Naina Arora

Naina Arora

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

Articles by Naina Arora
Students perform traditional Bodo dance ahead of 'Bhogali' Bihu festival, in Tezpur, Jan.12, 2021. (Representational)(PTI)
Students perform traditional Bodo dance ahead of 'Bhogali' Bihu festival, in Tezpur, Jan.12, 2021. (Representational)(PTI)

Magh Bihu 2021: Of Pithas and Meji, festive feels at home

PUBLISHED ON JAN 14, 2021 06:00 PM IST
Magh Bihu celebrations will be different this year with Assamese communities in Delhi-NCR sticking to smaller gatherings and relishing traditional feast at home.
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Lohri celebrations have become more intimate this year amid the coronavirus scare. Those catering food at parties share the demand for vegetarian food has also gone up amid bird flu.(Sonu Mehta/HT)
Lohri celebrations have become more intimate this year amid the coronavirus scare. Those catering food at parties share the demand for vegetarian food has also gone up amid bird flu.(Sonu Mehta/HT)

Lohri 2021: Intimate gatherings, home chefs book veg orders more

UPDATED ON JAN 12, 2021 04:05 PM IST
Caterers share the demand for home chefs has increased as denizens prefer intimate gatherings this year, and preference for vegetarian food has also gone up amid the bird flu.
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Safety worries to spending capacity of people, the pandemic has affected it all. Dholwallahs share the limited number of bookings they have received amid the Coronavirus pandemic, this Lohri.
Safety worries to spending capacity of people, the pandemic has affected it all. Dholwallahs share the limited number of bookings they have received amid the Coronavirus pandemic, this Lohri.

Lohri sans dhol: Less demand for dholwallahs amid pandemic

PUBLISHED ON JAN 12, 2021 03:09 PM IST
Coronavirus pandemic has affected the livelihood of Dholwallahs, who share the limited bookings they have received this year vis-à-vis last year.
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From creating dedicated pages to promote Hindi poetry and literature, to tagging each other in Hindi memes, youngsters talk about their revived love for the language in the age of social media.(Photo: Instagram)
From creating dedicated pages to promote Hindi poetry and literature, to tagging each other in Hindi memes, youngsters talk about their revived love for the language in the age of social media.(Photo: Instagram)

World Hindi Day: Youngsters take to social media to say ‘Hindi hain hum’

PUBLISHED ON JAN 10, 2021 08:34 PM IST
World Hindi Day, celebrated annually on January 10, marks the anniversary of first World Hindi Conference which was held in 1975. This is different from Hindi Diwas, which is observed on September 14 every year.
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Mask became a necessity in Covid times, one that had to be worn at all times in public places. A look at how it transitioned from a daily necessity to a fashion statement for residents of Delhi-NCR.(Photo: Vipin Kumar/HT)
Mask became a necessity in Covid times, one that had to be worn at all times in public places. A look at how it transitioned from a daily necessity to a fashion statement for residents of Delhi-NCR.(Photo: Vipin Kumar/HT)

2020 Life in Mask: One for the market, one for the Metro, and one for the wedding down the lane

By Naina Arora | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON DEC 30, 2020 12:35 PM IST
The Covid-19 pandemic made masks compulsory for everyone. From becoming a daily necessity to upgrading itself into a fashion statement, here’s all that a mask has been in the year 2020.
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The year 2020 saw non-cooks turn food enthusiasts and eventually becoming Masterchefs in their own way. All this thanks to ample of food challenges online. And not just that, people also cooked for leisure to get rid of Covid-19-related stress amid the coronavirus lockdown.
The year 2020 saw non-cooks turn food enthusiasts and eventually becoming Masterchefs in their own way. All this thanks to ample of food challenges online. And not just that, people also cooked for leisure to get rid of Covid-19-related stress amid the coronavirus lockdown.

Becoming masterchefs in 2020: From Momos, Banana bread to Dalgona coffee

By Naina Arora | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 24, 2020 03:28 PM IST
Lockdown 2020 led many to hit the kitchen for the first time. And, oh boy, that led to a variety of experiments, some delicious, and some disastrous. While some fancied baking breads, others were decorating food with edible items.
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The I-View World Film Festival had presence of popular personalities such as actors Swara Bhasker, Sayani Gupta, Vivek Gomber, Rajesh Tailang, Bani J, directors Onir, and Faraz Ansari.(PHOTOS: Raajessh Kashyap/HT)
The I-View World Film Festival had presence of popular personalities such as actors Swara Bhasker, Sayani Gupta, Vivek Gomber, Rajesh Tailang, Bani J, directors Onir, and Faraz Ansari.(PHOTOS: Raajessh Kashyap/HT)

Gurugram treats cinephiles, hosts film festival amid pandemic

By Naina Arora | Hindustan Times, Gurugram
UPDATED ON DEC 21, 2020 02:23 AM IST
The recent I-View World Human Rights Film Festival had panel discussions, film screenings and a coveted guest list from India and abroad.
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A number of web shows/films are showcasing the life and struggles of stand-up comedians of late. This includes Comedy Couple, Bhaag Beanie Bhaag, and Four More Shots Please.
A number of web shows/films are showcasing the life and struggles of stand-up comedians of late. This includes Comedy Couple, Bhaag Beanie Bhaag, and Four More Shots Please.

