Shikha Kumar

Shikha Kumar

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
In his anthology, A Life of Adventure and Delight, Akhil Sharma pulls you in with the strangeness of his stories and the hauntingly realistic depiction of the many quirks of human nature(Jack Llewellyn-Karski)
In his anthology, A Life of Adventure and Delight, Akhil Sharma pulls you in with the strangeness of his stories and the hauntingly realistic depiction of the many quirks of human nature(Jack Llewellyn-Karski)

A peek into the workings of the human mind

Hindustan Times | By Shikha Kumar
UPDATED ON DEC 30, 2017 10:36 PM IST
Folio Prize-winning novelist Akhil Sharma’s anthology of short stories delves into the strange, yet familiar workings of the human mind
Tavish Bhattacharyya and Kyla D’Souza play Ray and Sylvie Moon, whose daughter disappears while on her way to her grandmother’s house. Years later, someone starts sending them bits of her favourite doll in the post.
Tavish Bhattacharyya and Kyla D’Souza play Ray and Sylvie Moon, whose daughter disappears while on her way to her grandmother’s house. Years later, someone starts sending them bits of her favourite doll in the post.

In pieces: A gripping play on life after a child goes missing

Hindustan Times | By Shikha Kumar
UPDATED ON NOV 11, 2017 01:23 PM IST
Watch the India debut of Ruby Moon at G5A this weekend.
For #TheParsiProject, founder Anushka Gupta has collaborated with San Francisco-based photographer Alpana Aras to capture portraits.(Alpana Aras)
For #TheParsiProject, founder Anushka Gupta has collaborated with San Francisco-based photographer Alpana Aras to capture portraits.(Alpana Aras)

From Parsi homes to your phones: Chronicles of a community

Hindustan Times | By Shikha Kumar
UPDATED ON NOV 03, 2017 08:49 PM IST
#TheParsiProject, an Instagram series by Anushka Gupta, is dedicated to bringing the community’s architecture and stories to life.
Taste of India restaurants across the world have come to be associated with a certain kind of ‘Indian’ aesthetic.
Taste of India restaurants across the world have come to be associated with a certain kind of ‘Indian’ aesthetic.

Naan Sense: See what connects Indian eateries abroad to the idea of home

UPDATED ON SEP 30, 2017 08:59 AM IST
The art show, The Real Taste of India, offers a commentary on how identity becomes homogenized organically.
Michael Clarke confesses his love for Kolkata biryani and sweets while Shaun Tait thoroughly enjoys being pampered by his mother-in-law. (From left) Clarke wears a shirt and bandhgala by Ashish N Soni and a watch from Hublot; Tait wears a shirt by Ashish N Soni. (Styling by Mia; Make-up and hair by Ashwin Shelar; Location courtesy: The St. Regis Mumbai for Michael Clarke and Grand Hyatt Mumbai for Shaun Tait)(Prabhat Shetty)
Michael Clarke confesses his love for Kolkata biryani and sweets while Shaun Tait thoroughly enjoys being pampered by his mother-in-law. (From left) Clarke wears a shirt and bandhgala by Ashish N Soni and a watch from Hublot; Tait wears a shirt by Ashish N Soni. (Styling by Mia; Make-up and hair by Ashwin Shelar; Location courtesy: The St. Regis Mumbai for Michael Clarke and Grand Hyatt Mumbai for Shaun Tait)(Prabhat Shetty)

Aussie cricketers Michale Clarke and Shaun Tait blur boundaries of patriotism, profess love for all things Indian

Hindustan Times | By Shikha Kumar and Farhad J Dadyburjor
UPDATED ON SEP 25, 2017 05:31 PM IST
From food to fashion and the fervour, a look at how they are good at being Aussie, Indian style!
For Clarke, fashion has much to do with comfort. He wears a kurta by Ashish N Soni and pants from Hugo Boss. (Styling by Mia; Make-up and hair by Ashwin Shelar; Location courtesy: The St. Regis Mumbai)(Prabhat Shetty)
For Clarke, fashion has much to do with comfort. He wears a kurta by Ashish N Soni and pants from Hugo Boss. (Styling by Mia; Make-up and hair by Ashwin Shelar; Location courtesy: The St. Regis Mumbai)(Prabhat Shetty)

Former Aussie captain Michael Clarke says Australians are kind people, but Indians are kinder…

Hindustan Times | By Shikha Kumar
PUBLISHED ON SEP 23, 2017 11:46 PM IST
He feels that out here, in India, there’s another level of kindness altogether!
Maria Goretti’s book, From My Kitchen to Yours, recently won the ‘Best Television Chef Book in English’ at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2017.(Amit Ashar)
Maria Goretti’s book, From My Kitchen to Yours, recently won the ‘Best Television Chef Book in English’ at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2017.(Amit Ashar)

