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Stories from around Delhi picked by Delhiwala Mayank Austen Soofi(Mayank Austen Soofi)

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

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 06, 2020 04:11 PM IST
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.
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A masked couple sits by the Arabia Sea in Mumbai.(Sooni Taraporevala)
A masked couple sits by the Arabia Sea in Mumbai.(Sooni Taraporevala)

Mumbai in the time of coronavirus pandemic

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON SEP 06, 2020 04:42 PM IST
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.
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Departure, pastel on paper, 2020(Sudhir Patwardhan)
Departure, pastel on paper, 2020(Sudhir Patwardhan)

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

By Dhamini Ratnam | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON SEP 06, 2020 04:16 PM IST
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.
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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)
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)

A universe of meaning

By Dhamini Ratnam | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON SEP 06, 2020 01:03 PM IST
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.
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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)
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)

Art in an apocalypse

By Sameer Kulavoor | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON SEP 06, 2020 10:37 AM IST
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.
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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)
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)

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

By Javed Akhtar (Translated from the Urdu version by Rakhshanda Jalil) | Mumbai
UPDATED ON SEP 06, 2020 10:10 AM IST
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.
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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)
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)

A walk in the park

By Shanta Gokhale | Mumbai
UPDATED ON SEP 06, 2020 10:36 AM IST
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.
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Kamni has been working as a housekeeper in Haus Khas for almost 20 years.(Mayank Austen Soofi)
Kamni has been working as a housekeeper in Haus Khas for almost 20 years.(Mayank Austen Soofi)

Housekeeper of Hauz Khas

By Mayank Austen Soofi | Hindustan Times, Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 06, 2020 04:46 PM IST
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.
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Photograph clicked by Sooni Taraporevala
Photograph clicked by Sooni Taraporevala

Our need for human connection stays

By Sooni Taraporevala | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON SEP 06, 2020 10:35 AM IST
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.”
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The number of a vendor written on a blank number plate.(Mayank Austen Soofi)
The number of a vendor written on a blank number plate.(Mayank Austen Soofi)

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

By Mayank Austen Soofi | Hindustan Times, Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 06, 2020 04:47 PM IST
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.
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Jonaki Ray(Mayank Austen Soofi)
Jonaki Ray(Mayank Austen Soofi)

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

By Mayank Austen Soofi | Hindustan Times, Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 06, 2020 04:45 PM IST
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.
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Shops in Old Delhi’s Chatta Sheikh Mangloo(Mayank Austen Soofi)
Shops in Old Delhi’s Chatta Sheikh Mangloo(Mayank Austen Soofi)

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

By Mayank Austen Soofi | Hindustan Times, Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 06, 2020 04:13 PM IST
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.
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Kshetra Pal and his wife, Pushpa, hold Ramayan Paath virtually.(Mayank Austen Soofi)
Kshetra Pal and his wife, Pushpa, hold Ramayan Paath virtually.(Mayank Austen Soofi)

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

By Mayank Austen Soofi | Hindustan Times, Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 06, 2020 04:12 PM IST
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?
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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

A playlist to shake off the Covid blues

By Sukumar Ranganathan | Hindustan Times, Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 04, 2020 08:12 PM IST
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
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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”.
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”.

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

UPDATED ON AUG 10, 2020 06:11 PM IST
Harpreet Singh, has made his name synonymous with the Punjab music and film industry by becoming a renowned producer of the same.
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Ravichandran Ashwin is India’s premier off-spinner.(Ravi Choudhary / HT Photo)
Ravichandran Ashwin is India’s premier off-spinner.(Ravi Choudhary / HT Photo)

Ravichandran Ashwin named in Wisden’s Test team of the decade

By Aditya Iyer | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON JAN 02, 2020 03:32 PM IST
The only Indian on the team apart from Virat Kohli and, significantly, the only spinner in the 11
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(Illustration: Gajanan Nirapale)
(Illustration: Gajanan Nirapale)

Shashi Tharoor’s Word of the Week: Cromulent

PUBLISHED ON AUG 09, 2019 03:10 PM IST
When a word conceals fake intent beneath its apparent genuineness
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(ILLUSTRATION: GAJANAN NIRPHALE)
(ILLUSTRATION: GAJANAN NIRPHALE)

Shashi Tharoor’s Word of the Week: Phobia

By Shashi Tharoor | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON JUL 27, 2019 06:36 PM IST
Scared of something specific? There’s a specific word for it too
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(Getty images)
(Getty images)

8 mistakes healthy Indians are making

By Vanessa Viegas | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JUN 24, 2019 01:01 PM IST
Are you slashing sugar but forgetting about salt? Working out so hard, you could be risking burnout?
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Threats, slurs, insults: It’s a hard life for lawyers defending terror suspects

