Meenakshi Iyer

Meenakshi Iyer writes on food, fashion, technology and health for Hindustan Times. She has worked with Indian Express, Mid-Day and Reuters in the past.

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Travel light, here are the best packing tips every traveller should know

Ahead of the peak holiday season, we thought of putting together some useful travel packing tips to help you keep your life on the go a little less chaotic. These are tips that expert travellers swear by and you will soon see why.
Here are the best packing tips from experts.(Unsplash)
Here are the best packing tips from experts.(Unsplash)
Updated on Oct 19, 2018 01:58 PM IST
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World Mental Health Day, how to find the best therapist for you and a list of therapists near you

With increasing conversation around mental health, the stigma attached to mental health illness is slowly being eliminated. This means more people are ready to seek help. Here’s how to find the right therapist for you and a list of non-judgmental therapists near you.
Here’s how to pick the right therapist.(Unsplash)
Here’s how to pick the right therapist.(Unsplash)
Updated on Oct 11, 2018 09:46 AM IST
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Best brunch spots in Mumbai to help you eat clean even on a weekend

Clean eating and a healthy lifestyle are no longer restricted to your Monday to Friday routine. You can detox over a weekend as well without compromising on your taste buds. These are the best healthy brunches in Mumbai.
Here are the 5 best restaurants in Mumbai for a healthy brunch.
Here are the 5 best restaurants in Mumbai for a healthy brunch.
Updated on Oct 05, 2018 08:46 AM IST
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World Contraception Day: These 5 period tracking apps can help you have safe sex

There are many benefits to tracking your menstrual cycle: better overall health and a safe sex life. Knowing your fertile window and scheduling sex accordingly can save you from unwanted pregnancy.
Here’s how tracking periods can help you avoid an unwanted pregnancy.(Shutterstock)
Here’s how tracking periods can help you avoid an unwanted pregnancy.(Shutterstock)
Updated on Sep 26, 2018 10:11 AM IST
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Cold pressed coconut oil benefits, here’s how you can use it for skincare and cooking

The western world discovered coconut oil fairly recently, Indian homes have always stocked up coconut oil in their pantries. A nice, relaxing ‘champi’ (massage) on a Sunday morning is a must-do ritual in many Indian homes. In Southern India, coconut oil is used not only for its skin and hair benefits but also in cooking.
Here’s how you can use cold pressed coconut oil.(Shutterstock)
Here’s how you can use cold pressed coconut oil.(Shutterstock)
Updated on Sep 11, 2018 09:21 AM IST
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Onam 2018, here’s why Sadya is the most balanced meal, full of nutritional value

Onam 2018: The traditional Onam Sadya, a feast that consists of 26 dishes, is one of the highlights of the festival with Malayalis cooking it for friends and family. Though the meal may seem indulgent, it is, in fact, one of the healthiest thalis one can have.
Onam 2018, Sadya is one of the healthiest festive thalis in the country.(Shutterstock)
Onam 2018, Sadya is one of the healthiest festive thalis in the country.(Shutterstock)
Updated on Aug 25, 2018 09:16 AM IST
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Lakme Fashion Week 2018: Sushmita Sen sizzles in a saree, plus 5 bold style lessons

Lakme Fashion Week 2018: From dramatic makeup to sustainable fashion, here are some style lessons for your wardrobe.
Lakme Fashion Week 2018: Sushmita Sen walks the ramp at Lakme Fashion Week 2018.(IANS)
Lakme Fashion Week 2018: Sushmita Sen walks the ramp at Lakme Fashion Week 2018.(IANS)
Updated on Aug 24, 2018 04:00 PM IST
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Lakme Fashion Week 2018: Day 1 saw Prateik Babbar in drag and more edgy outfits

