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Wheels up! Biker Harith Noah on his record-setting finish for India at Dakar 2021

PUBLISHED ON MAR 05, 2021 09:10 PM IST
The 28-year-old just completed the world’s most dangerous bike rally. It all started with a little need for speed, he says.
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With a virtual home, especially one that’s bigger, brighter and fancier than your own, redecorating is more rewarding than amassing points in a game. For many it offers tips on actual furnishing, and an escape from their own too-familiar houses. (DESIGN HOME CARIBBEAN LIFE)
With a virtual home, especially one that’s bigger, brighter and fancier than your own, redecorating is more rewarding than amassing points in a game. For many it offers tips on actual furnishing, and an escape from their own too-familiar houses. (DESIGN HOME CARIBBEAN LIFE)

The virtual, vicarious pleasures of home-decor games

PUBLISHED ON MAR 05, 2021 09:12 PM IST
Start with an empty mansion, and decorate it using realistic furnishing, lighting, grand sculptures or trendy bits and bobs. It’s the great escape we didn’t know we needed in the lockdown.
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Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra has had it particularly rough. He last competed in January 2020. He hopes to resume competition this month. (AFP)
Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra has had it particularly rough. He last competed in January 2020. He hopes to resume competition this month. (AFP)

The Sporting Life: Are we prepped for Tokyo, asks Rudraneil Sengupta

By Rudraneil Sengupta
UPDATED ON MAR 05, 2021 08:21 PM IST
They’ve waited an extra year, suffered from illness, disrupted schedules and little to no training. And the Olympics are now just five months away.
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Ranjitha uses tiny clay pots, tavas and pressure cooker, tweezers for tongs, and candle flames to create her miniaturised meals.
Ranjitha uses tiny clay pots, tavas and pressure cooker, tweezers for tongs, and candle flames to create her miniaturised meals.

On this miniature cooking show, recipes fit for a dollhouse

By Natasha Rego
PUBLISHED ON MAR 05, 2021 06:14 PM IST
Ranjitha KV, a fashion designer and crafts enthusiast, builds entire kitchens around her tiny dishes. On the menu — a biryani made with three tsp of rice, “chicken lollipops” from quail legs, even a silvery little cousin of the pomfret.
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Demand is growing for tree-houses and boathouses as people seek to isolate better while on holiday, says Airbnb.
Demand is growing for tree-houses and boathouses as people seek to isolate better while on holiday, says Airbnb.

Up in the air: The future of travel

PUBLISHED ON MAR 05, 2021 06:58 PM IST
It will be years before we jet about again, as we used to. But closer to home, new kinds of experiences are already taking shape.
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Since every wasp, including the queen, in the Ropalidia marginata colony is born identical, Dr Raghavendra Gadagkar and his team of research students colour code each individual. (Souvik Mandal)
Since every wasp, including the queen, in the Ropalidia marginata colony is born identical, Dr Raghavendra Gadagkar and his team of research students colour code each individual. (Souvik Mandal)

With insects, this man knows wasps going on

By Natasha Rego
UPDATED ON FEB 28, 2021 07:14 AM IST
Dr Raghavendra Gadagkar, one of the world’s leading animal behaviour scientists, has spent the last 40 years studying the Ropalidia marginata, a type of wasp commonly found around human habitation. He believes the colonies could offer clues on how humans can manage conflict and competition better.
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Keep your clues simple and relatable. Like this South American river, that lends its name to a global online brand. (Shutterstock)
Keep your clues simple and relatable. Like this South American river, that lends its name to a global online brand. (Shutterstock)

Planning a quiz? Here’s how to pop the questions

UPDATED ON FEB 28, 2021 07:13 AM IST
What makes for a perfect quiz? Clues that go past Googled facts, and an audience that enjoys discovering what they didn’t know they knew. Here’s how good quizmasters do it
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Lungi-kurtas are the ’70s trend that time forgot. Zeenat Aman danced in hers in Hare Rama Hare Krishna.
Lungi-kurtas are the ’70s trend that time forgot. Zeenat Aman danced in hers in Hare Rama Hare Krishna.

