Rachel Lopez

Rachel Lopez is a a writer and editor with the Hindustan Times. She has worked with the Times Group, Time Out and Vogue and has a special interest in city history, culture, etymology and internet and society.

Articles by Rachel Lopez

Ṭallī, kuṛī, baniyān: The intriguing story of where our words come from

There are Arabic words in your pocket, Portuguese hidden in your bathroom, even the kurī isn’t from Punjab. As we continue to discover more about what we’ve borrowed, what we lent, take a look at linguistics professor Abhishek Avtans’s list of 25 Indian words with interesting stories to tell.
 (HT Illustrations: Jayachandran)
(HT Illustrations: Jayachandran)
Updated on May 14, 2022 02:52 PM IST
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Step into Dubai’s Museum of the Future, with Rachel Lopez

Holograms, 3D maps of an imagined world, an elevator that ‘lifts off’ and ‘returns to Earth’ — the museum, which opened in February, is more about the future of public-friendly exhibits than the future itself, Lopez says.
At the Library of Life, DNA records of more than 2,400 plant and animal species are presented as 3D crystal etchings, a kind of magical, colour-changing archive of biodiversity. (Chetna Chakravarty for HT)
At the Library of Life, DNA records of more than 2,400 plant and animal species are presented as 3D crystal etchings, a kind of magical, colour-changing archive of biodiversity. (Chetna Chakravarty for HT)
Updated on May 06, 2022 06:55 PM IST
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The Great Re-Set: How the tussle over the return to work is playing out

Willingly or reluctantly, we’re returning to the offices. But our relationship with work has changed. As employees demand more of a say in how and when they contribute, a clash is unfolding. See how it’s sparking new approaches, as some companies respond, revise or falter, and others seek ways to push back.
 (HT illustration: Jayachandran)
(HT illustration: Jayachandran)
Updated on Apr 16, 2022 01:42 PM IST
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My job is the theatre of flavour: A Wknd interview with chef Massimo Bottura

His restaurant, Osteria Francescana, has three Michelin stars. Diners wait months to eat there. But great food needs more than ingredients and skill, says the master chef. You must find its essence, re-imagine its future.
‘My team and I, we go out on stage every night, rehearsed, prepared to give it our whole selves,’ Bottura says. (Piyush Charag / 8th Avenue Films)
‘My team and I, we go out on stage every night, rehearsed, prepared to give it our whole selves,’ Bottura says. (Piyush Charag / 8th Avenue Films)
Updated on Apr 16, 2022 08:34 PM IST
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Beyond the mouse: How the click became the soundtrack of our lives

A tiny sound unites buttons and seatbelts, switches and pens. It’s so reassuring that some use it as a dose of mindfulness. It’s everywhere too. Listen carefully and chances are you’ll hear one right now.
There are ASMR channels on YouTube that rate the clicks of different kinds of pens. It’s a click that tells you your seatbelt is fastened, purse shut, mouse responding, buttons pressed on right, and that your new bathroom tiles are fitted in. (Shutterstock)
There are ASMR channels on YouTube that rate the clicks of different kinds of pens. It’s a click that tells you your seatbelt is fastened, purse shut, mouse responding, buttons pressed on right, and that your new bathroom tiles are fitted in. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Apr 09, 2022 07:00 PM IST
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Architect Gita Balakrishnan is walking from Kolkata to Delhi with a message

Walk for Arcause wants to shed light on how design can change lives. Over two months, Balakrishnan has documented a fast-changing rural landscape. The change must be shaped better by architects, planners and governments, she says.
‘It hit me how different stress levels were in the villages. And the heat-island effect in cities is real. You feel a distinct whiff of comfort when you leave a city,’ Balakrishnan says. (Image courtesy Walk for Arcause)
‘It hit me how different stress levels were in the villages. And the heat-island effect in cities is real. You feel a distinct whiff of comfort when you leave a city,’ Balakrishnan says. (Image courtesy Walk for Arcause)
Updated on Apr 09, 2022 06:45 PM IST
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Dream scapes: How cities of the future are shaping up around the world

