Veenu Singh

Veenu Singh writes on art, culture and Bollywood for HT’s Sunday magazine, Brunch.

Articles by Veenu Singh

Get to know...Chaitnya Sharma

Rapper and actor @_slowcheeta talks about his favorite songs, app, food, and memories. He wishes he could fly and wants to travel back and meet his lost friend.

Chaitanya says the worst thing about fame is that you judge yourself based on what people think of you. Styling: Pooja Sethi; Make up: Hritika Tolani; Hair: Karim Shaikh; Outfit: Line Tribe. (Sheldon Santos)
Updated on May 27, 2023 11:41 PM IST

Get to know... Chintan Pandya

Chef Chintan talks about his love for cooking, his favorite dish to prepare (masala chai), his favorite Indian ingredient (methi), and his three food trends to watch out for. He also shares his dream dinner guests and his favorite Sunday memory.

One dish chef Chintan Pandya believes every adult must know how to prepare is masala chai. (Dhamaka)
Updated on Apr 28, 2023 11:29 PM IST

Get to know... Shiv Kapur

Golf professional, winner of 2002 Asian Games gold medal, hopes more young women take up golf, starts day with Metallica, craves butter chicken and dislikes tardiness and lies.

Shiv Kapur says he won’t leave his house without his daughter.
Updated on Apr 25, 2023 10:46 AM IST

Get to know... Anusha Dandekar

Name: Anusha DandekarAge: 41Occupation: TV presenter, actor, entrepreneur and co-founder and CEO of BrownSkin Beauty

The last app Anusha Dandekar checks before going to bed in Instagram for reels. (Ranjan M Zingade)
Published on Mar 17, 2023 10:54 PM IST

Get to know... Gary Mehigan

The chef and one of the original judges of MasterChef Australia on what’s in his fridge, his last big splurge, and being terribly impatient

Chef Gary Mehigan claims that he’s quite impatient. “It’s quite the opposite of the calm man everybody sees on TV. I need to be busy all the time.”
Published on Feb 11, 2023 01:32 AM IST

Fashion: “Celebrate your body on your wedding day”

HT Brunch Wedding Special 2023: The star of the HT Brunch Wedding Special 2023, Sanjana Sanghi, on everything a little girl’s fantasies are made of… and more!

Sanajana Sanghi says, “At my wedding, my first priority would be to choose a look that will celebrate my body & personality. I would definitely wear my grandmother’s bandhani saree for one function”; Styling by Avneet Chadha; Assisted by Tanya Agarwal; Art direction by Amit Malik;Make-up by Shaan; Lehanga by Abhinav Mishra; Shoes by Steve Madden; Earrings and neckpiece by Soni Sapphire (Shivamm Pathak)
Published on Jan 13, 2023 09:17 PM IST

Books: The book of dreams that never die

Chef Vikas Khanna’s successful documentary film on a 96-year-old woman finally going to school has now been released as an illustrated children’s story

Award-winning Michelin star chef, celebrated filmmaker and author Vikas Khanna
Updated on Dec 02, 2022 09:25 PM IST

HT Brunch Cover Story: Love, loss, light

Chef Vikas Khanna and his mother, Bindu, on learning to celebrate again, after the death of a loved one

Vikas says,“I love all festivals, whether it’s Bihu, Pongal, Holi, Diwali or even the Hornbill festival! Festivals reboot families and signify new beginnings. They are a brilliant way to bring people together”; On Vikas:Clothes by Don and Julio;Jeans by Levis; Shoes by Tresmode; On Bindu:Saree by Ritu Kumar; Jewellery by Khanna Jewellers (Raj K Raj)
Published on Oct 21, 2022 11:54 PM IST

HT Brunch Cover Story: Family is where the heart is

The Celebrations Issue: A festive showcase of how five sets of people follow the same traditions, differently!

