Ruchika Garg

Ruchika Garg

Ruchika Garg writes on Art and Culture, for the daily Entertainment & Lifestyle supplement, HT City

Articles by Ruchika Garg
Amid the pandemic this year, wholesale shopkeepers in Old Delhi’s markets are taking the virtual route to boost their sales.(PHOTO: Shivam Saxena/ HT)
Amid the pandemic this year, wholesale shopkeepers in Old Delhi’s markets are taking the virtual route to boost their sales.(PHOTO: Shivam Saxena/ HT)

Sadar Bazaar light sellers: Get online tutorial, we’ll deliver products at doorstep

Hindustan Times | By Ruchika Garg
PUBLISHED ON NOV 05, 2020 08:43 PM IST
Seeing the low footfall in Old Delhi’s Sadar Bazaar, wholesale shopkeepers have started uploading online tutorials on social media, and home delivering orders of lights to keep their businesses afloat amid the pandemic.
Some multiplexes are giving an option of private screening to woo customers.(Ronjoy Gogoi/HT)
Some multiplexes are giving an option of private screening to woo customers.(Ronjoy Gogoi/HT)

Theatres reopen: Private screenings in Delhi-NCR excites denizens

Hindustan Times | By Ruchika Garg
PUBLISHED ON NOV 02, 2020 01:52 PM IST
Private screenings in Delhi-NCR? Yay or Nay?
In a survey, 79% shoppers said they will consider buying festive items online to support local artisans and businesses.(Photo: Shutterstock)
In a survey, 79% shoppers said they will consider buying festive items online to support local artisans and businesses.(Photo: Shutterstock)

Festive shopping? Log in to see, shop, support #local online

Hindustan Times | By Ruchika Garg
UPDATED ON OCT 14, 2020 03:14 PM IST
According to a recent survey, 41% Delhiites are expected to use e-commerce websites as their primary shopping channel, during the festive season.
Constant pressure from parents and teachers, and excessive use of social media are some of the reasons for students to feel stressed.(Photo: iStock)
Constant pressure from parents and teachers, and excessive use of social media are some of the reasons for students to feel stressed.(Photo: iStock)

World Mental Health Day: Students share need to de-stress, experts suggest ways

Hindustan Times | By Ruchika Garg
PUBLISHED ON OCT 09, 2020 10:06 PM IST
Amid Covid-19 pandemic, students who have been homebound confess that they have been feeling stressed due to numerous reasons. Experts give tips to keep them calm.
Women smearing each other with vermillion is a common sight during the sindur khela on Vijayadashami, that is the last day of Durga Puja. This year, this celebrations won’t take place at most pandals in Delhi-NCR.(Photo: Arvind Yadav/HT)
Women smearing each other with vermillion is a common sight during the sindur khela on Vijayadashami, that is the last day of Durga Puja. This year, this celebrations won’t take place at most pandals in Delhi-NCR.(Photo: Arvind Yadav/HT)

Sindur khela fervour to be missed this year? No way, say Delhi-NCR women

Hindustan Times | By Ruchika Garg
UPDATED ON OCT 09, 2020 04:38 PM IST
Following the norms of social distancing, Durga Puja pandals have gone virtual and cut down the celebrations to bare minimum. But rather than feeling gloomy, Bengalis in Delhi-NCR have chalked out alternate plans.
Virtual self-defence training classes are being conducted on a weekly basis, for the school children.
Virtual self-defence training classes are being conducted on a weekly basis, for the school children.

Delhi Police’s online self-defence classes are a hit among school kids

Hindustan Times | By Ruchika Garg
UPDATED ON OCT 07, 2020 09:49 PM IST
Organised by Parivartan Cell, Delhi Police, the online classes have become quite popular among school students.
Daan Utsav, the annual event has taken a virtual route this year to ensure people can participate from the comfort of their homes.
Daan Utsav, the annual event has taken a virtual route this year to ensure people can participate from the comfort of their homes.

Daan Utsav: It’s time to celebrate the joy of giving

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By Ruchika Garg
UPDATED ON OCT 06, 2020 12:00 PM IST
There is a joy in giving since an act of kindness leaves an impact on both the donor and the receiver.
Vrinda Sharma, a Faridabad resident, has started a rehabilitation centre for dogs near her house.
Vrinda Sharma, a Faridabad resident, has started a rehabilitation centre for dogs near her house.

