Veenu Singh

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

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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)
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
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
A shot of India, taken by Emmanuel Lenain, seen in the new book
Published on Apr 29, 2022 08:32 PM IST
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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)
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
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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)
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
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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)
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
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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
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
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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
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
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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)
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
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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)
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
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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)
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
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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)
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
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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
Dr Aastha Sachdeva, counseling psychologist
Published on Aug 22, 2021 08:33 AM IST
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“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)
Suneet Varma at 22 (above) and at 54 (inset)
Published on Aug 01, 2021 08:50 AM IST
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“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)
David Miller poses exclusively for this HT Brunch column (Abner Fernandes)
Updated on Jul 25, 2021 08:27 AM IST
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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
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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“At 22, I wanted to become a hero like Amitabh Bachchan or Dharmendra!” says Adil Hussain

The actor talks about being popular in the stand-up comedy circle, earning about enough and growing up a Guwahati
Adil Hussain at 22 (top) and at 55 (above)
Adil Hussain at 22 (top) and at 55 (above)
Published on Jun 27, 2021 07:30 AM IST
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“When I was 22, it was the ‘90s and tough for someone like me, who didn’t make Indian clothes!,” says Ashish Soni

The designer talks about starting his label at that age, not having any bank balance, being focused on fitness and hoping to get on the international arena
Ashish Soniat 22 (inset) and at 50 (above)
Ashish Soniat 22 (inset) and at 50 (above)
Published on Jun 06, 2021 07:53 AM IST
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“I quit law to pursue acting,” says Annup Sonii

The actor gets nostalgic about his time at NSD, his theatre scholarship, hostel life and being focused on fitness
Annup Sonii at 22 (inset) and now (above), at 50
Annup Sonii at 22 (inset) and now (above), at 50
Published on Apr 25, 2021 07:54 AM IST
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“First thing I do when I wake up is kiss my dogs!” says Minissha Lamba

The actor talks about Googling lyrics of Miley Cyrus songs, a dessert that describes her, and what she wears to bed, in an intimate chat
Minissha Lamba poses for this HT Brunch column at a friend’s home in New Delhi (Sanjeev Verma)
Minissha Lamba poses for this HT Brunch column at a friend’s home in New Delhi (Sanjeev Verma)
Updated on Apr 18, 2021 01:56 PM IST
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How to change the story of your life: Neelesh Misra

When this storyteller and lyricist went back to his roots, he discovered a whole new way to entertain India
Neelesh says that storytelling is in our DNA, it enhances the imagination, while also empowering people
Neelesh says that storytelling is in our DNA, it enhances the imagination, while also empowering people
Updated on Apr 18, 2021 07:45 AM IST
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HT Brunch Cover Story: Pace yourself, Navdeep Saini is here!

How the son of a government driver from Karnal, followed his father’s passion, became Indian cricket’s latest pacing sensation, and is now setting new rules for a fit, fashionable life
Navdeep says you need challenges to keep yourself motivated, hone your competitive spirit and improve your game; Location Courtesy: Hilton Garden Inn New Delhi/Saket; Styling: Drishti Vij; Art Direction: Amit Malik; Styling Assistant: Tanya Aggarwal; Hair and make-up: Anuj Dogra; Jacket, Lovebirds; jeans, United Colors of Benetton; watch, Fastrack; shoes, Steve Madden (Shivamm Paathak)
Navdeep says you need challenges to keep yourself motivated, hone your competitive spirit and improve your game; Location Courtesy: Hilton Garden Inn New Delhi/Saket; Styling: Drishti Vij; Art Direction: Amit Malik; Styling Assistant: Tanya Aggarwal; Hair and make-up: Anuj Dogra; Jacket, Lovebirds; jeans, United Colors of Benetton; watch, Fastrack; shoes, Steve Madden (Shivamm Paathak)
Updated on Apr 11, 2021 08:12 AM IST
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“At 22, I was questioning my sexuality, but was technically single,” says chef Ritu Dalmia

The award-winning chef gets nostalgic about her first attempt at making cheese soufflé, wanting to teach Delhi how to eat Italian food, and living on a bank balance of less than 10,000
Ritu Dalmia at 22 (inset) and now (above), at 48
Ritu Dalmia at 22 (inset) and now (above), at 48
Published on Mar 27, 2021 09:19 PM IST
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HT Brunch Cover Story: Scars and stripes

