on Jun 28, 2021 04:15 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Pangs of displacement in Jewar

  • Villagers in Jewar, whose houses are being demolished for the development of an airport, say their displacement is an emotionally distressing experience and will forever alter their cherished rural lives
A man stands on the rubble of demolished houses in Jewar’s Nagla Ganeshi, one of the seven villages that have been acquired for construction of an international airport. (HT Photo)
A man stands on the rubble of demolished houses in Jewar’s Nagla Ganeshi, one of the seven villages that have been acquired for construction of an international airport. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 14, 2021 02:30 PM IST
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People with disabilities suffer as Covid limits access to care

The pandemic, people with disabilities say, has brought to the fore the inadequacies of the healthcare system in responding to their needs.
The temporary Covid care centre set up at Shehnai Banquet Hall attached to Lok Nayak Hospital.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
The temporary Covid care centre set up at Shehnai Banquet Hall attached to Lok Nayak Hospital.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
Updated on May 31, 2021 06:12 AM IST
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Sharing meds and pain during pandemic

Medicine Banks—where people can donate their unused medicine and those who require them can receive them free of cost-- are coming up across the country.
Uday foundation staff sort medicines at Sarvodya Enclave, in New Delhi, India, on Friday, May 21, 2021. (Photo by Sanjeev Verma/ Hindustan Times)
Uday foundation staff sort medicines at Sarvodya Enclave, in New Delhi, India, on Friday, May 21, 2021. (Photo by Sanjeev Verma/ Hindustan Times)
Updated on May 24, 2021 02:03 PM IST
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Future of migrant kids uncertain amid spike

There has been limited assessment of the pandemic’s wider effects on the children of migrants. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court, in response to a petition filed by NGO Child Rights Trust, asked for data from all states and Union Territories on children of migrant workers.
Children playing kho kho in a slum at Punjabi Bagh in New Delhi on Friday.(Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
Children playing kho kho in a slum at Punjabi Bagh in New Delhi on Friday.(Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
Published on Apr 19, 2021 04:51 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Fear of 2020 rerun grips Delhi's migrants amid Covid-19 infection spike

There is fear and anxiety among the thousands of migrant workers in villages such as Shahpur Garhi, Tikri Khurd, Bhor Garh, and Singhola.
Migrant workers with their landlord in a tenement in village Shahpur Garhi in Narela.(HT Photo)
Migrant workers with their landlord in a tenement in village Shahpur Garhi in Narela.(HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 12, 2021 10:52 AM IST
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