Soma Das

Soma Das

Soma is an Assistant Editor for the weekend supplement HT 48 Hours. She writes on lifestyle, art and culture.

Articles by Soma Das
Festival of Buckrah Eade, Outside the fort at Delhi by John Luard, 1832-38(Courtesy: Dilnavaz Mehta)
Festival of Buckrah Eade, Outside the fort at Delhi by John Luard, 1832-38(Courtesy: Dilnavaz Mehta)

This Mumbai exhibition showcases rare artworks from the colonial era

By Soma Das | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON NOV 30, 2018 12:19 PM IST
Art historian Dilnavaz Mehta’s Rare Finds exhibition puts the spotlight on artworks, maps and books that date back to the colonial era.
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Raising Rihaan is a graphic novel that revolves around Rihaan, a 12-year old know-it-all boy who could be your nephew, neighbour, son, or your friend’s little one.(Courtesy: Annushka Hardikar)
Raising Rihaan is a graphic novel that revolves around Rihaan, a 12-year old know-it-all boy who could be your nephew, neighbour, son, or your friend’s little one.(Courtesy: Annushka Hardikar)

This new graphic novel is a millennial’s guide to good parenting

By Soma Das | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 01, 2018 05:47 PM IST
Raising Rihaan is a new graphic novel that talks of millennial parenting challenges, be it helicopter parenting or how to raise your child in a hyperactive digital age.
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Being around an emotional vampire can affect you at a physical and psychological level.(Shutterstock)
Being around an emotional vampire can affect you at a physical and psychological level.(Shutterstock)

How to spot emotional vampires and not get affected by their negativity

By Soma Das | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON NOV 30, 2018 04:40 PM IST
Emotional vampires exist all around us. They pass negative comments and make us seem worthless. Here’s how experts recommend you deal with them.
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Professor Sarah Kenderdine has been shooting around the world to create an atlas of maritime Buddhism.(Courtesy: Sarah Kenderdine)
Professor Sarah Kenderdine has been shooting around the world to create an atlas of maritime Buddhism.(Courtesy: Sarah Kenderdine)

Coming soon: An atlas mapping the history of maritime Buddhism

By Soma Das | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON NOV 23, 2018 02:38 PM IST
Professor Sarah Kenderdine is visiting 12 countries around the world to create a multimedia atlas that features maritime sites associated with Buddhism. Once completed, she plans to tour the world with the exhibit.
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Benode Behari Mukherjee, ink and gouache on card; Ramkinkar Baij, Bridge, Linocut, 1940’s; Benode Behari Mukherjee, ink and gouache on card(Courtesy: Akara Art)
Benode Behari Mukherjee, ink and gouache on card; Ramkinkar Baij, Bridge, Linocut, 1940’s; Benode Behari Mukherjee, ink and gouache on card(Courtesy: Akara Art)

How Bengal’s early modern artists reinvented art in a quest for identity

By Soma Das | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON NOV 19, 2018 11:25 AM IST
An exhibition at Akara Art shows how early modern art that emerged from Bengal shaped Indian modernism. It features works by the likes of Rabindranath Tagore and KG Subramanyan, among others.
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Eran Hadas is an Israeli poet, software developer and new media artist who creates hypermedia poetry using software algorithm.(Courtesy: Facebook)
Eran Hadas is an Israeli poet, software developer and new media artist who creates hypermedia poetry using software algorithm.(Courtesy: Facebook)

This Israeli poet made a machine that composes poetry

By Soma Das | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON NOV 16, 2018 04:21 PM IST
Israeli poet, software developer and new media artist Eran Hadas is in Mumbai as a speaker at Tata Literature Live. He speaks about how technology and poetry intersect in his work, getting a machine to compose poetry, and his upcoming book of poems which will be half-text and half-augmented reality.
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Rekha@Sixty: Transient Worlds of Belonging showcases mixed media works that Baroda-based artist Rekha Rodwittiya created over the past year.(Courtesy: Sakshi Gallery)
Rekha@Sixty: Transient Worlds of Belonging showcases mixed media works that Baroda-based artist Rekha Rodwittiya created over the past year.(Courtesy: Sakshi Gallery)

