Shikha Kumar is a features writer, whose primary interests include books, feminism, gender studies, and pop culture. She’s always up for discussions on Urban Dictionary, Lena Dunham’s brand of feminism and the potato wedges-french fries conflict.
Articles by Shikha Kumar
Folio Prize-winning novelist Akhil Sharma’s anthology of short stories delves into the strange, yet familiar workings of the human mind
Watch the India debut of Ruby Moon at G5A this weekend.
#TheParsiProject, an Instagram series by Anushka Gupta, is dedicated to bringing the community’s architecture and stories to life.
The art show, The Real Taste of India, offers a commentary on how identity becomes homogenized organically.
Aussie cricketers Michale Clarke and Shaun Tait blur boundaries of patriotism, profess love for all things Indian
From food to fashion and the fervour, a look at how they are good at being Aussie, Indian style!
Updated on Sep 25, 2017 05:31 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByShikha Kumar and Farhad J Dadyburjor
He feels that out here, in India, there’s another level of kindness altogether!
Brunch got Maria Goretti cook up easy DIY recipes to reiterate the obvious: when all else fails... food solves the problem!
The architect’s whose work on the Royal Opera House in Mumbai is getting continued applause. She picks five out of her many projects
Mired in controversy over the storytelling in her new film 1947: Partition, Gurinder Chadha fights back
In its fifth year now, a charity music concert put together by Mumbai teenager, Mrinalini Somani, is a true testament to the power of music in bringing people together
Brunch shares the titles that are on our bookshelf this month
White people shouldn’t align themselves with Hinduism for commercial gain: Canadian-Indian author Scaachi Kaul talks tough
Koul’s debut collection of essays is hilarious, yet sharp, with observations on navigating life as an immigrant and a woman of colour
Thin is always in for mainstream fashion. But with the plus-size movement gaining ground in the West, India is opening up to the idea of greater diversity
Man Booker Prize-nominated author Mohsin Hamid’s opens up on his latest novel Exit West, his dreams of a borderless world and how India needs to learn from Pakistan’s mistakes
Stylist-cum-producer Rhea Kapoor talks about what’s life like in the Kapoor household, styling, and producing a film at the age of 21
Singer Anushka Manchanda on growing up listening to rock and roll, her Viva days, and Lay Me Down, her video with Monica Dogra
A Tongue Untied, by writer and filmmaker Gautam Pemmaraju, focuses on Mazahiya Shayari, an old tradition of satirical performance poetry that is just as relevant today
Author Balli Kaur Jaswal, whose latest novel Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows is garnering rave reviews, opens up on writing a story about women defying expectations
These brilliant gender-neutral titles ensure you no longer have to worry about ‘fitting in’
Here are the books we recommend you pick up this month
PK Mahanandia’s epic story of cycling from India to Sweden to find his lady love in the ’70s is now fodder for bestsellers and movie scripts
On her maiden trip to India for Lakme Fashion Week Summer/ Resort ’17, Petr Nitka opens up on her life as a gender neutral model
Among the wonderful things that social media has encouraged discourse around is the very idea of sexuality. Now, through forums, Facebook pages and Twitter accounts, asexuals are joining the bandwagon, spreading awareness, busting myths and confidently embracing their orientation
In her new cookbook, pastry chef Pooja Dhingra -- a favourite with Bollywood celebrities -- ditches flour, eggs and processed sugar to make desserts that are healthy and tasty
Designer Kunal Rawal on being childhood friends with Sonam Kapoor, dressing Ranbir Kapoor and the challenges of being a menswear designer
Man Booker-winning author Paul Beatty opens up on his influences, his learnings from psychology and being an American in an uncertain political climate
A panel discussion at Gateway LitFest saw filmmakers Anjali Menon, Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Vasanthabalan and Bejoy Nambiar discuss Indian cinema, and the many struggles faced by non-Bollywood films
In her latest novel Before We Visit The Goddess, award-winning author Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni explores the complexity of mother-daughter relationships, and the significance of heritage
Here are the books that have our attention this month