Award-winning recipe author presents easy-to-cook meals to turn a bad day good

Hindustan Times | By Shikha Kumar
UPDATED ON SEP 02, 2017 10:18 PM IST
Brunch got Maria Goretti cook up easy DIY recipes to reiterate the obvious: when all else fails... food solves the problem!
It took Abha and her team two years to ensure that the Royal Opera House was safe for restoration(Aalok Soni)
It took Abha and her team two years to ensure that the Royal Opera House was safe for restoration(Aalok Soni)

Star conservation architect Abha Lambah picks her five favourite projects

Hindustan Times | By Shikha Kumar
UPDATED ON AUG 26, 2017 10:42 PM IST
The architect’s whose work on the Royal Opera House in Mumbai is getting continued applause. She picks five out of her many projects
Lord Mountbatten, the last Viceroy of India(Getty images)
Lord Mountbatten, the last Viceroy of India(Getty images)

Whose heritage is it anyway? Gurinder Chadha defends her film

Hindustan Times | By Shikha Kumar
PUBLISHED ON AUG 25, 2017 06:07 PM IST
Mired in controversy over the storytelling in her new film 1947: Partition, Gurinder Chadha fights back
16-year-old Mrinalini Somani started the WE concert to help underprivileged children
16-year-old Mrinalini Somani started the WE concert to help underprivileged children

Mumbai teenager brings school kids and slum children together for a grand concert

Hindustan Times | By Shikha Kumar
PUBLISHED ON AUG 19, 2017 10:39 PM IST
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
Here are the five books on the Brunch shelf this week.
Here are the five books on the Brunch shelf this week.

#Brunchreads: Five books that should be on your August reading list

Hindustan Times | By Shikha Kumar
PUBLISHED ON AUG 12, 2017 11:51 PM IST
Brunch shares the titles that are on our bookshelf this month
Koul’s debut anthology comprises stories of her many experiences growing up as a first-generation Indian in Canada
Koul’s debut anthology comprises stories of her many experiences growing up as a first-generation Indian in Canada

White people shouldn’t align themselves with Hinduism for commercial gain: Canadian-Indian author Scaachi Kaul talks tough

Hindustan Times | By Shikha Kumar
UPDATED ON AUG 05, 2017 11:25 PM IST
Koul’s debut collection of essays is hilarious, yet sharp, with observations on navigating life as an immigrant and a woman of colour
Half-American half-Punjabi model, Liza Golden-Bhijwani proudly flaunts her plus-size today; Make-up and hair by Cassandra Kehren; Liza Golden-Bhojwani wears a one-piece swimsuit from Elizabeth Jane Swimwear(Rahul Jhangiani)
Half-American half-Punjabi model, Liza Golden-Bhijwani proudly flaunts her plus-size today; Make-up and hair by Cassandra Kehren; Liza Golden-Bhojwani wears a one-piece swimsuit from Elizabeth Jane Swimwear(Rahul Jhangiani)

Plus-sized beauties emerging as the coolest game-changers in international fashion

Hindustan Times | By Shikha Kumar
UPDATED ON JUL 16, 2017 02:31 PM IST
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
Mohsin Hamid believes that fiction plays an important role in a political space, allowing readers to have emotional experiences(Ed Kashi)
Mohsin Hamid believes that fiction plays an important role in a political space, allowing readers to have emotional experiences(Ed Kashi)

India seems to be making some of the same mistakes that Pakistan made: Mohsin Hamid

UPDATED ON MAY 18, 2017 02:01 PM IST
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(Aalok Soni)
Stylist-cum-producer Rhea Kapoor(Aalok Soni)

I was obsessed with Karisma Kapoor’s clothes in Dil To Pagal Hai, says Rhea Kapoor

PUBLISHED ON MAY 06, 2017 08:52 PM IST
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
Anushka Manchanda says that Viva wouldn’t have disbanded if the members had managed their interactions better
Anushka Manchanda says that Viva wouldn’t have disbanded if the members had managed their interactions better

I’m attracted to big bass, boys on bikes and being in the mountains, says singer Anushka Manchanda

PUBLISHED ON APR 29, 2017 10:01 PM IST
Singer Anushka Manchanda on growing up listening to rock and roll, her Viva days, and Lay Me Down, her video with Monica Dogra
A still from A Tongue Untied, featuring poet Mohammad Himayatullah
A still from A Tongue Untied, featuring poet Mohammad Himayatullah