Shining through the Seventies. Then mysteriously: It’s a wrap!

UPDATED ON FEB 28, 2021 07:15 AM IST
An ode to the lungi-kurta, always in silk, always as resplendent loungewear, which vanished without a trace
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“People ask, ‘How do I understand if there is consent in a situation or there isn’t?’ It’s less about their anatomy and it’s more pleasure focused now,” says Dr Tanaya Narendra, aka Dr Cuterus
“People ask, ‘How do I understand if there is consent in a situation or there isn’t?’ It’s less about their anatomy and it’s more pleasure focused now,” says Dr Tanaya Narendra, aka Dr Cuterus

Trouble down there? Dr Cuterus has you covered

By Vanessa Viegas
UPDATED ON FEB 28, 2021 07:15 AM IST
On Instagram, an Oxford-educated doctor is discussing sexual health, period myths and other intimate issues one viral post at a time
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New study explains why the rich seem happier

By Harikrishnan Nair
PUBLISHED ON FEB 26, 2021 11:18 PM IST
In the study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Matthew Killingsworth reports that, after tracking the lives of over 33,000 volunteers in the US for seven years, he is yet to see the happiness plateau
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For those struggling to make peace with a seemingly downgraded version of life, counsellors say it helps to view happiness differently to begin with. See it as an achievable goal you deserve and can work on every day. (HT illustration: Jayachandran)
For those struggling to make peace with a seemingly downgraded version of life, counsellors say it helps to view happiness differently to begin with. See it as an achievable goal you deserve and can work on every day. (HT illustration: Jayachandran)

How pandemic redefined happiness

PUBLISHED ON FEB 26, 2021 09:39 PM IST
If you are happy and you know it…it’s probably because the past months have made you re-examine what really brings joy, and what was just superfluous noise
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The emotional turmoil of unrequited love is real, but we can put it behind us fairly quickly if we try. Take cues from the 2009 film 500 Days of Summer. (FOX SEARCHLIGHT PICTURES)
The emotional turmoil of unrequited love is real, but we can put it behind us fairly quickly if we try. Take cues from the 2009 film 500 Days of Summer. (FOX SEARCHLIGHT PICTURES)

Hooked on a feelin’: With Love by Simran Mangharam

By Simran Mangharam
PUBLISHED ON FEB 26, 2021 09:47 PM IST
Heartbreak is bad enough. A heart that withers away when your feelings aren’t returned is a different kind of pain. Sometimes, it’s not them it really is you?
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“We’re trying to simplify the entire objective of the Indian food,” says chef Chintan Pandya (left) who has created a menu that breaks free from butter chicken and tikka masalas, with restaurateur Roni Mazumdar at Dhamaka. (Adam Friedlander)
“We’re trying to simplify the entire objective of the Indian food,” says chef Chintan Pandya (left) who has created a menu that breaks free from butter chicken and tikka masalas, with restaurateur Roni Mazumdar at Dhamaka. (Adam Friedlander)

Meet the men stirring up a storm with regional khana in NYC

By Yashwant Raj
UPDATED ON FEB 28, 2021 10:00 AM IST
Chef Chintan Pandya and restaurateur Roni Mazumdar, launched their third Indian restaurant, Dhamaka, on Valentine’s Day. make way for pork salad, Champaran Meat and other delicacies.
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Auto-complete: The Weekly Puzzle by Dilip D’souza
Auto-complete: The Weekly Puzzle by Dilip D’souza

Auto-complete: The Weekly Puzzle by Dilip D’souza

By Dilip D’Souza
PUBLISHED ON FEB 26, 2021 11:19 PM IST
Not far from where I live is a stretch of road on which there are always five or six cars
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Lonar Lake in Maharashtra that turned pink recently. “For months, people who wanted to visit kept asking ‘Is this true?’ ‘Did someone colour the water?’ ‘Is the colour still the same?’,” says Sailesh Sadar, a local tourist guide. (Pratik Chorge/HT PHOTO)
Lonar Lake in Maharashtra that turned pink recently. “For months, people who wanted to visit kept asking ‘Is this true?’ ‘Did someone colour the water?’ ‘Is the colour still the same?’,” says Sailesh Sadar, a local tourist guide. (Pratik Chorge/HT PHOTO)

Code Pink: Why do lakes change colour?

