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

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Sometimes, men just need to look like men, not a statement: Akshay Kumar

The OG King of style talks about being yourself, as he brings alive voguish looks and serves up style advice in a shoot with HT City Showstoppers

Akshay Kumar in a neon blazer by ace designer Manish Malhotra
Updated on May 26, 2024 04:35 PM IST
ByShara Ashraf Prayag

An inhuman publicity stunt at a time Rohit Bal is so unwell: Lalit Tehlan

Close friend Lalit Tehlan refutes claims that he is not allowed to meet designer Rohit Bal in the hospital.

Lalit is relieved that Rohit is showing signs of recovery
Updated on Dec 10, 2023 11:47 AM IST
ByShara Ashraf Prayag

Rohit Bal critical but responding, friends and fraternity pray

Renowned fashion designer Rohit Bal is on life support at NCR's Medanta Hospital after suffering a heart failure.

Fashion fraternity prays for Rohit Bal's recovery.
Updated on Nov 28, 2023 04:46 PM IST

Huma: Fashion is a celebration of courage

The actor played the perfect muse for us as she posed for her first ever fashion shoot in Kashmir, her mother’s homeland.

Huma Qureshi says that the true purpose of fashion, like any other art, is to inspire courage.
Updated on Nov 16, 2023 06:46 PM IST

‘I’m tired of blue-pink lehengas. There should be a revival of red’

Actor-model Alankrita Sahai says that women observing Karwa Chauth should celebrate red in all its glory, as she brings inspiration for the festival.

Alankrita Sahai
Published on Nov 16, 2023 06:27 PM IST

A bride should look like a bride: Rohit Bal

A self-described traditionalist, the fashion designer says that he doesn’t approve of brides taking pheras in blue and green lehengas

Bal is recuperating well after being discharged from the hospital recently where he was admitted for pancreatitis treatment.
Updated on Jun 27, 2023 11:03 AM IST
ByShara Ashraf Prayag

The gift of life: Mum donates a part of her liver to save 8-month-old baby girl

Prisha, a one-year-old girl, was saved by her mother after being diagnosed with biliary atresia, a condition that could have caused liver failure. Her mother donated 20% of her liver to save her child's life in a transplant surgery at Indraprastha Apollo Hospital in Delhi. The family, from Bihar, took out loans and launched a crowdfunding campaign to cover the cost of the surgery. Prisha's health has since improved dramatically.

Prisha with her mother, Anjali Kumari
Updated on May 15, 2023 10:23 AM IST
ByShara Ashraf Prayag

Parineeti Chopra to wear Manish Malhotra, Raghav Chadha chooses Pawan Sachdeva: Engagement look revealed

While Raghav Chadha will stick to his minimalist-chic style, Parineeti Chopra will wear a subtle Indian outfit

For the function to be held in the evening, the couple will wear colour-coordinated outfits
Updated on May 10, 2023 10:17 PM IST
ByShara Ashraf Prayag

War over Rohit Bal: Close friend Lalit Tehlan and designer Rohit Gandhi trade serious allegations

One of India’s most well-known fashion designers, Rohit Bal, finds himself in the middle of an unsavoury controversy. We dig deeper and get you both sides.

Rohil Bal’s close friends say it’s painful to see such a celebrated designer wither away slowly.
Updated on Apr 11, 2023 08:15 AM IST

Women’s Day Special: Like mother, like daughter

On International Women’s Day, women achievers pay their mothers a compelling tribute as we help them dress up to recreate their mother’s look.

IPS Anita Roy’s mother Sumitra Roy (left) always propelled her to challenge gender stereotypes with self-belief.
Updated on Mar 09, 2023 12:19 PM IST
ByShara Ashraf Prayag

‘Keeping our love a secret added thrills to our lives’

A ‘Dilli ka launda’ goes to Mumbai chasing his dreams, runs into his crush, a ‘heroine’ during a movie promotion, sweeps her off her feet with his simplicity and marries her a couple of years later in a secret ceremony, lest the news hampers her career

When the couple moved together, Amrita hid her identity from the house help fearing she could spread the news. (Styling: Shara Ashraf Prayag; Photo: Mayur Chhabria; Outfits: Khanijo)
Updated on Mar 01, 2023 03:52 PM IST
ByShara Ashraf Prayag

Shiitake nigiri, tofu toban yaki: Green is trending!

Inspired by the Zen Buddhist diet, Japanese restaurant are celebrating plant-based dishes that masterfully mimic fish and meat

Plant-based nigiri at Sakura, The Metropolitan Hotel & Spa, New Delhi
Updated on Jan 28, 2023 05:31 PM IST
ByShara Ashraf Prayag

Vivienne Westwood: Rebel with a heart of gold

The punk provocateur will be remembered for her unabashed originality and her relentless activism to create a compassionate world.

The inimitable Vivienne Westwood inspired her fans to be dauntlessly authentic in their style and use it to create a better world.
Updated on Jan 19, 2023 07:12 PM IST
ByShara Ashraf Prayag

#grazecraze: charcuterie is the new bouquet!