OTT effect: Onscreen space warming up to cool stand-up comic portrayals

By Naina Arora | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON DEC 17, 2020 01:10 PM IST
Saw actors Saqib Saleem, Shweta Basu Prasad, Maanvi Gagroo, and Swara Bhaskar portray stand-up comics onscreen? Looks like this trend is here to stay.
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Mask rule violators, wanting to escape challan, have been coming up with quite a few tried and tested excuses.(Photo: Biplov Bhuyan/HT)
Mask rule violators, wanting to escape challan, have been coming up with quite a few tried and tested excuses.(Photo: Biplov Bhuyan/HT)

Unmasked in Delhi? Everyone has a reason to escape challan

By Naina Arora | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON DEC 08, 2020 02:26 PM IST
Residents share their tried and tested excuses, which they cooked up to save themselves from not paying the challan for caught without wearing a mask amid Covid-19 pandemic.
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Residents of Delhi-NCR are scouting nurseries to buy poinsettias, the favourite plant in December ahead of Christmas. The high demand in early December has lead to an increase in the price of the plant this year.(Photo:Shutterstock)
Residents of Delhi-NCR are scouting nurseries to buy poinsettias, the favourite plant in December ahead of Christmas. The high demand in early December has lead to an increase in the price of the plant this year.(Photo:Shutterstock)

Wanna usher in Christmas cheer with poinsettia? High demand and price might change your plans

By Naina Arora | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 07, 2020 01:28 PM IST
Poinsettia plants are in huge demand in the Christmas month, and are priced higher this year amid Covid-19 pandemic.
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Babita Phogat is expecting her first child with wrestler Vivek Suha, amid the Covid-19 pandemic, and says she’s mentally prepared to tackle the challenges in thesetimes.
Babita Phogat is expecting her first child with wrestler Vivek Suha, amid the Covid-19 pandemic, and says she’s mentally prepared to tackle the challenges in thesetimes.

Babita Phogat on being preggers in Covid times: Main apne aap ko mentally taiyyar rakhti hun

By Naina Arora | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 01, 2020 02:31 PM IST
Wrestler Babita Phogat talks about being mentally prepared to juggle pregnancy and work during the pandemic, her younger sister Sangeeta’s recent wedding, and elder sister Geeta’s tips on shopping.
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Hotels in Delhi-NCR have found innovative ways to continue the tradition of cake-mixing including live streaming for guests and sanitisation of kitchens.
Hotels in Delhi-NCR have found innovative ways to continue the tradition of cake-mixing including live streaming for guests and sanitisation of kitchens.

Cake mixing ceremonies 2020: Sanitised kitchens, virtual streaming, mask on

By Naina Arora | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON NOV 25, 2020 06:58 PM IST
As most hotels in Delhi-NCR chose not to conduct cake-mixing ceremonies this year, a select few have come up with innovative solutions to maintain social distancing.
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Delhi Government’s cap on weddings guests to a maximum of 50, amid the Covid-19 pandemic, has left many opting out of the Capital, to host functions in venues available in NCR especially Noida and Gurugram.(Photo: Shutterstock (For Representational Purposes Only))
Delhi Government’s cap on weddings guests to a maximum of 50, amid the Covid-19 pandemic, has left many opting out of the Capital, to host functions in venues available in NCR especially Noida and Gurugram.(Photo: Shutterstock (For Representational Purposes Only))

Wedding guests in Delhi, 50 only: Denizens shift venues to Noida, Gurugram

By Naina Arora | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON NOV 22, 2020 11:53 AM IST
Wedding planners say people are considering booking of venues in Gurugram, if they have wedding functions from February onwards, and some hotels in Noida are also banking on this trend to increase rates of their banquets.
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An archived performance of L Subramaniam was telecast recently as part of the digital edition of Parampara Series.
An archived performance of L Subramaniam was telecast recently as part of the digital edition of Parampara Series.

