Naina Arora

Naina Arora writes on City, Art and Culture of Gurugram, for the daily Entertainment & Lifestyle supplement, HT City

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Seed flags for sustainable R-Day celebrations

Sow the flag in a pot full of soil, and with some water, sunlight and care, within four weeks you’ll see seeds germinating.
Plantable flags, which have seeds embedded in them, are an attempt to reduce plastic waste during celebrations.
Plantable flags, which have seeds embedded in them, are an attempt to reduce plastic waste during celebrations.
Published on Jan 23, 2022 01:39 PM IST
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By, New Delhi

Haryana tableau at #RepublicDay: Sports stars to shine bright

Olympians and Paralympians share their happiness on being a part of the Haryana tableau at the upcoming Republic Day parade.
A glimpse of this year’s Republic Day rehearsals where Harayanvi folk dancers can be seen practising alongside the state tableau. The Haryana state tableau at the Republic Day this year, will have the presence of Olympians and Paralympians. (Photo: Vijay Verma/PTI)
A glimpse of this year’s Republic Day rehearsals where Harayanvi folk dancers can be seen practising alongside the state tableau. The Haryana state tableau at the Republic Day this year, will have the presence of Olympians and Paralympians. (Photo: Vijay Verma/PTI)
Updated on Jan 23, 2022 12:51 PM IST
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ByAprajita Sharad and Naina Arora, New Delhi

Glory of Delhi-NCR’s kitchen gardens: Green thumb at work

Delhiites take their love for gardening a few notches higher thanks to WFH, grow tomato, broccoli, cauliflower and bok choy.
Delhiites love the taste of pesticide-free home-grown veggies, say work from home have given them a chance to spend more time in their kitchen garden.
Delhiites love the taste of pesticide-free home-grown veggies, say work from home have given them a chance to spend more time in their kitchen garden.
Updated on Jan 20, 2022 07:59 PM IST
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By, New Delhi

Covid waste collectors run pillar to post, receive gratitude for their work

Covid waste collectors are responsible for picking medicines, disposable items, PPE kits, and masks from Covid-infected families or individuals.
Collectors of bio-medical waste in Delhi-NCR share their experiences amid the surge in Covid-19 cases.
Collectors of bio-medical waste in Delhi-NCR share their experiences amid the surge in Covid-19 cases.
Published on Jan 15, 2022 06:48 PM IST
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By, New Delhi

Social media propels help for kin of late delivery executive

Social media comes together to offer monetary help to the family of late delivery executive Salil Tripathi.
Social media has been abuzz with tweets by people from all walks of life offering monetary help to the family of late Delhi-based delivery executive Salil Tripathi.
Social media has been abuzz with tweets by people from all walks of life offering monetary help to the family of late Delhi-based delivery executive Salil Tripathi.
Published on Jan 13, 2022 10:52 AM IST
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By, New Delhi

Lohri theme cakes to sweeten low-key celebrations at home

Delhi-NCR foodies are indulging in Lohri-themed cakes to make their intimate celebrations special, amid the Covid situation.
Rasmalai, fresh fruit, chocolate orange and chocolate coffee caramel with butterscotch are some of the popular flavours for Lohri cakes this year.
Rasmalai, fresh fruit, chocolate orange and chocolate coffee caramel with butterscotch are some of the popular flavours for Lohri cakes this year.
Published on Jan 13, 2022 12:27 AM IST
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Delhi-NCR dholwallahs worry their Lohri might be dull, this year too

Delhi-NCR dholwallahs in a fix, with no grand celebrations planned owing to the rise in Covid-19 cases.
Celebrations are being planned at several homes in NCR, but the surge in Covid-19 cases and Omicron has forced party planners to keep dholwallahs out of the scene, leaving them with almost no work. (Photo: Shutterstock)
Celebrations are being planned at several homes in NCR, but the surge in Covid-19 cases and Omicron has forced party planners to keep dholwallahs out of the scene, leaving them with almost no work. (Photo: Shutterstock)
Published on Jan 11, 2022 11:56 AM IST
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Angels return to social media: Volunteers offer help online amid rising Covid cases

From arranging home-cooked meals to medicines, volunteers are at it again to help Covid-19 and Omicron patients.
With the rise in Covid-19 cases, some kind souls have once again come forward to lend help to those in need. (Photo: Shutterstock)
With the rise in Covid-19 cases, some kind souls have once again come forward to lend help to those in need. (Photo: Shutterstock)
Published on Jan 11, 2022 11:34 AM IST
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Delhiites shift wedding venues to NCR amid curbs