There are tech-driven utopias being built around the world that look straight out of science fiction, but most are chrome-plated and characterless. Could past tweaks inspire a better future?
The economic and industrial zone at Neom, a city of the future being built in Saudi Arabia.
The economic and industrial zone at Neom, a city of the future being built in Saudi Arabia.
Updated on Apr 02, 2022 03:32 PM IST
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Mafia! There’s a Godfather parody too

The 1998 film is part homage, part spoof and a quick recap of pop-culture references from the era. It’s also a reminder that perhaps we needn’t take even great movies too seriously.
Lloyd Bridges as Vincenzo Cortino, who hides in an ass’s behind, takes on the name Armani Windbreaker on arrival in the US, survives 47 gunshot wounds, and at one point lights a cat’s tail instead of a cigar.
Lloyd Bridges as Vincenzo Cortino, who hides in an ass’s behind, takes on the name Armani Windbreaker on arrival in the US, survives 47 gunshot wounds, and at one point lights a cat’s tail instead of a cigar.
Updated on Mar 25, 2022 05:39 PM IST
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Bad guys, good moments: 6 key scenes from the Godfather trilogy

Though Coppola’s three Godfather films collectively run for more than 8.5 hours, there are few dull moments. Here are some essential scenes to linger over as you watch or rewatch.
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Updated on Mar 25, 2022 05:32 PM IST
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A new master plan: DAG inaugurates new address in Mumbai with a massive show

The exhibition may well be a compilation of the subcontinent’s greatest hits. It features rarely viewed works spanning 200 years. An interview with DAG CEO and MD Ashish Anand.
The untitled seated nude, 1962, by FN Souza, part of the opening show at DAG’s new space in Mumbai.
The untitled seated nude, 1962, by FN Souza, part of the opening show at DAG’s new space in Mumbai.
Updated on Mar 19, 2022 08:31 PM IST
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Pandemic pivots: Meet five people who have emerged with lives lived better

It’s been two years since the first lockdown. For some, the isolation and fear of those months brought unexpected hope. With their Plan As derailed, they dreamed bigger, took risks, admitted change where change was due. Read on for five inspiring stories.
With a toddler and a newborn, in a new city, the pandemic began in chaos, says brand solutions manager Jayant Shankar. Then it became a chance for a fresh start. He’s worked to become a better husband and work-from-home dad. His family is now more connected and at peace than they were before the pandemic, he says.
With a toddler and a newborn, in a new city, the pandemic began in chaos, says brand solutions manager Jayant Shankar. Then it became a chance for a fresh start. He’s worked to become a better husband and work-from-home dad. His family is now more connected and at peace than they were before the pandemic, he says.
Updated on Mar 19, 2022 02:07 PM IST
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Beats and bots: Rachel Lopez explores music, and music snobbery, by AI

Artificial intelligence programs can now compose music, generate lyrics for a tune, even perform at virtual gigs. See how humans are training machines to go solo, or to be the bandmate you need.
 (HT Illustration: Jayachandran)
(HT Illustration: Jayachandran)
Updated on Mar 12, 2022 04:35 PM IST
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As his auction house sets new records, a Wknd interview with Dadiba Pundole

Pundole’s has made history again, with new records set for Indian art, at a recent sale. The way the world has taken to these works is no surprise, says Dadiba Pundole. ‘But even 40 years in, I don’t sleep well the night before a big sale.’
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. (Satish Bate / HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 11, 2022 04:02 PM IST
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Cheat sheet: Which scam series to binge on, and which to avoid

Stories of real-life fraudsters and clever con artists are playing out on screen, but not all of them take you for the right kind of ride. See what separates the stellar from the stodgy.
The Dropout goes beyond the doings of Elizabeth Holmes (played by Amanda Seyfried), a Stanford dropout and founder of Theranos, to explore the delusions of grandeur that drove her. (Hulu)
The Dropout goes beyond the doings of Elizabeth Holmes (played by Amanda Seyfried), a Stanford dropout and founder of Theranos, to explore the delusions of grandeur that drove her. (Hulu)
Updated on Mar 05, 2022 02:20 PM IST
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Turns of phrase: The 1922 lexicon

There were great books, yes, but 1922 was also marked by new technology and a great loosening up of the social order. Take a look at some of the words added to vocabularies and dictionaries that year.
Radio shows and news bulletins became popular in the 1920s, giving rise to terms such as broadcast and listeners-in. (Shutterstock)
Radio shows and news bulletins became popular in the 1920s, giving rise to terms such as broadcast and listeners-in. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Feb 19, 2022 03:46 PM IST
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Can you guess what these 100-year-old flapper terms mean?