L Subramaniam says digital space has given artistes a platform sans promoters

By Naina Arora | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON NOV 21, 2020 01:28 PM IST
Violin maestro L Subramaniam speaks about the changes that the world of music has undergone in Covid times. His performance was recently streamed online as part of Natya Tarangini’s Parampara Series, which celebrates 75 years of United Nations this year.
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The Delhi Disaster Management Authority on November 10 had issued an order barring any gathering on the occasion of Chhath Puja, after cases in the Capital started to increase from October last week.(Photo: Sanchit Khanna/HT)
The Delhi Disaster Management Authority on November 10 had issued an order barring any gathering on the occasion of Chhath Puja, after cases in the Capital started to increase from October last week.(Photo: Sanchit Khanna/HT)

Chhath Puja for Delhiites: Low-key celebrations, thekua #FOMO and makeshift ponds

By Mallika Bhagat and Naina Arora | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON NOV 20, 2020 08:44 PM IST
In absence of large scale celebrations in public places, those celebrating Chhath Puja at home say they are missing their family, and friends who brought festive cheer from their home towns.
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The festive cheer is apparent in the markets amid the corona scare as shoppers indulge in silver jewellery, solitaires, coins this Dhanteras, and some even opt for wedding shopping.(Photos: Manoj Verma/HT)
The festive cheer is apparent in the markets amid the corona scare as shoppers indulge in silver jewellery, solitaires, coins this Dhanteras, and some even opt for wedding shopping.(Photos: Manoj Verma/HT)

Dhanteras 2020: Shaadi shopping, silver steal the show

By Naina Arora and Mallika Bhagat | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 12, 2020 03:29 PM IST
Jewellers share what’s trending this Dhanteras, also known as Dhantrayodashi. Silver jewellery, trinkets, coins, and minimalist designs are ruling the market.
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Saachi Sahni, a Gurugrammer, is geared up to fast on this Karwa Chauth. Sporting a designer face mask, she is ready to sanitise after every step of the puja since safety comes first amid the pandemic!(Photo: Manoj Verma/HT)
Saachi Sahni, a Gurugrammer, is geared up to fast on this Karwa Chauth. Sporting a designer face mask, she is ready to sanitise after every step of the puja since safety comes first amid the pandemic!(Photo: Manoj Verma/HT)

Karwa Chauth: How Delhi-NCR women will fast in Covid-19 times

By Naina Arora | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 03, 2020 02:13 PM IST
The rituals for Karwa Chauth 2020 will be the same, but will be performed among smaller groups, and while wearing matching masks, gloves, and using sanitisers for safety from coronavirus.
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Rama ho ya Ravana, everyone needs a sanitiser, say Ramlila actors in the Capital.
Rama ho ya Ravana, everyone needs a sanitiser, say Ramlila actors in the Capital.

Ramlila 2020: Ravana might be scared of Rama, but for corona there’s sanitiser!

By Mallika Bhagat (With inputs by Naina Arora) | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 25, 2020 06:18 AM IST
Thermal screening, usage of masks, regular sanitisation and social distancing norms are all in place as Ramlila troupes take centre stage in Delhi-NCR amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
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To-be-brides, and newly weds prepping for Karwa Chauth are opting for masked figures in their mehendi designs, this festive season, amid Covid-19 pandemic.
To-be-brides, and newly weds prepping for Karwa Chauth are opting for masked figures in their mehendi designs, this festive season, amid Covid-19 pandemic.

Mehendi designs in Covid era: Bride and groom in masks

By Naina Arora | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 20, 2020 06:15 PM IST
Mehendi designs such as a bride in palanquin and illustrations of moon are not catching the fancy of brides-to-be and newly weds, as masked bride and groom figures takes over mehendi patterns this festive season.
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This annual show features paintings, murals, planters, urns, table bases, pillars, Ganesha, Buddha, Tulsi chauras, floor lamps and more.
This annual show features paintings, murals, planters, urns, table bases, pillars, Ganesha, Buddha, Tulsi chauras, floor lamps and more.

An exhibition for an artistic festive season ahead

By Naina Arora | Hindustan Times, Gurugram
UPDATED ON OCT 19, 2020 01:27 PM IST
Artist-sculptor Anju Kumar says art brings cheer to buyers, and the pandemic-hit craftsmen.
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Goddess Durga will be welcomed in a sombre way albeit with safety norms amid the coronavirus Pandemic. Puja Committees across NCR have restricted their puja to limited members, priest only, online streaming and no bhog, this time around.(Photo: Amal KS/HT)
Goddess Durga will be welcomed in a sombre way albeit with safety norms amid the coronavirus Pandemic. Puja Committees across NCR have restricted their puja to limited members, priest only, online streaming and no bhog, this time around.(Photo: Amal KS/HT)

Durga Puja, not Durgotsav this 2020: Private venues, no bhog, pre-booking of visits via app

By Naina Arora | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 18, 2020 02:26 PM IST
The celebrations this year by Durga Puja Committees have shifted to private venues with members only, live-streaming of aarti, and pre-booked visits via an app.
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Dussehra later, Diwali card party has come early for Delhi-NCR folks

