Zara Murao

Zara Murao

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
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A spa vacation, at Juhu

Hindustan Times | By Zara Murao
UPDATED ON NOV 07, 2009 01:11 AM IST
A beach idyll at Juhu can be as relaxing as a soothing massage. All you need is some seclusion, re;ports Zara Murao.
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Rs 22 ticket, popcorn and a timeless romance

Hindustan Times | By Zara Murao
UPDATED ON OCT 17, 2009 02:11 AM IST
It’s like stepping back in time. A balcony ticket costs Rs 22, the snacks cost Rs 10, popcorn still comes in little plastic packets. There’s just one screen at Maratha Mandir, and two ticket windows — for balcony and stalls, writes Zara Murao.
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Chasing dreams in unwelcoming land

Hindustan Times | By Zara Murao
UPDATED ON OCT 11, 2009 01:25 AM IST
It’s not much to look at, but the cavernous lobby of Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) is where dreams come true — for some, Zara Murao writes.
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A fading voice, a forgotten Mumbai

Hindustan Times | By Zara Murao
UPDATED ON OCT 06, 2009 01:40 AM IST
They were here before the rest, working in the mills and building homes along the coast. Now, a realty boom has claimed their homes and they find their voices don’t matter as much. Zara Murao reports.
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Seven days in Tibet

PUBLISHED ON SEP 24, 2009 03:54 PM IST
There's little of the 'real' Tibet in Lhasa today. Except during the Shoton Festival, writes Zara Murao
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Seven days in Tibet

Hindustan Times | By Zara Murao
UPDATED ON SEP 20, 2009 12:31 AM IST
There’s little of the ‘real’ Tibet in Lhasa today. Except during the Shoton Festival, writes Zara Murao.
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For a day

Hindustan Times | By Zara Murao
UPDATED ON SEP 12, 2009 12:23 AM IST
A day spent window-shopping at a mall can be an inexpensive pleasure. Just picking out what you might buy is almost as good as the real thing, writes Zara Murao.
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Someone switch off that TV

Hindustan Times | By Zara Murao & A N Jha
UPDATED ON AUG 10, 2009 01:17 AM IST
In an nationwide HT-CNN-IBN survey, 79 per cent of those polled were concerned that TV, films and the Net are bringing nudity, infidelity, porn and un-Indian influences into the home. For GenY, the concerns are equally about losing touch with each other, report Zara Murao & A N Jha. See graphic
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Internet + Imagination = A new life

Hindustan Times | By Zara Murao
UPDATED ON MAY 02, 2013 03:31 PM IST
When Tulika Verma checked into a Delhi hospital for her second delivery, she was calm and relaxed, looking forward to taking her second baby home to bond with their two-year-old daughter.Moments after Arjunuday was born, though, the doctor told her he had multiple congenital defects. And a very rare blood type. "All I can remember of those first few weeks," says Rahul, Tulika’s husband, "is the endless phone calls and SMSes as we tried desperately to find matching blood donors for our baby."
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What's eating Goa?

Hindustan Times | By Zara Murao
UPDATED ON MAR 06, 2009 10:39 PM IST
Russians own the hotels; the Brits are dining on tandoori fish and butter chicken; Indians from the south and north throng the beaches. It’s hard to believe this is the same city-state where, as a child, I walked barefoot to the local brunch joint for some lazy late-morning bacon and eggs, writes Zara Murao.
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Inverted pyramid

Hindustan Times | By Zara Murao
UPDATED ON JAN 02, 2009 08:33 PM IST
Seeing the pyramids of Giza for the first time is a bit like falling in love. All the sounds around you fade away and you feel like you’re finally meeting for the first time a friend you’ve known all your life, writes Zara Murao.
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