UPDATED ON FEB 26, 2021 11:22 PM IST
In July, the Lonar Lake in Maharashtra turned bright pink. Turns out, water bodies tend to change colour when an already saline lake sees an increase in salinity even when nothing but some algae and bacteria grows
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Lisbeth Salander, aka the titular Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, is a believable hacker, out on a mission to unearth a long-buried crime (Sony Pictures)
Lisbeth Salander, aka the titular Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, is a believable hacker, out on a mission to unearth a long-buried crime (Sony Pictures)

All right, I’m in! Our favourite on-screen hackers, programmers and techies

PUBLISHED ON FEB 26, 2021 08:52 PM IST
Need a plot device? Bring in the IT experts. See how our understanding of tech evolved with pop-culture
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Intel employees in 1971. This California facility is where the 4004 was initially manufactured. (Image courtesy: Intel)
Intel employees in 1971. This California facility is where the 4004 was initially manufactured. (Image courtesy: Intel)

The microprocessor is 50 years old. But what makes it so special?

PUBLISHED ON FEB 26, 2021 08:19 PM IST
Half a century ago, Intel’s 4004 chip was born, ushering in the digital revolution. Take a closer look at the little chip that changed the world, altered India’s place in it, and quietly powers modern life
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Ahmer Siddiqui and Siddhartha Dutta travelled across 30 states over 77 days, starting from first week of October 2020 to bring attention to the humanitarian crises resulting from Covid-19 and the subsequent lockdowns.
Ahmer Siddiqui and Siddhartha Dutta travelled across 30 states over 77 days, starting from first week of October 2020 to bring attention to the humanitarian crises resulting from Covid-19 and the subsequent lockdowns.

India from the front seat: A project to record lockdown tales

PUBLISHED ON FEB 26, 2021 09:20 PM IST
Two men, a car and an epic journey across a nation in lockdown. Siddhartha Dutta and Ahmer Siddiqui’s Road Ashram project offers a firsthand look at how we suffered and survived through the pandemic
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Ankita Raina of India(Getty Images)
Ankita Raina of India(Getty Images)

Ready Player One: Slam debut done, Ankita Raina has her eye on the Singles

By Rutvick Mehta
UPDATED ON FEB 20, 2021 07:32 AM IST
The 28-year-old tennis pro excels at staying in the game. She’s only the fifth Indian woman to make it to a Grand Slam. She lost, but that never fazes her. The Singles will come, she says.
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Mukherjee studies the cotton trade, mill workers and other early influences that boosted cinema in Bombay.
Mukherjee studies the cotton trade, mill workers and other early influences that boosted cinema in Bombay.

How Bombay became the home of Hindi cinema: New book does some digging

By Vanessa Viegas
UPDATED ON FEB 21, 2021 12:39 PM IST
In Bombay Hustle, published by Columbia University Press in September, Debashree Mukherjee tracks down the earliest elements of the city’s cine-ecology.
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The Gulbarga fort, an elegant example of Islamic architecture, dates back to the Bahmani kings of the 14th century. (Vishwanath Suvarna)
The Gulbarga fort, an elegant example of Islamic architecture, dates back to the Bahmani kings of the 14th century. (Vishwanath Suvarna)

Tour de forts: Meet the photojournalist who trekked to 116 citadels across Karnataka

By Vanessa Viegas
PUBLISHED ON FEB 19, 2021 05:09 PM IST
Vishwanath Suvarna’s photographs feature in his new coffee-table book. See the adventures he undertook to get them all.
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(HT Illustration: jayachandran)

A world of worry: Inside the industry anxiety boom

UPDATED ON FEB 21, 2021 07:12 AM IST
Apps, games, stickers and web series are rushing to help you relax. But can you buy your way out of the sense of dread?
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“I sniffed at lemons and perfumes around the house; both had lost their fragrance. It was strange and scary,” Jakhar says.
“I sniffed at lemons and perfumes around the house; both had lost their fragrance. It was strange and scary,” Jakhar says.