The 1920s, for the young, were a time of wild parties, dancing, staying out late and speaking almost in code. Watch out for corn-shredders as you find a cuddle cootie on the dim box.
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Updated on Feb 19, 2022 02:37 PM IST
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Lenin in Antarctica: Is this the loneliest statue in the world?

A plastic bust of Vladimir Lenin, founder of the USSR, oriented so that his face looks towards Moscow, was installed in the heart of Antarctica in 1958. It stands there still, but few visitors ever make it this far inland.
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Updated on Feb 12, 2022 07:00 PM IST
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Paper tigers: A tour of Soviet-era propaganda posters, 100 years on

A century after the USSR was formed (and more than 31 years after it was dissolved), its boldest ideas live on in the millions of posters it issued to inspire the Soviet masses. See how art, imagery and fervent slogans fuelled the propaganda, and how the works have found new life as collectors’ items today.
A 1971 poster shows a hearty, healthy, hard-working Soviet man and woman carrying a hammer, sickle, as well as symbols of science and agriculture. The text reads: The Concern Of Our Party, The Purpose Of Our Life - is The Well-Being Of Our People, The Strength Of Our Fatherland! (Russian Archives)
A 1971 poster shows a hearty, healthy, hard-working Soviet man and woman carrying a hammer, sickle, as well as symbols of science and agriculture. The text reads: The Concern Of Our Party, The Purpose Of Our Life - is The Well-Being Of Our People, The Strength Of Our Fatherland! (Russian Archives)
Updated on Feb 12, 2022 07:36 PM IST
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Toil and trouble: Rachel Lopez picks 5 favourite screen adaptations of Macbeth

As a new version, Joel Coen’s 2021 film, streams on Apple TV+, a look at other great adaptations of Shakespeare’s immortal story (including one featuring prisoners, staged in an Irish prison).
Shot in black-and-white, with light used almost as a third colour, Joel Coen’s 2021 film, The Tragedy of Macbeth, stars Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand. (Apple TV+)
Shot in black-and-white, with light used almost as a third colour, Joel Coen’s 2021 film, The Tragedy of Macbeth, stars Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand. (Apple TV+)
Updated on Feb 04, 2022 04:28 PM IST
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How to ace your pitch: Tips from a Shark Tank shark

No fumbling. No sob stories. No cowing down. A Shark Tank India investor offers advice on cracking the best deal on the show, in business and in life.
Businesses as varied as his-and-hers underwear and disposable urinal bags were pitched on Season 1 of Shark Tank India. (Photos courtesy Sony Entertainment Television)
Businesses as varied as his-and-hers underwear and disposable urinal bags were pitched on Season 1 of Shark Tank India. (Photos courtesy Sony Entertainment Television)
Updated on Jan 29, 2022 01:23 PM IST
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Streaming now: Shows that view death as a little less grave

From a shifty architect in a make-believe heaven to the ennui of a never-ending relationship, comedies are offering new takes on loss, grief, death and the after-life.
The Good Place tracks absurd mix-ups and twisty conspiracy theories in a not-quite-heaven.
The Good Place tracks absurd mix-ups and twisty conspiracy theories in a not-quite-heaven.
Updated on Jan 28, 2022 03:01 PM IST
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Do you look good on paper?: Rachel Lopez on the resume of 2022

Start from scratch, beat the bots, pivot to video, and other tips on how to tweak your profile so you stand apart, and above, others with similar skills.
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Updated on Jan 22, 2022 05:39 PM IST
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We only offer food we’d be willing to eat too, says Sahil Gilani of Gits