Artist Rekha Rodwittiya marks 60th birthday with a retrospective solo

By Soma Das | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON NOV 16, 2018 02:48 PM IST
Artist and feminist Rekha Rodwittiya’s new solo exhibition celebrates six decades of creativity, and highlight the many influences that shaped her craft and life.
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Sanjhi is an art form rooted in the folk culture of Mathura, Uttar Pradesh, and later became an integral part of Vaishnavite traditions.(Courtesy: Artisans’)
Sanjhi is an art form rooted in the folk culture of Mathura, Uttar Pradesh, and later became an integral part of Vaishnavite traditions.(Courtesy: Artisans’)

Paper cut: This Mumbai exhibition celebrates the ancient stencil art of Sanjhi

By Soma Das | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON NOV 10, 2018 03:20 PM IST
The stencil art of Sanjhi has its roots in Indian folk culture and is associated with Vaishnav temple traditions. An exhibition in Mumbai throws light on it.
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Mahim-based home baker Sarika Shahu has found an innovative way to combine the tradition of exchanging sweets and bursting firecrackers, with her unique brand of edible firecracker chocolates.(Photo courtesy: Sarika Shahu)
Mahim-based home baker Sarika Shahu has found an innovative way to combine the tradition of exchanging sweets and bursting firecrackers, with her unique brand of edible firecracker chocolates.(Photo courtesy: Sarika Shahu)

This Mumbai-based home baker’s firecracker chocolates are the ultimate Diwali gift

By Soma Das | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON NOV 04, 2018 12:30 PM IST
There may be a ban on bursting firecrackers this Diwali, but you can still indulge in Mumbai-based home baker Sarika Shahu’s firecracker chocolates. The chocolate foil wrappers are inspired by vintage firecracker designs and labelling.
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Exhibits on display at IMPACT: Design thinking and the visual arts in young India.(Courtesy: Chatterjee and Lal)
Exhibits on display at IMPACT: Design thinking and the visual arts in young India.(Courtesy: Chatterjee and Lal)

How the 1950s shaped Indian art and design

By Soma Das | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON NOV 01, 2018 01:38 PM IST
An ongoing exhibition celebrates the confluence of Indian art and design between the 1950s to the 80s.
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Oversharing details of your relationship on social media may indicate a need to seek validation from others.(Unsplash)
Oversharing details of your relationship on social media may indicate a need to seek validation from others.(Unsplash)

What your social media PDA says about your relationship

By Soma Das | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON OCT 13, 2018 09:16 AM IST
Relationship advice: How to strike a balance between sharing couple updates on social media and not seeking validation from it or boring your followers.
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Poet Smita Sahay’s performance event Calm Space revolves around the theme of mental health.(Photo courtesy: Shashikant Patil)
Poet Smita Sahay’s performance event Calm Space revolves around the theme of mental health.(Photo courtesy: Shashikant Patil)

Rhyme and reason: Poets turn change-makers at this Mumbai event

By Soma Das | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON OCT 04, 2018 08:56 AM IST
100 Thousand Poets for Change is a worldwide movement that brings together poets and performers to highlight issues that affect people globally. This year, the Mumbai chapter will feature events that focus on mental health and women’s empowerment.
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Coffee has several health benefits. It can boost heart health in elderly, protect from liver cirrhosis, reduce risk of type 2 diabetes, and boost your exercise routine.(Unsplash)
Coffee has several health benefits. It can boost heart health in elderly, protect from liver cirrhosis, reduce risk of type 2 diabetes, and boost your exercise routine.(Unsplash)

International Coffee Day: 5 reasons why you should be drinking it everyday

By Soma Das | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON OCT 01, 2018 09:18 AM IST
October 1 is celebrated as International Coffee Day. The beverage is not just a great energiser, it also boasts of several health benefits. Here are 5 things you need to know about it.
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Eat a Mediterranean diet for lowering the risk of stroke and heart disease.(Shutterstock)
Eat a Mediterranean diet for lowering the risk of stroke and heart disease.(Shutterstock)

World Heart Day 2018: 7 habits that will keep your heart healthy

By Soma Das | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON SEP 29, 2018 09:07 AM IST
September 29 marks World Heart Day. By making certain lifestyle changes, you can boost your heart health and keep cardiovascular disease (CVD) at bay.
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While milk is rich in calcium, in the last few years, studies have highlighted the negative side to dairy, be it the sensation of bloating, the carcinogenic hormone content in milk, or weakening of bones caused by it.(Shutterstock)
While milk is rich in calcium, in the last few years, studies have highlighted the negative side to dairy, be it the sensation of bloating, the carcinogenic hormone content in milk, or weakening of bones caused by it.(Shutterstock)

