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Will your love keep you alive? Couples’ games test levels of collaboration, care

How well would you and your partner cope in a world of angry monsters, life-and-death decisions, danger and deprivation? New videogames offer a different kind of role-play.

In It Takes Two, two cloth dolls on the brink of divorce must work together to stay alive and find a way back into their human bodies.
Updated on Jul 09, 2022 10:46 AM IST

Punching out: Burnout simmers in songs, books, videogames

In tales by Graham Greene and Herman Melville, lyrics by Green Day and a videogame released in 2016, artists fantasise about escaping the grind.

Green Day’s 1994 song Burnout invokes industrial-age imagery of shuffling lines of workers and calls them “walking dead”.
Updated on Jul 01, 2022 10:25 PM IST

At the brink of burnout? Here’s why hustling harder isn’t the way out

‘Burnout is primarily a relationship crisis between people and workplaces. And relationship problems require relationship solutions,’ says researcher Michael Leiter. Take a look at ways in which you and your workplace could collaborate to find a real fix.

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Updated on Jul 01, 2022 10:17 PM IST

Do you smell smoke?: What we’re getting wrong about burnout

There are some key things to remember about burnout. It’s not you. It’s not incurable. See what the latest science says about your brain on burnout. See why the hustle is hitting India harder. Plus, a look at how we got here, and where do we go next?

 (HT Illustration: Jayachandran)
Updated on Jul 01, 2022 10:09 PM IST

Living the dream: See how BEST’s first woman bus driver got behind the wheel

Laxmi Jadhav was running a food stall, selling bhurji-pav and misal-pav, when she realised that drivers have it better. She learnt to drive a car, then went bigger. Now she’s a pioneer. ‘It’s a great feeling to sit high up in the driver’s seat and look out over my city,’ she says.

Jadhav drives on Route 11 Ltd, a long and vital north-south link. She’s looking forward to having more women as colleagues soon. (Satish Bate / HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 18, 2022 07:27 PM IST

Darwin, Einstein, Sabyasachi: Meet the new member of an elite American club

Sabyasachi Mukherjee, director-general of Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj museum, has been elected to the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences. It’s an ideal chance bring East and West closer, he says.

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Updated on Jun 10, 2022 02:14 PM IST

Amid the climate crisis, changes in fur and feather

Birds are flocking with birds of different species. Hares are finding themselves more vulnerable as vanishing snows turn their backdrops from white to brown.

 (HT Illustration: Malay Karmakar)
Updated on Jun 04, 2022 06:59 PM IST

Amid climate crisis, a look at the science of which species can adapt, and why

Not every organism has been equally quick to respond to changes in habitat. The answer lies in genetics.

Temperatures affect sex determination in Olive Ridley turtles. A rise in temperatures can kill eggs before they hatch. In India, researchers have been monitoring hatchling sex ratios along Odisha’s coast since 2008. They predict a significant increase in the number of females. (HT Illustration: Malay Karmakar)
Updated on Jun 04, 2022 06:58 PM IST

When survival is a stretch: How animals are adapting to climate change

As temperatures rise, hurricanes get fiercer and the seasons start to blur, animals are going to extreme lengths to cope. Some have longer beaks, wider toepads. Others have smaller sizes, changed diets, new postures. Evolution is hitting overdrive, but it might still not be enough to protect every species. On World Environment Day, see how some natural selection is already underway.

HT Illustrations: Malay Karmakar
Updated on Jun 04, 2022 06:44 PM IST

‘We can adjust to climate change, but we can adjust to stop it too’

Conservation biologist Thor Hanson, who studies how species are drastically altering their bodies to cope with the climate crisis, discusses how the planet’s inhabitants are coping and what needs to change.

Thor Hanson is author of the 2021 book Hurricane Lizards and Plastic Squid.
Updated on Jun 04, 2022 03:47 PM IST

Art on the moon, in a storage depot,near Everest: See how galleries are changing

As they seek to compete with virtual worlds, the online world and Netflix, museums and art spaces around the world are reaching out. Asking, how can we make this an inviting two-way street?

The Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam has made its entire collection of 1.51 art works accessible at its new depot / museum. ‘Access, like dialogue, is not a one-way street. The public depot enables the museum to be more participatory and more transparent,’ says head of education Yoeri Meessen. (Ossip van Duivenbode)
Updated on May 07, 2022 12:08 PM IST

Time travel, dying worlds, AI: The most futuristic pavilions at Venice Biennale

National pavilions are taking imaginative leaps at the ‘Olympics of the art world’, examining how media platforms can and have changed the world, asking what it means to be human in a time of artificial intelligence.

The Nordic Pavilion has been renamed to acknowledge the indigenous Sámi people, original inhabitants of Lapland. Above, Máret Anne Sara’s installation uses the stomach and sinews of reindeer, crucial to Sami culture. The work is highlighted with two scents, one meant to evoke fear, the other hope. (Michael Miller OCA)
Updated on May 06, 2022 07:45 PM IST

‘A museum must never be seen as a dead space where old things are stored’

Museologist Vinod Daniel has helped build state-of-the-art exhibits around the world. He recently moderated a global meet on reimagining museums in India. Who’s doing it best? What comes next? Excerpts from a Wknd interview.

‘The one mistake many institutes make is that they jump right into technology. If technology is assisting in communication, we must first ensure that the message is well-framed,’ Daniel says. (Anshuman Poyrekar / HT Photo)
Updated on May 06, 2022 06:12 PM IST

Freefall, hover, fly: Inside Hyd’s new indoor skydiving arena

At GravityZip, a wind tunnel helps replicate the freefall part of a skydive. It’s meant for those not (yet) ready to jump out of a plane, and for those who want to get in a few practice sessions, its co-founders say.

Wind speeds can reach 200 miles an hour in the tunnel. Scroll down to watch a video of a dive.
Updated on Apr 30, 2022 03:52 PM IST

On the gravy trail: A brief and riveting history of the curry

A new book traces the origins and evolutions of this dish, in a journey that spans nations, generations, fallen empires and changing tastes.

Any spiced dish with a gravy, of Indian origin or influence, cooked in a pot, qualifies as a curry, Sukhadwala says. (Clockwise from bottom right) Curries from Malaysia, Thailand, Goa, Bengal, the Malabar coast, and Assam. (HT Archives)
Updated on Apr 30, 2022 03:57 PM IST

Tox screen report: Check out new variants of the Bechdel test for movies

Are films becoming more inclusive and diverse? New tests are demanding more than the Bechdel parameters of two women who speak to each other about something other than a man. They’re asking: Do the characters also have a purpose, a voice, a happy ending? And, who’s behind the lens?

In Hollywood and Bollywood, as audiences change, films are changing too. Blockbusters such as Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Coco, Everything Everywhere all at Once and Encanto have, over the past five years, showcased a range of races and cultures. Mainstream Hindi films such as Queen, Badhaai Do and Secret Superstar are more realistically representing women, Muslims and the LGBTQ community.
Updated on Apr 23, 2022 01:57 PM IST

How much did they get right? A look at films set in 2022

The mega-storms are here. The satellites to control them, not yet. We haven’t run out of food, or seen society fall apart (entirely). But these films do all raise the critical question: What happens if we continue down our current path?

Chris Pratt in The Tomorrow War. In the film, a metaphor for the climate crisis, time-travellers from the future return to 2022 to warn humans of a coming war they cannot win in their own time.
Updated on Apr 08, 2022 11:12 PM IST

I am still pinching myself to see if this is real: Falu on win

Mumbai “It was magical… like nothing I could have imagined,” musician Falguni Shah aka Falu told HT, hours after she won the award for Best Children’s Album at the 64th annual Grammy Awards in Las Vegas

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Published on Apr 05, 2022 12:03 AM IST

Falu takes Indian music for kids to the Grammys

Mumbai: Through songs about pots and pans, crayons and rainbows, Indian musician Falguni Shah, aka Falu, has been spreading a message of harmony among children in the US

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Published on Apr 01, 2022 11:22 PM IST

All together now: Treasures from the Islamic Art gallery at Salar Jung Museum

Jade rings, ornate daggers, Mughal-era shields and ancient manuscripts of the Quran — India’s first such gallery will display items from around the world, united by a shared artistry.

