Naina Arora

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

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Year 2022: A fair share of art, culture return to Delhi

The year saw some of the biggest art, pop culture and music events make a comeback to the Capital after a pandemic-induced hiatus.

Here’s a quick roundup of some of these fairs that sprung Delhi’s cultural scene back to life.
Here’s a quick roundup of some of these fairs that sprung Delhi’s cultural scene back to life.
Published on Dec 31, 2022 11:24 AM IST
By, New Delhi

#StarStruck’22: Celebs chillin’, vibing in #Dilli

As celebs finally visited the city after a long gap this year, here’s how they raved about their favourite bits of Delhi.

As the year draws to a close, celebrities such as Rajneish Duggall, Arjan Bajwa, Minissha Lamba, among others rave about Delhi’s food and shopping scene, and how growing up here was like. (Photo: Gokul VS/HT)
As the year draws to a close, celebrities such as Rajneish Duggall, Arjan Bajwa, Minissha Lamba, among others rave about Delhi’s food and shopping scene, and how growing up here was like. (Photo: Gokul VS/HT)
Published on Dec 30, 2022 02:56 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Christmas 2022: Of tree-mendous creativity and x-mas cheer!

’Tis the season of twinkling lights and holiday sparkle, and hotels in Delhi-NCR sure got the memo! From recycled pipes to bamboo, here’s what they have used to deck up the Christmas tree .

This 22-foot Christmas tree at Vivanta New Delhi, Dwarka is a vision, standing tall in the premises of Vivanta New Delhi, Dwarka. Made of recycled material such as metal frames and steel pipes, this tree moulded in a circular structure is sparkling with glitter paper and LED lights.
This 22-foot Christmas tree at Vivanta New Delhi, Dwarka is a vision, standing tall in the premises of Vivanta New Delhi, Dwarka. Made of recycled material such as metal frames and steel pipes, this tree moulded in a circular structure is sparkling with glitter paper and LED lights.
Updated on Dec 25, 2022 05:26 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Running around the city, a 20-year-old

The iconic transit system marks 20 years of its passenger operations since the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee flagged off its inaugural run between Shahdara and Tis Hazari on December 24, 2002.

As Delhi Metro chugs to complete two decades of its operations in the Capital, here’s a flashback featuring all that has made it an indispensable part of our lives. (Photo: Sunil Saxena/HT)
As Delhi Metro chugs to complete two decades of its operations in the Capital, here’s a flashback featuring all that has made it an indispensable part of our lives. (Photo: Sunil Saxena/HT)
Updated on Dec 24, 2022 03:02 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Jazzing it up in the Capital at this festival

Blessing Chimanga and Ser o Dúo are set to take the stage in the Capital and Gurugram, as part of the musical extravaganza, Giants of Jazz Aftershock.

Jazz lovers can look forward to band Blessing Chimanga and Ser o Dúo, who will take the stage from December 23 to December 29, in Delhi and Gurugram, respectively.
Jazz lovers can look forward to band Blessing Chimanga and Ser o Dúo, who will take the stage from December 23 to December 29, in Delhi and Gurugram, respectively.
Updated on Dec 23, 2022 11:08 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Mirabai Chanu: I want to be a role model for those aspiring to take up weightlifting

Fresh off her heroic feat of cinching a silver with an injured wrist at the World Championship last week, weightlifter Saikhom Mirabai Chanu has no plans of slowing down

Weightlifter Saikhom Mirabai Chanu, who clinched a silver medal with an injured wrist at the World Championship, says her next target is to secure a gold medal at the Paris Olympics, 2024. (Photo: PTI)
Weightlifter Saikhom Mirabai Chanu, who clinched a silver medal with an injured wrist at the World Championship, says her next target is to secure a gold medal at the Paris Olympics, 2024. (Photo: PTI)
Published on Dec 19, 2022 12:50 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Forging our own path to lasting happiness

Author Meera Gandhi in her latest book 3 Tips: The Essentials of Peace, Joy and Success gives readers tools to cultivate and live a joyful life.

The book, 3 Tips: The Essentials of Peace, Joy and Success by author Meera Gandhi, covers a wide gamut of themes including wellness, managing chaos, celebrating life.
The book, 3 Tips: The Essentials of Peace, Joy and Success by author Meera Gandhi, covers a wide gamut of themes including wellness, managing chaos, celebrating life.
Updated on Dec 18, 2022 11:04 AM IST
By, New Delhi

At FIFA World Cup final, Delhi set to score!