(Clockwise from top row, left) Chef Vikas Khanna and his mother Bindu; Artists Mithu Sen and Samit Das; Fashion designer Ashish Soni with his sister, and head of business development, Smita; Restaurateurs and chefs Hanisha Singh & Jamsheed Bhote; Entrepreneur Ankit Malhotra, his sister, chef Akriti and her partner, lawyer Shruti Dutt; Fashion designer Samant Chauhan and his wife, producer Shweta Singh; Location courtesy: Andaz Delhi by Hyatt (Vikas & Bindu Khanna); & THE Park New Delhi; Art direction by Amit Malik; Make-up by Rekha Das; Hair by Rohit (Raj K Raj)
Published on Oct 21, 2022 11:53 PM IST

Nostalgia with Shanthi Priya: “I wish I’d focussed on my career instead of getting married at 23”

The actor talks about doing 30 films in four languages by the time she was 22, her mother taking care of her finances then and travelling for her dance performances

Shanthi Priya at 22 (left) and at 53 (right)
Published on Oct 21, 2022 11:52 PM IST

In Bed With Vikrant Massey: “True love is the fuel that keeps me going”

The actor talks about his love for chaat, footwear, travelling, and a relationship rule he always follows

Vikrant Massey poses exclusively for this HT Brunch column (Gulshan Sachdeva)
Published on Aug 12, 2022 07:16 PM IST

HT Brunch Cover Story: Sibling revelry

Author Meghna Pant and her brother, comedian Sorabh Pant, are shattering stereotypes and changing the rules of sibling relationships

There are no binaries at all when it comes to siblings Meghna and Sorabh. There’s just a very strong sense of camaraderie and love; Styled by Sahiba Dawar; Styling assistant Snehanshu Shome & Mansi Pandey; Make-up by Monali Shah; Hair by Sarita; On Meghna: Outfit from Warp ‘n Weft; Necklace by The Kona; On Sorabh: Kurta and jacket his own; Pants by H&M; Shoes by Zara (Prabhat Shetty)
Published on Aug 12, 2022 07:15 PM IST

HT Brunch Cover Story: Smells like team spirit

Five members of the Olympic-winning Indian national field hockey squad explain how a closely bonded team will always bring honour home

(Clockwise from left,top) PR Sreejesh, Hardik Singh , Harmanpreet Singh, Vivek Sagar Prasad, and Manpreet Singh, this is the team that is currently preparing for the Commonwealth Games that will begin in Birmingham, UK, on July 28, not to mention the Odisha Men’s Hockey World Cup in 2023, and the Paris Olympics in 2024; Styled by Prasad Bidapa; Hair & make-up by Gargi Karmakar; Wardrobe by Albert Devraj; Coordinated by Naga; Pop art suits by Suneet Varma
Published on Jul 22, 2022 07:21 PM IST

In Bed With Mika Singh: “If you have a good meal, you’ll be able to sleep well too”

The singer talks about being a good cook, watching reality TV shows and all of Rohit Shetty’s and Salman Khan’s films

Mika Singh poses exclusively for this HT Brunch column (Manoj Verma)
Published on Jun 10, 2022 08:05 PM IST

HT Brunch Cover Story: Pitch perfect proposal

How Deepak Chahar bowled his maiden over. And Jaya Bhardwaj on being a cricketer’s wife, and all that comes with it

Cricketer Deepak Chahar staged an epic proposal to Jaya Bhardwaj on 7 October, 2021, after a match against Punjab; Styling by Prasad Bidapa; Hair: Subramanya T; Make-up: Aditi Raman; Jewellery by Amrapali; Wardrobe-in-charge: Albert Devraj; On Jaya: Ghagra by Ravina Belani; On Deepak: Suit by Manoviraj Khosla; Shoes by Sanchita (Asha Thadani)
Published on May 20, 2022 08:44 PM IST
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Art: The silent art of telling stories

The recently concluded India Art Fair was special in more ways than one

Artist Satish Gujral at work
Published on May 06, 2022 10:28 PM IST
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Books: The right frame of mind

Photographer Raghu Rai is out with two books: one with French Ambassador Emmanuel Lenain, and the other that contains unseen images of Satyajit Ray

A shot of India, taken by Emmanuel Lenain, seen in the new book
Published on Apr 29, 2022 08:32 PM IST

HT Brunch Cover Story: Kick out the patriarchy!

