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Three old books, but fine vacation reads

Two of them are biographies, a genre I find most enjoyable. The first is Zareer Masani’s slim but revealing and insightful work on Thomas Macaulay

I’m going to strive to read more of the books I buy or receive. May be not all and probably not the full book in every case but most and as much as I can take. After all I don’t want to find, five years from now, that some of the best books I’m reading I could have picked up half a decade ago. I can’t afford to make that mistake again! (Hindustan Times)
I’m going to strive to read more of the books I buy or receive. May be not all and probably not the full book in every case but most and as much as I can take. After all I don’t want to find, five years from now, that some of the best books I’m reading I could have picked up half a decade ago. I can’t afford to make that mistake again! (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jan 28, 2023 09:17 PM IST

Bharat Jodo Yatra: A journey of our lifetimes

From conceptualisation to execution, the yatra is a remarkable testament to the organisational ability of the Congress

Through the Bharat Jodo yatra, we also saw the emergence of a more nuanced picture of Rahul Gandhi. This isn’t the pappu (simpleton) portrayed on social media, it’s a leader with vision and gravitas (PTI)
Through the Bharat Jodo yatra, we also saw the emergence of a more nuanced picture of Rahul Gandhi. This isn’t the pappu (simpleton) portrayed on social media, it’s a leader with vision and gravitas (PTI)
Updated on Jan 28, 2023 10:55 PM IST
ByManish Khanduri

How BBC’s ties with India have evolved

It is hard to get the BBC to apologise, but in the current case, India needs to realise that the BBC does not spew out colonialist propaganda. It’s a journalists’ organisation, and millions of Indians choose to listen to and watch it

Over the years, as the BBC’s Delhi correspondent, I had many discussions with the ministry of external affairs officials about programmes the BBC wanted to make. (archive)
Over the years, as the BBC’s Delhi correspondent, I had many discussions with the ministry of external affairs officials about programmes the BBC wanted to make. (archive)
Updated on Jan 28, 2023 09:16 PM IST

Hockey World Cup: Finalists Germany’s India link

Finalists Germany have benefitted from South African scientific advisor, Robin Arkell, who was in India’s corner when they won bronze at the Tokyo Olympics

Robin Arkell (L) was India’s scientific advisor, helping the then Manpreet Singh-led outfit to the Olympic rostrum after 41 years.
Robin Arkell (L) was India’s scientific advisor, helping the then Manpreet Singh-led outfit to the Olympic rostrum after 41 years.
Published on Jan 28, 2023 06:19 PM IST

Is efficiency the wrong answer?: Life Hacks by Charles Assisi

There’s a growing movement in support of slack, which frees a person from busy-ness. There’s no ‘time to work’ and ‘time to play’. It’s all time in which to engage with the world.

‘Look for the bare necessities, the simple bare necessities... That’s why a bear can rest at ease’: Baloo’s song from the 1967 Disney version of The Jungle Book is also about slack.
‘Look for the bare necessities, the simple bare necessities... That’s why a bear can rest at ease’: Baloo’s song from the 1967 Disney version of The Jungle Book is also about slack.
Updated on Jan 28, 2023 04:53 PM IST

What’s it to you?: How idioms morph around the world

In a new Wknd column, author Adam Jacot de Boinod unwraps mysteries relating to phrases of everyday use, and hunts down quirky parallels from around the world. Look out for Capital Letters every month.

'The more of our linguistic history we lose, the more nervous I become. As jittery, they’d say in Puerto Rican Spanish, as a crocodile in a wallet factory,' de Boinod says. (Shutterstock)
'The more of our linguistic history we lose, the more nervous I become. As jittery, they’d say in Puerto Rican Spanish, as a crocodile in a wallet factory,' de Boinod says. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Jan 28, 2023 04:55 PM IST
ByAdam Jacot de Boinod

Leavened bread: Raw agents that rise and shine

What makes the appam soak up mutton curry and the naan cling to the flavour of the saag? It’s the air bubbles created by a leavening agent, and a hearty dose of gluten. Explore the physics of fluffiness, in this week’s Sound Bites with Swetha Sivakumar.

