Roshni Nair

Roshni is a feature writer and Laadli awardee. She likes writing, loves animals, and hates talking about herself in third person.

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They walk in beauty: A peek at India’s lesser-known pageants

Did you know there was a Mr & Miss Wheelchair India, a Mrs India Home Makers, and a Miss Himalaya? Meet the winners and organisers of beauty contests you didn’t know existed.
Contestants in the Mr Bahadurgarh pageant, staged in the Haryana town of the same name, took off their shirts after much trepidation. Women participated strictly in Indian attire.
Contestants in the Mr Bahadurgarh pageant, staged in the Haryana town of the same name, took off their shirts after much trepidation. Women participated strictly in Indian attire.
Updated on Sep 10, 2017 01:48 PM IST
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#Bollywood: The Hindi family film is finally being honest about sex

From sperm donors to erectile dysfunction and women with raw desire, there’s less hypocrisy and more real romance on-screen.
A still from Shubh Mangal Saavdhan, starring Ayushmann Khurrana as a man battling erectile dysfunction.
A still from Shubh Mangal Saavdhan, starring Ayushmann Khurrana as a man battling erectile dysfunction.
Updated on Sep 03, 2017 04:19 PM IST
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Meet the extreme SRK, Salman, Vijay, Ajith fans behind rabid tweets and hashtags

Why do they turn so viciously on ’haters’, launch personal attacks on critics? One troll puts it like this: ‘Twitter is a jungle, animals everywhere. To survive, you have to hunt them.’
Special hashtags and coordinated online campaigns are favoured weapons when picking on film writers, critics and fans of rival stars.
Special hashtags and coordinated online campaigns are favoured weapons when picking on film writers, critics and fans of rival stars.
Updated on Aug 21, 2017 06:16 PM IST
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‘Indecent obsessions’: A peek into life as a kleptomaniac, compulsive liar

As friends desert you and family stays away, it can be a lonely battle for those compelled to take things, tell lies.
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Updated on Aug 20, 2017 11:25 AM IST
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Don’t ignore the silent killer. Find ways to beat the stress you’re feeling

An eight-city study has found that most people suffer from some degree of stress, and how they deal with it makes all the difference.
“The unexpected finding was that 79% of the high stress levels were caused by the person’s own personality traits, with clear external triggers present in less than 6% of cases,” says Dr Samir Parikh, director of mental health and behavioural sciences at Fortis Healthcare.(Getty Images / iStock Photo)
“The unexpected finding was that 79% of the high stress levels were caused by the person’s own personality traits, with clear external triggers present in less than 6% of cases,” says Dr Samir Parikh, director of mental health and behavioural sciences at Fortis Healthcare.(Getty Images / iStock Photo)
Updated on Jul 30, 2017 08:42 AM IST
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In The End: This weekend, catch a tribute to Linkin Park

Anthracite will perform songs from six of the band’s albums, in memory of Chester Bennington.
Anthracite, which started out as a cover band, will perform songs from six Linkin Park albums.
Anthracite, which started out as a cover band, will perform songs from six Linkin Park albums.
Published on Jul 28, 2017 05:03 PM IST
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I was in jail for 12 years for nothing: A graphic retelling of prison horror

This is the story of Aparajita Basu who was arrested in 2000 on charges of murdering her husband.
Aparajita Basu was arrested in 2000 on charges of murdering her husband.
Aparajita Basu was arrested in 2000 on charges of murdering her husband.
Updated on Jul 26, 2017 03:13 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByDhrubo Jyoti, Roshni Nair and Mohit Suneja

Tales from former inmates: What life is like in a women’s jail in India

Most jails for women are just a room or two in a men’s prison. Food rations are smaller, infrastructure is poorer. A recent riot following a custodial death was triggered by five missing pieces of bread and two eggs.
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Updated on Jul 26, 2017 02:05 PM IST
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Mumbai, exercise is good for getting fitter, but excess is bad

Different diets to lose weight faster, going that extra mile to get fitter or following someone else’s methods are all things you must not do
(ILLUSTRATION: SIDDHANT JUMDE)
(ILLUSTRATION: SIDDHANT JUMDE)
Updated on Aug 04, 2017 12:25 PM IST
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Pealing laughter, healing hands: How volunteers bring cheer to patients

From ‘Clownseling’ to palliative care, hospital helpers are giving the sick and despairing something to look forward to.
‘Clownselors’ use mime, drama and toys to engage paediatric parents at the Chacha Nehru children’s hospital (CNBC) in New Delhi.(Raj K Raj / HT Photo)
‘Clownselors’ use mime, drama and toys to engage paediatric parents at the Chacha Nehru children’s hospital (CNBC) in New Delhi.(Raj K Raj / HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 09, 2017 08:40 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByAnonna Dutt and Roshni Nair

