Meenakshi Iyer

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.

Articles by Meenakshi Iyer
Here are the best packing tips from experts.(Unsplash)
Here are the best packing tips from experts.(Unsplash)

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

By Meenakshi Iyer | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON OCT 19, 2018 01:58 PM IST
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.
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Here’s how to pick the right therapist.(Unsplash)
Here’s how to pick the right therapist.(Unsplash)

World Mental Health Day, how to find the best therapist for you and a list of therapists near you

UPDATED ON OCT 11, 2018 09:46 AM IST
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.
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Here are the 5 best restaurants in Mumbai for a healthy brunch.
Here are the 5 best restaurants in Mumbai for a healthy brunch.

Best brunch spots in Mumbai to help you eat clean even on a weekend

By Meenakshi Iyer | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON OCT 05, 2018 08:46 AM IST
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.
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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)

World Contraception Day: These 5 period tracking apps can help you have safe sex

By Meenakshi Iyer | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON SEP 26, 2018 10:11 AM IST
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.
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Here’s how you can use cold pressed coconut oil.(Shutterstock)
Here’s how you can use cold pressed coconut oil.(Shutterstock)

Cold pressed coconut oil benefits, here’s how you can use it for skincare and cooking

By Meenakshi Iyer | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON SEP 11, 2018 09:21 AM IST
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.
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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)

Onam 2018, here’s why Sadya is the most balanced meal, full of nutritional value

By Meenakshi Iyer | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON AUG 25, 2018 09:16 AM IST
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.
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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)

Lakme Fashion Week 2018: Sushmita Sen sizzles in a saree, plus 5 bold style lessons

By Meenakshi Iyer | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON AUG 24, 2018 04:00 PM IST
Lakme Fashion Week 2018: From dramatic makeup to sustainable fashion, here are some style lessons for your wardrobe.
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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)

Lakme Fashion Week 2018: Day 1 saw Prateik Babbar in drag and more edgy outfits

By Meenakshi Iyer | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON AUG 23, 2018 03:15 PM IST
The Winter/Festive edition of Lakmé Fashion Week 2018 kicked off on 22 August and here are the highlights from day 1.
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Here’s why breakfast is important.(Shutterstock)
Here’s why breakfast is important.(Shutterstock)

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. 4 reasons to never skip it

By Meenakshi Iyer | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON AUG 21, 2018 09:46 AM IST
An ideal breakfast sets you up for the rest of the day. It helps you stay energetic to go about your routine.
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Bloating tends to make you feel fuller.(Shutterstock)
Bloating tends to make you feel fuller.(Shutterstock)

5 foods that cause bloating and here’s what you should eat to avoid it

By Meenakshi Iyer | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON AUG 20, 2018 03:22 PM IST
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.
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Ladakh is every photographer’s delight.(Shutterstock)
Ladakh is every photographer’s delight.(Shutterstock)

World Photography Day: Celebrate the photographer in you at these spots in India

By Meenakshi Iyer | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON AUG 19, 2018 09:28 AM IST
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.
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Here are some of the health mistakes women are making.(Shutterstock)
Here are some of the health mistakes women are making.(Shutterstock)

7 health mistakes young women are making and here’s how to correct them

By Meenakshi Iyer | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON AUG 17, 2018 09:03 AM IST
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.
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Gym etiquette: Always use earphones and headphones.(Shutterstock)
Gym etiquette: Always use earphones and headphones.(Shutterstock)

Gym etiquette, breaking these unwritten exercise rules will make everyone hate you

By Meenakshi Iyer | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON AUG 16, 2018 09:08 PM IST
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.
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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)

4 easy tricks to stay on track with your fitness goals and avoid bingeing this long weekend

By Meenakshi Iyer | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON AUG 14, 2018 09:06 AM IST
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.
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Here’s how you can do intermittent fasting right.(Shutterstock)
Here’s how you can do intermittent fasting right.(Shutterstock)

Intermittent fasting for weight loss, expert tips on maximising diet and exercise benefits

By Meenakshi Iyer | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON AUG 09, 2018 09:04 AM IST
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.
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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)

Frozen foods, always keep these 6 foods in the freezer to reap their health benefits

By Meenakshi Iyer | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON AUG 08, 2018 09:02 AM IST
Frozen foods: Too busy to meal prep and plan? Here are the best foods to freeze in advance and use them through the week.
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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)

World Breastfeeding Week: 5 celebs who taught us breastfeeding is normal

By Meenakshi Iyer | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON AUG 04, 2018 09:02 AM IST
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.
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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)

Diet plan to lose weight, don’t decide on a routine before you’ve read this

By Meenakshi Iyer | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON AUG 03, 2018 08:50 AM IST
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.
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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)

Weight loss tips, 10 items that have no place on your plate if you want to lose weight

By Meenakshi Iyer | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JUL 31, 2018 11:40 AM IST
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.
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Jennifer Lopez is super fit, even at 49. Here’s how.(Shutterstock)
Jennifer Lopez is super fit, even at 49. Here’s how.(Shutterstock)

Jennifer Lopez is the fitness inspiration we need. Her diet, exercise secrets revealed

By Meenakshi Iyer | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JUL 31, 2018 11:37 AM IST
Jennifer Lopez, 49 looks incredible, even after all these years. She credits her body to regular workouts and a strict diet.
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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)

Rohit Bal’s nature-inspired collection ends the India Couture Week 2018 on a high

By Meenakshi Iyer | Hindustan Times,
UPDATED ON JUL 30, 2018 09:45 AM IST
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.
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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)

India Couture Week 2018, 7 Suneet Varma sarees every bride needs in her trousseau

By Meenakshi Iyer | Hindustan Times,
UPDATED ON JUL 28, 2018 02:39 PM IST
India Couture Week 2018, a saree is eternal and couturier Suneet Varma gave us some of the best saree looks of the night.
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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.

ICW 2018: Amit Aggarwal’s collection was a dream for saree gown lovers

By Meenakshi Iyer | Hindustan Times,
UPDATED ON JUL 27, 2018 11:52 PM IST
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.
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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)

Weight loss, 7 scary reasons you’re losing too much weight without trying

By Meenakshi Iyer | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JUL 27, 2018 12:24 PM IST
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.
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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)

ICW 2018: 6 best looks by Falguni and Shane Peacock for your next cocktail party

UPDATED ON JUL 27, 2018 11:51 AM IST
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.
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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)

Falguni and Shane Peacock dazzle with metallic hues in couture debut

By Meenakshi Iyer | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JUL 27, 2018 04:27 PM IST
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.
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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)

Anurag Kashyap’s post on dealing with a fatal ligament injury is inspiring

By Meenakshi Iyer | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JUL 26, 2018 02:53 PM IST
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.
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Tracking your menstrual cycle is good for your health.(Shutterstock)
Tracking your menstrual cycle is good for your health.(Shutterstock)

Here’s why I started tracking my periods and you should too. It helps lose weight fast

By Meenakshi Iyer | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JUL 26, 2018 12:43 PM IST
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.
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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)

India Couture Week 2018: Anju Modi time travels to the Victorian era with her collection

By Meenakshi Iyer | Hindustan Times,
UPDATED ON JUL 26, 2018 03:13 PM IST
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.
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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)

India Couture Week 2018: Aditi Rao Hydari looks ethereal as the showstopper for Tarun Tahiliani

By Meenakshi Iyer | Hindustan Times,
UPDATED ON JUL 26, 2018 03:17 PM IST
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.
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