Wedding planner say delhiites have cancelled most functions for January. Even for February, they’re holding back planning till mid-January to decide about changing their venues.
Delhiites shift wedding venues to NCR and book non-saaya dates (January 1-13) to accommodate the last minute changes as Delhi government allows only 20 guests at weddings.
Delhiites shift wedding venues to NCR and book non-saaya dates (January 1-13) to accommodate the last minute changes as Delhi government allows only 20 guests at weddings.
Updated on Jan 05, 2022 10:42 AM IST
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By, New Delhi

DU drops cut offs: Less stress for aspirants now?

DU will do away with the system of cut-offs from the academic year 2022, and aspirants can seek admission through entrance exams.
As Delhi University’s Executive Committee (EC) gives its nod to conducting entrance exam-based admission, students feels the decision will give candidates a better shot at getting into DU. (Photo: Amal KS/HT)
As Delhi University’s Executive Committee (EC) gives its nod to conducting entrance exam-based admission, students feels the decision will give candidates a better shot at getting into DU. (Photo: Amal KS/HT)
Updated on Dec 19, 2021 11:35 AM IST
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By, New Delhi

It’s the time of Agarwals, says cricketer Mayank Agarwal

Soon after Parag Agrawal became the Twitter CEO, cricketer Mayank Agarwal played a crucial role in India’s massive win over New Zealand in the second test
Cricketer Mayanl Agarwal who played crucial role in India’s massive win over New Zealand in the second test, says the love and adulation of the audiences motivates him to work harder and perform better.
Cricketer Mayanl Agarwal who played crucial role in India’s massive win over New Zealand in the second test, says the love and adulation of the audiences motivates him to work harder and perform better.
Published on Dec 15, 2021 07:05 PM IST
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How’s the josh? High sir, say Gurugrammers

The Vijay Parv celebrations at CyberHub was a precursor event held to commemorate 50 years of India’s victory in the 1971 Indo-Pak war on December 16.
Kalaripayattu performance by Madras Regiment, and Khukuri dance by 11 Gorkha Rifles Regimental Centre were among the many performances that marked the Vijay Parv celebrations at CyberHub, Gurugram.
Kalaripayattu performance by Madras Regiment, and Khukuri dance by 11 Gorkha Rifles Regimental Centre were among the many performances that marked the Vijay Parv celebrations at CyberHub, Gurugram.
Updated on Dec 09, 2021 01:18 PM IST
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Melange of happiness, nostalgia at this show in the Capital

Artists come together to showcase their labour of love as part of an ongoing exhibition titled ekAtm-Assimilated in One.
The ongoing exhibition features artworks and sculptures by artists namely Sanjeev Kumar Sinha, Sonia Sareen, Seema Sirohi, Shakti Sagar, Sourabh Mazumdar, Sunil Bhonwal, Radha Dhaka, among others.
The ongoing exhibition features artworks and sculptures by artists namely Sanjeev Kumar Sinha, Sonia Sareen, Seema Sirohi, Shakti Sagar, Sourabh Mazumdar, Sunil Bhonwal, Radha Dhaka, among others.
Published on Dec 09, 2021 11:59 AM IST
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Unmasked weddings: Peer pressure or make-up woes?

Denizens are dangerously letting go of the mask, guard while enjoying with family and friends this shaadi season.
Wedding guests are letting go of the guard when turning up for #DilliwaliShaadi citing reasons such as the mask spoiling makeup and difficulties in devouring shaadi snacks.
Wedding guests are letting go of the guard when turning up for #DilliwaliShaadi citing reasons such as the mask spoiling makeup and difficulties in devouring shaadi snacks.
Updated on Dec 07, 2021 12:25 PM IST
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By, New Delhi

Sukant Kadam:This gold is very close to my heart

Nothing beats a gold medal, and for para-badminton player Sukant Kadam, winning one at Uganda Para Badminton International 2021 is a morale boost after two long years sans a gold
Para-badminton player Sukant Kadam feels happy that society has started respecting para athletes and recognising their achievements.
Para-badminton player Sukant Kadam feels happy that society has started respecting para athletes and recognising their achievements.
Updated on Dec 01, 2021 12:09 PM IST
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By, New Delhi

