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One of the largest Van Gogh exhibitions ever is headed to Detroit

Published on Oct 01, 2022 02:05 PM IST

The Detroit Institute of Arts’s “Van Gogh in America” will be on view as of October 2.

The show will feature 74 of van Gogh’s paintings and drawings.
The show will feature 74 of van Gogh’s paintings and drawings.
Bloomberg | | Posted by Parmita Uniyal

Prayer vs meditation: What's the difference and which one is for you

Will you choose to talk to the Universe, or will you instead listen? Tina Heals talks about the difference between prayer and meditation.

Prayer is externalised, meditation is internalised. Meditation is looking in, prayer is seeking out.(Pexels)
Prayer is externalised, meditation is internalised. Meditation is looking in, prayer is seeking out.(Pexels)
Published on Oct 01, 2022 11:34 AM IST
By | Edited by Parmita Uniyal

Poonam Saxena on Gandhi’s early brush with death

On his 153rd birth anniversary, a look at Gandhi’s early displays of courage at a forced quarantine in Durban and a brutal mob attack in 1897

Gandhi (centre) with co-workers at his Johannesburg law office, six years after the Durban incident. (Courtesy National Gandhi Museum)
Gandhi (centre) with co-workers at his Johannesburg law office, six years after the Durban incident. (Courtesy National Gandhi Museum)
Updated on Sep 30, 2022 10:55 PM IST

Swetha Sivakumar spills the secrets of the air-fryer

In this week’s Sound Bites: See how an air-fryer works, the foods you can’t air-fry (there are a few) and how a little oil, a lot of hot air can go a long way

 (Shutterstock)
(Shutterstock)
Updated on Sep 30, 2022 10:56 PM IST
BySwetha Sivakumar

Ink spell: Celebrate Indian tattoos at The Godna Project in Delhi

From indigenous inks and hand poke styes to traditional motifs, the Godna Project in Delhi will bring together indigenous tattoo artists from across India, in an effort to document and discuss India’s inking traditions

Mangla Bai tattooed generations of her Baiga people in distinctive thick designs. The motifs are now a hit with city folks, as are kolams and symbols from central India. (The Godna Project)
Mangla Bai tattooed generations of her Baiga people in distinctive thick designs. The motifs are now a hit with city folks, as are kolams and symbols from central India. (The Godna Project)
Updated on Oct 01, 2022 12:37 AM IST

This is us: Meet the people archiving family legacies

Revolutionary great-grand-uncles, pioneering ancestors, homes with vivid pasts. Archiving services are breathing life into family histories, turning scraps and half-remembered memories into illustrated novels, photo albums, videos

Calcutta Houses is documenting the design details of Barrister Babur Bari, a 200-year-old home. (Courtesy Calcutta Houses)
Calcutta Houses is documenting the design details of Barrister Babur Bari, a 200-year-old home. (Courtesy Calcutta Houses)
Updated on Sep 30, 2022 10:57 PM IST

Rudraneil Sengupta on the absurdity of the “cricketing spirit”

Nothing can justify bending the law in sport. The futile Mankading debate only proves that there is no exception to this rule

During the third women’s ODI between India and England, Indian off spinner Deepti Sharma ran out England’s non-striker Charlie Dean for leaving her crease before the ball was delivered, sparking a controversy on social media. (AP)
During the third women’s ODI between India and England, Indian off spinner Deepti Sharma ran out England’s non-striker Charlie Dean for leaving her crease before the ball was delivered, sparking a controversy on social media. (AP)
Updated on Oct 01, 2022 12:38 AM IST
ByRudraneil Sengupta

Cartoon Network is 30: Remember these sketchy details?

The American cable television channel, Cartoon Network launched on October 1, 1992. See how its round-the-clock animation programming shaped our world and still finds fans from across generations

(Left to right) Shows like The Perils of Penelope Pitstop, The Magilla Gorilla Show, Top Cat, Dexter’s Laboratory, Courage the Cowardly Dog and Ed, Edd n Eddy weren’t path-breaking, but brought to screen a comforting sense of simplicity.
(Left to right) Shows like The Perils of Penelope Pitstop, The Magilla Gorilla Show, Top Cat, Dexter’s Laboratory, Courage the Cowardly Dog and Ed, Edd n Eddy weren’t path-breaking, but brought to screen a comforting sense of simplicity.
Updated on Oct 01, 2022 01:28 AM IST
ByK Narayanan

Bonus tracks: Check out the voices of change in indie Punjabi music

Leave the luxury cars, guns and glamourised sexism to mainstream Punjabi music. For a taste of how the community is changing, tune in to its indie scene. This is where they’re singing in forgotten dialects, rhyming about identity and equal rights, mixing kirtans into jazz, reggae and alt-rock. The voices are fresh, the sound is original, and the world is listening in

In the vibrant independent Punjabi pop scene, a mix of Indian artists and artists from the diaspora are singing of identity, brotherly love, belonging, equal rights for races, genders and sexual minorities. (Photos: Diaspora Arts Connection Jaspreet Singh, Aashish Maini, Bert Vulcain)
In the vibrant independent Punjabi pop scene, a mix of Indian artists and artists from the diaspora are singing of identity, brotherly love, belonging, equal rights for races, genders and sexual minorities. (Photos: Diaspora Arts Connection Jaspreet Singh, Aashish Maini, Bert Vulcain)
Updated on Oct 01, 2022 12:37 AM IST

Meet the author-poet-activist who won this year’s Hermann Kesten Prize

Meena Kandasamy has won this year’s Hermann Kesten Prize for defending free speech and the rights of the marginalised. It takes courage to sustain a conscience, she says. It’s often left her broke. Nonetheless, she persists

Meena Kandasamy wrote her first novel, The Gypsy Goddess, in 2014. It is based on a 1968 incident in which 44 low caste labourers and their families in a Tamil village were locked in a hut and burned alive for striking for better pay and conditions. (Varun Vasudevan / HT Photo)
Meena Kandasamy wrote her first novel, The Gypsy Goddess, in 2014. It is based on a 1968 incident in which 44 low caste labourers and their families in a Tamil village were locked in a hut and burned alive for striking for better pay and conditions. (Varun Vasudevan / HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 01, 2022 12:35 AM IST
ByChintan Girish Modi

Rosetta Stone: Deciphering mysterious Egyptian hieroglyphs

The key to ancient Egypt: 200 years ago, an archaeological thriller finally led to solving the riddle of hieroglyphs.

