Shara Ashraf

Shara Ashraf

Shara Ashraf writes on lifestyle, food, fashion, beauty and health, for the daily Entertainment & Lifestyle supplement, HT City.

Articles by Shara Ashraf
Celebrating the go-getters who never quit
Celebrating the go-getters who never quit

Celebrating the go-getters who never quit

UPDATED ON MAR 27, 2021 07:22 PM IST
The HT City 30 Under 30 awards presented by Ambience raise a toast to 30 such fearless people from different walks of life who achieved phenomenal success before they turned 30.
The transgenders in khaki will now be first responders in handling law and order situations.
The transgenders in khaki will now be first responders in handling law and order situations.

Transgenders in khaki: Ready to take on the world

By Shara Ashraf Prayag
PUBLISHED ON MAR 13, 2021 07:55 AM IST
Ridiculed and abused on a daily basis, transgender selected as constables say they will ensure that no one from their community is forced to live a life deprived of dignity.
Bagchi doesn’t like the terms stray dogs or street dogs. Dogs living within localites are community dogs, he says.
Bagchi doesn’t like the terms stray dogs or street dogs. Dogs living within localites are community dogs, he says.

The community dogs of Dhanbad: pampered, protected, proud

By Shara Ashraf Prayag
UPDATED ON JAN 21, 2021 11:45 PM IST
In the coal capital of India, a group of animal lovers is encouraging people to treat dogs with love and compassion
Even as they dealt with unimaginable shock, Rafath’s family took no time to decide that they wanted to donate her organs(Photo: Rajesh Kashyap / HT)
Even as they dealt with unimaginable shock, Rafath’s family took no time to decide that they wanted to donate her organs(Photo: Rajesh Kashyap / HT)

No such thing as goodbye: A teacher’s family shares why they donated her organs after death

By Shara Ashraf Prayag
UPDATED ON JAN 03, 2021 11:59 AM IST
Even in her death, primary school teacher Syed Rafath Parveen could save four lives. Her family volunteered to donate her organs. They wanted her to live on forever through this act of compassion, they say.
ITC Hotel’s first ever Biryani & Pulao takeout collection features Metiabruz Biryani , a rice and mutton combination, cooked in onion and spices with potato and boiled eggs. It derives its name from the historic Metiabruz locality(implying mud tower) near Kolkata
ITC Hotel’s first ever Biryani & Pulao takeout collection features Metiabruz Biryani , a rice and mutton combination, cooked in onion and spices with potato and boiled eggs. It derives its name from the historic Metiabruz locality(implying mud tower) near Kolkata

Age old recipes, locally sourced ingredients are the stars in a post pandemic world

By Shara Ashraf Prayag
UPDATED ON DEC 24, 2020 03:54 PM IST
People would opt for simplicity over showiness and seek comfort in the past, says chef Manisha Bhasin
Pooja Agarwal, 35, currently ranks 12th in the world and 3rd in Asia amongst para shooters((Photo: Tarasha/Hindustan Times))
Pooja Agarwal, 35, currently ranks 12th in the world and 3rd in Asia amongst para shooters((Photo: Tarasha/Hindustan Times))

One limb is good enough to shoot for the stars: Pooja Agarwal

By Shara Ashraf Prayag
UPDATED ON DEC 28, 2020 02:44 PM IST
Whatever you are left with is everything, says this specially-abled shooter whose YouTube channel is helping many to learn how to live independently
A fringed long coat by Daniel Lee
A fringed long coat by Daniel Lee

Put some bounce back in your style with fringes

By Shara Ashraf Prayag
UPDATED ON DEC 07, 2020 01:10 AM IST
Fringes are to fashion what idioms are to language. They add vibrancy, quirk and playfulness but if you crowd them at one place, the impact is lost.
Shades of gold: A painting of the Golden Temple by Sanjeev Kumar Sinha
Shades of gold: A painting of the Golden Temple by Sanjeev Kumar Sinha

Na Koi Hindu, Na Koi Musalman: Guru Nanak Dev Ji belongs to all

By Shara Ashraf Prayag
UPDATED ON NOV 30, 2020 05:00 PM IST
On Guru Nanak Jayanti, let’s recall the saint’s message of compassion for all
The inseparables: When you see Rama Devi Chowdhary and her son Mitrajit, not for a moment it feels that the two have just met after a separation of 15 long years.(Photo: Rajesh Kashyap/HT)
The inseparables: When you see Rama Devi Chowdhary and her son Mitrajit, not for a moment it feels that the two have just met after a separation of 15 long years.(Photo: Rajesh Kashyap/HT)

This lucky mom found her son after 15 years as she recovered lost memories

By Shara Ashraf Prayag
UPDATED ON NOV 30, 2020 10:08 AM IST
After 15 agonizing years, Supreme Court lawyer Rama Devi Chowdhary was reunited with her son when a sudden rush of memories helped her recall his name.
Beetroot Golgappe at Nukkad Cafe & Bar
Beetroot Golgappe at Nukkad Cafe & Bar

Golgappa to dim sum: Beetroot is having a moment in the food world

Hindustan Times | By Shara Ashraf Prayag
UPDATED ON NOV 25, 2020 09:07 AM IST
Chefs have come up with the most imaginative dishes featuring the humble root vegetable
The actor and host felt very uncomfortable striking those weird poses with mango ice-cream dripping down navel, he says.
The actor and host felt very uncomfortable striking those weird poses with mango ice-cream dripping down navel, he says.