Superfood or poison, experts tell you whether you need to drink milk for good health

By Soma Das | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON SEP 22, 2018 09:26 AM IST
While a previous generation considered milk to be essential to a balanced diet, recent studies are making people question its health benefits. We speak to experts to find out whether milk is good or bad for you, can it help in weight loss, and how much of it should you be consuming daily.
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Travelling with your partner may cause a lot of stress and bickering. Follow these 5 tips to have a happy journey.(Shutterstock)
Travelling with your partner may cause a lot of stress and bickering. Follow these 5 tips to have a happy journey.(Shutterstock)

5 tips to ensure a happy vacation with your partner

By Soma Das | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON SEP 03, 2018 09:13 AM IST
Travelling with your partner can be fun or end up full of arguments and fights. Here are 5 tips that will make your trip go smoothly.
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Stick to a particular diet for at least three months to see any result. If the diet excludes too many food groups, it may not be the best option for weight loss.(Shutterstock)
Stick to a particular diet for at least three months to see any result. If the diet excludes too many food groups, it may not be the best option for weight loss.(Shutterstock)

5 reasons why your ‘healthy’ diet is not helping you lose weight

By Soma Das | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON SEP 02, 2018 04:09 PM IST
National Nutrition Week 2018: If you are on a ‘healthy’ diet but not losing weight, here are 5 things you are not doing right.
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Marriage requires a lot of nurturing and care on a daily basis, say experts.(Shutterstock)
Marriage requires a lot of nurturing and care on a daily basis, say experts.(Shutterstock)

Relationship tips, 10 rules every marriage should live by

By Soma Das | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON SEP 01, 2018 09:00 AM IST
Relationship advice: Experts tell you 10 secrets to making your marriage last for the long haul.
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Superfoods like eggs, green tea, mushrooms, pistachios and avocado are nutritionally dense and good for your health and weight loss.(Shutterstock)
Superfoods like eggs, green tea, mushrooms, pistachios and avocado are nutritionally dense and good for your health and weight loss.(Shutterstock)

Best superfoods for your diet, eat these 5 foods daily for good health

By Soma Das | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON SEP 01, 2018 10:59 AM IST
National Nutrition Week 2018: September 1 to 7 is celebrated as National Nutrition Week. Ahead of the day, we tell you about 5 superfoods that you need to incorporate into your diet now.
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A sedentary lifestyle, which includes spending hours pinned to the desk, has been linked to a host of diseases, ranging from cancer to diabetes and heart disease.(Shutterstock)
A sedentary lifestyle, which includes spending hours pinned to the desk, has been linked to a host of diseases, ranging from cancer to diabetes and heart disease.(Shutterstock)

Exercise tips, 10 workouts that reverse the damages of sitting all day in office

By Soma Das | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON AUG 31, 2018 08:55 AM IST
Exercise tips: Sitting in the same position all day can affect your body and lead to diseases like diabetes and cancer. Here are 10 exercises that you can do to protect yourself.
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How to take care of teeth: Your diet may contain acidic foods or you may be biting on hard or super sugary substances that damage your enamel.(Shutterstock)
How to take care of teeth: Your diet may contain acidic foods or you may be biting on hard or super sugary substances that damage your enamel.(Shutterstock)

How to take care of teeth, avoid these 5 things to keep your smile intact

By Soma Das | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON AUG 29, 2018 02:05 PM IST
How to take care of teeth: Your eating habits may be causing you cavities, gum disease and chipped teeth. Here are 5 foods and beverages that you need to avoid overeating.
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Staring at your laptop or smartphone all the time can cause eye fatigue and age-related eye diseases. Here are simple exercises to relieve eye strain.(Shutterstock)
Staring at your laptop or smartphone all the time can cause eye fatigue and age-related eye diseases. Here are simple exercises to relieve eye strain.(Shutterstock)

5 exercises to improve your vision naturally and relieve eye strain

By Soma Das | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON AUG 22, 2018 02:13 PM IST
Do you suffer from eye fatigue and blurry vision? It could be caused by the constant use of smartphones. Here are 5 exercises that can protect you from eyesight problems and improve your vision.
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Based on whether you belong to blood group A, B, AB or O, your nutritional plan can be customised for optimum weight loss and good health.(Shutterstock)
Based on whether you belong to blood group A, B, AB or O, your nutritional plan can be customised for optimum weight loss and good health.(Shutterstock)