Gits was set up in 1963, two decades before the launch of Maggi noodles. Initially, retailers would hear packaged soup and say ‘You mean soap?” Most sales occurred overseas. Today, 65% of sales occur in India, ‘a complete flip from two decades ago’, Gilani says.
 (Photo courtesy Gits)
(Photo courtesy Gits)
Updated on Jan 15, 2022 06:39 PM IST
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That’s a mouthful!: A look at the science behind quick meals

Freeze-drying, flash-freezing, irradiation, retort: See what goes into giving food packages a longer life, without compromising on taste and texture.
Seaweed, fish cakes, instant noodles, prawn crackers… a hearty bowl of ramen featuring numerous preserved foods. (Pixabay)
Seaweed, fish cakes, instant noodles, prawn crackers… a hearty bowl of ramen featuring numerous preserved foods. (Pixabay)
Updated on Jan 15, 2022 06:29 PM IST
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Quite a stir: A look at the 2-Minute revolution, as Maggi turns 40 in India

Maggi turned India into a noodle-slurping nation. We loved the convenience so much, we now buy microwaveable biryani and dhokla pre-mixes, and “just add water” for piping-hot, in-flight upma. See what it took to get the ball rolling, and get a taste of what’s to come.
 (Photos: Shutterstock, Nestle, Gits, Knorr, MTR, ITC; HT Imaging: Puneet Kumar)
(Photos: Shutterstock, Nestle, Gits, Knorr, MTR, ITC; HT Imaging: Puneet Kumar)
Updated on Jan 15, 2022 06:04 PM IST
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How to be a hero in 2022

It’s possible to be a good guy and not come last, be Mr Right without the righteousness, and be a nice guy even when you’re an action hero. Here are our favourite non-toxic screen characters.
Ted Lasso isn’t just nice. He maintains a level of excellence at what he does, whether its playing darts or turning young men into better versions of themselves.
Ted Lasso isn’t just nice. He maintains a level of excellence at what he does, whether its playing darts or turning young men into better versions of themselves.
Updated on Jan 01, 2022 02:29 PM IST
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How do you stay chic through the party season when all styles are in?

A Wknd guide to prepping for your finest hour when every colour is cool, every style is in, and you’re Covid-negative but body-positive.
Consider a dressy onesie, a playsuit or jumpsuit, if you’d like to keep it light and chic. (Pankaj and Nidhi)
Consider a dressy onesie, a playsuit or jumpsuit, if you’d like to keep it light and chic. (Pankaj and Nidhi)
Updated on Dec 25, 2021 12:31 PM IST
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Behind the scenes: Myth and memory in the Matrix

The trilogy sparked memes, conspiracy theories, in-jokes for its legions of fans. A fourth Matrix film is now in theatres. See how the franchise became the phenomenon.
Those 360-degree views were made by placing still cameras around the actors, which took shots at the same time or microseconds apart. The photos were then strung together into one seamless scene. (Warner Bros)
Those 360-degree views were made by placing still cameras around the actors, which took shots at the same time or microseconds apart. The photos were then strung together into one seamless scene. (Warner Bros)
Updated on Dec 24, 2021 05:26 PM IST
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Neo noir: The Matrix trilogy in 10 definitive scenes

If you want to catch up but it feels like three movies too many, there’s good news. Most of the films’ most iconic bits are floating around on YouTube. Use our keywords to find them.
Stop! You don’t have to rewatch all three films to make sense of The Matrix Resurrections. Use Wknd’s guide to reboot your memory in under one hour. (Warner Bros)
Stop! You don’t have to rewatch all three films to make sense of The Matrix Resurrections. Use Wknd’s guide to reboot your memory in under one hour. (Warner Bros)
Updated on Dec 24, 2021 04:43 PM IST
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Order! Order!: Decluttering tips from around the world

With 2022 around the corner, promising a fresh start, try out decluttering methods from around the world, and see how other cultures manage the mess.
 (HT Illustration: Jayachandran)
(HT Illustration: Jayachandran)
Updated on Dec 18, 2021 05:02 PM IST
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