Faridabad gets its first rehab centre for pups

Hindustan Times | By Ruchika Garg
PUBLISHED ON OCT 03, 2020 12:50 PM IST
Vrinda Sharma, a 24-year-old resident of the suburb, rescues and rehabilitates injured and unwell puppies.
Kids take picture with Delhi Police cops patrolling on their bicycles in Nehru Park.
Kids take picture with Delhi Police cops patrolling on their bicycles in Nehru Park.

Selfie with a cop: The new ‘it’ thing among kids

Hindustan Times | By Ruchika Garg
PUBLISHED ON OCT 03, 2020 12:17 PM IST
Since cops have started patrolling the public parks on bicycle, children are often spotted clicking pictures with them.
Food with dignity, an initiative by NGO, Hamari Udaan and ACT serves a meal for Rs.10 at Maya Enclave, Delhi to the underprivileged people.
Food with dignity, an initiative by NGO, Hamari Udaan and ACT serves a meal for Rs.10 at Maya Enclave, Delhi to the underprivileged people.

Meals at Rs10: Charity wrapped in dignity

UPDATED ON OCT 03, 2020 06:14 PM IST
To make sure that the needy don’t lose their self-respect, Delhi-based chartered accountant, Sanjay Dodrajka, serves meal for Rs.10 at Maya Enclave.
Family picnics at India Gate lawns are no longer a thing of the past. Many are reviving their love of this kind of family outing.(PHOTO: Raj K Raj/HT)
Family picnics at India Gate lawns are no longer a thing of the past. Many are reviving their love of this kind of family outing.(PHOTO: Raj K Raj/HT)

World Tourism Day 2020: Delhiites, how about a picnic ’90s style?

Hindustan Times | By Ruchika Garg
PUBLISHED ON SEP 26, 2020 08:06 PM IST
Those who are missing vacationing at hill stations near the Capital have taken to exploring the rich architectural heritage of Delhi. Read on to know where all you can go to celebrate the day.
Popular K-Pop band BTS recently shared a message for Indian fans.
Popular K-Pop band BTS recently shared a message for Indian fans.

K-pop band BTS to Indian fans: Your energy keeps us going strong

Hindustan Times | By Ruchika Garg
PUBLISHED ON SEP 24, 2020 05:01 PM IST
“We want to say thank you so much to everyone in India who loves K-Pop. Your energy keeps BTS going strong. Thank you Army in India,” says the band.
Death of a Delhi-based photographer, who died by suicide, has triggered a campaign to lend a helping hand to the wedding photographers in distress, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.(Photo: Shutterstock)
Death of a Delhi-based photographer, who died by suicide, has triggered a campaign to lend a helping hand to the wedding photographers in distress, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.(Photo: Shutterstock)

Wedding photogs get together: Protest no work, start campaign

Hindustan Times | By Ruchika Garg
PUBLISHED ON SEP 17, 2020 12:27 PM IST
A campaign to support wedding photographers, across India, began after a Delhi-based wedding photographer died by suicide. The wedding photography industry reportedly consists of more than 50,000 people.
Kids prepared posters and cards to show them to their teacher as celebrations go virtual this year.
Kids prepared posters and cards to show them to their teacher as celebrations go virtual this year.

Happy Teacher’s Day: Posters, acts wished Delhi-NCR teachers virtually

Hindustan Times | By Ruchika Garg
PUBLISHED ON SEP 05, 2020 07:22 PM IST
Teacher’s Day celebrations, amid Covid-19 pandemic, took a virtual route with school students making posters, preparing mimicry acts and other surprises for their teachers.
Chess grandmaster Vidit Gujrathi says he practised for the Online Chess Olympiad, even when on the treadmill.
Chess grandmaster Vidit Gujrathi says he practised for the Online Chess Olympiad, even when on the treadmill.