By Naina Arora | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 15, 2020 09:18 PM IST
Delhi-NCR residents who love to throw card parties have started their annual regimen much early this year.
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To help the underprivileged afford a good health care, Delhi’s Gurudwara Bangla Sahib is opening a diagnostic facility for the needy.(Photo: Twitter/ArvinderSoin)
To help the underprivileged afford a good health care, Delhi’s Gurudwara Bangla Sahib is opening a diagnostic facility for the needy.(Photo: Twitter/ArvinderSoin)

Gurudwara Bangla Sahib to open a diagnostic facility for the needy

By Naina Arora | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 07, 2020 09:51 PM IST
The facility will open in the first week of December. For the MRI, the needy will have to pay 50 and others 800, whereas dialysis will cost about 600.
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Some of the masks made by retired teacher Vimal Narula from Gurugram, for underprivileged kids, labourers and construction workers, amid Covid-19 pandemic.
Some of the masks made by retired teacher Vimal Narula from Gurugram, for underprivileged kids, labourers and construction workers, amid Covid-19 pandemic.

Gurugram-based retired school teacher is mask fairy for underprivileged kids

By Naina Arora | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON OCT 02, 2020 02:11 PM IST
Retired teacher Vimal Narula has been stitching and distributing masks ever since lockdown, and has helped about 1,000 people till date.
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RK Vij confesses he’s deeply influenced by Mahatma Gandhi’s principles of truth and non-violence.(Photos: Twitter/ipsvijrk)
RK Vij confesses he’s deeply influenced by Mahatma Gandhi’s principles of truth and non-violence.(Photos: Twitter/ipsvijrk)

Gandhi is the inspiration for this cop’s canvas

By Naina Arora | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON OCT 02, 2020 01:47 PM IST
IPS officer Rajinder Kumar Vij shares that he tries to steal time for his passion of sketching, and how he’s inspired by the Mahatma.
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Smog often shrouds Rajpath making India Gate look hazy during this time of the year.(PHOTO: Biplov Bhuyan/HT (For representational purpose only))
Smog often shrouds Rajpath making India Gate look hazy during this time of the year.(PHOTO: Biplov Bhuyan/HT (For representational purpose only))

Delhi-NCR residents prep for bad AQI days ahead with air purifiers, indoor plants

By Naina Arora | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 02, 2020 01:29 PM IST
Denizens do it all from insulating the house to stopping outdoor runs, to set themselves for this time of the year when the smog blankets their sky.
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Gurugram Police personnel can now relax in the company of books at this library.(PHOTO: Manoj Verma/HT)
Gurugram Police personnel can now relax in the company of books at this library.(PHOTO: Manoj Verma/HT)

This new book nook is helping Gurugram cops unwind post work

By Naina Arora | Hindustan Times, Gurugram
UPDATED ON OCT 02, 2020 01:04 PM IST
A new library set up for Gurugram Police officers allows them access to books on law and enforcement, police rules and regulations, management, motivational speakers, traffic regulation, and general awareness.
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Professionals, tired of working from home, are now venturing to pubs to enjoy a drink alongside work.
Professionals, tired of working from home, are now venturing to pubs to enjoy a drink alongside work.

Covid-19 Unlock: #WFH is now #WFP ie Work From Pub

By Naina Arora | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 26, 2020 03:10 PM IST
#WFH has been mentally draining and exhausting for almost everyone. Tapping on this, restaurants in Delhi-NCR are offering their spaces to working professionals with deals on food, free Wi-Fi, some exclusive pods, and corporates are loving the idea.
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Journalist-turned-author Sreemoyee Piu Kundu will go live on her digital chat show, from September 20.
Journalist-turned-author Sreemoyee Piu Kundu will go live on her digital chat show, from September 20.

Book to web: Battling stigma and shame associated with being single

By Naina Arora | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 18, 2020 03:28 PM IST
Author Sreemoyee Piu Kundu’s new digital chat show has sessions with prominent women who are single, such as Mona Ambegaonkar, Mallika Sarabhai, and Vinta Nanda, among others.
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Wrestlers Sangeeta Phogat and Bajrang Punia, who got engaged in a ceremony last November, are waiting for their D-day dates to be fixed.(PHOTO: Twitter)
Wrestlers Sangeeta Phogat and Bajrang Punia, who got engaged in a ceremony last November, are waiting for their D-day dates to be fixed.(PHOTO: Twitter)

Wrestlers Sangeeta Phogat and Bajrang Punia are planning winter wedding

By Naina Arora | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2020 12:14 PM IST
Sangeeta shares that she’s set to tie the knot with beau Bajrang, and is busy discussing her wedding trousseau with elder sister Geeta Phogat.
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