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Oindrila Mukherjee is a content producer. She edits for the Ludhiana and Chandigarh news desks of Hindustan Times, and writes about women’s issues, literature, food and music.

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The pain of being oppressed is constant, chronic, says Columpa Bobb at Chandigarh Literati

Maracle, who has taught at University of Toronto, feels education cannot be separate because then we cannot be together.

Author Lee Maracle and playwright-poet Columpa C Bobb (right) during the session ‘Roots and Wings’ at Lake Club on Sunday.(Sanjeev Sharma/HT)
Updated on Nov 27, 2017 03:18 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By, Chandigarh

Reading was always a minority pastime, says Ruskin Bond

Author Ruskin Bond says 50 years ago children did not have the distractions you blame today, but most of them still did not read

Ruskin Bond with Sumita Misra, chairperson, Chandigarh Literary Society, during Chandigarh Literati 2017 at Lake Club on Saturday.(Sikander Singh/HT)
Updated on Nov 26, 2017 06:30 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By, Chandigarh

‘Gender is identity, sex is what you are born with’

First-time drag queens Roveena Tampon and Ivanka tell us about their journey of self-discovery and struggle for acceptance

Ivanka performing at Kitty Su’s Halloween party at The Lalit, Chandigarh on Tuesday(Sant Arora)
Updated on Nov 02, 2017 08:03 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By, Chandigarh

Narendra Modi is riding the Hindu chariot: Author Mihir Bose at Kasauli Litfest

“Modi is riding the Hindu chariot without adhering to the true beliefs of Hinduism. Hinduism has survived because there’s no central point in it and it’s the ultimate federal religion. But Modi is encouraging that there is a central Hindu belief.”

Author and former sports editor of BBC, Mihir Bose at Khuswant Singh Literary Festival in Kasauli on Sunday.(Ravi Kumar/HT)
Updated on Oct 09, 2017 08:47 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Kasauli | By

In Punjab, Congress has a strong, popular leader in Capt Amarinder: Mark Tully

Sir MArk Tully’s deep understanding of life in the subcontinent led British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) to call him ‘The Voice of India’.

Mark Tully says general perception is that the Congress is finished, but if people demand a modern government, the party could gain a votebank.(Ravi Kumar/HT)
Updated on Oct 09, 2017 12:54 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Kasauli | By, Kasauli

Poetry doesn’t keep an audience together, says Vikram Seth at Kasauli Litfest

The eminent Indian author and poet kept festival-goers hooked to his interesting session that started and ended with poems.

Author Vikram Seth during a session on the second day of the Khushwant Singh Literary Festival in Kasauli on Saturday.(Ravi Kumar/HT)
Updated on Oct 08, 2017 10:23 AM IST
HindustanTimes, Kasauli | By, Kasauli

Sex is a threatening three-letter word in India: Shobhaa De

Shobhaa De was speaking at a session focused on Kamasutra, Indian erotica and the modern Indian view of sex.

Author Shobhaa De at the Khushwant Singh Litfest in Kasauli on Friday.(HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 06, 2017 06:26 PM IST
Hinduistan Times, Kasauli | By

Supporting Narendra Modi was a mistake, Arun Shourie hits out at PM in Kasauli

Tongue-in-cheek: Arun Shourie says today’s leaders Machiavellian, narcissistic but talking of Donald Trump and ‘any resemblance closer home is your imagination’

Arun Shourie at the Khushwant Singh Litfest in Kasauli on Friday.(Karun Sharma)
Updated on Oct 06, 2017 09:37 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Kasauli (HP) | By, Kasauli

The Vagina Monologues in Chandigarh: ‘If boys stay home, it’s a win-win scenario for all’

Actors were in the city to perform episodic play on sexual experiences, body image, reproduction and sex work, all through the eyes of the women

(From left) Mona Ambegaonkar, Dilnaz Irani, Dolly Thakore and Swathi Das performing ‘The Vagina Monologues’ at Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh on Saturday.(Anil Dayal/HT)
Updated on Aug 13, 2017 12:45 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By, Chandigarh

HT Youth Forum 2017 | Women’s body language has changed for the better: Imtiaz Ali

My daughter is 16 and she has been advising me for many years. I don’t remember the last time I gave her advice. So, I don’t tell her what to do; I need her to tell me what to do, said Imtiaz Ali

Imtiaz Ali at HT Youth Forum 2017 event in Chandigarh.(HT Photo)
Updated on May 28, 2017 11:19 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By, Chandigarh

In Ammy Virk’s Saab Bahadur, ‘mystery is the glam quotient of the film’

Actor Ammy Virk, producers Gunbir Sidhu, Manmord Sidhu and Harman Brar talk about ‘Saab Bahadar’, the first mystery thriller of Punjabi cinema, releasing on May 26

Lead actor of Punjabi film Saab Bahadur, Ammy Virk (L) and producer Gunbir Sidhu at Hindustan Times office in Mohali on Saturday.(Sikander Singh/HT)
Updated on May 20, 2017 09:06 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | ByPrabhneet Kaur and Oindrila Mukherjee, Chandigarh

Two-day Portuguese short film festival kicks off in Chandigarh

The festival is also travelling to Delhi, Chennai, Goa and Kolkata. In its sixth edition now, the festival was showcased in the city for the first time. Five more short films will be screened on May 10.

