Zara heads the weekend features and special projects teams in Mumbai. She has been a journalist for 15 years, but a grammar Nazi for much longer.
Articles by Zara Murao
By Natasha Rego and Zara Murao
UPDATED ON JAN 16, 2021 06:25 PM IST
Scores of records are set and broken in India every year, by individuals, communities and the country as a whole. They tend to be a mix of accidental, intentional and outright bizarre. Take a tour of the most remarkable ones from recent years.
UPDATED ON NOV 08, 2020 10:22 PM IST
Facing months of restrictions, everyone’s starting to bend the rules a little. It’s a reasonable emotional response, if a dangerous one. Here are tips to help you stay the course.
UPDATED ON SEP 06, 2020 10:32 AM IST
A tightness in the chest, state of constant low-key worry, the sense that nature, the economy and life as we knew it just aren’t ever going to be the same. The pandemic has sparked doomsday anxiety
By Zara Murao & Vanessa Viegas | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON AUG 09, 2020 03:03 PM IST
Teacher. Director. Idol. Man with a fiery temper. These are the facets we know. Days after his passing, we spoke to former students for a more intimate take on the trailblazing former head of the NSD.
By Zara Murao | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 21, 2020 09:35 PM IST
As a byproduct of the lockdown, the performative element of parenting in middle- and upper-middle-class urban India has declined. Family time has made a roaring comeback too, but amid anxiety and uncertainty.
By Zara Murao & Raul Dias | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON FEB 01, 2020 09:06 PM IST
There’s more coming; a surprise project, he says. But meanwhile, here’s a look back at the work of an untrained genius, an early champion of diversity, and a 50-year career of firsts.
By Zara Murao, Rachel Lopez, Madhusree Ghosh & Natasha Rego | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 27, 2019 08:33 PM IST
Flying cars, androids you can’t tell apart from humans, colonised planets... here are things we should have had by now
PUBLISHED ON DEC 06, 2019 09:10 PM IST
The actor-director is best known for his rather crass film, Borat. But a recent speech that’s gone viral was an elegant takedown of the billionaires behind our social media platforms, for the damage they’re doing to democracies.
UPDATED ON NOV 29, 2019 06:40 PM IST
The face (and voice) of wildlife documentaries recently won the Indira Gandhi peace prize. A look at a legacy unmatched, and things he might have done differently.
PUBLISHED ON NOV 08, 2019 05:38 PM IST
Hollywoo won’t be the same without the horse-man has-been.
PUBLISHED ON NOV 01, 2019 04:00 PM IST
Set in a small French village, it’s a tale of love and loss and how life moves on, told through 17-year-old boys who fall in love, are separated and almost reunited decades later.
UPDATED ON NOV 01, 2019 03:46 PM IST
The future Batman was a reluctant star, then a recluse, then an arthouse wonder. A look at his unusual journey.
UPDATED ON SEP 07, 2019 01:34 PM IST
The 17-year-old singer took over the #1 spot on the Billboard charts for the first time last month, with songs unusual for a pop star — on depression, loneliness, suicide.
PUBLISHED ON AUG 30, 2019 05:44 PM IST
The 16-year-old climate activist is strident, angry. And justifiably so. But as today’s rockstar of green energy and sustainable living, it’s time for her message to evolve.
PUBLISHED ON AUG 23, 2019 02:20 PM IST
From the rather stern husband-in-a-good-mood of the ’30s and ’40s to Jack and Ennis in Brokeback Mountain, our heroes have come a long way. Take a look...
PUBLISHED ON JUN 22, 2019 05:17 PM IST
The pop superstar has rebranded herself, this time as an LGBTQ ally. With hundreds of millions listening, should timing and nuance matter?
By Zara Murao | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON JUN 01, 2016 01:02 AM IST
A first person account of the difficulty train commuters faced on Tuesday because of surge pricing by app-based taxi aggregators
UPDATED ON JUL 08, 2014 11:14 PM IST
Can women, whether rich and powerful like Nooyi or middle-class and anonymous like the rest of us, do it all? If we said it right, we might even arrive at the right answer, writes Zara Murao.
UPDATED ON MAR 23, 2013 05:25 PM IST
The truth is, there is no such thing as the perfect travel buddy. Even when you find someone who checks all the boxes – same interests, similar income, flexible schedule, neat, clean, punctual, pleasant – there will still be the odd disaster. Finding the ideal soulmate to vacation with can be harder than you think..
UPDATED ON DEC 02, 2012 12:25 AM IST
Once a haven for the middle-class, this suburb that has been forced into innumerable makeovers over the years, has now become the address to flaunt, and a new breed of rich youngsters is altering its identity, finds Zara Murao.
UPDATED ON SEP 29, 2011 11:38 PM IST
Some argue that if Troy Davis, a convicted killer, had lived, there is a danger that he would have escaped and killed again. Others insist that only his death could deter other criminals from killing.
UPDATED ON JUL 16, 2011 11:51 PM IST
New York's 'hottest chef', Amritsar-born Vikas Khanna, is set to launch a humanitarian food project at the White House.
UPDATED ON APR 15, 2011 11:01 PM IST
It’s strange to think of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim as a frightened young man, hiding from his enraged policeman father after beating up a young thug in a gang fight. Zara Murao writes.
UPDATED ON APR 01, 2011 10:49 PM IST
‘All this over a game?’ asks Lisa Simpson in what was perhaps a programming masterstroke on the part of Star World. Zara Murao writes.
UPDATED ON FEB 15, 2011 11:10 PM IST
‘As a child, I believed aliens built the pyramids,’ says Hella, laughing. It’s March 2009 and the pretty, crisp-toned tour guide is adjusting her headscarf as she sits in the front seat of our tour van, smilingly trying to break the ice with yet another busload of strangers.
By Zara Murao | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON FEB 07, 2011 01:41 AM IST
Every few days, a small group of ragpickers heads briskly to a block of buildings in Andheri West, making sure they get there before the municipal garbage collection van.
By Mini Pant Zachariah & Zara Murao | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON APR 26, 2010 12:55 AM IST
Should Mumbai’s 189 indigenous villages remain gaothans, even as the rest of the city is transformed around them, or should they have the option of developing, redeveloping and growing as they wish?
UPDATED ON APR 07, 2010 01:22 AM IST
She’s a widely travelled activist and entrepreneur who has spoken at the UN, represented Asia-Pacific — and, on Friday, was asked to leave Bombay Gymkhana because she is a transsexual. In conversation with Laxmi Tripathi…
By Zara Murao, Arunachal Pradesh
PUBLISHED ON JAN 17, 2010 07:27 PM IST
In breathtaking Arunachal Pradesh, the Sino-Indian war is living history. Memorials dot the winding, mountainous route from Tezpur in Assam to the monastery town of Tawang. Zara Murao writes.Photo by AFP
UPDATED ON JAN 16, 2010 11:04 PM IST
In breathtaking Arunachal Pradesh, the Sino-Indian war is living history. Memorials dot the winding, mountainous route from Tezpur in Assam to the monastery town of Tawang. Zara Murao writes.