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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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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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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By, New Delhi

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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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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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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‘In search of tolerance’: Why Capital’s African nationals moved to west Delhi

  • In the last few years, west Delhi colonies, such as Tilak Nagar and Vikaspuri, have seen an influx of Africans from south Delhi localities such as Khirki Extension, Chhatarpur, Kishangarh and Mehrauli in the perpetual quest for what Chukwuebuka calls “an affordable and tolerant” neighbourhood.
Hundreds of African nationals have moved to Krishna Puri in west Delhi’s Tilak Nagar.(HT photo)
Hundreds of African nationals have moved to Krishna Puri in west Delhi’s Tilak Nagar.(HT photo)
Published on Apr 05, 2021 01:09 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Pandemic prompts Sarojini and Sadar to go digital

A year after the lockdown, digital is the new buzzword in some of the oldest and most popular markets in Delhi.
Vandit and Medha Chawla (left) founders of Sarojini Nagar Market Online in their office-cum-warehouse.(HT Photo)
Vandit and Medha Chawla (left) founders of Sarojini Nagar Market Online in their office-cum-warehouse.(HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 29, 2021 03:51 AM IST
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Tepid demand chokes small-scale industries

  • A year on, these Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises continue to be beset by many of these problems — and a few new ones. While the supply chains remain disrupted and the demand is far from reaching pre-pandemic levels
Workers inside a shoe factory in Capital’s Udyog Nagar, one of India’s biggest shoe-manufacturing hubs. Sanchit Khanna/HT
Workers inside a shoe factory in Capital’s Udyog Nagar, one of India’s biggest shoe-manufacturing hubs. Sanchit Khanna/HT
Updated on Mar 22, 2021 04:28 AM IST
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Indian water gun manufacturers giving China a run for its money

  • In February that year, just before Holi, he went back to the Sadar Bazar trader with the water gun he had produced and also the Chinese one.
Soon, Vats, a mechanical engineer by training, got down to the drawing board.
Soon, Vats, a mechanical engineer by training, got down to the drawing board.
Updated on Mar 08, 2021 06:03 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Elderly make the digital switch during Covid-19 pandemic

India has about 104 million people aged above 60 — just a shade below China —according to the 2011 Census. But digital inclusion has been a distant dream for them. The government’s National Digital Literacy Mission (NDLM) aims to empower at least one person per household.
Senior citizens take part in a digital literacy class by Agewell Foundation. (Sourced)
Senior citizens take part in a digital literacy class by Agewell Foundation. (Sourced)
Published on Mar 01, 2021 03:34 AM IST
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Pandemic prompts the elderly to make a digital switch

New Delhi It is 11am on Friday and a digital literacy class has just begun on video communication platform Zoom
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Published on Feb 28, 2021 11:33 PM IST
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A Delhi village that celebrates Subhas Chandra Bose like no other

Singh is not the only one with a Netaji story in Tikri Kalan, a village on the western fringes of the city, which celebrates Subhas Chandra Bose like no other.
The family of INA veteran Sube Singh shows documents relating to his service at the INA outside their house in village Tikri Kalan, in New Delhi, India, on Sunday, February 7, 2021. (Photo by Raj K Raj/ Hindustan Times)
The family of INA veteran Sube Singh shows documents relating to his service at the INA outside their house in village Tikri Kalan, in New Delhi, India, on Sunday, February 7, 2021. (Photo by Raj K Raj/ Hindustan Times)
Published on Feb 08, 2021 06:26 AM IST
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A Delhi village that celebrates Subhas Chandra Bose like no other

New Delhi: It is a balmy afternoon and Ran Singh is sitting in the courtyard of his house
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Published on Feb 07, 2021 11:20 PM IST
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‘Notorious’: Another tryst with infamy for Delhi’s Palika Bazar

By the mid-1980s, as the popularity of audio and video cassettes grew, many gifts and garments shops in the central hall of the market began selling electronics items.
The brainchild of late Congress leader Sanjay Gandhi, Palika Bazar was built by the NDMC during the Emergency in a record time of less than a year and opened in 1979.(Sanchit Khanna/HT photo)
The brainchild of late Congress leader Sanjay Gandhi, Palika Bazar was built by the NDMC during the Emergency in a record time of less than a year and opened in 1979.(Sanchit Khanna/HT photo)
Published on Jan 25, 2021 02:41 AM IST
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Disabled face a job crisis in the post-Covid world

Rizwan Safi, 24, gets distressed every time his wife asks him about when he is returning to work
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Published on Jan 11, 2021 04:56 PM IST
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They have turned our lives upside down: Singhu village on farm laws, stir

The village is home to about 250 families. Being close to Delhi’s industrial areas such as Narela and Kundli, a rental economy has developed in the village over the years, but more than half of the families depend on agriculture.
Ramesh Sharma (in white) and Satish Kumar Sherawat (in black) at Singhu village.(HT Photo)
Ramesh Sharma (in white) and Satish Kumar Sherawat (in black) at Singhu village.(HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 21, 2020 04:59 AM IST
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Not making the cut: How coronavirus killed tailoring

These suave, English-speaking tailors, many of who learnt their craft in London, say they survived the ready-made revolution in the 1990s and the 2008 financial crisis—but the pandemic has pushed them to the brink.
Khan Market’s Grover Tailors, which had earlier stitched for foreign dignitaries, including presidents, has suffered an 80% drop in business.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
Khan Market’s Grover Tailors, which had earlier stitched for foreign dignitaries, including presidents, has suffered an 80% drop in business.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Dec 14, 2020 04:04 PM IST
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India’s masala king, founder and face of MDH, dies at 97

Mahashay Dharampal Gulati, who died on Thursday at the age of 97 after a cardiac arrest, earned several sobriquets over the years: MDH Uncle, Dadaji and Masala King.
Dharampal Gulati(PTI photo)
Dharampal Gulati(PTI photo)
Updated on Dec 04, 2020 01:27 AM IST
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Final station: Pulp fiction on its last legs, say sellers

Long before the mobile phones came to the scene and water started selling in plastic bottles, these books were among the essential travel companions, especially on long train journeys.
Customers at a book shop on Platform 1 of the New Delhi Railway Station.
Customers at a book shop on Platform 1 of the New Delhi Railway Station.
Updated on Nov 30, 2020 12:03 AM IST
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Covid-19 pushes tourism in Delhi to the edge

Paharganj, once a bustling, thriving market whose entire economy depends on foreign tourists, is a microcosm of the devastation caused by the ongoing coronavirus crisis in the capital’s tourism sector.
The pandemic has almost wiped out tourism in Delhi.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
The pandemic has almost wiped out tourism in Delhi.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Nov 23, 2020 10:36 AM IST
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