Shara Ashraf

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

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#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!
#bindaasbride: She will play by her own rules!
Updated on Mar 31, 2022 12:41 PM IST
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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)
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
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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)
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
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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
Param Sahib Singh’s art often reflects his own personal experiences
Updated on Jan 20, 2022 09:33 AM IST
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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
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
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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
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
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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)
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
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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
Celebrating the go-getters who never quit
Updated on Mar 27, 2021 07:22 PM IST
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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.
The transgenders in khaki will now be first responders in handling law and order situations.
Published on Mar 13, 2021 07:55 AM IST
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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.
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
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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)
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
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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
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
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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))
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
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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
A fringed long coat by Daniel Lee
Updated on Dec 07, 2020 01:10 AM IST
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Na Koi Hindu, Na Koi Musalman: Guru Nanak Dev Ji belongs to all

On Guru Nanak Jayanti, let’s recall the saint’s message of compassion for all
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
Updated on Nov 30, 2020 05:00 PM IST
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This lucky mom found her son after 15 years as she recovered lost memories

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.
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)
Updated on Nov 30, 2020 10:08 AM IST
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Golgappa to dim sum: Beetroot is having a moment in the food world

Chefs have come up with the most imaginative dishes featuring the humble root vegetable
Beetroot Golgappe at Nukkad Cafe & Bar
Beetroot Golgappe at Nukkad Cafe & Bar
Updated on Nov 25, 2020 09:07 AM IST
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When Abhilash Thapliyal played an object on purpose

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
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.
Updated on Nov 10, 2020 02:36 PM IST
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There is something called fashion therapy

Fashion, lifestyle and fitness influencer Neha Modi Jalan shows us how to celebrate positivity with personal style
Updated on Sep 27, 2020 09:14 PM IST
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Fun, Festive and Fantastical

When Covid gave us masks, we made them look so chic! The green monster couldn’tdull our sparkle!
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
Updated on Sep 27, 2020 09:44 PM IST
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“He asked me to strip, said that’s the only way to get modelling assignments”

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.
A model
A model
Updated on Sep 01, 2020 12:24 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByShara Ashraf Prayag & Prerna Gauba

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

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.
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.
Updated on Jun 13, 2020 10:30 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByShara Ashraf Prayag

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

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.
Actor Parvin Dabas(Instagram)
Actor Parvin Dabas(Instagram)
Updated on Jun 10, 2020 10:52 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByShara Ashraf Prayag

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

Corona warriors SHO Ram Prasad Sharma and head constable Askar Khan have set an amazing example of Hindu-Muslim unity.
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
Updated on Jun 04, 2020 03:59 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByShara Ashraf Prayag & Prerna Gauba

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

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.
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.
Updated on Jun 01, 2020 11:25 AM IST
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The India we love: Muslim man breaks fast to save a Hindu woman and her child

There is no affiliation higher than humanity, says Abid Saifi who donated blood to a pregnant Hindu woman
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.
Updated on May 27, 2020 08:36 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByShara Ashraf Prayag, New Delhi

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

A family of migrant workers chose to carry their pets along even as they took the long road home.
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)
Updated on May 14, 2020 04:31 PM IST
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Think of India as one big family: Brave Punjab Sub Inspector Harjeet Singh

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
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
Updated on Apr 29, 2020 11:27 PM IST
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Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam: The story of a Chinese girl stuck in India

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.
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.
Updated on Apr 30, 2020 09:51 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByShara Ashraf Prayag & Swati Chaturvedi

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

 Fatima and Sultana could not bear to see the pregnant cat in a terrible state after she suffered a fall.
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.
Updated on Apr 24, 2020 03:59 PM IST
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