The Winter/Festive edition of Lakmé Fashion Week 2018 kicked off on 22 August and here are the highlights from day 1.
In a major win for gender fluid fashion, actor Prateik Babbar walks the ramp for Chola The Label in drag.(PTI)
In a major win for gender fluid fashion, actor Prateik Babbar walks the ramp for Chola The Label in drag.(PTI)
Updated on Aug 23, 2018 03:15 PM IST
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Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. 4 reasons to never skip it

An ideal breakfast sets you up for the rest of the day. It helps you stay energetic to go about your routine.
Here’s why breakfast is important.(Shutterstock)
Here’s why breakfast is important.(Shutterstock)
Updated on Aug 21, 2018 09:46 AM IST
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5 foods that cause bloating and here’s what you should eat to avoid it

Bloating is a condition that occurs when your gastrointestinal tract is filled with excess air and gas. There could be many reasons this happens, but the most common one is the foods you eat.
Bloating tends to make you feel fuller.(Shutterstock)
Bloating tends to make you feel fuller.(Shutterstock)
Updated on Aug 20, 2018 03:22 PM IST
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World Photography Day: Celebrate the photographer in you at these spots in India

On World Photography Day, we want to help you get the best shots for your social media page. So here’s a list of some of the best locations in India to get that perfect Insta shot.
Ladakh is every photographer’s delight.(Shutterstock)
Ladakh is every photographer’s delight.(Shutterstock)
Updated on Aug 19, 2018 09:28 AM IST
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7 health mistakes young women are making and here’s how to correct them

Many of us make the mistake of prioritising everything – be it kids, family, careers – over our health. And this only means that we’re damaging our health without even realising.
Here are some of the health mistakes women are making.(Shutterstock)
Here are some of the health mistakes women are making.(Shutterstock)
Updated on Aug 17, 2018 09:03 AM IST
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Gym etiquette, breaking these unwritten exercise rules will make everyone hate you

Gym etiquette: No one likes that guy who puts down his towel on a machine, only to use it after an hour. So, if you want to earn a few brownie points among your gym pals, we suggest you read further. These unwritten rules around hygiene, cleanliness, common courtesy are often ignored, but it’s important to follow them.
Gym etiquette: Always use earphones and headphones.(Shutterstock)
Gym etiquette: Always use earphones and headphones.(Shutterstock)
Updated on Aug 16, 2018 09:08 PM IST
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4 easy tricks to stay on track with your fitness goals and avoid bingeing this long weekend

Here are some tips to get you through the long weekend – whether you’re travelling or planning to stay in. Don’t let the weekend rain down your fitness goals.
Here’s how you can stay on track when it comes to your fitness goals.(Shutterstock)
Here’s how you can stay on track when it comes to your fitness goals.(Shutterstock)
Updated on Aug 14, 2018 09:06 AM IST
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Intermittent fasting for weight loss, expert tips on maximising diet and exercise benefits

The most popular way of Intermittent Fasting (IF) is the 16:8 method, where you fast for 16 hours and eat in the 8-hour window. Recently, Max Weber, a fitness trainer (with over a 74.1k followers on Instagram) shared a few tips on how to do IF for fat burn.
Here’s how you can do intermittent fasting right.(Shutterstock)
Here’s how you can do intermittent fasting right.(Shutterstock)
Updated on Aug 09, 2018 09:04 AM IST
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Frozen foods, always keep these 6 foods in the freezer to reap their health benefits

Frozen foods: Too busy to meal prep and plan? Here are the best foods to freeze in advance and use them through the week.
Frozen foods: These are the best foods to store in your freezer for quick fixes.(Shutterstock)
Frozen foods: These are the best foods to store in your freezer for quick fixes.(Shutterstock)
Updated on Aug 08, 2018 09:02 AM IST
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World Breastfeeding Week: 5 celebs who taught us breastfeeding is normal

