Poulomi Banerjee

Poulomi Banerjee is assistant editor at Hindustan Times.A journalist with over a decade’s experience, Poulomi has reported on varied subject, but human rights and gender issues are her preferred areas of work

Articles by Poulomi Banerjee

Don’t clam up. Say what’s on your mind

If you’re battling anxiety (and who isn’t), or finding it harder to get out of bed every day, reach out to a friend or an expert.
If you’re battling anxiety (and who isn’t), or finding it harder to get out of bed every day, reach out to a friend or an expert.(Getty Images)
If you’re battling anxiety (and who isn’t), or finding it harder to get out of bed every day, reach out to a friend or an expert.(Getty Images)
Updated on May 19, 2020 10:35 AM IST
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Life in the time of lockdown: The highs and lows of grocery runs

Heading to the market to stock up on essentials has become anxiety-inducing, time-consuming, and also the only outing most of us get.
Part of the stress of shopping amid the lockdown comes from the sanitising, the wearing of masks, and the strange sight of socially distanced queues.(NITIN KANOTRA / HT PHOTO)
Part of the stress of shopping amid the lockdown comes from the sanitising, the wearing of masks, and the strange sight of socially distanced queues.(NITIN KANOTRA / HT PHOTO)
Updated on May 15, 2020 11:24 AM IST
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Life in the time of Covid-19: When distancing draws you closer

Travel and food writer Ayandrali Dutta had been checking in on her elderly neighbours even before the lockdown, and has realised that the concern and care work both ways.
Ayandrali Dutta (in white dress) with a neighbour. When her grinder and her fridge broke down one after the other, people in her building came forward with replacements. Elsewhere, neighbours are bartering ingredients, performing live together every evening.(HT Photo)
Ayandrali Dutta (in white dress) with a neighbour. When her grinder and her fridge broke down one after the other, people in her building came forward with replacements. Elsewhere, neighbours are bartering ingredients, performing live together every evening.(HT Photo)
Updated on May 06, 2020 08:40 AM IST
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Online dating’s new lockdown norms: Are the rules changing?

Dating apps have seen more people log on, and the conversations between them stretch out. In these difficult times, be kind, gentle and positive, but don’t become too attached or clingy.
Dating apps have seen more people log on, and the conversations between them stretch out. In these difficult times, be kind, gentle and positive, but don’t become too attached or clingy.(iStock)
Dating apps have seen more people log on, and the conversations between them stretch out. In these difficult times, be kind, gentle and positive, but don’t become too attached or clingy.(iStock)
Updated on Apr 17, 2020 08:31 AM IST
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Life in the time of lockdown: Rise to the occasion, bake some bread

As stocks dip, shelves empty and time drags during the lockdown, more people are doing the same. #HomemadeBread has been trending on social media, with people sharing pictures, recipes and anecdotes.
It’s not just Instagram. Lots of Indians are making bread, having discovered that our experience with rotis makes it easier.(iStock)
It’s not just Instagram. Lots of Indians are making bread, having discovered that our experience with rotis makes it easier.(iStock)
Updated on Apr 10, 2020 12:37 PM IST
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Ready, aim, click: Up your Insta profile, here’s how

Instagram is also a good place to record your notes from these weeks lived in isolation. Here’s how you can start to improve the frame.
Ready, aim, click: Up your Insta profile, here’s how.
Ready, aim, click: Up your Insta profile, here’s how.
Updated on Apr 03, 2020 09:27 AM IST
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The making of the epics into popular Indian television shows

As the hit show makes a return, the makers recall people performing an aarti in front of TV sets every Sunday.
For most part, what survives in popular memory, is the vision of people performing an aarti in front of their television sets as Ramayana played every Sunday.(Livemint Archive)
For most part, what survives in popular memory, is the vision of people performing an aarti in front of their television sets as Ramayana played every Sunday.(Livemint Archive)
Updated on Mar 28, 2020 10:45 AM IST
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Life in the time of coronavirus

Schools are closing. People are working from home. Travel plans are being cancelled and meetings - professional and personal - are being put on hold. As COVID-19 pushes us to a life of social seclusion, a look at what this lifestyle change means for us
Home is where the world is for most people now, even though their hearts may long to step out.(HT IMAGING/ANAND SINHA)
Home is where the world is for most people now, even though their hearts may long to step out.(HT IMAGING/ANAND SINHA)
Updated on Mar 19, 2020 07:57 PM IST
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How not touching your face can protect your from coronavirus

From your hands to your face, and then your blood stream - the possible way of being infected
Mucous membranes on the face help transfer the virus from our hands to inside our bodies.(Getty Images)
Mucous membranes on the face help transfer the virus from our hands to inside our bodies.(Getty Images)
Updated on Mar 08, 2020 12:41 PM IST
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Stop. Think. Then speak: The nuanced vocabulary of politically correct language