After thrilling fans the world over for close to a month, the FIFA World Cup 2022 will reach its crescendo tonight, when Argentina face defending champs France in the final

Delhi-NCR gears up to root for their fave team tonight as Argentina is set to face defending champs France in the final today, at the Lusail Stadium in Doha. (Photo: Shutterstock (Fore representational purpose only))
Delhi-NCR gears up to root for their fave team tonight as Argentina is set to face defending champs France in the final today, at the Lusail Stadium in Doha. (Photo: Shutterstock (Fore representational purpose only))
Updated on Dec 18, 2022 10:38 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Woof woof!A pet festival to warm your hearts

Pet Fed, a popular pet festival is back after three years, and has a dedicated play zone for dogs and cats, and over 150+ stalls from across the globe.

Delhi Police dog squad will conduct a special demonstration on Sunday, showcasing how police dogs are trained in explosive detection, obeying commands and attack.
Delhi Police dog squad will conduct a special demonstration on Sunday, showcasing how police dogs are trained in explosive detection, obeying commands and attack.
Published on Dec 17, 2022 01:35 PM IST
By, New Delhi

‘When you say Hansraj, you think Shah Rukh Khan and that will never change’

From visiting his old campus, sipping on Sudama’s kulhad wali chai to chilling at Tom Uncle’s Maggi Point — it was a nostalgic trip for the Hansraj College alumnus, actor Abhinav Sharma

Actor Abhinav Sharma visited Hansraj College, his alma mater earlier this week, and shared that he joined the college because of their dramatics society and for the love of Shah Rukh Khan. (Photo: Manoj Verma/HT)
Actor Abhinav Sharma visited Hansraj College, his alma mater earlier this week, and shared that he joined the college because of their dramatics society and for the love of Shah Rukh Khan. (Photo: Manoj Verma/HT)
Updated on Dec 17, 2022 02:28 PM IST
ByNaina Arora and Mrinalini Kaushik, New Delhi

International Mountain Day: Conquering challenges for love of climbing

On International Mountain Day, city-based climbers talk about carrying on their quests despite all the hurdles post Covid-19.

Alpinists from the city open up about the challenges they faced with after effects of the pandemic, and what fuels them to embark on new quests. (Photo: Shutterstock (For representational purpose only))
Alpinists from the city open up about the challenges they faced with after effects of the pandemic, and what fuels them to embark on new quests. (Photo: Shutterstock (For representational purpose only))
Published on Dec 11, 2022 10:16 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Christmas carnivals: Sleigh the season of merrymaking

Xmas-themed fiestas are back to Delhi-NCR with full gusto. Block your calendar to soak up the festive vibes. Here’s a lowdown on which fest has what in store.

Christmas carnivals return to Delhi-NCR, allowing residents to enjoy an array of scrumptious foods, fun rides, and much more. (Photo: Amal KS/HT (For representational purposes only))
Christmas carnivals return to Delhi-NCR, allowing residents to enjoy an array of scrumptious foods, fun rides, and much more. (Photo: Amal KS/HT (For representational purposes only))
Updated on Dec 10, 2022 12:27 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Slices of football fever sell like hot ‘cakes’ in the city

Yummilious football-themed desserts are the new obsession for fans of the sport in, this FIFA season.

City-based bakers share that football fans are asking for Jersey-styled cakes, football cake-pops and football themed desserts.
City-based bakers share that football fans are asking for Jersey-styled cakes, football cake-pops and football themed desserts.
Updated on Dec 07, 2022 10:30 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Pedal safely: A ride to remember late Gurugram cyclist

Delhi Riders, Folks on Forks, Biking Buddies and Road Riders were some cycling groups that gathered to pay tribute to Subhendu Banerjee (left), who died in a road accident.

To honour Subhendu Banerjee and demand for better safety and infrastructure for their community, many riders from different cycling groups of Delhi-NCR gathered on Sunday morning for a memorial service ride to Teen Murti Marg in Delhi.
To honour Subhendu Banerjee and demand for better safety and infrastructure for their community, many riders from different cycling groups of Delhi-NCR gathered on Sunday morning for a memorial service ride to Teen Murti Marg in Delhi.
Published on Dec 06, 2022 01:18 PM IST
By, Gurugram

Achanta Sharath Kamal : Vicky Kaushal would be a good pick to portray my story

TT star player Achanta Sharath Kamal, was awarded Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award, the country’s highest sporting honour from the President of India, Droupadi Murmu.