Denizens seek relief from smog with air-purifying plants

Air pollution has people looking towards plants that may help them breathe easier. Nursery owners report increase in demand from new buyers.
Nurseries in Delhi-NCR report an increase in sales of indoor plants with air purifying properties, with peace lily, areca palms, syngonium and snake plants being some of the popular options. (Photo: Dhruv Sethi/HT)
Nurseries in Delhi-NCR report an increase in sales of indoor plants with air purifying properties, with peace lily, areca palms, syngonium and snake plants being some of the popular options. (Photo: Dhruv Sethi/HT)
Updated on Dec 01, 2021 10:53 AM IST
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Indian hockey player Sreejesh PR’s life might inspire a movie: Talks are happening, he says

Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna 2021 Awardee Sreejesh PR says he has received calls from Bollywood and the Malayalam film industry, from those interested in adapting his life story for the screen.
Indian Men’s Hockey team goalkeeper, Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Awardee Sreejesh PR says he’s receiving calls from Bollywood and even the south film industry for a film based on his life.
Indian Men’s Hockey team goalkeeper, Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Awardee Sreejesh PR says he’s receiving calls from Bollywood and even the south film industry for a film based on his life.
Updated on Dec 01, 2021 04:51 PM IST
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Christmas cake mixing: Traditions and treats in Delhi-NCR

Ushering in the Yuletide cheer, cake mixing ceremonies are back this year with Covid-19 protocols in place. Hotels are inviting only vaccinated guests, and the venue demarcated for the ceremony is well sanitised in advance.
Delhi-NCR hotels are back to hosting cake mixing ceremonies this year, in a masked-up, vaxxed and sanitised format.
Delhi-NCR hotels are back to hosting cake mixing ceremonies this year, in a masked-up, vaxxed and sanitised format.
Published on Nov 24, 2021 12:10 PM IST
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#Dhanteras2021: Denizens pin their goals on Bollywood

Come Dhanteras, and jewellery buying turns into a full-fledged mission for Delhiites to buy what’s trending
Actor Kangana Ranaut and late Sridevi are jewellery muse for many shoppers in the city who are turning towards Bollywood for inspiration. (Photo: Twitter)
Actor Kangana Ranaut and late Sridevi are jewellery muse for many shoppers in the city who are turning towards Bollywood for inspiration. (Photo: Twitter)
Updated on Nov 02, 2021 09:46 PM IST
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Handpicked art and decoratives for your home, this festive season

Delhi-based creative designer Mrinalini Chawla has organised an exhibition to bring Raja Ravi Varma’s art to the masses. The show also features other artworks, which range from 50 to 50,000.
Raja Ravi Varma’s original oleographs are part of the exhibition-cum-sale titled The 20 Drawers.
Raja Ravi Varma’s original oleographs are part of the exhibition-cum-sale titled The 20 Drawers.
Updated on Oct 23, 2021 04:59 PM IST
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#FestiveReady: Delhi-NCR pet parents dress up pooches for pawfect festivities!

Bright dresses, garlands, bow ties — you name it and pet parents would have thought of it already for dressing up their pooches for the festive season
Pet parents love to include their fur babies in the festive celebrations by dressing them up in bright outfits and accessories. (Facebook_Dog-O-Bow (Photo for representational purposes only))
Pet parents love to include their fur babies in the festive celebrations by dressing them up in bright outfits and accessories. (Facebook_Dog-O-Bow (Photo for representational purposes only))
Updated on Oct 16, 2021 01:49 PM IST
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Katrina Kaif lookalike feels “uncomfortable with the word doppelganger”

Mumbai-based model-actor Alina Rai says she has a lot to offer as an individual, and feels strongly that people should not be judged purely on the basis of their appearance.
Actor-model Alina Rai (right) recently went viral for her striking resemblance to Bollywood actor Katrina Kaif (left).
Actor-model Alina Rai (right) recently went viral for her striking resemblance to Bollywood actor Katrina Kaif (left).
Published on Oct 09, 2021 06:22 PM IST
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Ramlila 2021: Catch the action BTS

Ramlila actors in Delhi-NCR ensure to follow Covid-19 safety protocols not just during performances, but even at rehearsals before proceeding to their respective performance venues.
Before his entry, actor Umesh Prajapat, who plays Sumant, gets his temperature checked at Shri Durga Ramlila in Jacobpura, Gurugram. (Photo: Manoj Verma/HT)
Before his entry, actor Umesh Prajapat, who plays Sumant, gets his temperature checked at Shri Durga Ramlila in Jacobpura, Gurugram. (Photo: Manoj Verma/HT)
Published on Oct 09, 2021 04:23 PM IST
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ByAnjuri Nayar Singh and Naina Arora, New Delhi

