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
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Zara Murao
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
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.
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.
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
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."
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.
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.