Roshni Nair

Roshni Nair

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

Articles by Roshni Nair
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.

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

Hindustan Times | By Roshni Nair
UPDATED ON SEP 10, 2017 01:48 PM IST
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.
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.

#Bollywood: The Hindi family film is finally being honest about sex

Hindustan Times | By Roshni Nair
UPDATED ON SEP 03, 2017 04:19 PM IST
From sperm donors to erectile dysfunction and women with raw desire, there’s less hypocrisy and more real romance on-screen.
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.

Meet the extreme SRK, Salman, Vijay, Ajith fans behind rabid tweets and hashtags

Hindustan Times | By Roshni Nair
UPDATED ON AUG 21, 2017 06:16 PM IST
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.’
(Shutterstock)
(Shutterstock)

‘Indecent obsessions’: A peek into life as a kleptomaniac, compulsive liar

Hindustan Times | By Roshni Nair
UPDATED ON AUG 20, 2017 11:25 AM IST
As friends desert you and family stays away, it can be a lonely battle for those compelled to take things, tell lies.
“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)

Don’t ignore the silent killer. Find ways to beat the stress you’re feeling

Hindustan Times | By Sanchita Sharma & Roshni Nair
UPDATED ON JUL 30, 2017 08:42 AM IST
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.
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.

In The End: This weekend, catch a tribute to Linkin Park

Hindustan Times | By Roshni Nair
PUBLISHED ON JUL 28, 2017 05:03 PM IST
Anthracite will perform songs from six of the band’s albums, in memory of Chester Bennington.
Aparajita Basu was arrested in 2000 on charges of murdering her husband.
Aparajita Basu was arrested in 2000 on charges of murdering her husband.

I was in jail for 12 years for nothing: A graphic retelling of prison horror

Hindustan Times | By Dhrubo Jyoti, Roshni Nair and Mohit Suneja
UPDATED ON JUL 26, 2017 03:13 PM IST
This is the story of Aparajita Basu who was arrested in 2000 on charges of murdering her husband.
(Getty Images / iStock)
(Getty Images / iStock)

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

Hindustan Times | By Dhrubo Jyoti & Roshni Nair
UPDATED ON JUL 26, 2017 02:05 PM IST
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.
(ILLUSTRATION: SIDDHANT JUMDE)
(ILLUSTRATION: SIDDHANT JUMDE)

Mumbai, exercise is good for getting fitter, but excess is bad

Hindustan Times | By Roshni Nair
UPDATED ON AUG 04, 2017 12:25 PM IST
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
‘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)

Pealing laughter, healing hands: How volunteers bring cheer to patients

Hindustan Times | By Anonna Dutt and Roshni Nair
UPDATED ON JUL 09, 2017 08:40 AM IST
From ‘Clownseling’ to palliative care, hospital helpers are giving the sick and despairing something to look forward to.
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.

All that jazz: Bringing the swinging Sixties back to Mumbai

Hindustan Times | By Roshni Nair
UPDATED ON JUL 08, 2017 08:24 AM IST
In its first edition, the Zizieland Jazz Festival pays tribute to Ella Fitzgerald and The Rat Pack.
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.

Where are you really from? An art show traces the history of migration

Hindustan Times | By Roshni Nair
PUBLISHED ON JUL 07, 2017 04:16 PM IST
Explore the ‘loop’ between Mumbai and villages in the Konkan through photographs, installations and renderings, at an exhibition titled Mumbai Return.
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.

Heard that song before? Meet some of India’s coolest tribute bands

Hindustan Times | By Roshni Nair
UPDATED ON JUN 20, 2017 01:38 PM IST
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.
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).

Shalom, Bollywood: Resurrecting the Jewish heritage of Hindi cinema

Hindustan Times | By Roshni Nair
UPDATED ON MAY 28, 2017 08:38 AM IST
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
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)

I lived for two weeks in a rainforest in the Western Ghats. Here’s what it was like

Hindustan Times | By Roshni Nair
UPDATED ON MAY 22, 2017 01:36 PM IST
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.
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.

YouTube sensation Penn Masala will perform in Mumbai on May 20

Hindustan Times | By Roshni Nair
UPDATED ON MAY 20, 2017 08:45 AM IST
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.
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.

Hoppipola? PapaCream? Why do some Mumbai eateries have such quirky names?

Hindustan Times | By Roshni Nair
UPDATED ON MAY 13, 2017 08:27 AM IST
Seven restaurateurs reveal the secrets and coded messages behind their name plates.
(HT Illustration: Sri Krishna Patkar)
(HT Illustration: Sri Krishna Patkar)

The truth is out there: Tales from India’s UFO investigators

Hindustan Times | By Roshni Nair
UPDATED ON MAY 11, 2017 01:38 PM IST
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.
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)

Bogie men: Meet the foot soldiers of the Indian Railways

Hindustan Times | By Roshni Nair
UPDATED ON MAR 18, 2017 09:39 PM IST
Track maintainers or gangmen walk miles, often carrying heavy equipment, and risk their lives to keep your trains on track. These are their stories.
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)

Going, going, gone…Christie’s backs out of live auctions in India

Hindustan Times | By Roshni Nair
UPDATED ON MAR 17, 2017 12:20 AM IST
The decision to end the live auctions in Mumbai is part of a bigger and broader decision taken for Christie’s worldwide
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)

Yale, Juilliard musicians to perform in Mumbai for the first time

Hindustan Times | By Roshni Nair
UPDATED ON MAR 15, 2017 02:12 PM IST
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.
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)

SRK’s back in Darr 2, Kahaani’s Bob Biswas has a mom: How fans are rewriting film endings

Hindustan Times | By Roshni Nair
UPDATED ON MAR 12, 2017 03:18 PM IST
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.
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.

Food for thought: Restaurant trends that need to go

Hindustan Times | By Roshni Nair
UPDATED ON MAR 04, 2017 09:13 AM IST
From ridiculous plating to unimaginative interiors, four food lovers call out the Indian restaurant scene on trends they want done away with.
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)

What are you doing on Valentine’s Day? Bet you can’t beat the mosquito

Hindustan Times | By Roshni Nair
UPDATED ON FEB 12, 2017 12:15 PM IST
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
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)
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)

HT Kala Ghoda Arts Festival: Experiencing music that transcends God, religion

Hindustan Times | By Roshni Nair
PUBLISHED ON FEB 07, 2017 09:14 AM IST
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.
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)

Chances are, a child you know is using drugs...

Hindustan Times | By Roshni Nair
UPDATED ON JAN 31, 2017 05:59 PM IST
A first-ever nationwide survey on drug abuse in children has found that the average age of initiation is 12.
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.

New podcast to highlight India’s political issues

Hindustan Times | By Roshni Nair
UPDATED ON JAN 21, 2017 11:25 AM IST
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.

A Brit is offering a guided walk through Indian history, via podcast

Hindustan Times | By Roshni Nair
UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2017 08:42 AM IST
Kit Patrick’s ‘bumbling historian’ persona and intriguing snapshots of guilds and battles has a cult following.
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.

Take the plunge: Bring in the new year with new adventure sports

Hindustan Times | By Roshni Nair
UPDATED ON DEC 31, 2016 08:48 AM IST
Be a daredevil or a (very low-slung) rope, try bubble soccer, or take a ride on a swoop swing.
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(ISTOCK)

Planning a detox diet in the new year? Beware of the side-effects

Hindustan Times | By Rhythma Kaul and Roshni Nair
UPDATED ON DEC 30, 2016 06:57 PM IST
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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