In a world increasingly attempting to erase past inequalities and discriminations, words must communicate intent as much as ideas. On Zero Discrimination Day (March 1), a look at some commonly used words, phrases and expressions which are discriminatory and offensive.
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Published on Feb 28, 2020 07:27 PM IST
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And then there were more

In Bollywood today, every hit is the beginning of a new franchise. And 2020 is the year when the trend seems set to peak
The present trend of film series in Bollywood is inspired mainly by the success of Hollywood film sequels, feel industry experts.(HT Imaging)
The present trend of film series in Bollywood is inspired mainly by the success of Hollywood film sequels, feel industry experts.(HT Imaging)
Updated on Feb 21, 2020 07:17 PM IST
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Designed for take-off: Nailing airport looks in style

How the ‘airport look’ became a celeb style statement.
Bollwood stars in smart travel wear.
Bollwood stars in smart travel wear.
Updated on Jan 25, 2020 09:27 AM IST
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Bicentenary special: The other Brontë

Overshadowed by her sisters’ literary fame, Anne Brontë is now regarded as a feminist writer by many
A painting of the Brontë sisters – (left to right) Anne, Emily and Charlotte – in the National Portrait Gallery, London.(Getty Images)
A painting of the Brontë sisters – (left to right) Anne, Emily and Charlotte – in the National Portrait Gallery, London.(Getty Images)
Updated on Jan 10, 2020 07:59 PM IST
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Get Set, Go... 2020

Battling disease, checking pollution, protecting global biodiversity... a checklist of targets to be met by the coming year
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Updated on Dec 27, 2019 07:30 PM IST
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Gobble gobble: The Christmas bird

While most of us think of turkey as imported meat, there are farms breeding it in India
Turkey meat is healthy and a leaner protein source than even chicken.(Shutterstock Image)
Turkey meat is healthy and a leaner protein source than even chicken.(Shutterstock Image)
Updated on Dec 21, 2019 07:41 PM IST
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Little women: Love, life and those growing-up years

A new adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel, brings back the tale of the beloved March sisters
Eliza Scanlen, Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson and Florence Pugh in a poster of the soon-to-be released film,
Eliza Scanlen, Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson and Florence Pugh in a poster of the soon-to-be released film,
Updated on Dec 21, 2019 07:47 PM IST
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Books we haven’t read: Time to turn the page?

December is Read A New Book Month. But new can be old, if there is a classic or celebrated work that’s been lying neglected on your bookshelf for years. Ten writers tell us about the books they have yet to finish
There are many books we buy eagerly, take pride in having in our collection, sometimes quote from the few pages that we have been able to finish, but never manage to read them from cover to cover.(HT Imaging)
There are many books we buy eagerly, take pride in having in our collection, sometimes quote from the few pages that we have been able to finish, but never manage to read them from cover to cover.(HT Imaging)
Updated on Nov 30, 2019 08:16 PM IST
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What women wear to work

Skirt suits, formal trousers, dresses, tunics and kurtas with pants or jeans and a T-shirt... as many offices relax their norms and designers and brands go all out to woo their customers, the Indian working woman’s wardrobe is an eclectic mix of styles
“India is one of the youngest nations in the world,” says Niki Haylett, head of international buying, Marks & Spencer, and “is embracing a new way of dressing for work”. This could mean a “mix of casual and formal pieces and rethinking about how we style outfits. We’re seeing tailored blazers over jeans and T-shirts and dresses and trainers as key looks for work that transcend into the weekend,” she says.(Photo: Shutterstock)
“India is one of the youngest nations in the world,” says Niki Haylett, head of international buying, Marks & Spencer, and “is embracing a new way of dressing for work”. This could mean a “mix of casual and formal pieces and rethinking about how we style outfits. We’re seeing tailored blazers over jeans and T-shirts and dresses and trainers as key looks for work that transcend into the weekend,” she says.(Photo: Shutterstock)
Updated on Nov 23, 2019 09:41 PM IST
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Time for some bald decisions

You can worry about your receding hairline like Ayushmann Khurrana in the recently-released Bala. Hide under a cap or a wig. Or you can show the courage he finally did, to own your clean pate. All you need is a measure of confidence!
Medically, balding or hair fall is defined as losing more than 100 hairs a day.(HT Imaging)
Medically, balding or hair fall is defined as losing more than 100 hairs a day.(HT Imaging)
Updated on Nov 16, 2019 07:47 PM IST
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Review: Ballots and Breakups by Sunita Aron

Sunita Aron questions the ethics of forming coalitions, when arch enemies join hands only to be able to form governments, or declared ideologies are compromised to be able to win more seats
Atal Bihari Vajpayee being sworn in by president Shankar Dayal Sharma on 16 May 1996. The government lasted 13 days.(Girish Srivastava/HT Photo)
Atal Bihari Vajpayee being sworn in by president Shankar Dayal Sharma on 16 May 1996. The government lasted 13 days.(Girish Srivastava/HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 01, 2019 07:42 PM IST
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Does relaxing make you anxious?