No flavours, odours, fragrances: What it’s like to live in a world without smell

By Cherylann Mollan
UPDATED ON FEB 21, 2021 07:10 AM IST
Divya Jakhar developed anosmia as one of the symptoms, and effects, of Covid-19. Meal times lost all meaning, and she felt disconnected from her body. Here’s her account.
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In fitness and in health: Tech offers a doomsday alternative

UPDATED ON FEB 21, 2021 07:10 AM IST
To what extent can the digital world make up for the real, when it comes to fitness, and what are the downsides? Take a look.
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Playing by the numbers: Life Hacks by Charles Assisi

By Charles Assisi
UPDATED ON FEB 21, 2021 07:12 AM IST
Navigating the 40s isn’t easy, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot to celebrate. By this age, one is kinder, wiser, living and loving better.
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Losing my marbles: The Weekly Puzzle by Dilip D’Souza

By By Dilip D’Souza
UPDATED ON FEB 21, 2021 07:10 AM IST
It’s a question of logic this time around. Roll the dice or crunch the numbers to tell who ended up with more orbs.
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Mingma Gyalje Sherpa, who had summited K2 twice before, wanted to be among the first who scaled it in winter. He spent nearly <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>44 lakh of his own savings for the expedition, despite family members trying hard to convince him not to go. (Courtesy Mingma Gyalje Sherpa)
Mingma Gyalje Sherpa, who had summited K2 twice before, wanted to be among the first who scaled it in winter. He spent nearly 44 lakh of his own savings for the expedition, despite family members trying hard to convince him not to go. (Courtesy Mingma Gyalje Sherpa)

Drawn to scale: Meet the all-Nepali team that just made history on K2

By Shail Desai
UPDATED ON FEB 22, 2021 03:41 PM IST
Amid stormy weather and raging winds, 10 men who had arrived as competing teams decided to unite and attempt K2 in winter. As they linked arms at the summit and took those final steps together, they achieved what had for decades been considered impossible in the world of mountaineering.
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Visions of hell have long been shaped by Dante, as in The Third Circle, by the 16th century Flemish painter Johannes Stradanus.
Visions of hell have long been shaped by Dante, as in The Third Circle, by the 16th century Flemish painter Johannes Stradanus.

Why Dante, 700 years later, is still a hell of a journey

UPDATED ON FEB 20, 2021 07:32 AM IST
See how The Divine Comedy’s ideas of hell, demons and the afterlife continue to shape our imagination.
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South Africa's Chris Morris celebrates the wicket of South Africa's Tom Latham.(Action Images via Reuters)
South Africa's Chris Morris celebrates the wicket of South Africa's Tom Latham.(Action Images via Reuters)

Method, madness, or both – why did Morris go for 16.25cr?

By Abhishek Paul, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 20, 2021 10:24 AM IST
  • For Morris, 33, who last played for the Proteas in the win over Australia at the 2019 ICC World Cup at Old Trafford and has been injury-prone, it was the biggest the payday of his career by some distance. The seeds had been sown much earlier.
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The work, painted on the facade of a hotel in Little India, represents the interconnectedness of India and Singapore, of Man and Nature, and the idea of art as healer. (Kevin Tan / St+art)
The work, painted on the facade of a hotel in Little India, represents the interconnectedness of India and Singapore, of Man and Nature, and the idea of art as healer. (Kevin Tan / St+art)

