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Starry, starry knight

Published on Sep 30, 2023 11:47 AM IST

An HT special on the 100th birth anniversary of Dev Anand.

Dev Anand special feature.

Just Like That | A fine line of what's socially correct when East meets West

At the intersection of civilizations lies a dilemma felt most keenly by immigrants and diplomats: follow the dominant idiom, or the mores of one's homeland?

Some foods simply can't be eaten with a fork and a knife, no matter where one's consuming them. (Wiki Commons)
Updated on Jun 12, 2023 12:51 PM IST

Gita Gopinath: Recovery agent

After picking economics by happenstance as a Delhi teen, Gopinath, 50, went on to study at Princeton, teach at Harvard, and is now set to be the first deputy MD at IMF, guiding world economies amid the devastating blows of the pandemic.

Economist Gita Gopinath (File Photo / HT)
Published on Dec 19, 2021 11:31 AM IST
By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Photos: What it takes to capture the cosmos

Astro-photography is a niche in which photographers try to capture intricate details and close-ups of stars, planets and even deep-space objects like nebulas. Soumyadeep Mukherjee’s celestial muse is the sun. Here, exhaust fumes from the plane’s engine create the illusion of licking flames, in an image captured in the afternoon.(Photo by Soumyadeep Mukherjee) 7
Updated on Jul 24, 2021 04:53 PM IST

#AnimalSounds:Check out how Rohit Chakravarty is making bat calls audible

His Instagram page now features audio clips of other creatures too, and he’s betting you can’t tell what they are.

Rohit Chakravarty with a Joffre’s Pipistrelle bat. ‘As a researcher, I just want to de-stigmatise this animal that people have such an aversion to and have so many misconceptions about,’ the 29-year-old chiropterologist says.(Photo courtesy Ram Mohan)
Updated on Oct 11, 2020 10:20 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByNatasha Rego

Capital in lockdown: Stories from around Delhi-NCR amid coronavirus pandemic

Mayank Austen Soofi aka Delhiwale picks six stories that capture the essence of what has been lost, as life in Delhi endures during the pandemic. Read on to find out which one is the most heart touching.

Stories from around Delhi picked by Delhiwala Mayank Austen Soofi(Mayank Austen Soofi)
Updated on Sep 06, 2020 04:11 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Delhi | By

Mumbai in the time of coronavirus pandemic

We asked six master artists — the poet Javed Akhtar, photographer Sooni Taraporevala, writer Shanta Gokhale, and artists Sudhir Patwardhan, Sudarshan Shetty and Sameer Kulavoor — what the lockdown had meant to them. Here’s what they had to say.

A masked couple sits by the Arabia Sea in Mumbai.(Sooni Taraporevala)
Updated on Sep 06, 2020 04:42 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By

Sudhir Patwardhan’s exclusive artwork Departure depicts the frailty of Mumbai as home

In July, Hindustan Times invited artist Sudhir Patwardhan to create an original work that centred around the theme of the Mumbai and the pandemic. The work is a line drawing titled Departure, and it is a visceral portrayal of three migrants with a child walking with luggage through a deserted street.

Departure, pastel on paper, 2020(Sudhir Patwardhan)
Updated on Sep 06, 2020 04:16 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Mumbai | ByDhamini Ratnam

A universe of meaning

In a 2019 work titled Pieces Earth Left Behind, Sudarshan Shetty displayed 99 pieces of wooden sculptures, each modeled on an object that he found in Mumbai’s Chor Bazaar, a place where old, disused items find a new lease of life.

Standing 7 feet tall, this new work is carved out of re-used wood that has been collected from various dismantled structures in and around Mumbai.(Sudharshan Shetty)
Updated on Sep 06, 2020 01:03 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Mumbai | ByDhamini Ratnam

Art in an apocalypse

Like everyone else, I’ve felt like I was in the middle of an apocalypse, hearing about natural disasters, man-made disasters, blasts, politics fuelled by religion and God knows what else.

The artist collects different kinds of scissors because he thinks “they’re very interesting as a functional object and a piece of design.”(Sameer Kulavoor)
Updated on Sep 06, 2020 10:37 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Mumbai | BySameer Kulavoor

Hum-safar: Fellow Traveller a poem by Javed Akhtar. Watch video

Read the English translation and watch Javed Akhtar recite the original Urdu version of his poem Hum-safar about what the coronavirus lockdown meant to the poet and writer.

Migrant workers walking towards Farrukhabad and Sultanpur pause during a sudden dust storm, along NH24 near Indirapuram in New Delhi on May 10, 2020.(Ajay Aggarwal /HT PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 06, 2020 10:10 AM IST
Mumbai | ByJaved Akhtar (Translated from the Urdu version by Rakhshanda Jalil)

A walk in the park

English and Marathi writer Shanta Gokhale shares a story about a family during the coronavirus lockdown, and how a wife will stop at nothing to protect herself and her husband.

English and Marathi writer Shanta Gokhale shares a story about a family during the coronavirus lockdown, and how a wife will stop at nothing to protect herself and her husband.(Shanta Gokhale)
Updated on Sep 06, 2020 10:36 AM IST
Mumbai | ByShanta Gokhale

Housekeeper of Hauz Khas

For 20 years, Kamni has been working as a housekeeper to scores of one-room pads in Hauz Khas Village, rented mostly by single people pursuing all sorts of occupations. Most of her employers went back home after the Covid-19-triggered lockdown started, because of job losses or salary cuts, leaving Kamni with less income.