Joao da Camara (right), ambassador of Portugal to India, at the two­day Portuguese short film festival with Mac Sarin (left), president of Alliance Française, in Chandigarh on Tuesday.(HT Photo)
Updated on May 10, 2017 05:22 PM IST
By, Chandigarh

Usha Uthup’s genius closes Kasauli Rhythm & Blues Festival with a bang

The second day of Kasauli Rhythm & Blues Festival 2017 witnessed power-packed performance by pop, jazz and playback singer Usha Uthup

Singer Usha Uthup performing during the 2nd day of Kasauli Rhythm & Blues music festival at Kasauli on Saturday.(Ravi Kumar/HT)
Updated on Apr 17, 2017 03:07 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Kasauli | By

Kasauli Rhythm & Blues festival: Remixes have become dance music, says Leslie Lewis

If you were a ’90s kid, and a musical one at that, then the name Colonial Cousins will more than ring a bell. It will bring back waves of bittersweet emotions and take you back to a time when Indipop ruled the roost. MTV and Channel V were not sitcom churners. And the sight of Nikhil Chinappa on MTV Select made you swoon for hours.

Leslie Lewis.(HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 16, 2017 04:28 PM IST

Culture of silence leads to cycle of violence, says social activist Satinder Kaur

Their stories are heart-wrenching, but the authorities remain negligent. As crime against women rises, safe spaces for them continue to decline. Many of us find shelter at home, but what about those who don’t have a roof over their heads?

Social activist Satinder Kaur Sachdeva with her book ‘Abandoned: The Dark Reality of Homeless Women’.(Anil Dayal/HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 24, 2017 07:17 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By, Chandigarh

Pop princess, rockstar suffragette: How Sophia Duleep Singh fought for voting rights in UK

She changed the course of women in Britain, but went unsung. British TV journalist Anita Anand documents the life of Maharaja Duleep Singh’s daughter who played a pivotal role in the British suffragette movement alongside political activist Emmeline Pankhurst but was swept aside by history.

Princess Sophia Duleep Singh selling subscriptions for the Suffragette newspaper outside Hampton Court in London, April 1913.(Photo: British Library/Wikimedia Commons)
Updated on Dec 08, 2016 10:15 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Chandigarh

Chandigarh Literati | Amish delves on Indian life and rise of the new elite

“The kind of resilience and gene pool that small towns give to talented people is unmatched,” said fashion journalist Shefali Vasudev at the concluding session of the three-day Chandigarh Literati organised by Chandigarh Literary Society, on Sunday.

Author Amish Tripathi interacting with the audience during the Literati at Lake Club in Chandigarh on Sunday(HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 29, 2016 04:13 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Chandigarh

Chandigarh Lit Fest: Author Akshaya Mukul explains the idea of Hind, Hindustan

‘Kya hoga aise Swarajya se jo Hindutva na hoga (What’s the use of a Nation that is not Hindutva?)’. Author Akshaya Mukul read out the lines of a poem from his book ‘Gita Press and the Making of Hindu India’, which was discussed at the final session on Day 2 of the Chandigarh Literature Festival. With an interesting and diverse line-up, the second day was a mixed bag.

Author Akshaya Mukul during Chandigarh Literature Festival 2016 at Chandigarh club in Chandigarh on Saturday.(Anil Dayal/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Nov 13, 2016 03:13 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Chandigarh

Neha Dhupia on her ‘no filter’ personality and Chandigarh’s Punjabi Tinder!

Bollywood actor opens up about her new audio talk show, the celebs she interviews, women in the industry and more

Chandigarh India November 5, 2016:: Bollywood actress Neha Dhupia during promote her show #NoFilter Neha at Taj Hotel in Chandigarh on Saturday November 5, 2016.(Anil Dayal/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Nov 06, 2016 12:02 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Chandigarh

Diwali through poetry at Open Hand in Chandigarh!