Look up! Singapore’s giant mural has an Indian touch

By Natasha Rego
UPDATED ON FEB 20, 2021 07:31 AM IST
‘Dancing in Unison’, created by India’s Gond master Bhajju Shyam and Singaporean street artist Sam Lo, shows two trees intertwined, deer and sparrows, and has a red ribbon of hope running through it.
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Pebbles, about an alcoholic man and his little son, is set in a drought-struck village near Madurai . (Image courtesy Rowdy Pictures)
Pebbles, about an alcoholic man and his little son, is set in a drought-struck village near Madurai . (Image courtesy Rowdy Pictures)

Finally in focus, an India we rarely get to see, says Anupama Chopra

UPDATED ON FEB 20, 2021 07:31 AM IST
Two niche films, Bittu and Pebbles, are making us proud abroad. They deserve to be seen widely here at home too.
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Wasim Jaffer quit as Uttarakhand coach last week, upset by claims that he picked players not for their skill but for their religion. (HT File Photo)
Wasim Jaffer quit as Uttarakhand coach last week, upset by claims that he picked players not for their skill but for their religion. (HT File Photo)

The Wasim Jaffer case is a litmus test for Indian cricket, says Rudraneil Sengupta

By Rudraneil Sengupta
UPDATED ON FEB 19, 2021 08:53 PM IST
Our most beloved sport, and its coaches, deserve better than absurd claims that drag religion onto the pitch.
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Members of the Boston Typewriter Orchestra get ready to jam without paper jams.
Members of the Boston Typewriter Orchestra get ready to jam without paper jams.

In a different key: Meet the Boston Typewriter Orchestra

UPDATED ON FEB 14, 2021 07:46 PM IST
They create music (as well as comedy and satire) by jabbing away at old-school, mechanical typewriters. The group performs live, and even has three albums out.
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Ravichandran Ashwin celebrates picking up a wicket.(Getty Images)
Ravichandran Ashwin celebrates picking up a wicket.(Getty Images)

R Ashwin - scourge of the southpaw - becomes first to reach unique milestone

UPDATED ON FEB 15, 2021 03:57 PM IST
  • Ind vs Eng: Broad's wicket was the 200th time he had picked up the scalp of a left-hander in Test matches, which is more than than the number of right-handed victims he has had in his career, even as he approaches the magic figure of 400 Test wickets.
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In Hindi cinema, the railways have been both the setting and the metaphor. In the 1987 film Ijaazat, a divorced couple spends a night at a railway station, laying their ghosts to rest.
In Hindi cinema, the railways have been both the setting and the metaphor. In the 1987 film Ijaazat, a divorced couple spends a night at a railway station, laying their ghosts to rest.

How trains have kept movies on track: The Way We Were by Poonam Saxena

UPDATED ON FEB 14, 2021 06:41 AM IST
From falling in love in a coupé to finding closure on a platform, the railways have steered cinema in memorable directions.
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You can choose your level of difficulty in these “visual novel” games. Plots evolve through conversations conducted on chat. If you make the bot happy or respond in what is seen as a positive way, you can win points. If you mishandle the relationship, you could be stuck in a loop of bad results.
You can choose your level of difficulty in these “visual novel” games. Plots evolve through conversations conducted on chat. If you make the bot happy or respond in what is seen as a positive way, you can win points. If you mishandle the relationship, you could be stuck in a loop of bad results.