Fans bunked offices, classes to watch us play chess: Vidit Gujrathi

Hindustan Times | By Ruchika Garg
PUBLISHED ON SEP 02, 2020 11:11 PM IST
India recently won gold, jointly with Russia, in the Online Chess Olympiad 2020. The captain is elated at the “love and support” the game has received this time.
Monsoon 2020 has been a relief for those professionals who have been working from home due to Covid-19.(Photo: Shutterstock (Photo for representational purposes only))
Monsoon 2020 has been a relief for those professionals who have been working from home due to Covid-19.(Photo: Shutterstock (Photo for representational purposes only))

Rains brighten the other side of #WFH

Hindustan Times | By Ruchika Garg
PUBLISHED ON AUG 30, 2020 11:52 PM IST
Corporates in Delhi-NCR have been talking about the disadvantages of work from home. But, the monsoon has brought with it one advantage, which is making the professionals feel elated.
To encourage talk on menstrual health, social media users are tying red cloth on their hand and uploading its picture.(Photo: Instagram)
To encourage talk on menstrual health, social media users are tying red cloth on their hand and uploading its picture.(Photo: Instagram)

Break the taboo: Celebs support menstrual health via social media

Hindustan Times | By Ruchika Garg
PUBLISHED ON AUG 30, 2020 10:19 PM IST
As part of a virtual campaign, Bollywood celebrities have come forth to debunk myths on periods.
Many social workers, across India, have been working for the cause of menstrual hygiene among women.
Many social workers, across India, have been working for the cause of menstrual hygiene among women.

Menstrual hygiene: PM’s speech motivates social workers to debunk myths better

Hindustan Times | By Ruchika Garg
PUBLISHED ON AUG 26, 2020 02:29 AM IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently spoke about the topic of menstrual hygiene, in his speech on 74th Independence Day, and social workers have appreciated the move that is helping take their campaigns forward.
Tailors and boutique owners in Delhi-NCR report an increase in demand for stitched clothes vis-à-vis ready-made apparels.(Photo: Shutterstock)
Tailors and boutique owners in Delhi-NCR report an increase in demand for stitched clothes vis-à-vis ready-made apparels.(Photo: Shutterstock)

Unlock 3.0: Boutiques, tailors register a surge in business

Hindustan Times | By Ruchika Garg
UPDATED ON AUG 21, 2020 11:50 AM IST
Residents of Delhi-NCR are preferring to get their clothes stitched rather than buying ready-made garments, during the pandemic.
Some popular senior artists share their tales of surviving the pandemic while staying safe.
Some popular senior artists share their tales of surviving the pandemic while staying safe.

World Senior Citizen’s Day: Artistes share how they are coping with Covid-19 era

Hindustan Times | By Ruchika Garg
UPDATED ON AUG 21, 2020 03:57 AM IST
Senior artistes, while confined at their homes, share how they have been dealing with such difficult times.
Ebrahim Alkazi was the director of National School of Drama for almost 15 years.
Ebrahim Alkazi was the director of National School of Drama for almost 15 years.

Ebrahim Alkazi: A guru who was a father figure, say NSD alumni

Hindustan Times | By Ruchika Garg
PUBLISHED ON AUG 13, 2020 01:19 AM IST
The legend Ebrahim Alkazi who recently passed away at the age of 94 was like a guru and a father to the alumni of National School of Drama, Delhi.
A vendor waits for customers inside a shop full of rakhis, at Old Delhi’s Sadar Bazar. Most shopkeepers reported low sales due to Covid-19.(Photo: Sanchit Khanna/HT)
A vendor waits for customers inside a shop full of rakhis, at Old Delhi’s Sadar Bazar. Most shopkeepers reported low sales due to Covid-19.(Photo: Sanchit Khanna/HT)

Festive sales in Old Delhi’s Sadar Bazar get hit by Covid-19 too

Hindustan Times | By Ruchika Garg
PUBLISHED ON AUG 03, 2020 10:19 PM IST
Unlike every year, the rakhi business in Old Delhi went through a bad phase with a sizeable number of shops staying shut. Some shopkeepers decided to not to sell rakhi, to a handful of customers, and instead have taken to prepping for Diwali.
Samaira Khanna’s virtual story sessions usually have a message for other children.
Samaira Khanna’s virtual story sessions usually have a message for other children.