For boxer Nikhat Zareen, 25, there’s no such thing as losing. There’s only learning how to win, over and over again.

Nikhat says she wanted to change the belief that women should just be in the kitchen and not dream of doing anything more; Dress & jacket by Bloni; Top & boots by Zara; Styled by Mia; Art direction: Amit Malik; Make-up: Shruti Sharma; Hair: Rohit; Location Courtesy: Shangri-La Eros, New Delhi (Tushar Bhardwaj)
Published on Apr 03, 2022 01:37 AM IST

HT Brunch Cover Story: BFFs at first sight

An HT Brunch Exclusive: When cricketer Rishabh Pant and Olympic gold medallist Neeraj Chopra met for the first time, the camaraderie was instant­—and powerful

Rishabh Pant (left) plays as a middle order wicket-keeper batsman for India. Neeraj Chopra (right) is the winner of the Olympic gold in the javelin event at last year’s games in Tokyo, and recent awardee of the Param Vishisht Seva medal; Styled by Pratiksha Jain (Rishabh Pant) and Eshaa Amiin (Neeraj Chopra); On Rishabh Pant:Hoodie by Zara; T-shirt by No Grey Area; Pants by The Pant Project; Shoes by Alexander McQueen; On Neeraj Chopra: Hoodie by Zara; Cargos by G-Star RAW; Shoes by Nike (Nimish Jain)
Published on Jan 29, 2022 11:08 PM IST

HT Brunch Cover Story: Bringing back the honey

Music Special: In the three years since he returned to the music scene after an 18-month hiatus, Punjabi music star Honey Singh has altered his style in an attempt to hit the top of the charts again

Honey Singh’s advice to fellow artistes, especially new artistes, is: platform toh hai, aur bahut mazedaar bhi hai. Toh agar gaane badiya honge, toh platform ka mazaa aur bhi aayega; Styled by Rishabh Chadha and Varun Singhania; Black outfit custom-made by Sidrock, Shoes by VegNonVeg,Jewellery by Zillionaire; location courtesy: KOA Studio, New Delhi (Shivamm Paathak)
Published on Dec 11, 2021 09:21 PM IST

In Bed With Hasleen Kaur: “One relationship essential? A healthy balance between space and communication”

The model and actor gets candid about having OCD, enjoying spending time alone and dreaming of walking for Gucci, Dior and Chanel one day

Hasleen Kaur poses exclusively for this HT Brunch column; Location courtesy: Holiday Inn Amritsar Ranjit Avenue
Published on Nov 06, 2021 11:40 PM IST

Books: “Badman is not just a screen name now. It’s a brand!” says Gulshan Grover

The OG Badman of Bollywood talks about his second book and how his screen name is fast turning into a mega business plan

Grover’s ‘Badman’ is an unforgettable character, which explains why the second part of his autobiography has just hit the bookshops—with a difference. Part 2 is not in English, but in Hindi
Published on Oct 30, 2021 09:56 PM IST

In Bed With Maniesh Paul: “I dream of flying without wings”

The actor-anchor talks about reading the newspaper while drinking tea first thing in the morning, binging on paranthas on his cheat days and watching The Squid Game, in an intimate chat

Maniesh Paul poses exclusively for this HT Brunch column; Location courtesy: Le Meridien, Connaught Place, Delhi; Hair by Hamraaz; Make-up by Nazir Khan; Shoes, Nike Kobe 14; Watch, Tag Huer; Hoodie, Yishion X Young; Tracks, Adidas (Manoj Verma)
Published on Oct 17, 2021 12:10 AM IST

HT Brunch cover story: Tough love with Sangeeta Phogat and Bajrang Punia

India’s newest wrestling couple, Bajrang Punia and Sangeeta Phogat, on 10 months of marriage, and the unwritten rule for two sportspeople in a relationship: the game comes first!