Partners in play: The new frontier in the world of online dating, is dating AI

By Vanessa Viegas
UPDATED ON FEB 14, 2021 06:41 AM IST
Bots powered by artificial intelligence are helping young adults practise how to navigate a relationship, overcome roadblocks, even just learn how to ask someone out.
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Time to keep watch: The Weekly Puzzle by Dilip D’Souza

By Dilip D’Souza
UPDATED ON FEB 14, 2021 06:42 AM IST
My family teases me about my collection of watches
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If you’re sleeping badly, it might just be that your pillow is the problem. (Image: Madagascar 3 / Dreamworks)
If you’re sleeping badly, it might just be that your pillow is the problem. (Image: Madagascar 3 / Dreamworks)

Pillow talk with the experts: How to best rest your head

By Cherylann Mollan
UPDATED ON FEB 14, 2021 06:42 AM IST
A good pillow will allow your spine and body to relax. But should you get a soft shapeless one or one that dips in the centre, curvy memory foam or a wedge? Take a look.
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In the running for the tag of Object 101 was this sculpture by the Syrian artist Issam Kourbaj — a flotilla of small craft, filled with burned matchsticks, a reminder of the global migrant crisis. (IMAGE: KINGS COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE)
In the running for the tag of Object 101 was this sculpture by the Syrian artist Issam Kourbaj — a flotilla of small craft, filled with burned matchsticks, a reminder of the global migrant crisis. (IMAGE: KINGS COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE)

What will define the decade gone by? Recharge by Rachel Lopez

PUBLISHED ON JAN 29, 2021 07:18 PM IST
Ten years after the phenomenal success of the radio show, podcast and book A History of the World in 100 Objects, experts try to choose an item to symbolise the 2010s. What will it be?
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 (HT Illustration: Malay Karmakar)
(HT Illustration: Malay Karmakar)

Hercule Poirot: Sleuth of the century

By Dhamini Ratnam
UPDATED ON FEB 14, 2021 07:48 PM IST
It’s been 100 years since the Belgian detective, created in wartime by Agatha Christie, took on his first case. His was a unique career, and the mission given to him even more unusual: to make the world a better place. (Warning: Spoilers ahead)
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Maachis stood out in the 1990s, a decade when filmmakers began to replace the evil Thakur and flashy gangster with the gun-toting militant.
Maachis stood out in the 1990s, a decade when filmmakers began to replace the evil Thakur and flashy gangster with the gun-toting militant.

Maachis: Still lit, after all these years

By Karishma Upadhyay
UPDATED ON FEB 13, 2021 10:27 AM IST
It’s been 25 years since the film, with its nuanced take on radicalisation, was released. Few movies on the same theme, created in the years since, can hold a candle to it.
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Nicole Kidman and Alexander Skarsgård as Celeste and Perry in Big Little Lies. No amount of menace is okay in a relationship. (Image courtesy HBO)
Nicole Kidman and Alexander Skarsgård as Celeste and Perry in Big Little Lies. No amount of menace is okay in a relationship. (Image courtesy HBO)

Are you in a toxic relationship?

By Vanessa Viegas
UPDATED ON FEB 13, 2021 10:30 AM IST
Controlling behaviours, denigration and cruelty are key indicators, but if that seems too complicated to assess, you can just ask yourself: Am I more stressed when I’m around my partner than when I’m not?
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(Photo: Sathish Sridhar)

You’re iguana love the new reptile garden at the Chennai snake park

UPDATED ON FEB 13, 2021 04:12 PM IST
It’s a glass enclosure full of greenery, with no barriers between the visitors and the iguanas. The idea is to show people they don’t need to fear these reptiles, says park director R Rajarathinam.
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(HT Illustration: Jayachandran)

Grief-struck: Making sense of loss in the pandemic

By Melissa D’Costa
PUBLISHED ON FEB 12, 2021 07:18 PM IST
As we continue to live amid trauma, closure has become harder to find. Take a look at how the Covid-19 year has altered the workings of grief.
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Self Made Man, a sculpture by Bobbie Carlyle. It’s easier to find what you want if you’ve worked to know and improve yourself.
Self Made Man, a sculpture by Bobbie Carlyle. It’s easier to find what you want if you’ve worked to know and improve yourself.

Have you defined what it is you want, asks dating coach Simran Mangharam

By Simran Mangharam
UPDATED ON FEB 13, 2021 10:32 AM IST
As with most things in life, the more clearly you can articulate your goal, the greater your chances of chasing it down effectively.
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