Women’s Day Special: Should imperfections on our bodies make us insecure? Meet five strong women, who wear lessons of life like badges of honour
Scars and marks carry beautiful stories – of recovery, struggle, stigma and strife; Location: Hilton Garden Inn, Saket, New Delhi; Art direction: Amit Malik; Styling: Tanya Aggarwal; Make-up and hair: Anuj Dogra; (From Left to Right) On Manisha: Dress, Dramebaaz by Ritika; rings, Senco Gold & Diamonds; On Mandeep: Top, Zara; jeans, Mango;heels, H&M; On Nidhi: Top and pants, Rohit Gandhi + Rahul Khanna; earrings, Senco Gold & Diamonds; On Rashi: Dress, Monika Rajeev Malik; watch, Gucci; shoes, Bata; rings, Senco Gold & Diamonds; (Below)On Devica: Top, Dramebaaz by Ritika; jeans, Zara; boots, Mango (Shivamm Paathak)
Scars and marks carry beautiful stories – of recovery, struggle, stigma and strife; Location: Hilton Garden Inn, Saket, New Delhi; Art direction: Amit Malik; Styling: Tanya Aggarwal; Make-up and hair: Anuj Dogra; (From Left to Right) On Manisha: Dress, Dramebaaz by Ritika; rings, Senco Gold & Diamonds; On Mandeep: Top, Zara; jeans, Mango;heels, H&M; On Nidhi: Top and pants, Rohit Gandhi + Rahul Khanna; earrings, Senco Gold & Diamonds; On Rashi: Dress, Monika Rajeev Malik; watch, Gucci; shoes, Bata; rings, Senco Gold & Diamonds; (Below)On Devica: Top, Dramebaaz by Ritika; jeans, Zara; boots, Mango (Shivamm Paathak)
Published on Mar 06, 2021 07:09 PM IST
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ByLubna Salim, with inputs by Veenu Singh

“At 22, I was doing Broadway in NYC,” says actor Parvin Dabas

The actor gets candid about his tours and travels, love life and bank balance
Parvin Dabas (left) with his best friend, Terence Joyce, at the Gypsy King concert in Central Park, New York
Parvin Dabas (left) with his best friend, Terence Joyce, at the Gypsy King concert in Central Park, New York
Published on Jan 03, 2021 07:12 AM IST
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Over the top and out!

Indo-Canadian filmmaker Deepa Mehta holds forth on the freedom of OTT in times of pandemic, and picks the 10 best shows she has watched this year
Deepa Mehta photographed in New Delhi earlier this month(Raajessh Kashyap)
Deepa Mehta photographed in New Delhi earlier this month(Raajessh Kashyap)
Published on Dec 27, 2020 06:59 AM IST
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“At 22, I was confused, scared and worried,” says actor Gulshan Grover

The actor gets nostalgic about working towards being an actor, his Dilliwaali girlfriend and being broke at 22
Gulshan Grover with actor Anil Kapoor, who was his acting school batchmate
Gulshan Grover with actor Anil Kapoor, who was his acting school batchmate
Updated on Dec 27, 2020 07:37 AM IST
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We’re going to the movies!

The movie screenings at I-View World Film Festival in a mall offered a welcome break from small screen entertainment
The I-View World festival kicked off with the screening of celebrated filmmaker Deepa Mehta’s Funny Boy, which is also Canada’s official entry to the Oscars 2021
The I-View World festival kicked off with the screening of celebrated filmmaker Deepa Mehta’s Funny Boy, which is also Canada’s official entry to the Oscars 2021
Updated on Dec 20, 2020 11:25 AM IST
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“At 22, I had a gypsy’s soul and a warrior’s spirit,” says Ritu Beri

The fashion designer gets nostalgic about her hopes, dreams, career and family life
Ritu Beri in her room in celebratory mode, upon getting admission into the first batch of NIFT Delhi
Ritu Beri in her room in celebratory mode, upon getting admission into the first batch of NIFT Delhi
Updated on Dec 20, 2020 07:43 AM IST
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“I wanted to reach the top of my cooking game before I turned 30,” says chef Sanjeev Kapoor

The celebrity chef takes a walk down memory lane as he discusses his hopes, dreams and fashion sense when he was 22
Chef Sanjeev Kapoor playing the guitar at his place in Varanasi while working at Hotel Varanasi Ashok
Chef Sanjeev Kapoor playing the guitar at his place in Varanasi while working at Hotel Varanasi Ashok
Updated on Dec 06, 2020 07:59 AM IST
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