Whether it’s an airy focaccia or a pillowy appam, it’s the gluten making all the difference. (Shutterstock)
Whether it’s an airy focaccia or a pillowy appam, it’s the gluten making all the difference. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Jan 28, 2023 04:37 PM IST
BySwetha Sivakumar

It’s not you, it’s not them: The benefits of having friends across the aisle

The path to any change begins with a disagreement. No one has all the answers. In our troubled times of anger and distrust, here’s why you should work to preserve friendships with those you don’t always agree with.

(Shutterstock)
(Shutterstock)
Published on Jan 28, 2023 04:32 PM IST

The shape shifter: A Wknd interview with Rajshri Deshpande of Trial by Fire

In a stunning turn, the actor immerses herself in the true story of a woman who lost both her children to the Uphaar cinema blaze in 1997. Deshpande gained weight, changed her gait, stepped into Neelam Krishnamoorthy’s darkened world. She previously made waves as a gangster’s wife in Sacred Games, as Ismat Chughtai in Manto. ‘I like to start, each time, from zero,’ she says.

Rajshri Deshpande as herself (centre) and, clockwise from left, in Trial by Fire, Manto and Sacred Games.
Rajshri Deshpande as herself (centre) and, clockwise from left, in Trial by Fire, Manto and Sacred Games.
Updated on Jan 28, 2023 04:24 PM IST
ByDeepa Gahlot

The academies shaping India's footballing future

If India wants to get better at the world's most popular game, then AIFF can't do all the heavy lifting. That is where academies come into the picture.

Kids during a training session at the RFYC football academy in Navi Mumbai( RYFC)
Kids during a training session at the RFYC football academy in Navi Mumbai( RYFC)
Published on Jan 27, 2023 09:29 PM IST
ByRutvick Mehta

In a Dutch home, a battle for bragging rights

Striker Thijs van Dam's girlfriend Pien Sanders has won everything there is to win and that is inspiring him to step up as well

Thijs van Dam with partner Pien Sanders(Thijs van Dam/Instagram)
Thijs van Dam with partner Pien Sanders(Thijs van Dam/Instagram)
Updated on Jan 28, 2023 12:46 PM IST

How the budget can spur India’s energy transition

There is no silver bullet to drive the green switch over. But India can take a few critical steps in the financial and economic sectors, such as priority lending to the renewable energy sector and increasing the nation’s share of nuclear power, to facilitate the net-zero target

A country with growing consumption will need all forms of energy. Sustainability will be driven by cleaner coal and refinery-efficiency improvement, expansion of the renewable energy sector and e-mobility proliferation (Shutterstock)
A country with growing consumption will need all forms of energy. Sustainability will be driven by cleaner coal and refinery-efficiency improvement, expansion of the renewable energy sector and e-mobility proliferation (Shutterstock)
Published on Jan 27, 2023 08:24 PM IST
ByJanmejaya Sinha and Kaustubh Verma

Every season gets the blues: A denim timeline

It’s been 150 years since the first blue jeans rolled out of a Levi’s factory. Then came the experiments, and errors — glitter and bling, balloony waists, skinny bottoms. Take a look.

Kelly Rowland, Beyonce Knowles and Michelle Williams of the band Destiny’s Child in the bling and bubblegum palettes of the Aughts. (Getty Images)
Kelly Rowland, Beyonce Knowles and Michelle Williams of the band Destiny’s Child in the bling and bubblegum palettes of the Aughts. (Getty Images)
Updated on Jan 27, 2023 08:34 PM IST

Journey to the twilight zone: Hear from a scientist who descended to 1,000 m

Sendhil Kumar spent 10 days aboard the research vessel Odyssey, and dove in a glass-bubble submersible to spend a few hours in the twilight zone.