Corona tales: Meet the nine-year-old kindness warrior

Hindustan Times | By Ruchika Garg
UPDATED ON SEP 22, 2020 03:16 PM IST
Samaira Khanna, 9, is helping the underprivileged and corona warriors with the money she is earning through virtual storytelling sessions.
Many Delhi Police personnel could not meet their families on Raksha Bandhan this year because they had to fill in for their colleagues, who have been fighting Covid-19.(Photo: Vipin Kumar/HT (For Representational Purposes Only))
Many Delhi Police personnel could not meet their families on Raksha Bandhan this year because they had to fill in for their colleagues, who have been fighting Covid-19.(Photo: Vipin Kumar/HT (For Representational Purposes Only))

These corona warriors didn’t celebrate Rakhi with their families, so that we could

Hindustan Times | By Ruchika Garg
PUBLISHED ON AUG 03, 2020 09:33 PM IST
When we were celebrating the day with our families and having the best meals, these cops were on roads to ensure that they safeguard us against Covid-19.
As cinema halls eagerly await the orders to welcome movie buffs, their menus get a healthy rejig.(Photo: Shutterstock)
As cinema halls eagerly await the orders to welcome movie buffs, their menus get a healthy rejig.(Photo: Shutterstock)

Cinema halls aim to reopen with a shot of immunity

Hindustan Times | By Ruchika Garg
PUBLISHED ON JUL 30, 2020 04:18 AM IST
Come unlock 3.0, and be prepared to munch healthy when you are at the movies next! Theatres to introduce immunity boosting foods in their menus to strengthen the fight against coronavirus.
The face shields available in the market are generally transparent, washable and can be bought keeping the use in mind.
The face shields available in the market are generally transparent, washable and can be bought keeping the use in mind.

Covid-19 protection: Right safety gear to use in the pandemic

Hindustan Times | By Ruchika Garg
PUBLISHED ON JUL 26, 2020 03:03 PM IST
With multiple options available, as safety gears in the time of coronavirus, it becomes a challenge to choose the right one. Here’s some sane advice from experts on what to buy.
Mehendi artists are taking all the necessary precautions while attending customers who are keen to get henna tattoos on Teej.
Mehendi artists are taking all the necessary precautions while attending customers who are keen to get henna tattoos on Teej.

Unlock Teej: Mehendi craze takes over corona scare?

Hindustan Times | By Ruchika Garg
PUBLISHED ON JUL 23, 2020 01:06 AM IST
Mehendi artists in Delhi-NCR are happy that women celebrating Teej are turning up to get mehendi applied on their hands. They are hopeful that people will continue to visit them for upcoming festivals as well.
Some residents of Delhi-NCR have pledged to celebrate Shravan Shivratri by helping the needy.
Some residents of Delhi-NCR have pledged to celebrate Shravan Shivratri by helping the needy.

Shravan Shivratri: Denizens celebrate with small acts of kindness

Hindustan Times | By Ruchika Garg
UPDATED ON JUL 19, 2020 04:57 AM IST
This year, amid the Covid-19 pandemic, Shiva devotees are celebrating Shravan Shivratri (July 19) with some kind deeds.
Women in some slum areas of Delhi are earning a livelihood by stitching masks with the help of an NGO.
Women in some slum areas of Delhi are earning a livelihood by stitching masks with the help of an NGO.

Women in slum areas stitch masks to support their families

Hindustan Times | By Ruchika Garg
UPDATED ON JUL 20, 2020 06:41 PM IST
A Delhi-based NGO, Little India Foundation, is helping women in some slum areas to earn a livelihood and sustain their families by stitching cotton masks.
Many Delhi University girls are facing harassment and mental stress due to calls and messages from unknown numbers since the data leak has been reported.(Photo: Sanchit Khanna/HT (For representational purpose only))
Many Delhi University girls are facing harassment and mental stress due to calls and messages from unknown numbers since the data leak has been reported.(Photo: Sanchit Khanna/HT (For representational purpose only))

DU data leak: Students lodge FIR yet feel unsafe and stressed

Hindustan Times | By Aprajita Sharad (Inputs by Naina Arora and Ruchika Garg)
PUBLISHED ON JUL 17, 2020 08:00 PM IST
Delhi University students had complained of data breach when admit cards were uploaded online, and female students say that they are still feeling unsafe and stressed out. Experts suggest how they can keep themselves calm.
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