Table Tennis star and Commonwealth Gamed medallist Achanta Sharath Kamal, says he would like Vicky Kaushal to play him in his biopic.
Table Tennis star and Commonwealth Gamed medallist Achanta Sharath Kamal, says he would like Vicky Kaushal to play him in his biopic.
Updated on Dec 04, 2022 12:41 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Minu Bakshi:My love for both Urdu and Punjabi has been a driving force in my career

Catch poet, singer Minu Bakshi live in performance at the literary festival being held between December 2 and 4 at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium.

Jashn-e-Rekhta, the world’s largest Urdu language literary festival, is returning on-ground after a pandemic break of three years.
Jashn-e-Rekhta, the world’s largest Urdu language literary festival, is returning on-ground after a pandemic break of three years.
Published on Nov 30, 2022 10:46 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Delhiites splurge big-time on new year vacays

Most have their Christmas and New Year vacays sorted as hotel and flight bookings in India and abroad see a surge.

The UAE is among the most visited destinations for Indians for the varied experiences they offer. Thailand, Goa and Mussoorie too, are among the most preferred festive destinations this year. (Photo: Shutterstock (for representational purpose only))
The UAE is among the most visited destinations for Indians for the varied experiences they offer. Thailand, Goa and Mussoorie too, are among the most preferred festive destinations this year. (Photo: Shutterstock (for representational purpose only))
Updated on Nov 27, 2022 10:39 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Chic for a cause: Delhi woman raises funds for the underprivileged

When Delhiites make waves globally and return to give it back to the people of their hometown, it makes one swell with pride

Witness International brands as part of the trunk show curated by entrepreneur Aisha S Kothari, the proceeds from which will be used to educate underprivileged children and empower women.
Witness International brands as part of the trunk show curated by entrepreneur Aisha S Kothari, the proceeds from which will be used to educate underprivileged children and empower women.
Published on Nov 26, 2022 02:39 PM IST
By, New Delhi

No ceiling to good dining: restaurateurs, diners in Delhi rejoice

With the perfect season for al-fresco dining upon us, Delhiites hail MCD’s move to grant licenses for open-air seating at eateries.

The move by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi granting license to 200 Delhi eateries for open air dining facility, has left restaurant owners and foodies excited for the endless possibilities of winter dining. (Photo:Shutterstock (for representational purpose only))
The move by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi granting license to 200 Delhi eateries for open air dining facility, has left restaurant owners and foodies excited for the endless possibilities of winter dining. (Photo:Shutterstock (for representational purpose only))
Published on Nov 26, 2022 01:58 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Lovlina Borgohain: I feel like eating kuch hatke in Delhi

Boxer Lovlina Borgohain made India proud with a gold medal, at the recent Asian Boxing Championships 2022 in Amman, Jordan.

Tokyo Olympics bronze medallist Lovlina Borgohain shares that she craved Delhi’s famous momos throughout her time in the Capital.
Tokyo Olympics bronze medallist Lovlina Borgohain shares that she craved Delhi’s famous momos throughout her time in the Capital.
Published on Nov 23, 2022 01:21 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Canvases that exude calmness, tranquillity

18 canvases in oil and acrylic with a vivid colour palette are on display at this ongoing solo art show, A Journey Through the Shades.

The ongoing exhibition featuring works of architect-turned-artist Shikha Setia are divided in two series — Pause in the journey and In the passing.
The ongoing exhibition featuring works of architect-turned-artist Shikha Setia are divided in two series — Pause in the journey and In the passing.
Updated on Nov 19, 2022 11:36 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Workout heart attack: Gyms amp up measures

From learning CPR skills to urging tests before enrolment, trainers and gym owners in NCR are all for safe workouts.

Gym owners and trainers turn extra vigilant to encourage safe gymming practices among gym goers. (Photo: Shutterstock (For representational purpose only))
Gym owners and trainers turn extra vigilant to encourage safe gymming practices among gym goers. (Photo: Shutterstock (For representational purpose only))
Updated on Nov 18, 2022 11:39 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Avian art spreads its wings on Gurugram’s rustic foot-over bridge

Dharya Gambhir, the artist behind the mural has transformed the dilapidated bridge as part of a street art project.