All that jazz: Bringing the swinging Sixties back to Mumbai

In its first edition, the Zizieland Jazz Festival pays tribute to Ella Fitzgerald and The Rat Pack.
Louiz Banks, India’s most prolific jazz musician, will perform at the Ziziland Jazz Festival.
Louiz Banks, India’s most prolific jazz musician, will perform at the Ziziland Jazz Festival.
Updated on Jul 08, 2017 08:24 AM IST
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Where are you really from? An art show traces the history of migration

Explore the ‘loop’ between Mumbai and villages in the Konkan through photographs, installations and renderings, at an exhibition titled Mumbai Return.
Mera Gaon, an installation on display as part of the ‘Mumbai Return: Journeys Beyond the City’ exhibition.
Mera Gaon, an installation on display as part of the ‘Mumbai Return: Journeys Beyond the City’ exhibition.
Published on Jul 07, 2017 04:16 PM IST
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Heard that song before? Meet some of India’s coolest tribute bands

They tend to be looked down upon by makers of ‘original music’. But it takes a certain kind of dedication to forever play a playlist that’s not your own.
As a rap rock, nu-metal outfit, Anthracite stands out from the bands that typically occupy the blues and pop space.
As a rap rock, nu-metal outfit, Anthracite stands out from the bands that typically occupy the blues and pop space.
Updated on Jun 20, 2017 01:38 PM IST
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Shalom, Bollywood: Resurrecting the Jewish heritage of Hindi cinema

An Australian professor, Danny Ben-Moshe, is working on a documentary on the forgotten Indian Jews who left their mark on the world’s largest film industry
David Abraham Cheulkar (centre), a Bene Israeli from Bombay, was one of the most recognisable character actors in Hindi films. He was best known for Boot Polish (1954) and Gol Maal (1979).
David Abraham Cheulkar (centre), a Bene Israeli from Bombay, was one of the most recognisable character actors in Hindi films. He was best known for Boot Polish (1954) and Gol Maal (1979).
Updated on May 28, 2017 08:38 AM IST
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I lived for two weeks in a rainforest in the Western Ghats. Here’s what it was like

An HT writer signed up as a volunteer at India’s only rainforest research station, situated deep within the Western Ghats in a region called Agumbe. It was like nothing she had ever done before.
No, that’s not an iStock image. That’s what we woke up to in Agumbe, every morning.(Dhiraj Bhaisare / ARRS)
No, that’s not an iStock image. That’s what we woke up to in Agumbe, every morning.(Dhiraj Bhaisare / ARRS)
Updated on May 22, 2017 01:36 PM IST
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YouTube sensation Penn Masala will perform in Mumbai on May 20

Penn Masala will sing at a mall in Mumbai as part of their India tour, celebrating a new album and 10 years since they debuted as the world’s first south Asian A capella group.
The band is made up of 11 University of Pennsylvania students and has performed for US President Barack Obama.
The band is made up of 11 University of Pennsylvania students and has performed for US President Barack Obama.
Updated on May 20, 2017 08:45 AM IST
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Hoppipola? PapaCream? Why do some Mumbai eateries have such quirky names?

Seven restaurateurs reveal the secrets and coded messages behind their name plates.
New eateries have been christened with names that stand out rather than blend in. The reasons range from the bizarre to the banal.
New eateries have been christened with names that stand out rather than blend in. The reasons range from the bizarre to the banal.
Updated on May 13, 2017 08:27 AM IST
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The truth is out there: Tales from India’s UFO investigators

Lights in the sky, levitating beings, hard science vs conjecture: Meet the guys trying to sift the crazies from the true witnesses in their search for unidentified flying objects.
(HT Illustration: Sri Krishna Patkar)
(HT Illustration: Sri Krishna Patkar)
Updated on May 11, 2017 01:38 PM IST
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Bogie men: Meet the foot soldiers of the Indian Railways

Track maintainers or gangmen walk miles, often carrying heavy equipment, and risk their lives to keep your trains on track. These are their stories.
A track maintainer hammers the bolts on a fishplate along a track at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in Mumbai.(Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)
A track maintainer hammers the bolts on a fishplate along a track at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in Mumbai.(Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 18, 2017 09:39 PM IST
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Going, going, gone…Christie’s backs out of live auctions in India

The decision to end the live auctions in Mumbai is part of a bigger and broader decision taken for Christie’s worldwide
Tayeb Mehta's work being auctioned at a city hotel last year.(HT File Photo)
Tayeb Mehta's work being auctioned at a city hotel last year.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Mar 17, 2017 12:20 AM IST
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Yale, Juilliard musicians to perform in Mumbai for the first time