Sangeeta, 23, and Bajrang, 27, married in November 2020. But they have pretty much been kept apart since then, first because Bajrang was training hard for the Olympics, and then because of the felicitation ceremonies he has had to attend since returning from Tokyo with an Olympic medal; Styling: Avneet Chadha; Art direction: Amit Malik; Assistant styling: Tanya Aggarwal; Make-up and hair: Artistry by Anjali Jain; Location courtesy: Hilton Garden Inn New Delhi/Saket; On Bajrang: Pants & blazer: Raymonds; Shirt: Park Avenue; Shoes: Bata; On Sangeeta: Gown: Dolly J; Earrings: Soni sapphire; Heels: Bata (Hari Nair)
Published on Oct 02, 2021 10:30 PM IST

HT Brunch Cover Story: To sir with love

Teachers’ Day Special: Five successful individuals pay tributes to mentors who guided them along the way

Five successful individuals pay tributes to mentors who guided them along the way; Styling by Tanya Aggarwal; (Clockwise from top left) On Saby: Jacket, Dhruv Vaish; pants, Uniqlo; white shirt, US Polo; shoes, Croc and Jones; hat Zara; On Megha: Chikankari suit, Local market in Jaipur; shoes, Bata; earrings, Zariin; On Sonam: Salwar suit, Raw Mango; juttis, Needle Dust; earrings, Zariin; On Sangam: Kurta & vasket, Fab India; jeans, Lee Cooper; shoes, Bata; On Dikshu: Kurta , pants and Vasket, Ashish Sharma; watch, Breitling; belt, Louis Vuitton; shoes, Jimmy Choo; On Rahul: Sherwani and Pants, Amit Wadhwa; shoes, Da Milano; On Sunil: Black sherwani, Rajesh Pratap; sandals, Rohit Bal; glasses, Indie Eye; On Shagun: Co-ord set, Zara; earrings, Tholias Kuber; shoes, Sergio Rossi; watch, Hublot; On Suhanya: Shirt, Cheena Singh Studio; pants, Zara; heels, Rosso Brunello; bracelet, Cartier (Vinod Aggarwal)
Published on Sep 04, 2021 09:42 PM IST

HT Brunch Cover Story: Playing footsie with fame

How do top athletes, single-mindedly focussed on their game, deal with the glamour of success? Goalkeeper of the Indian football team, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, 29, on the fine balance between honing skills and courting stardom

Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, goalkeeper of the Indian football team, player in the Bengaluru Football Club, Arjuna awardee, is the only Indian to play in the UEFA Europa League and the two-time winner of the Golden Glove; Styling by Prasad Bidapa; Location Courtesy: JW Marriott Hotel Bengaluru; Hair & Make-up: Nabeela Abid; Coordination: Bala Kumar;Wardrobe: Albert Devaraj; Outfit, Umang Hutheesing (Waseem Khan)
Published on Aug 29, 2021 10:33 AM IST

HT Brunch Rakshabandhan Game Show: Which sibling will spring the best surprise this Rakhi?

The one who’re celebrating it long distance, the one who’s got something matching for both of them to wear or the one who’s taken up a cause with her sibling?

Dr Aastha Sachdeva, counseling psychologist
Published on Aug 22, 2021 08:33 AM IST

“At 22, I knew nothing beats hard work & discipline,” says Suneet Varma

The fashion designer talks about starting his career, being confused and in the closet and being inspired by Botticelli’s painting, The Birth of Venus, for his first collection

Suneet Varma at 22 (above) and at 54 (inset)
Published on Aug 01, 2021 08:50 AM IST

“What I wear to bed? Nothing!” says David Miller

The cricketer talks about being comfortable in his own space, admiring MS Dhoni and not being able to resist butter chicken in an intimate chat

David Miller poses exclusively for this HT Brunch column (Abner Fernandes)
Updated on Jul 25, 2021 08:27 AM IST

HT Brunch Cover Story: Our silver lining with an eye on gold

A pandemic may not be the best time for a big sporting event. Here’s how our Olympic star PV Sindhu is training herself mentally to aim for gold

PV says she’s quite active on Twitter and Instagram, but for support, she turns to close friends
Published on Jun 27, 2021 07:40 AM IST
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