When Abhilash Thapliyal played an object on purpose

By Shara Ashraf Prayag
UPDATED ON NOV 10, 2020 02:36 PM IST
Many would wonder what’s going on here, but they wouldn’t raise an eyebrow if a woman shot such pictures, says the actor and host

There is something called fashion therapy

By Shara Ashraf Prayag
UPDATED ON SEP 27, 2020 09:14 PM IST
Fashion, lifestyle and fitness influencer Neha Modi Jalan shows us how to celebrate positivity with personal style
A burnt gold mask with beaded laces adds a fairytale touch to this dramatic number
A burnt gold mask with beaded laces adds a fairytale touch to this dramatic number

Fun, Festive and Fantastical

Hindustan Times | By Shara Ashraf Prayag
UPDATED ON SEP 27, 2020 09:44 PM IST
When Covid gave us masks, we made them look so chic! The green monster couldn’tdull our sparkle!
A model
A model

“He asked me to strip, said that’s the only way to get modelling assignments”

Hindustan Times | By Shara Ashraf Prayag & Prerna Gauba
UPDATED ON SEP 01, 2020 12:24 PM IST
Gullible youngsters are sliding into dangerous traps set by social media-savvy racketeers who promise a flourishing career in modelling and acting. These men allegedly resort to extortion, blackmailing and even sexual assault once girls refuse to comply with their wishes.
The young traveler, Zhang Aixi had found a home away from home at Earth Saviors Foundation in Haryana.
The young traveler, Zhang Aixi had found a home away from home at Earth Saviors Foundation in Haryana.

A bittersweet goodbye: Chinese girl stuck in India finally left for home

Hindustan Times | By Shara Ashraf Prayag
UPDATED ON JUN 13, 2020 10:30 PM IST
Remember Zhang Aixi, the Chinese citizen stuck in India for the last five months? The solo traveler finally left for home in a special rescue flight.
Actor Parvin Dabas(Instagram)
Actor Parvin Dabas(Instagram)

Kindling kindness: Actor Parvin Dabas became a messiah for migrant families in distress

Hindustan Times | By Shara Ashraf Prayag
UPDATED ON JUN 10, 2020 10:52 PM IST
Someone forwarded Dabas a hungry child’s photo on WhatsApp; the actor traced the boy’s family and sent ration kits to them and fifty other families in the neighbourhood.
On Eid, head constable Askar Khan was on duty at an idgah along with SHO Ram Prasad Sharma
On Eid, head constable Askar Khan was on duty at an idgah along with SHO Ram Prasad Sharma

The invincible India: This Ram-Rahman duo prays together for the world to heal

Hindustan Times | By Shara Ashraf Prayag & Prerna Gauba
UPDATED ON JUN 04, 2020 03:59 PM IST
Corona warriors SHO Ram Prasad Sharma and head constable Askar Khan have set an amazing example of Hindu-Muslim unity.
When Vishnu, a former cop got to know about the little girl from his friend, Antony Ratheesh, a police officer, he immediately decided to help her.
When Vishnu, a former cop got to know about the little girl from his friend, Antony Ratheesh, a police officer, he immediately decided to help her.

The India we love: Meet Vishnu who rode 150 km on his bike to save 4-year-old Noor

Hindustan Times | By Shara Ashraf Prayag
UPDATED ON JUN 01, 2020 11:25 AM IST
With tears in her eyes, the kid’s mother said that she would always pray for me; that was the greatest reward I could ever get, says the former cop.
Abid Saifi, a social worker got this information through Sandeep Kumar, admin of Jai Hind Blood Group, a WhatsApp group that helps patients connect with donors.
Abid Saifi, a social worker got this information through Sandeep Kumar, admin of Jai Hind Blood Group, a WhatsApp group that helps patients connect with donors.

The India we love: Muslim man breaks fast to save a Hindu woman and her child

Hindustan Times | By Shara Ashraf Prayag
UPDATED ON MAY 27, 2020 08:36 PM IST
There is no affiliation higher than humanity, says Abid Saifi who donated blood to a pregnant Hindu woman
Natraj says that some migrants were also carrying cats and rabbits. They didn’t let anyone click their pictures.(AP file photo. Representative image)
Natraj says that some migrants were also carrying cats and rabbits. They didn’t let anyone click their pictures.(AP file photo. Representative image)

When you love, you don’t give up: Migrant workers refuse to part from their pets

Hindustan Times | By Shara Ashraf Prayag
UPDATED ON MAY 14, 2020 04:31 PM IST
A family of migrant workers chose to carry their pets along even as they took the long road home.
Singh is thankful for all the love and blessings that he has received from across India
Singh is thankful for all the love and blessings that he has received from across India

Think of India as one big family: Brave Punjab Sub Inspector Harjeet Singh

Hindustan Times | By Shara Ashraf Prayag
UPDATED ON APR 29, 2020 11:27 PM IST
The police officer whose hand was chopped off with a sword by Nihangs is slowly recovering. He appeals to everyone to stand by Covid-19 warriors
In such a charged atmosphere, Zhang Aixi, a Chinese citizen found herself stuck as the lockdown was announced. Zhang had come to India on a solo trip in January.
In such a charged atmosphere, Zhang Aixi, a Chinese citizen found herself stuck as the lockdown was announced. Zhang had come to India on a solo trip in January.

Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam: The story of a Chinese girl stuck in India

Hindustan Times | By Shara Ashraf Prayag & Swati Chaturvedi
UPDATED ON APR 30, 2020 09:51 PM IST
After suffering a mental breakdown, Chinese citizen Zhang Aixi had no place to go. The young solo traveler found a home away from home at a Haryana based NGO.
No one agreed to give them a lift so the women walked all the way to the clinic, carrying the cat in a basket.
No one agreed to give them a lift so the women walked all the way to the clinic, carrying the cat in a basket.

The ‘catwomen’ of Daryaganj : Two women walked 10 km in the heat to save a stray cat

Hindustan Times | By Shara Ashraf Prayag
UPDATED ON APR 24, 2020 03:59 PM IST
 Fatima and Sultana could not bear to see the pregnant cat in a terrible state after she suffered a fall.
Mahipal Ladher belongs to Tharparkar that sets a beautiful example of Hindu-Muslims unity where the two communities draw strength from a shared heritage and history
Mahipal Ladher belongs to Tharparkar that sets a beautiful example of Hindu-Muslims unity where the two communities draw strength from a shared heritage and history

This Pakistani pilot urges the world to always stay united

Hindustan Times | By Shara Ashraf Prayag
UPDATED ON APR 25, 2020 06:28 PM IST
It’s through the darkest times that we see humanity prevail, let’s stay this way in the best of the times as well, says Mahipal Ladher, the second Hindu pilot of Pakistan
Hemant Bhayana drove his car non-stop, covering about 1326 km in 24 hours from Delhi to Bhagalpur, Bihar to help a migrant in distress.
Hemant Bhayana drove his car non-stop, covering about 1326 km in 24 hours from Delhi to Bhagalpur, Bihar to help a migrant in distress.

This Delhi man risked his life for a stranger in distress

Hindustan Times | By Shara Ashraf Prayag
UPDATED ON APR 22, 2020 09:15 PM IST
Driving non-stop for 24 hours, Hemant Bhayana helped a stranger who wanted to perform the last rites of his mother

Humour does what force can’t: Policemen show their fun and quirky side

Hindustan Times | By Shara Ashraf Prayag
UPDATED ON APR 04, 2020 07:06 PM IST
Amidst lockdown, police officers across India have come up with cool ways to deter people from stepping out
While other daily wage earners have some social network, this is an isolated and a highly ostracized community(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
While other daily wage earners have some social network, this is an isolated and a highly ostracized community(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)

Thanks to social prejudice, transgenders are a neglected lot

Hindustan Times | By Shara Ashraf Prayag
UPDATED ON MAR 31, 2020 08:20 PM IST
Transgenders are facing neglect in this distressing phase due to bias that runs deeps in the society. The Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment has come to their rescue
Reciting poetry online is proving to be a great way for them to make people stay at home and deal with fear, anxiety, depression and boredom during the pandemic, say these poets.
Reciting poetry online is proving to be a great way for them to make people stay at home and deal with fear, anxiety, depression and boredom during the pandemic, say these poets.

Shayari goes live in the time of corona

Hindustan Times | By Shara Ashraf Prayag
UPDATED ON MAR 31, 2020 03:23 PM IST
Urdu poets across India are conducting live mushairas on Facebook to help cope with the crisis
Virali Modi has been wheelchair bound for the last 14 years after suffering paralysis from waist down due to a serious illness.
Virali Modi has been wheelchair bound for the last 14 years after suffering paralysis from waist down due to a serious illness.

Can’t thank these kind, humane officers enough: Specially-abled girl

Hindustan Times | By Shara Ashraf Prayag
UPDATED ON MAR 30, 2020 02:42 PM IST
Compassion makes this world a better place, says Virali Modi who got immediate help from Mumbai Police during the lockdown
Mansi had never imagined that she was going to be ruthlessly trolled and body shamed for her act.
Mansi had never imagined that she was going to be ruthlessly trolled and body shamed for her act.

Meet Mansi Shah, the 36-year-old Mumbaikar, whose spirited 9 second video, shouting ‘Go corona go’, went viral

Hindustan Times | By Shara Ashraf Prayag
UPDATED ON MAR 30, 2020 12:08 PM IST
As Mansi beat a spoon against a thali, she also shouted ‘go corona go’ enthusiastically. Her mom-in-law shot the video from a distance, and shared it in one of her whatsapp groups.
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