A new documentary turns the lens on satirical performance poetry in Dakhani

UPDATED ON MAY 01, 2017 05:01 PM IST
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
Singapore-based Balli Kaur Jaswal, who’s also lived in Russia, Japan and Australia, says the immigrant narrative is central to her writings
Singapore-based Balli Kaur Jaswal, who’s also lived in Russia, Japan and Australia, says the immigrant narrative is central to her writings

A new book places erotica in an unusual setting: The imaginations of Punjabi widows

UPDATED ON JUL 20, 2017 11:51 AM IST
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
Today, the discourse around gender neutrality is going strong, with several establishments around the world taking change-inducing initiatives
Today, the discourse around gender neutrality is going strong, with several establishments around the world taking change-inducing initiatives

Move over Mr, Ms and Mrs: Ungender now allows titles like Ind for Individual and Pr for Person

PUBLISHED ON APR 15, 2017 09:27 PM IST
These brilliant gender-neutral titles ensure you no longer have to worry about ‘fitting in’
A feminist manifesto, a book on the immigrant experience and an illustrated delight have us hooked
A feminist manifesto, a book on the immigrant experience and an illustrated delight have us hooked

Books on the Brunch shelf this month

UPDATED ON APR 15, 2017 06:13 PM IST
Here are the books we recommend you pick up this month
PK and Lotta in Kroksjöås, Sweden
PK and Lotta in Kroksjöås, Sweden

The man who cycled from India to Europe for love

Hindustan Times | By Shikha Kumar
UPDATED ON MAR 27, 2017 02:38 PM IST
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
Petr Nitka walked for many designers at Lakme Fashion Week last month
Petr Nitka walked for many designers at Lakme Fashion Week last month

Gender neutral model Petr Nitka: I’ve faced no hostility

PUBLISHED ON MAR 18, 2017 09:25 PM IST
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
For asexuals, relationships do not come with the trappings of sexual intimacy(Getty Images)
For asexuals, relationships do not come with the trappings of sexual intimacy(Getty Images)

Meet India’s newest sexual minority: The asexuals

PUBLISHED ON MAR 18, 2017 09:23 PM IST
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
Pastry chef Pooja Dhingra(Photo: Anshuman Poyrekar/HT)
Pastry chef Pooja Dhingra(Photo: Anshuman Poyrekar/HT)

The pastry expert’s guide to ditching flour, eggs and sugar

Hindustan Times | By Shikha Kumar, Mumbai
UPDATED ON MAR 26, 2017 09:44 AM IST
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
Kunal Rawal says that contrary to the fashionista she is today, Sonam Kapoor was quite tomboyish as a child
Kunal Rawal says that contrary to the fashionista she is today, Sonam Kapoor was quite tomboyish as a child

I would like to dress Ryan Gosling: Kunal Rawal

PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2017 11:35 PM IST
Designer Kunal Rawal on being childhood friends with Sonam Kapoor, dressing Ranbir Kapoor and the challenges of being a menswear designer
Paul Beatty says that Donald Trump’s inauguration speech reminded him of the old Marx Brothers film, Duck Soup (1933)
Paul Beatty says that Donald Trump’s inauguration speech reminded him of the old Marx Brothers film, Duck Soup (1933)

Like everybody else, I was very scared – Paul Beatty, on Trump’s win

PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2017 11:33 PM IST
Man Booker-winning author Paul Beatty opens up on his influences, his learnings from psychology and being an American in an uncertain political climate
From left: Anjali Menon, Subodh Bhave, Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Vasanthabalan and Bejoy Nambiar in a session at the Gateway LitFest in Mumbai
From left: Anjali Menon, Subodh Bhave, Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Vasanthabalan and Bejoy Nambiar in a session at the Gateway LitFest in Mumbai

When Bahubali gets a National Award, it’s devastating: Adoor Gopalakrishnan

UPDATED ON FEB 28, 2017 03:58 PM IST
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
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni reading out from her novel at the Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet in January
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni reading out from her novel at the Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet in January

Tales of heritage that sweep across generations and continents

UPDATED ON FEB 20, 2017 07:31 PM IST
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

#NowReading: New books on the Brunch radar this week

UPDATED ON FEB 21, 2017 05:42 PM IST
Here are the books that have our attention this month
Lucky Ali performing at High Street Phoenix, Lower Parel.(Photo courtesy: High Street Phoenix)
Lucky Ali performing at High Street Phoenix, Lower Parel.(Photo courtesy: High Street Phoenix)

Are malls the new venues for music concerts?

Hindustan Times | By Shikha Kumar, Mumbai
UPDATED ON FEB 16, 2017 07:47 PM IST
Vengaboys, Shaggy and Honey Singh have one thing in common — they’ve all performed at a mall in Mumbai.
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