The newly-painted foot-over bridge near Qutub Plaza market of Gurugram Phase-1 has been given an artsy makeover as part of a street art project led by iamgurgaon.
The newly-painted foot-over bridge near Qutub Plaza market of Gurugram Phase-1 has been given an artsy makeover as part of a street art project led by iamgurgaon.
Published on Nov 16, 2022 08:49 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Capturing emotions on canvas: When intangible art takes centre stage

Mexican artist Pedro Trueba Zepeda’s 46 abstract works are on display at his maiden show in India, at a gallery in the Capital.

Artist Pedro Trueba Zepeda has so far created more than 9,000 artistic works, which are recognised across the globe.
Artist Pedro Trueba Zepeda has so far created more than 9,000 artistic works, which are recognised across the globe.
Published on Nov 16, 2022 01:41 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Children’s Day 2022: Bachpan ka pyaar with fables of the past

Popular personalities such as singer Harshdeep Kaur, Sarod player Ayaan Ali Bangash, actor Danish Husain tell us their children’s favourite tales.

On Children’s Day, today, some popular personalities reminisce the tales from their childhood, that left an indelible mark.
On Children’s Day, today, some popular personalities reminisce the tales from their childhood, that left an indelible mark.
Updated on Nov 14, 2022 03:23 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Ode to Indian arts: Bringing alive the legacy of classical music and dance

The National Festival of Music and Dance kick starts today with performances by Kuchipudi maestros Raja Radha Reddy and troupe, and sarod exponent Ustad Amjad Ali Khan.

The 26th edition of Natya Tarangini’s Parampara Series is set to mesmerise the audience with enthralling performances by Carnatic vocalist Aruna Sairam, Bharatanatyam exponent Rama Vaidyanathan, Kathak danseuse Aditi Mangaldas and Pt Jayateerth Mevundi.
The 26th edition of Natya Tarangini’s Parampara Series is set to mesmerise the audience with enthralling performances by Carnatic vocalist Aruna Sairam, Bharatanatyam exponent Rama Vaidyanathan, Kathak danseuse Aditi Mangaldas and Pt Jayateerth Mevundi.
Updated on Nov 12, 2022 10:42 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Meet the mentalist who enjoys predicting lottery numbers!

Abhishek Acharya, who has been a professional performer for 12 years, is currently working on a worldwide tour to amaze global audiences.

Abhishek Acharya, a mind reader and entertainer by profession, says his tryst with practising mentalism began when he was just six or seven.
Abhishek Acharya, a mind reader and entertainer by profession, says his tryst with practising mentalism began when he was just six or seven.
Published on Sep 04, 2022 06:02 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Carve your own Ganpati, say NCR residents ahead of Ganesh Chaturthi

Seeing clay dough take shape into an idol of Lord Ganesha is a joy unmatched

Those into idol-making believe that DIY idols for Ganesh Chaturthi are not only gratifying but also eco-friendly. (Photo: Pratham Gokhale/HT)
Those into idol-making believe that DIY idols for Ganesh Chaturthi are not only gratifying but also eco-friendly. (Photo: Pratham Gokhale/HT)
Published on Aug 28, 2022 03:23 PM IST
By, New Delhi

International Dog Day: Celebrate at these purrfect places!

This International Dog Day, take your pawsome pals for a fun day out filled with games, tasty treats.

Delhi-NCR has a lot to offer, from celebratory cakes to hydrotherapy for your pooches, this International Dog Day.
Delhi-NCR has a lot to offer, from celebratory cakes to hydrotherapy for your pooches, this International Dog Day.
Published on Aug 26, 2022 11:21 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Bappa takes over the city ahead of Ganesh Chaturthi!

The fervour to celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi on August 31, with echoes of ‘Ganpati Bappa Morya’ reverberating in Delhi-NCR, is immense this time around

Ganesh idols at Mayur Vihar flyover are available in varied hues and sizes. While the height ranges from 5ft to 10ft, prices start from <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>10,000, and go up to <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>50,000. (Photo: Dhruv Sethi/HT)
Ganesh idols at Mayur Vihar flyover are available in varied hues and sizes. While the height ranges from 5ft to 10ft, prices start from 10,000, and go up to 50,000. (Photo: Dhruv Sethi/HT)
Published on Aug 25, 2022 06:17 PM IST
By, New Delhi
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