The Yale Schola Cantorum will perform choral music from as far back as the 15th century, while the New York-based Juilliard415 will perform on 400-year-old Baroque-era instruments.
Members of the New York-based Juilliard415, which will perform in the city on Thursday.(HT photo)
Members of the New York-based Juilliard415, which will perform in the city on Thursday.(HT photo)
Updated on Mar 15, 2017 02:12 PM IST
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SRK’s back in Darr 2, Kahaani’s Bob Biswas has a mom: How fans are rewriting film endings

In the world of Bollywood fan fiction, anything is possible. Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone can get together again, you can merge Lord of the Rings with Dil. Meet the fans who are rewriting the endings of their favourite films.
Things you can expect to see in Bollywood fan fiction: Dostana ending in a wedding, Sallu and Katrina on the run again, Bob Biswas’s mom, a sequel to Darr, and the backstory of that girl on the train in ‘Chaiyya chaiyya’.(Siddhant Jumde / HT Illustration)
Things you can expect to see in Bollywood fan fiction: Dostana ending in a wedding, Sallu and Katrina on the run again, Bob Biswas’s mom, a sequel to Darr, and the backstory of that girl on the train in ‘Chaiyya chaiyya’.(Siddhant Jumde / HT Illustration)
Updated on Mar 12, 2017 03:18 PM IST
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Food for thought: Restaurant trends that need to go

From ridiculous plating to unimaginative interiors, four food lovers call out the Indian restaurant scene on trends they want done away with.
Tofu carpaccio with a soya sauce drizzle and edible flowers, served on slate or stone.
Tofu carpaccio with a soya sauce drizzle and edible flowers, served on slate or stone.
Updated on Mar 04, 2017 09:13 AM IST
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What are you doing on Valentine’s Day? Bet you can’t beat the mosquito

There’s a lot of fancy wooing in the animal kingdom. Fireflies flash their lights in code, mosquitoes sing ‘songs’, and male balloon flies even offer gift-wrapped tokens to their lady love
The Sarus Crane, mostly monogamous, trumpets, prances, and even yanks off vegetation in the air in a frenzied, lovesick display.(Nayan Khanolkar)
The Sarus Crane, mostly monogamous, trumpets, prances, and even yanks off vegetation in the air in a frenzied, lovesick display.(Nayan Khanolkar)
Updated on Feb 12, 2017 12:15 PM IST
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HT Kala Ghoda Arts Festival: Experiencing music that transcends God, religion

The event was organised as part of the LIC Music Festival co-powered by Fox Life, and hosted by Fever 104 FM RJ Karan Singh.
inger-Songwriter Sonam Kalra prefroms with
inger-Songwriter Sonam Kalra prefroms with "The Sufi Gospel Project" during the Hindustan Times Kala Ghoda Arts festival 2017 at Cross Maidan, Churchgate on Sunday.(Anshuman Poyrekar/HT PHOTO)
Published on Feb 07, 2017 09:14 AM IST
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Chances are, a child you know is using drugs...

A first-ever nationwide survey on drug abuse in children has found that the average age of initiation is 12.
A national survey in 2014 found that, of the 4,024 minors surveyed, 83.2% used tobacco, 67.7% consumed alcohol, 35.4% used cannabis and 34.7% were sniffing glue and correction fluid.(Image: Shutterstock)
A national survey in 2014 found that, of the 4,024 minors surveyed, 83.2% used tobacco, 67.7% consumed alcohol, 35.4% used cannabis and 34.7% were sniffing glue and correction fluid.(Image: Shutterstock)
Updated on Jan 31, 2017 05:59 PM IST
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New podcast to highlight India’s political issues

Amit Varma’s podcast, The Seen and The Unseen, aims at dissecting the unseen effect of India’s policies.
Amit Varma’s podcast, The Seen and The Unseen, aims at dissecting the unseen effect of India’s policies.
Updated on Jan 21, 2017 11:25 AM IST
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A Brit is offering a guided walk through Indian history, via podcast

Kit Patrick’s ‘bumbling historian’ persona and intriguing snapshots of guilds and battles has a cult following.
The History of India has had 58 episodes so far, and a rating of 4.5 stars on iTunes.
The History of India has had 58 episodes so far, and a rating of 4.5 stars on iTunes.
Updated on Jan 07, 2017 08:42 AM IST
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Take the plunge: Bring in the new year with new adventure sports

Be a daredevil or a (very low-slung) rope, try bubble soccer, or take a ride on a swoop swing.
Bubble soccer is like football, except each player’s torso is encased in an inflated zorb.
Bubble soccer is like football, except each player’s torso is encased in an inflated zorb.
Updated on Dec 31, 2016 08:48 AM IST
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Planning a detox diet in the new year? Beware of the side-effects

Quite a few fad diets have been trending in 2016, but do you know what they’re really doing to your health?
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Updated on Dec 30, 2016 06:57 PM IST
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