Kamni has been working as a housekeeper in Haus Khas for almost 20 years.(Mayank Austen Soofi)
Updated on Sep 06, 2020 04:46 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Delhi | ByMayank Austen Soofi

Our need for human connection stays

Mumbai chronicler Sooni Taraporevala writes about Mumbai during lockdown, “I took myself to the sea that has been part of my childhood and adult years — whether it was zipping down Marine Drive on the back of my dad’s scooter or photographing Parsis at prayer on the day and month of Ava, the water divinity; for me, the sea fronts are the most iconic feature of our city.”

Photograph clicked by Sooni Taraporevala
Updated on Sep 06, 2020 10:35 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Mumbai | BySooni Taraporevala

Yellow Pages on Delhi’s walls: With the city shuttered amid Covid-19, vendors leave their phone numbers behind

When the markets shut down, when the Delhi Metro trains stopped running, and those who had the luxury of a house exiled themselves within it; when the sky regained its blue, the streets emptied out, and all stalls that had no shutter to pull down had to close too, some left their phone numbers behind.

The number of a vendor written on a blank number plate.(Mayank Austen Soofi)
Updated on Sep 06, 2020 04:47 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Delhi | ByMayank Austen Soofi

Her elegy to the ordinary: An IT professional’s ode to city life in coronavirus pandemic times

Jonaki Ray has a day job in an IT company, as a technical editor. She no longer has to commute to Noida to mark her office attendance — thank you, Coronavirus! — and wrote a pandemic-era city-life poem for these pages.

Jonaki Ray(Mayank Austen Soofi)
Updated on Sep 06, 2020 04:45 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Delhi | ByMayank Austen Soofi

Vowels of the street in Old Delhi’s Chatta Sheikh Mangloo

In Old Delhi’s Chatta Sheikh Mangloo, each door on the long winding street is marked with an ‘O’ or ‘E’ painted in yellow. While easing up the Coronavirus-triggered lockdown, the Delhi government had announced that shops could finally open for business on an “Odd-Even basis”, and that’s what the ‘O’s and ‘E’s allot.

Shops in Old Delhi’s Chatta Sheikh Mangloo(Mayank Austen Soofi)
Updated on Sep 06, 2020 04:13 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Delhi | ByMayank Austen Soofi

From choir to duet: Ramayan Paath in the times of coronavirus

Every July, Kshetra Pal and his wife, Pushpa, hold Ramayan Paath, a continuous 24-hour reading of the complete Ramcharitmanas, at their home in Ghaziabad. But how were they to do this during the Covid-19 pandemic when any gathering was deemed life threatening?

Kshetra Pal and his wife, Pushpa, hold Ramayan Paath virtually.(Mayank Austen Soofi)
Updated on Sep 06, 2020 04:12 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Delhi | ByMayank Austen Soofi

Do you have apocalypse anxiety?

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

(HT Illustration: Malay Karmakar)
Updated on Sep 06, 2020 10:32 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By

The science of forming good habits... and making them stick

The key lies in neither willpower nor virtue, but in being able to trick your mind.

Get your mind to believe that a habit is mundane and necessary and it will become part of your day more easily.(Shutterstock)
Updated on Sep 06, 2020 10:34 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByVanessa Viegas

A guerrilla gardener working in secret creates a forest in Kolkata

Advocate Mantu Hait started out with a few saplings, and a determination to clear the garbage off a vacant Port Trust plot. The self-sustaining forest is now a haven for residents... and birds.

The forest is in Alipore.Over the past decade, mango, sheesham, plum, guava, tamarind and Asoka trees have come up on the 1-km-long strip.
Updated on Sep 05, 2020 12:18 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By

A playlist to shake off the Covid blues

Hindustan Times editor Sukumar Ranganathan presents five songs, all released in the past few months as the world grappled with a virus and a lockdown

Hindustan Times editor Sukumar Ranganathan presents five songs, all released in the past few months as the world grappled with a virus and a lockdown
Updated on Sep 04, 2020 08:12 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Delhi | BySukumar Ranganathan

Harpreet Singh is carving the Punjabi music and film industry with creative content

Harpreet Singh, has made his name synonymous with the Punjab music and film industry by becoming a renowned producer of the same.

The way the music industry has seen a rise with people demanding unique and soul-touching music, Harpreet decided to launch his own company called “Singhwithbenz”.
Updated on Aug 10, 2020 06:11 PM IST

Her, in your ear: Female podcasters on food, science, history and more

Women make up barely a third of most best-podcast lists. Don’t miss out. Here are some riveting casts by women on food, science, history, birding and more.

Representational image(Pexels)
Updated on Jun 22, 2020 10:13 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By

Do you love yourself? Here’s why you should

Most of us don’t think about our relationship with ourselves, yet that is a defining element in any relationship we set out to have with others.

We crave unconditional love, but do we love ourselves unconditionally?(UNSPLASH)
Updated on Jun 22, 2020 10:12 AM IST
Hindustan Times | BySimran Mangharam

Cycling in the times of Covid-19: From freedom to fitness to distancing

As Atlas shuts its last manufacturing plant, a look at all that bicycles have meant to India, from the Raj era to the pandemic.

A group of cyclists, masked and distancing,in Chandigarh. More people are turning to cycles around the world, as an alternative to the more risky public transport, amid the Covid-19 pandemic.(Keshav Singh/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jun 22, 2020 10:13 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By

Indian couples discuss why they chose to have just one child

Giving their little one the best life they can, without having to split resources, time or attention, emerges as a prime reason.

Pallavi and Rajeev Singh with their daughter Vidita, 9. ‘Ten years ago we’d probably have worried that she would be lonely. But only-children are so common now so we no longer worry,’ Rajeev says.(Satyabrata Tripathy / HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 02, 2020 04:09 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By
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