It is 2018 and we continue to outrage about a mother’s right to nurse her baby wherever she wants. Here are 5 celebrity mothers who told us that breastfeeding is normal and real, so just deal with it. We are proud of them.
Chrissy Teigen has always been very vocal about her parenting style through funny posts on social media.(Instagram.com)
Chrissy Teigen has always been very vocal about her parenting style through funny posts on social media.(Instagram.com)
Updated on Aug 04, 2018 09:02 AM IST
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Diet plan to lose weight, don’t decide on a routine before you’ve read this

Diet plan to lose weight: Before starting your weight loss journey, it is important to know the right diet for your body and activity type. Check for these things before starting a diet routine to avoid bad results.
Diet plan to lose weight: Here’s what you need to keep in mind before starting a diet.(Shutterstock)
Diet plan to lose weight: Here’s what you need to keep in mind before starting a diet.(Shutterstock)
Updated on Aug 03, 2018 08:50 AM IST
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Weight loss tips, 10 items that have no place on your plate if you want to lose weight

Weight loss tips: While it is common knowledge that one should stay away from desserts and fried snacks, weight loss experts advice to lay off a host of other unhealthy foods. So if your diet consists of any of these, you know what to do – throw it out.
Weight loss tips: Avoid having cereals for breakfast as they are loaded with sugar.(Shutterstock)
Weight loss tips: Avoid having cereals for breakfast as they are loaded with sugar.(Shutterstock)
Updated on Jul 31, 2018 11:40 AM IST
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Jennifer Lopez is the fitness inspiration we need. Her diet, exercise secrets revealed

Jennifer Lopez, 49 looks incredible, even after all these years. She credits her body to regular workouts and a strict diet.
Jennifer Lopez is super fit, even at 49. Here’s how.(Shutterstock)
Jennifer Lopez is super fit, even at 49. Here’s how.(Shutterstock)
Updated on Jul 31, 2018 11:37 AM IST
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Rohit Bal’s nature-inspired collection ends the India Couture Week 2018 on a high

Rohit Bal ended the India Couture Week 2018 with a collection that was reminiscent of the reluctant designer’s childhood in Kashmir’s many gardens and forests.
Rohit Bal, the reluctant couturier, transported us to the Mughal gardens of Kashmir with a collection that was full of flamingos, lilies, sunflowers and elephants on the last day of the India Couture Week 2018 in New Delhi on Sunday.(Amal KS/HT Photo)
Rohit Bal, the reluctant couturier, transported us to the Mughal gardens of Kashmir with a collection that was full of flamingos, lilies, sunflowers and elephants on the last day of the India Couture Week 2018 in New Delhi on Sunday.(Amal KS/HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 30, 2018 09:45 AM IST
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India Couture Week 2018, 7 Suneet Varma sarees every bride needs in her trousseau

India Couture Week 2018, a saree is eternal and couturier Suneet Varma gave us some of the best saree looks of the night.
How does a modern bride interpret her version of a saree. Designer Suneet Varma made it easy for every to-be-bride with his show at the India Couture Week 2018 on Friday.(Amal KS/HT Photo)
How does a modern bride interpret her version of a saree. Designer Suneet Varma made it easy for every to-be-bride with his show at the India Couture Week 2018 on Friday.(Amal KS/HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 28, 2018 02:39 PM IST
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ICW 2018: Amit Aggarwal’s collection was a dream for saree gown lovers

India Couture Week 2018 day 3 saw designer Amit Aggarwal give an edgy twist to saree gowns, the perfect outfit for cocktails and reception. Actor Shilpa Shetty walked the ramp as his showstopper.
Staying true to his signature style of structured outfits with geometric designs, Amit Aggarwal’s collection stood out for his take on the ever-popular saree gown.
Staying true to his signature style of structured outfits with geometric designs, Amit Aggarwal’s collection stood out for his take on the ever-popular saree gown.
Updated on Jul 27, 2018 11:52 PM IST
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Weight loss, 7 scary reasons you’re losing too much weight without trying