By Dipanjan Sinha | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON MAR 19, 2017 09:34 AM IST
Your client may be acquitted, but life will likely never be the same. Friends and neighbours shun you, loved ones question your motives.
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Bhagyalata Das, 72, says the ‘volunteers’ from Samvedna give her something to look forward to. Here, she and Priyanka Bantwal surf the internet for knitting designs at her Gurgaon home.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
Bhagyalata Das, 72, says the ‘volunteers’ from Samvedna give her something to look forward to. Here, she and Priyanka Bantwal surf the internet for knitting designs at her Gurgaon home.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

Family for hire: Old and lonely? Here’s company, and help, you can get for a fee

By Anubhuti Matta | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON MAR 19, 2017 10:30 PM IST
New companionship services offer to take seniors for walks, go with them to events, or just send someone over to talk.
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Shiva is one of the principal deities of Hinduism.(Photo: Shutterstock)
Shiva is one of the principal deities of Hinduism.(Photo: Shutterstock)

A path through the forest of the heart

By Renuka Narayanan | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON MAR 18, 2017 04:57 PM IST
The allure of the gods
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A massive ship installation plays to its passengers (seated viewers) a 40-minute movie about the naval mutiny.
A massive ship installation plays to its passengers (seated viewers) a 40-minute movie about the naval mutiny.

Revisit a forgotten naval mutiny at an art exhibition this weekend

By Riddhi Doshi | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON MAR 18, 2017 08:22 AM IST
How much do you know about the Royal Indian Mutiny of 1946?
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A meeting at the HT newsroom on results day, March 11
A meeting at the HT newsroom on results day, March 11

What a long, strange trip it’s been: How HT covered the 2017 assembly elections

By Text: Poulomi Banerjee, Illustration: Sudhir Shetty | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON MAR 12, 2017 07:12 PM IST
A peek into the behind-the-scene activities of HT’s 2017 assembly elections coverage
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Rooting for you: A social platform for sports fans, by a sports fan

By Anesha George | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON MAR 10, 2017 10:36 PM IST
Love a particular sport? Here’s how you can connect with other enthusiasts around the world, during a live match
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Ratna Pathak Shah in a still from the film Lipstick Under My Burkha. The Central Board for Film Certification refused to certify the film because it is “lady oriented”.
Ratna Pathak Shah in a still from the film Lipstick Under My Burkha. The Central Board for Film Certification refused to certify the film because it is “lady oriented”.

Why should women’s liberation movement be silent on right to sexual freedom?

By Poulomi Banerjee | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JUN 09, 2017 02:45 PM IST
The controversy surrounding the Central Board for Film Certification’s refusal to certify the film Lipstick Under My Burkha has again highlighted a patriarchal society’s discomfort with a women’s sexuality
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Madhuri Sarode, a dancer, wife and aspiring mother, says she loves getting tips on housekeeping from her mother-in-law.
Madhuri Sarode, a dancer, wife and aspiring mother, says she loves getting tips on housekeeping from her mother-in-law.

Women by choice: Extraordinary tales from the transgender community

By Anesha George | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON MAR 05, 2017 10:23 AM IST
Ahead of Women's Day, a wife, a model, an executive and an activist talk about what being a woman means to them.
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(From left) Swarnima Bhattacharya, Bhani Rachel Bali, and Japleen Pasricha, organisers of the Delhi chapter of the ‘I Will Go Out’ march that took place in January. Young women such as these have been asserting their right to be out on the streets.(Saumya Khandelwal/HT Photo)
(From left) Swarnima Bhattacharya, Bhani Rachel Bali, and Japleen Pasricha, organisers of the Delhi chapter of the ‘I Will Go Out’ march that took place in January. Young women such as these have been asserting their right to be out on the streets.(Saumya Khandelwal/HT Photo)

Women speak: #WeWillGoOut. Simply because we want to.

By Namita Kohli | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON MAR 05, 2017 08:29 PM IST
Young women are claiming their right to be out on the streets - day or night. Why can’t we?, they are demanding to know. But within these movements, issues of privilege, class and caste remain. 
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Kaali Nadakam, one of the plays staged at Meta 2017. It explores caste relations and ideas of power and justice through a murder that takes place during the performance of a traditional temple play.(Photos courtesy: Teamwork Arts)
Kaali Nadakam, one of the plays staged at Meta 2017. It explores caste relations and ideas of power and justice through a murder that takes place during the performance of a traditional temple play.(Photos courtesy: Teamwork Arts)

Staging diversity: Meta 2017 will make you reflect deeper on nuances of social issues

By Supriya Sharma | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON MAR 04, 2017 08:58 AM IST
From censorship to Shakespeare for clowns
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Artist SH Raza in Delhi.(Photo: Priyanka Parashar/ HT Photo)
Artist SH Raza in Delhi.(Photo: Priyanka Parashar/ HT Photo)

SH Raza’s paintings and the essence of Gandhi’s philosophy

By Manik Sharma | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON MAR 04, 2017 09:05 AM IST
Mahatma Gandhi was a subject painter SH Raza returned to repeatedly so that he could capture the essence of his philosophy - from pain to peace
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