Poulomi Banerjee

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
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)

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

By Poulomi Banerjee | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON MAY 19, 2020 10:35 AM IST
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.
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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)

Life in the time of lockdown: The highs and lows of grocery runs

By Poulomi Banerjee | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON MAY 15, 2020 11:24 AM IST
Heading to the market to stock up on essentials has become anxiety-inducing, time-consuming, and also the only outing most of us get.
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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)

Life in the time of Covid-19: When distancing draws you closer

By Poulomi Banerjee | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 06, 2020 08:40 AM IST
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.
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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)

Online dating’s new lockdown norms: Are the rules changing?

By Poulomi Banerjee | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON APR 17, 2020 08:31 AM IST
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.
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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)

Life in the time of lockdown: Rise to the occasion, bake some bread

By Poulomi Banerjee | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON APR 10, 2020 12:37 PM IST
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.
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Ready, aim, click: Up your Insta profile, here’s how.
Ready, aim, click: Up your Insta profile, here’s how.

Ready, aim, click: Up your Insta profile, here’s how

By Poulomi Banerjee | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON APR 03, 2020 09:27 AM IST
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.
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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)

The making of the epics into popular Indian television shows

By Poulomi Banerjee | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 28, 2020 10:45 AM IST
As the hit show makes a return, the makers recall people performing an aarti in front of TV sets every Sunday.
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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)

Life in the time of coronavirus

By Poulomi Banerjee and Natasha Rego | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON MAR 19, 2020 07:57 PM IST
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
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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)

How not touching your face can protect your from coronavirus

By Poulomi Banerjee | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON MAR 08, 2020 12:41 PM IST
From your hands to your face, and then your blood stream - the possible way of being infected
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(HT Imaging)
(HT Imaging)

Stop. Think. Then speak: The nuanced vocabulary of politically correct language

By Poulomi Banerjee | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON FEB 28, 2020 07:27 PM IST
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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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)

And then there were more

By Poulomi Banerjee | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON FEB 21, 2020 07:17 PM IST
In Bollywood today, every hit is the beginning of a new franchise. And 2020 is the year when the trend seems set to peak
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Bollwood stars in smart travel wear.
Bollwood stars in smart travel wear.

Designed for take-off: Nailing airport looks in style

By Poulomi Banerjee | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JAN 25, 2020 09:27 AM IST
How the ‘airport look’ became a celeb style statement.
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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)

Bicentenary special: The other Brontë

By Poulomi Banerjee | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JAN 10, 2020 07:59 PM IST
Overshadowed by her sisters’ literary fame, Anne Brontë is now regarded as a feminist writer by many
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(HT Visual)
(HT Visual)

Get Set, Go... 2020

By Poulomi Banerjee | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 27, 2019 07:30 PM IST
Battling disease, checking pollution, protecting global biodiversity... a checklist of targets to be met by the coming year
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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)

Gobble gobble: The Christmas bird

By Poulomi Banerjee | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 21, 2019 07:41 PM IST
While most of us think of turkey as imported meat, there are farms breeding it in India
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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,

Little women: Love, life and those growing-up years

By Poulomi Banerjee | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 21, 2019 07:47 PM IST
A new adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel, brings back the tale of the beloved March sisters
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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)

Books we haven’t read: Time to turn the page?

By Poulomi Banerjee | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON NOV 30, 2019 08:16 PM IST
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
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“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)

What women wear to work

By Poulomi Banerjee | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON NOV 23, 2019 09:41 PM IST
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
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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)

Time for some bald decisions

By Poulomi Banerjee | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON NOV 16, 2019 07:47 PM IST
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!
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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)

Review: Ballots and Breakups by Sunita Aron

By Poulomi Banerjee | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON NOV 01, 2019 07:42 PM IST
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
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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)

Does relaxing make you anxious?

By Poulomi Banerjee | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON OCT 18, 2019 07:48 PM IST
A recent study might be able to explain why
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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)

No coincidence that Presidency links Nobel-men

By Joydeep Thakur and Poulomi Banerjee | Hindustan Times, Kolkata/New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 16, 2019 04:47 PM IST
“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).
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Shapewear is not as punishing as old fashioned corsets(Shutterstock)
Shapewear is not as punishing as old fashioned corsets(Shutterstock)

Not in good shape? Slip into shapewear

By Poulomi Banerjee | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON OCT 30, 2019 07:35 PM IST
You can choose from a variety of shapewear which can give you a fit, toned look
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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)

Put the spring in your step and guard against dehydration

By Poulomi Banerjee | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON OCT 15, 2019 10:02 AM IST
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
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The new teen jargon has the older generations confused.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
The new teen jargon has the older generations confused.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Mind your language: Here’s how you can stop being basic and learn Gen Z slang for a lit experience

By Poulomi Banerjee | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON SEP 14, 2019 01:30 PM IST
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.
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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.

The Anuja factor: Love and luck on the cricket field

By Poulomi Banerjee | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON AUG 31, 2019 07:29 PM IST
Anuja Chauhan’s debut novel, The Zoya Factor, is now a film ready for release. The writer talks about the book-to-screen transition
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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)

Game to films: The Angry Birds are back

By Poulomi Banerjee | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON AUG 24, 2019 09:23 PM IST
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
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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.

Fashion, bow ties: The neck best thing

By Poulomi Banerjee | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON AUG 24, 2019 08:30 PM IST
It’s National Bow Tie Day (yes, there is such a day). A formal accessory is now a symbol of quirky fashion
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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)

Making a smooth move: How to decide if you need a keratin treatment for your hair

By Poulomi Banerjee | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON AUG 10, 2019 07:52 PM IST
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
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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)

Accidental twinning and how to infuse some individuality to your attire

By Poulomi Banerjee | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON AUG 03, 2019 08:00 PM IST
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
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