Kumar in the submersible; his voyage was part of the Nekton Maldives Mission, led by the Maldives government and the UK-based research foundation Nekton. (Centre for Marine Living Resources and Ecology)
Kumar in the submersible; his voyage was part of the Nekton Maldives Mission, led by the Maldives government and the UK-based research foundation Nekton. (Centre for Marine Living Resources and Ecology)
Updated on Jan 28, 2023 06:41 PM IST
ByNatasha Rego

Ease pressure on students

Longstanding issues with education have pushed many young people to the brink. As the PM’s event highlights, this must be fixed

The jostle for a once-in-a-lifetime shot at prosperity has claimed scores of lives in the past decade in India’s coaching hubs (PTI)
The jostle for a once-in-a-lifetime shot at prosperity has claimed scores of lives in the past decade in India’s coaching hubs (PTI)
Published on Jan 27, 2023 08:24 PM IST
ByHT Editorial

Sort out granular issues to bolster India-US ties

For several decades, experts have been talking about the US-India relationship deepening without having much concrete evidence to show this to be the case. However, that tide seems to finally be turning

India played a constructive role in the G20 Bali summit in 2022, including crafting the statement. The US hopes India’s manage-ment of Russia in the G20 will not be akin to business as usual (Arindam Bagchi Twitter)
India played a constructive role in the G20 Bali summit in 2022, including crafting the statement. The US hopes India’s manage-ment of Russia in the G20 will not be akin to business as usual (Arindam Bagchi Twitter)
Updated on Jan 27, 2023 08:38 PM IST
ByManjari Chatterjee Miller

Report: Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival 2023

The 14th edition of the Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival was packed with sessions on mental health, Partition narratives, queer literature, murder mysteries, translation, graphic novels, food, dance, bookselling, Dalit writing, poetry and historical fiction

Transgender activist Anindya Hajra in conversation with transgender activist and author Akkai Padmashali about their memoir A Small Step in a Long Journey. (Courtesy AKLF)
Transgender activist Anindya Hajra in conversation with transgender activist and author Akkai Padmashali about their memoir A Small Step in a Long Journey. (Courtesy AKLF)
Updated on Jan 27, 2023 05:53 PM IST
ByChintan Girish Modi

First Principles | Bloodbath in Silicon Valley and its trickle-down effect

It appears that tech has hit the reset button, with layoffs in several large IT companies. What does this mean?

The chairman of an Indian IT major with a significant presence in the US had some pointers on how it may impact India. (Unsplash)
The chairman of an Indian IT major with a significant presence in the US had some pointers on how it may impact India. (Unsplash)
Published on Jan 27, 2023 05:45 PM IST

Rinse, repeat: See how shampoo is helping decode activity on the Sun

A recent study examined how shampoo moves on a vibrating speaker, and came away with a better understanding of how plasma jets form and drive space weather and solar winds.

Solar material likely a few million km long erupts into space. (NASA / GSFC / SDO)
Solar material likely a few million km long erupts into space. (NASA / GSFC / SDO)
Updated on Jan 27, 2023 01:21 PM IST

Read an excerpt from Arun Maira’s book, Listening for Well-being

The management consultant and former member of the Planning Commission of India draws from his life experience to emphasise the power of deep listening. This excerpt looks at the types of listening one can encounter while engaging with those who have different views.

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Updated on Jan 27, 2023 01:13 PM IST
ByArun Maira

Tughlaqabad Fort: Eviction notice sent to 1,000 families

The Supreme Court in February 2016 declared the entire Tughlaqabad Fort as protected, and directed ASI to not allow any land-grabbing or encroachment there. However, residents claim that the ASI notice was put up only recently

The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has ordered that 1,000 houses that have come up on the fort premises should be vacated. The locality is known as Bengali Colony. (Vipin Kumar/HT Photo)
The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has ordered that 1,000 houses that have come up on the fort premises should be vacated. The locality is known as Bengali Colony. (Vipin Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 27, 2023 11:13 AM IST
BySadia Akhtar

Deforestation, poorly planned infra work affecting Himalayas, says Petley

Petley said that while heavy rain and tectonic activity may trigger such events, human activity can also trigger instability

University of Hull vice-chancellor, Professor, Dave Petley (HT)
University of Hull vice-chancellor, Professor, Dave Petley (HT)
Updated on Jan 27, 2023 11:15 AM IST
ByJayashree Nandi, New Delhi

ICHR plans to hold exhibitions on country’s ‘unexplored dynasties’

ICHR will unveil the exhibition, “Glory of medieval India: Manifestation of the explored Indian dynasties” on January 30 at Sahitya Akademi in Delhi.