Diet according to blood type, what to eat and avoid for weight loss, good health

By Soma Das | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON AUG 20, 2018 09:50 AM IST
Blood type diet: The key to good health and weight loss success may lie in eating as per your blood type and your body’s specific requirements. Find out all about the diet that centres on your blood group.
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World Mosquito Day 2018: Here are 5 deadly diseases caused by mosquitoes.(Shutterstock)
World Mosquito Day 2018: Here are 5 deadly diseases caused by mosquitoes.(Shutterstock)

World Mosquito Day: 5 of the deadliest diseases spread by mosquitoes

By Soma Das | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON AUG 20, 2018 09:50 AM IST
World Mosquito Day is a celebration of British doctor Sir Ronald Ross’ discovery that female mosquitoes were responsible for transmitting the malarial parasite. Here are 5 deadly diseases caused by mosquito bites.
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Research shows that smartphone use can lead to poor sleep, low self-esteem, memory issues and ADHD in teens.(Shutterstock)
Research shows that smartphone use can lead to poor sleep, low self-esteem, memory issues and ADHD in teens.(Shutterstock)

Smartphone addiction is bad for your health, here are 5 tips to break free from the habit

By Soma Das | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON AUG 19, 2018 09:36 AM IST
Smartphone addiction can lead to low self-esteem, insomnia and anxiety. Here are 5 practical ways to curb the addiction.
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While PMS is a common condition that affects up to 85% of menstruating women, premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) is a more severe form of PMS and affects 3 to 8% of menstruating women.(Shutterstock)
While PMS is a common condition that affects up to 85% of menstruating women, premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) is a more severe form of PMS and affects 3 to 8% of menstruating women.(Shutterstock)

Premenstrual dysphoric disorder is not PMS, here are its symptoms, cause, and treatment

By Soma Das | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON AUG 18, 2018 03:25 PM IST
Premenstrual dysphoric disorder: PMDD is a more severe form of PMS that not many know about. It can affect your mood, and cause extreme sadness, anger, breast tenderness and bloating.
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Some of the problems that acupressure can effectively resolve are arthritis, fibromyalgia, sciatica, hypertension, digestive disorders, menstrual Irregularities, sexual disorders and insomnia.(Shutterstock)
Some of the problems that acupressure can effectively resolve are arthritis, fibromyalgia, sciatica, hypertension, digestive disorders, menstrual Irregularities, sexual disorders and insomnia.(Shutterstock)

10 beneficial acupressure points for weight loss and good health

By Soma Das | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON AUG 18, 2018 09:15 AM IST
Acupressure points: If you are struggling with lifestyle diseases, acupressure may offer you some relief. Here are 10 expert-recommended acupressure points that you need to know about.
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Lemons are rich in Vitamin C and can boost your digestion and weight loss efforts.(Shutterstock)
Lemons are rich in Vitamin C and can boost your digestion and weight loss efforts.(Shutterstock)

Lemons are a holistic superfood, 5 ways to use it for weight loss, beauty treatments

By Soma Das | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON AUG 17, 2018 09:00 AM IST
Lemons are great for weight loss and detoxification, and can also do wonders for your hair and skin. Here are 5 ways to get the most of it.
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Tips to sleep better: Insufficient sleep can double your chances of dying from heart disease or stroke, as well as hinder weight loss.(Shutterstock)
Tips to sleep better: Insufficient sleep can double your chances of dying from heart disease or stroke, as well as hinder weight loss.(Shutterstock)

Tips to sleep better, 5 simple shortcuts before bedtime to ensure you wake up fresh

By Soma Das | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON AUG 16, 2018 05:19 PM IST
Tips to sleep better: Are you having trouble sleeping? Make simple tweaks to your diet to enjoy sound sleep and wake up refreshed.
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Book Lovers Day: Wayword and Wise in Mumbai offers a selection of curated books.(Facebook)
Book Lovers Day: Wayword and Wise in Mumbai offers a selection of curated books.(Facebook)

On Book Lovers Day, here are 5 independent bookshops you must visit if you truly love books

By Soma Das | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON AUG 09, 2018 09:45 AM IST
On Book Lovers Day, we offer a checklist of 5 iconic bookshops located across the length and breadth of the country.
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