From celebrating special occasions to expressing love, these gorgeous nibble boards say surprise in the most flavoursome ways

Charcuterie board by New York-based Kimberly Charon
Published on Jan 10, 2023 04:13 PM IST
ByShara Ashraf Prayag

From fodder to finesse: Millets have arrived!

The unpretentious millets are finally getting the applause they deserve, right from hobnobbing with luxe dishes on five star menus to making a mark on global platforms

Ragi, kuttu, jowar and jaggery laddoos by chef Sania Naqvi of Seeking Roots, a farm-to-table concept
Updated on Dec 27, 2022 06:13 PM IST
ByShara Ashraf Prayag

Christmas pudding: A dessert steeped in tradition

Fragrant, fruity, full of boozy spiciness — the Christmas pudding or the plum pudding is a festive gem that stirs delicious nostalgia

Every year, the pudding brings you hope lovingly wrapped in celebratory flavours, with a note that the best is yet to come. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Dec 27, 2022 06:53 PM IST
ByShara Ashraf Prayag

#bindaasbride: She will play by her own rules!

No two brides should look the same! Here’s some inspo for the new-age bride who believes in celebrating her individualistic style

#bindaasbride: She will play by her own rules!
Updated on Mar 31, 2022 12:41 PM IST
ByShara Ashraf Prayag and Ruchika Garg, New Delhi

A passionate foodie, an outstanding cook!

Legendary singer late Lata Mangeshkar had a great interest in cooking and she loved watching food shows, recall chefs who were fortunate to interact with her and serve her their food

In an interview, Lata Mangeshkar shared that she learnt cooking at an early age. Her naani and mother taught her the nuances of cooking. Lyricist Majrooh Sultanpuri’s wife taught her Mughlai recipes and how to add kesar in them. (Photo: Twitter)
Updated on Feb 07, 2022 09:10 AM IST
ByShara Ashraf Prayag and Ruchika Garg, New Delhi

Acid attack survivors are not props

Fashion model and influencer Anmol Rodriguez calls out brands for using survivors for their own gains.

Anmol Rodriguez was doused in acid by her father when she was just two months old. (Photo: Mayur Chhabria)
Updated on Jan 28, 2022 10:47 PM IST
ByShara Ashraf Prayag, New Delhi

I dress up for myself: Param Sahib Singh

Queer artist and fashion designer Param Sahib Singh says that he doesn’t mind hate coming his way as long as he is able to portray truth through his work and personal style.

Param Sahib Singh’s art often reflects his own personal experiences
Updated on Jan 20, 2022 09:33 AM IST
ByShara Ashraf Prayag, New Delhi

Value your team if you want to survive Covid crisis: Manish Mehrotra

Don’t take anyone for granted, whether it’s your head chef or the guy who cleans your saucepans, says India’s top restaurateur-chef Manish Mehrotra, emphasising the power of teamwork

Effective team efforts will help you bounce back. Value your team and nurture them, says Manish Mehrotra
Updated on Jan 13, 2022 03:45 PM IST
ByShara Ashraf Prayag, New Delhi

Taking evil head on!

On the occasion of Navratra, we salute these brave, irrepressible women who have been fighting against evil in real life. Wearing beautiful sarees, they celebrate the nine auspicious colours dedicated to the nine avatars of Goddess Durga.

Women wear beautiful sarees, as they celebrate the nine auspicious colours dedicated to the nine avatars of Goddess Durga
Published on Oct 07, 2021 04:54 PM IST
ByShara Ashraf Prayag, Digvijay and Ruchika Garg

Saving your child from online predators

Sexual abuse can leave your child scarred forever. Here’s what you can do to protect your child from predators

The digital safety of our children is no less important than teaching them how to safely cross the road. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Aug 19, 2021 11:47 PM IST
ByShara Ashraf Prayag

Celebrating the go-getters who never quit

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.

Celebrating the go-getters who never quit
Updated on Mar 27, 2021 07:22 PM IST

Transgenders in khaki: Ready to take on the world

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.

The transgenders in khaki will now be first responders in handling law and order situations.
Published on Mar 13, 2021 07:55 AM IST
ByShara Ashraf Prayag

The community dogs of Dhanbad: pampered, protected, proud

In the coal capital of India, a group of animal lovers is encouraging people to treat dogs with love and compassion

Bagchi doesn’t like the terms stray dogs or street dogs. Dogs living within localites are community dogs, he says.
Updated on Jan 21, 2021 11:45 PM IST
ByShara Ashraf Prayag

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

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.

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)
Updated on Jan 03, 2021 11:59 AM IST
ByShara Ashraf Prayag

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

People would opt for simplicity over showiness and seek comfort in the past, says chef Manisha Bhasin

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
Updated on Dec 24, 2020 03:54 PM IST
ByShara Ashraf Prayag

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

Whatever you are left with is everything, says this specially-abled shooter whose YouTube channel is helping many to learn how to live independently

Pooja Agarwal, 35, currently ranks 12th in the world and 3rd in Asia amongst para shooters((Photo: Tarasha/Hindustan Times))
Updated on Dec 28, 2020 02:44 PM IST
ByShara Ashraf Prayag

Put some bounce back in your style with fringes

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.

A fringed long coat by Daniel Lee
Updated on Dec 07, 2020 01:10 AM IST
ByShara Ashraf Prayag
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