“I still have a little Pakistan inside me, so I ask, would you draw a line through me too?” Budding poet Samreen Chhabra finished her performance with these resonating lines, an appeal trapped in it. Her poem was about the 10 things India has in common with Pakistan that her grandfather had jotted down, the last being the ‘line’ drawn between us.

a young participant reciting her poetry.(Keshav Singh/HT)
Updated on Oct 29, 2016 12:47 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Chandigarh

No animals, no child artistes, only nostalgia; the circus is dying

It is a familiar setting. The audience waits with bated breath as the ringmaster performs his most awe-inspiring act. As he successfully puts his head inside the tiger’s mouth, the crowd breaks into applause, cheering loudly.

Ravi, 24, hails from Agra in Uttar Pradesh, and has been with the Apollo Circus for eight years now. His brother works in the circus as a ticket collector.(Sanjeev Sharma/HT Photo)
Updated on May 06, 2016 04:18 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Chandigarh

It’s a bloody revolution: Menstruation no more taboo

It’s an unusually cold winter morning. A group of students wait for their turn to march in the Republic Day parade practice. A girl and a boy sit apart from the group talking and laughing to each other.

Updated on Mar 08, 2016 01:01 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By

98% Chandigarh women happy with life; most feel free to pick partners

Chandigarh’s women are zen. Freedom to love and choose their romantic/ sexual partner and keeping up with their dreams looks bright for them.

The survey says only 2% respondents feel their present life is the farthest from what they had dreamt of when they were younger.(HT Representative Photo)
Updated on Mar 07, 2016 04:47 PM IST
HIndustan Times | By, Chandigarh

Love, ambition in tune for Chandigarh women

Chandigarh’s women are zen. Freedom to love and choose their romantic/ sexual partner and keeping up with their dreams looks bright for them.

The survey says only 2% respondents feel their present life is the farthest from what they had dreamt of when they were younger.(HT Representative Photo)
Updated on Mar 06, 2016 09:44 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Chandigarh

Chandigarh’s young poets of love share their works, motivation

Plato once said, “At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet.” A bunch of youngsters in the city would swear by the line. One of them goes on to enumerate the three stages of love as described in Plato’s Symposium.

Updated on Feb 18, 2016 04:24 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Chandigarh

Colour photos lack seriousness: Raghu Rai

Raghu Rai started a little over five decades back to become the legendary lensman that he is now. When we meet him, he is surrounded by his family members and other admirers on the table, relishing his lunch, at the Panchkula Art and Literary Festival which started on Saturday – nothing overtly remarkable, except his signature flowing clothes. He has just opened the festival in conversation with art patron Diwan Manna, talking about his internal and external worlds, his art, and its many facets.

Photojournalist Raghu Rai at the Panchkula Art and Literary Festival on Saturday.(Sanjeev Sharma/HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 07, 2016 07:15 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Chandigarh

Acting is my Nirvana, says actor Perizaad

Now a businesswoman, now a mother. But at heart, a quintessential performer. Actor Perizaad Zorabian says she misses being an actor. In town to judge a youth talent hunt show at Chandigarh Group of Colleges, she says, “Acting is my nirvana, my happy place. I’m not a wife, a mother, a businesswoman then. I’m not even myself. It’s just the character I’m playing. I do miss acting sometimes.”

Mohali, India, January 18 :::Actor Perizad Zorabian posing for the photograph in SAS Nagar on Monday, January 18, 2016. (Photo by Gurminder Singh/Hindustan Times).
Updated on Jan 20, 2016 02:40 PM IST
HindustanTimes | By

‘Wrong to tell people what to do,’ says Sonam Kapoor

Sonam Kapoor stays true to her public image as a fiesty young woman with her head firmly on her shoulders. In a tete-a-tete as part of the Hindustan Times Youth Forum, the 30-year-old Bollywood star and style icon expresses her views, likes and dislikes without any inhibitions.

Bollywood actor Sonam Kapoor during the HT Youth Forum in Chandigarh on Monday(Keshav Singh/HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 25, 2015 01:11 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByMonica Sharma and Oindrila Mukherjee, Chandigarh

Saying goodbye to 100 years of Khushwant

Not invoking the great Indian writer directly as in the beginning of the festival, three short sessions on the final day of the Khushwant Singh Litfest touched upon a few of Khushwant Singh’s favourite things. And no, they had nothing to do with wine, women and malice.

“These books keep coming out though he has passed away. Khushwant wrote so much that a lot of his work is just compiled and made into collections of stories, essays or what you will,” said Trivedi.
Updated on Oct 11, 2015 11:28 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kasauli

Khushwant Singh Litfest: A hundred years of ‘malice’

KHUSHWANT SINGH LITFEST Tributes and remembrances galore for the inimitable ‘Sardarji’ who would have turned 100 this year

Actor Om Puri along with participants of Khuswant Singh Lit Fest in Kasauli.(Keshav Singh/HT)
Updated on Oct 09, 2015 11:59 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kasauli
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