It is completely natural for your weight to fluctuate; it could be because of hormonal changes, PMS, water retention, many reasons. But if you notice drastic weight loss, it might be a cause of worry.
Losing weight suddenly? You may want to get yourself checked for the following disorders.(Shutterstock)
Losing weight suddenly? You may want to get yourself checked for the following disorders.(Shutterstock)
Updated on Jul 27, 2018 12:24 PM IST
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ICW 2018: 6 best looks by Falguni and Shane Peacock for your next cocktail party

India Couture Week 2018, there’s plenty of inspiration in designers Falguni and Shane Peacock’s latest couture collection. The outfits are perfect for a fun and fearless bride, and of course her bridesmaids.
Looking for some cocktail dress inspiration? Look no further than Falguni and Shane Peacocks latest couture collection at India Couture Week 2018.(Raajessh Kashyap/HT Photo)
Looking for some cocktail dress inspiration? Look no further than Falguni and Shane Peacocks latest couture collection at India Couture Week 2018.(Raajessh Kashyap/HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 27, 2018 11:51 AM IST
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Falguni and Shane Peacock dazzle with metallic hues in couture debut

India Couture Week 2018 saw designer duo Falguni and Shane Peacock take their Parisian princess inspiration to the next level with a shimmering collection of dresses and lehengas in every metallic hue possible.
India Couture 2018 marked designer duo Falguni and Shane Peacock’s debut couture show in India.(Raajessh Kashyap/HT Photo)
India Couture 2018 marked designer duo Falguni and Shane Peacock’s debut couture show in India.(Raajessh Kashyap/HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 27, 2018 04:27 PM IST
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Anurag Kashyap’s post on dealing with a fatal ligament injury is inspiring

Anurag Kashyap recently took to Instagram to share his journey to recovery after suffering from ACL or Anterior Cruciate Ligament. The ace director’s moving story of how he recovered from the broken ligament with the help of exercise and swimming is all the motivation you need to start your fitness journey.
Director Anurag Kashyap shares a motivating story about his recovery from a ligament injury with his followers on Instagram.(Instagram.com/anuragkashyap10)
Director Anurag Kashyap shares a motivating story about his recovery from a ligament injury with his followers on Instagram.(Instagram.com/anuragkashyap10)
Updated on Jul 26, 2018 02:53 PM IST
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Here’s why I started tracking my periods and you should too. It helps lose weight fast

There are many benefits to tracking your menstrual cycle: better overall health, visible results like weight loss while working out and of course, good sex life.
Tracking your menstrual cycle is good for your health.(Shutterstock)
Tracking your menstrual cycle is good for your health.(Shutterstock)
Updated on Jul 26, 2018 12:43 PM IST
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India Couture Week 2018: Anju Modi time travels to the Victorian era with her collection

India Couture Week 2018 saw designer Anju Modi end day 1 on a spectacular note with her collection inspired by the Victorian era. Actor Kangana Ranaut walked the ramp as her showstopper.
Large puffed sleeves, flowy gowns, printed lehengas paired with muted blouse were some of the highlights of designer Anju Modi’s collection at the India Couture Week 2018.(Raajessh Kashyap/HT Photo)
Large puffed sleeves, flowy gowns, printed lehengas paired with muted blouse were some of the highlights of designer Anju Modi’s collection at the India Couture Week 2018.(Raajessh Kashyap/HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 26, 2018 03:13 PM IST
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India Couture Week 2018: Aditi Rao Hydari looks ethereal as the showstopper for Tarun Tahiliani

India Couture Week 2018 begins on a glamourous note as actress Aditi Rao Hydari walks the ramp for couture king Tarun Tahiliani in a lehenga that every bride-to-be would dream of.
Aditi Rao Hydari was the showstopper at designer Tarun Tahiliani’s fashion show at the India Couture Week 2018.(Raajessh Kashyap/HT Photo)
Aditi Rao Hydari was the showstopper at designer Tarun Tahiliani’s fashion show at the India Couture Week 2018.(Raajessh Kashyap/HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 26, 2018 03:17 PM IST
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