ICHR will unveil the exhibition, “Glory of medieval India: Manifestation of the explored Indian dynasties” on January 30 at Sahitya Akademi in Delhi. (HT)
ICHR will unveil the exhibition, “Glory of medieval India: Manifestation of the explored Indian dynasties” on January 30 at Sahitya Akademi in Delhi. (HT)
Updated on Jan 27, 2023 11:09 AM IST

Bivalent vaccines more effective against Covid than monovalent ones: Study

Bivalent Covid-19 vaccines provide significantly better protection than their monovalent counterparts against severe disease and death from infections caused by Omicron sub-variants, data from two recent reports published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) show

A health care worker inoculates a beneficiary with a booster dose of Covid-19 vaccine at Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), in Guwahati. (ANI)
A health care worker inoculates a beneficiary with a booster dose of Covid-19 vaccine at Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), in Guwahati. (ANI)
Updated on Jan 27, 2023 11:14 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Jason Gillespie interview: An ideal opportunity for Australia to win

The former Aussie pacer talks about what the Australians did right in 2004, the importance of Australia skipper Pat Cummins and why reverse swing could be a big factor

Former Australia bowler Jason Gillespie(Getty Images)
Former Australia bowler Jason Gillespie(Getty Images)
Published on Jan 26, 2023 10:56 PM IST
By, New Delhi

What's ailing Saurabh Chaudhary?

The youngster, once hailed as India's brightest star, has failed to make India's Cairo and Bhopal World Cup-bound squads.

Saurabh Chaudhary has failed to make India's Cairo and Bhopal World Cup-bound squads(Getty Images)
Saurabh Chaudhary has failed to make India's Cairo and Bhopal World Cup-bound squads(Getty Images)
Published on Jan 26, 2023 08:07 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Two key thrusts in R-Day parade

Push for defence indigenisation and women leaders in forces is a signal for the future.

The detachment of Brahmos of the 861 missile regiment, led by Lieutenant Prajjwal Kala, participates in the parade at Kartavya Path. (ANI)
The detachment of Brahmos of the 861 missile regiment, led by Lieutenant Prajjwal Kala, participates in the parade at Kartavya Path. (ANI)
Published on Jan 26, 2023 07:58 PM IST
ByHT Editorial

Reverse the damage done to the Aravallis

When the world is scrambling to save its blue-green infrastructure to mitigate the impacts of the climate crisis, this lackadaisical approach towards the Aravallis is not just unexplainable but also misguided.

From mining to illegal encroachment and a recent plan to set up a zoo safari, authorities seem to pay no heed to environmental concerns. (HT File Photo)
From mining to illegal encroachment and a recent plan to set up a zoo safari, authorities seem to pay no heed to environmental concerns. (HT File Photo)
Published on Jan 26, 2023 07:58 PM IST
ByHT Editorial

A new war of narratives in India’s political arena

Narendra Modi is seen as an astute world figure and mass leader. Rahul Gandhi is projecting himself as an ascetic on a mission. This contrast may inject a new dimension in politics.

The vishwaguru storyline is likely to gather greater momentum ahead of the September heads of State G20 summit where Modi will occupy centre stage and the pomp and pageantry of the Indian State will be in full gaze (PTI)
The vishwaguru storyline is likely to gather greater momentum ahead of the September heads of State G20 summit where Modi will occupy centre stage and the pomp and pageantry of the Indian State will be in full gaze (PTI)
Updated on Jan 27, 2023 12:52 AM IST

A watershed moment for Indian documentaries

All That Breathes and The Elephant Whisperers are unlike most animal documentaries. Instead of serving as a warning about the extinction of creatures or the human threat to their ecosystems, the film is a portrait of coexistence and interspecies bonds.

All That Breathes (a still in photo) and The Elephant Whisperers have made their mark on the global stage, for their country and their craft, proving that small is indeed beautiful (PTI)
All That Breathes (a still in photo) and The Elephant Whisperers have made their mark on the global stage, for their country and their craft, proving that small is indeed beautiful (PTI)
Updated on Jan 27, 2023 07:11 AM IST
ByKarishma Upadhyay
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