Mughal emperor Shah Jahan’s jade archery ring (designed to protect an archer’s thumb) is so dark green, it’s almost black. (Image courtesy Salar Jung Museum)
Updated on Mar 19, 2022 03:03 PM IST

Tailor-made: From Kerala, a superhero to save the day

Why does Minnal Murali feel so distinctly Indian? What did it take to make it on such a small budget, and why does the world still crave superhero tales to begin with? Excerpts from an interview with director Basil Joseph.

‘We knew the rivalry couldn’t be a personal affair. It had to be the villain against the village, and the hero coming in to save the village,’ Joseph says.
Updated on Mar 12, 2022 04:27 PM IST

Not in the mood for more Batman? Meet some of India’s lesser-known superheroes

The India squad are an unusual blend of faith and science, myth and conformity. There are cops, schoolgirls, changelings, goddesses, and some snarky rebels too.

Not in the mood for more Batman? Meet some of India’s lesser-known superheroes
Updated on Mar 12, 2022 04:26 PM IST

First Wheelchair Basketball League in city today

he league, created by non-profit organisation Project Mumbai, is part of a larger mission to make Mumbai more accessible, and draw the attention of non-challenged citizens to para-sports

he five teams in the league include 20 national- and international-level wheelchair basketball players, as well as players affiliated to the Armed Forces Paraplegic Rehabilitation Centre (PRC) in Khadki, Pune (HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 11, 2022 07:55 PM IST

All fired up: Urban ceramicists are moulding clay, finding themselves

India has found a new love for pottery in the pandemic. Fans swear it’s about more than crafting wares. It takes focus, mindfulness, meditation; and can offer lessons in starting over and in letting go.

‘When things go wrong with an intricate piece, it has to be discarded with no second thought. There are a lot of lessons to be learned,’ says ceramicist Carmel Hessing, seen here at work in her stoneware studio Claysutra in Hyderabad.
Updated on Mar 04, 2022 05:46 PM IST

Empathy Machines: Can virtual reality prevent domestic abuse?

In France and Spain, new VR-driven technology attempts to prompt empathy in abusers by showing them the perspective of victims and experience a very specific kind of fear

Steven Spielberg’s Minority Report (2002), based on a dystopian 1956 novella by Philip K Dick, revolves around 2054 where there’s predictive policing: masked men are apprehended as they set out to rob a bank; a mugger is stopped in his tracks, moments before his next crime.
Updated on Feb 25, 2022 10:50 PM IST

Spies in disguise: Can AI really predict and prevent crimes?

Crime forecasting makes for great movie plots. In reality, the machines, like humans, struggle to tell a villain from a victim. See how cities are faring with AI-based policing experiments and what it means for our fundamental rights

With increased surveillance our freedom and privacy may be compromised, say experts. Any form of policing involves a decision to give away a certain amount of freedom in exchange for a certain promise of security. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Feb 25, 2022 10:49 PM IST

The playbook: Do you need a life coach, a counsellor or a therapist?

How deep do you want to dive? Is the assistance you’re seeking short-term or longer-term? Should you start with one and advance to another? A quick guide.

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Updated on Feb 12, 2022 06:04 PM IST

Get couched in the basics: Tips for the nervous newcomer to therapy

What should you expect? How much should you share? Is there a right thing or a wrong thing to say? Take a look.

 (HT Illustration: Jayachandran)
Updated on Feb 12, 2022 05:51 PM IST

All on record: How creators handle personal and professional life

They started out with just a camera and a whim. Now they’ve got lakhs of followers. Money is pouring in. But when content creators must post around the clock to stay famous and relevant, the lines between personal and social, work and life, can blur. See how those at the top manage it all.

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Updated on Feb 05, 2022 11:01 AM IST

Tunnel visions: Inside India’s secret passageways

What lies beneath your feet? Across India’s cities, secret tunnels and hidden passageways are being discovered, often by accident, reopening doors to the past. Take a tour.

Beneath Mumbai’s Raj Bhavan is an underground complex of 13 rooms. They were built most likely to store munitions through a siege, and as a safe haven. (Photo courtesy Raj Bhavan)
Updated on Jan 22, 2022 03:53 PM IST
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