A recent study might be able to explain why
The only thing that helps control stress in the long run is regulating one’s thoughts.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
The only thing that helps control stress in the long run is regulating one’s thoughts.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Published on Oct 18, 2019 07:48 PM IST
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No coincidence that Presidency links Nobel-men

“For decades the economics department at Presidency was outstanding, unlike anything that existed anywhere in India,” says Anjan Mukherji, a former professor of economics at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU).
Abhijit Banerjee, one of the three winners of the 2019 Nobel Prize in Economics, waits to speak at a news conference at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Massachusetts.(Reuters image)
Abhijit Banerjee, one of the three winners of the 2019 Nobel Prize in Economics, waits to speak at a news conference at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Massachusetts.(Reuters image)
Updated on Oct 16, 2019 04:47 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Kolkata/New Delhi | ByJoydeep Thakur and Poulomi Banerjee

Not in good shape? Slip into shapewear

You can choose from a variety of shapewear which can give you a fit, toned look
Shapewear is not as punishing as old fashioned corsets(Shutterstock)
Shapewear is not as punishing as old fashioned corsets(Shutterstock)
Updated on Oct 30, 2019 07:35 PM IST
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Put the spring in your step and guard against dehydration

Whether you’re taking a long walk around the city or a leisurely stroll after dinner, here are a few tips to follow to make sure you stay hydrated
Drinking nimbu paani with salt after the walk will help replenish and rehydrate. Avoid sports drinks, as they are loaded with sugar.(Shutterstock)
Drinking nimbu paani with salt after the walk will help replenish and rehydrate. Avoid sports drinks, as they are loaded with sugar.(Shutterstock)
Updated on Oct 15, 2019 10:02 AM IST
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Mind your language: Here’s how you can stop being basic and learn Gen Z slang for a lit experience

Does tea mean a beverage to you, and snack a light bite? You need to upgrade your vocabulary. Stop being basic, learn some Gen Z slang for a lit experience.
The new teen jargon has the older generations confused.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
The new teen jargon has the older generations confused.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Sep 14, 2019 01:30 PM IST
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The Anuja factor: Love and luck on the cricket field

Anuja Chauhan’s debut novel, The Zoya Factor, is now a film ready for release. The writer talks about the book-to-screen transition
Sonam Kapoor looks pretty Zoya-esque and Dulquer Salmaan fits the role (of cricket captain Nikhil Khoda) to a tee, says writer Anuja Chauhan of the lead pair in the film The Zoya Factor, based on her debut novel by the same name.
Sonam Kapoor looks pretty Zoya-esque and Dulquer Salmaan fits the role (of cricket captain Nikhil Khoda) to a tee, says writer Anuja Chauhan of the lead pair in the film The Zoya Factor, based on her debut novel by the same name.
Published on Aug 31, 2019 07:29 PM IST
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Game to films: The Angry Birds are back

As The Angry Birds Movie 2 is released in India, a look at our fascination with the game that introduced us to this colourful brood of birds, and their arch enemies, the pigs
The second Angry Birds film enters a new territory - the birds and pigs must unite for a common goal. As ‘frenemies’ will they be as popular as they had been as enemies?(Shutterstock Image)
The second Angry Birds film enters a new territory - the birds and pigs must unite for a common goal. As ‘frenemies’ will they be as popular as they had been as enemies?(Shutterstock Image)
Updated on Aug 24, 2019 09:23 PM IST
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Fashion, bow ties: The neck best thing

It’s National Bow Tie Day (yes, there is such a day). A formal accessory is now a symbol of quirky fashion
Polka-dotted, rainbow hued, in a moustache shape… designers are letting their imagination fly when it comes to this neck accessory.
Polka-dotted, rainbow hued, in a moustache shape… designers are letting their imagination fly when it comes to this neck accessory.
Published on Aug 24, 2019 08:30 PM IST
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Making a smooth move: How to decide if you need a keratin treatment for your hair

In two minds about whether or not to go in for a keratin treatment for your hair? Here’s all you need to know about the therapy that promises to give you smooth, shiny hair
Keratin treatments put lost protein back in the hair, restoring health and leaving it shiny, smooth and frizz-free.(Shutterststock Image)
Keratin treatments put lost protein back in the hair, restoring health and leaving it shiny, smooth and frizz-free.(Shutterststock Image)
Updated on Aug 10, 2019 07:52 PM IST
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Accidental twinning and how to infuse some individuality to your attire

With tailored clothes a rarity and most people buying off the rack, twinning accidentally – at work, or worse, a party – has happened to most of us
It’s a match! H&M’s upcoming autumn collection in collaboration with brand Richard Allan.(Photo courtesy: H&M India)
It’s a match! H&M’s upcoming autumn collection in collaboration with brand Richard Allan.(Photo courtesy: H&M India)
Updated on Aug 03, 2019 08:00 PM IST
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