Kiara Advani’s lookalike says meeting the actor would be a “dream come true”

Actor Kiara Advani’s fans were left awestruck to know about the presence of her doppelgänger, Aishwarya Singh from a viral Instagram reel.
Aishwarya Singh, a Delhi-based dentist cum influencer recently went viral for her resemblance to actor Kiara Advani. (Photo: Instagram)
Aishwarya Singh, a Delhi-based dentist cum influencer recently went viral for her resemblance to actor Kiara Advani. (Photo: Instagram)
Updated on Oct 07, 2021 11:29 AM IST
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#TeachersDay: Gurus who made Olympians shine

On Teacher’s Day, Olympians Mirabai Chanu, Ravi Kumar Dahiya, and Paralympian Yogesh Kathuniya Olympic talk about the bond they share with their coaches.
Olympians Mirabai Chanu, Ravi Kumar Dahiya and Paralympian Yogesh Kathuniya share how their coaches have supported them in their journey to win medals for India.
Olympians Mirabai Chanu, Ravi Kumar Dahiya and Paralympian Yogesh Kathuniya share how their coaches have supported them in their journey to win medals for India.
Published on Sep 05, 2021 12:08 PM IST
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ByNaina Arora and Anjuri Nayar Singh, New Delhi

Paralympian Bhavina Patel: Kuchh aisa karke dikhana tha jo kisi ne na kiya ho!

Tokyo Paralympics silver medallist Bhavina Patel says growing up she always heard people around her worrying about her, but she had resolved to become independent, and medal is a testament to the same.
Tokyo Paralympics silver medallist Bhavina Patel says she never wanted to be dependant on anybody. (Photo: PTI)
Tokyo Paralympics silver medallist Bhavina Patel says she never wanted to be dependant on anybody. (Photo: PTI)
Published on Sep 04, 2021 05:28 PM IST
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Arjun Mathur: Ate whatever came my way during the first lockdown

Actor Arjun Mathur, says the lockdown led him to his unhealthiest point wherein he weighed his heaviest at about 82 kgs.
Actor Arjun Mathur has been training rigorously in the gym to shed the extra kilos he gained during the lockdown period. (Photo: Shivam Saxena/HT)
Actor Arjun Mathur has been training rigorously in the gym to shed the extra kilos he gained during the lockdown period. (Photo: Shivam Saxena/HT)
Updated on Aug 31, 2021 06:53 PM IST
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Apurva Asrani: Let’s raise our voice against the awful Chhattisgarh verdict

The show Criminal Justice: Behind Closed Doors, written by Apurva Asrani, has bagged the Best Asian Drama series award at ContentAsia Awards 2021.
Film writer and editor Apurva Asrani says he’s blessed to find collaborators who feel deep empathy towards stories that are relevant to the society. (Photo: Aalok Soni/HT)
Film writer and editor Apurva Asrani says he’s blessed to find collaborators who feel deep empathy towards stories that are relevant to the society. (Photo: Aalok Soni/HT)
Updated on Aug 31, 2021 06:12 PM IST
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Pawsome party: A playground for pet lovers of Delhi-NCR

On National Sports Day (August 29), Gurugram’s Golf Course Road will be converted into a pet playground, for about an hour and a half.
The event titled My Pack Playground will see activities such as weave pole, see saw, football, ladder games, sniffing, sand pits, as well as photo-op areas for pets.
The event titled My Pack Playground will see activities such as weave pole, see saw, football, ladder games, sniffing, sand pits, as well as photo-op areas for pets.
Published on Aug 28, 2021 10:46 PM IST
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By, Gurugram

#Onam2021: Of Sadhya and celebrations

The return of King Mahabali and the Vaman avatar of Vishnu are mostly what’s associated with the 10-day Onam festivities
Onam celebrations are in full swing for delhiites who are geared up to celebrate the harvest festival with a lavish Sadhya at home. (Photo: Vivek R Nair/HT)
Onam celebrations are in full swing for delhiites who are geared up to celebrate the harvest festival with a lavish Sadhya at home. (Photo: Vivek R Nair/HT)
Published on Aug 21, 2021 01:32 PM IST
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