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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.

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A peek into the workings of the human mind

Folio Prize-winning novelist Akhil Sharma’s anthology of short stories delves into the strange, yet familiar workings of the human mind

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)
Updated on Dec 30, 2017 10:36 PM IST
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In pieces: A gripping play on life after a child goes missing

Watch the India debut of Ruby Moon at G5A this weekend.

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.
Updated on Nov 11, 2017 01:23 PM IST
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From Parsi homes to your phones: Chronicles of a community

#TheParsiProject, an Instagram series by Anushka Gupta, is dedicated to bringing the community’s architecture and stories to life.

For #TheParsiProject, founder Anushka Gupta has collaborated with San Francisco-based photographer Alpana Aras to capture portraits.(Alpana Aras)
Updated on Nov 03, 2017 08:49 PM IST
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Naan Sense: See what connects Indian eateries abroad to the idea of home

The art show, The Real Taste of India, offers a commentary on how identity becomes homogenized organically.

Taste of India restaurants across the world have come to be associated with a certain kind of ‘Indian’ aesthetic.
Updated on Sep 30, 2017 08:59 AM IST

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!

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)
Updated on Sep 25, 2017 05:31 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByShikha Kumar and Farhad J Dadyburjor

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

He feels that out here, in India, there’s another level of kindness altogether!

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)
Published on Sep 23, 2017 11:46 PM IST
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Award-winning recipe author presents easy-to-cook meals to turn a bad day good

Brunch got Maria Goretti cook up easy DIY recipes to reiterate the obvious: when all else fails... food solves the problem!

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)
Updated on Sep 02, 2017 10:18 PM IST
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Star conservation architect Abha Lambah picks her five favourite projects

The architect’s whose work on the Royal Opera House in Mumbai is getting continued applause. She picks five out of her many projects

It took Abha and her team two years to ensure that the Royal Opera House was safe for restoration(Aalok Soni)
Updated on Aug 26, 2017 10:42 PM IST
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Whose heritage is it anyway? Gurinder Chadha defends her film

Mired in controversy over the storytelling in her new film 1947: Partition, Gurinder Chadha fights back

Lord Mountbatten, the last Viceroy of India(Getty images)
Published on Aug 25, 2017 06:07 PM IST
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Mumbai teenager brings school kids and slum children together for a grand concert

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

16-year-old Mrinalini Somani started the WE concert to help underprivileged children
Published on Aug 19, 2017 10:39 PM IST
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#Brunchreads: Five books that should be on your August reading list

Brunch shares the titles that are on our bookshelf this month

Here are the five books on the Brunch shelf this week.
Published on Aug 12, 2017 11:51 PM IST
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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

Koul’s debut anthology comprises stories of her many experiences growing up as a first-generation Indian in Canada
Updated on Aug 05, 2017 11:25 PM IST
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Plus-sized beauties emerging as the coolest game-changers in international fashion

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

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)
Updated on Jul 16, 2017 02:31 PM IST
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India seems to be making some of the same mistakes that Pakistan made: Mohsin Hamid

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

Mohsin Hamid believes that fiction plays an important role in a political space, allowing readers to have emotional experiences(Ed Kashi)
Updated on May 18, 2017 02:01 PM IST

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

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

Stylist-cum-producer Rhea Kapoor(Aalok Soni)
Published on May 06, 2017 08:52 PM IST

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

Singer Anushka Manchanda on growing up listening to rock and roll, her Viva days, and Lay Me Down, her video with Monica Dogra

Anushka Manchanda says that Viva wouldn’t have disbanded if the members had managed their interactions better
Published on Apr 29, 2017 10:01 PM IST

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

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

A still from A Tongue Untied, featuring poet Mohammad Himayatullah
Updated on May 01, 2017 05:01 PM IST

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

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

Singapore-based Balli Kaur Jaswal, who’s also lived in Russia, Japan and Australia, says the immigrant narrative is central to her writings
Updated on Jul 20, 2017 11:51 AM IST

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

These brilliant gender-neutral titles ensure you no longer have to worry about ‘fitting in’

Today, the discourse around gender neutrality is going strong, with several establishments around the world taking change-inducing initiatives
Published on Apr 15, 2017 09:27 PM IST

Books on the Brunch shelf this month

Here are the books we recommend you pick up this month

A feminist manifesto, a book on the immigrant experience and an illustrated delight have us hooked
Updated on Apr 15, 2017 06:13 PM IST

The man who cycled from India to Europe for love

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

PK and Lotta in Kroksjöås, Sweden
Updated on Mar 27, 2017 02:38 PM IST
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Gender neutral model Petr Nitka: I’ve faced no hostility

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

Petr Nitka walked for many designers at Lakme Fashion Week last month
Published on Mar 18, 2017 09:25 PM IST

Meet India’s newest sexual minority: The asexuals

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

For asexuals, relationships do not come with the trappings of sexual intimacy(Getty Images)
Published on Mar 18, 2017 09:23 PM IST

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

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

Pastry chef Pooja Dhingra(Photo: Anshuman Poyrekar/HT)
Updated on Mar 26, 2017 09:44 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai

I would like to dress Ryan Gosling: Kunal Rawal

Designer Kunal Rawal on being childhood friends with Sonam Kapoor, dressing Ranbir Kapoor and the challenges of being a menswear designer

Kunal Rawal says that contrary to the fashionista she is today, Sonam Kapoor was quite tomboyish as a child
Published on Feb 25, 2017 11:35 PM IST

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

Man Booker-winning author Paul Beatty opens up on his influences, his learnings from psychology and being an American in an uncertain political climate

Paul Beatty says that Donald Trump’s inauguration speech reminded him of the old Marx Brothers film, Duck Soup (1933)
Published on Feb 25, 2017 11:33 PM IST

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

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

From left: Anjali Menon, Subodh Bhave, Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Vasanthabalan and Bejoy Nambiar in a session at the Gateway LitFest in Mumbai
Updated on Feb 28, 2017 03:58 PM IST

Tales of heritage that sweep across generations and continents

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

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni reading out from her novel at the Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet in January
Updated on Feb 20, 2017 07:31 PM IST

#NowReading: New books on the Brunch radar this week

Here are the books that have our attention this month

Updated on Feb 21, 2017 05:42 PM IST

Are malls the new venues for music concerts?

Vengaboys, Shaggy and Honey Singh have one thing in common — they’ve all performed at a mall in Mumbai.

Lucky Ali performing at High Street Phoenix, Lower Parel.(Photo courtesy: High Street Phoenix)
Updated on Feb 16, 2017 07:47 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai
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