The Rosetta Stone: a milestone in deciphering hieroglyphics 200 years ago(picture-alliance/ZB )
The Rosetta Stone: a milestone in deciphering hieroglyphics 200 years ago(picture-alliance/ZB )
Published on Sep 30, 2022 12:57 PM IST
By | Posted by Tapatrisha Das

Fried and tested: Tips for using your air-fryer

Is your air fryer not getting much action in your kitchen? Is it still in the box? Don’t worry! It is just a matter of getting used to it

 (WIKIMEDIA COMMONS)
(WIKIMEDIA COMMONS)
Updated on Sep 29, 2022 06:56 PM IST
BySwetha Sivakumar

Kumaon literature festival to return in physical avatar after 2 years

Founded by author-social entrepreneur Janhavi Prasada and mentored by eminent writer Namita Gokhale, the theme of the festival, now in its seventh edition, is 'C.A.L.M.' -- Creativity, Art, Literature, Mountains.

Himalayan Echoes is a celebration of mountain voices from across the northern belt of India
Himalayan Echoes is a celebration of mountain voices from across the northern belt of India
Published on Sep 29, 2022 05:09 PM IST
PTI | | Posted by Parmita Uniyal, New Delhi

Antwerp's Royal Museum of Fine Arts reopens

After 11 years of renovation, Belgium's Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp has reinvented itself.

Antwerp's Royal Museum of Fine Arts reopens(Karin Borghouts )
Antwerp's Royal Museum of Fine Arts reopens(Karin Borghouts )
Published on Sep 28, 2022 02:49 PM IST
By | Posted by Tapatrisha Das

Work culture: Why companies want employees back in the office

Employers that want workers back in the office may want to gain advantages from in-person interaction that cannot be measured by productivity alone.

Companies are recalling workers back to offices after more than two years spent at home(Colourbox)
Companies are recalling workers back to offices after more than two years spent at home(Colourbox)
Published on Sep 26, 2022 09:06 PM IST

Harnaaz Sandhu, after meeting Priyanka Chopra, announces period campaign: Watch

After meeting with Priyanka Chopra for the first time at Global Citizen Festival 2022, Harnaaz Sandhu dropped another video from the event. It shows her talking about period poverty and announcing a new period campaign.

Harnaaz Sandhu met Priyanka Chopra at Global Citizen Festival. (Instagram)
Harnaaz Sandhu met Priyanka Chopra at Global Citizen Festival. (Instagram)
Published on Sep 26, 2022 10:23 AM IST

Women in Meghalaya village strive to revive 200 years old embroidery form

A group of women in the border village of Mustoh in Meghalaya is collectively reviving a 200-year-old embroidery art - Khneng, adding value to traditional silk shawls, wraparounds and mufflers.

Women in Meghalaya village strive to revive 200 years old embroidery form
Women in Meghalaya village strive to revive 200 years old embroidery form
Published on Sep 25, 2022 07:09 PM IST
PTI | | Posted by Parmita Uniyal, Mustoh

Secret CIA museum for spies' eyes only

The museum is closed to the public, but the spy agency revealed some declassified artefacts in time for the agency's 75th anniversary.

A gun found near Osama bin Laden's body is now in display at the CIA's museum. (Kevin Wolf/AP Photo/picture alliance)
A gun found near Osama bin Laden's body is now in display at the CIA's museum. (Kevin Wolf/AP Photo/picture alliance)
Published on Sep 25, 2022 11:49 AM IST
By, Delhi

Das Minsk: New art museum opens in Potsdam

After the fall of the Berlin Wall, the building that housed the popular Minsk restaurant fell into disrepair. Decades later, it is now an art museum and a cafe.

The Minsk restaurant and event venue in Potsdam in 1980(Heidemarie-Milkert)
The Minsk restaurant and event venue in Potsdam in 1980(Heidemarie-Milkert)
Published on Sep 24, 2022 08:23 PM IST

J-K government takes steps to revive pottery industry

The Central and Union Territory governments of Jammu and Kashmir have taken a number of actions to revive the pottery culture, which was on the verge of extinction.

The J-K government takes action to revive the pottery industry(gettyimages)
The J-K government takes action to revive the pottery industry(gettyimages)
Published on Sep 24, 2022 07:27 PM IST
ANI | | Posted by Akanksha Agnihotri, Srinagar (jammu And Kashmir) [india]

Are you making this up?: The Wknd Puzzle by Dilip D’Souza

This week, a a variation on the classic liar / truth-teller conundrum, inspired by the great logician and polymath Raymond Smullyan.

 (Shutterstock)
(Shutterstock)
Updated on Sep 24, 2022 06:57 PM IST
ByDilip D’Souza

Blade runner: Pick your next kitchen knife with tips from Swetha Sivakumar

A knife is all about the anatomy. Learn the parts, see why they matter, and get a list of what to look for when picking replicants next. In this week’s Sound Bites.

Kitchen knives at Ikea.
Kitchen knives at Ikea.
Updated on Sep 24, 2022 06:52 PM IST
BySwetha Sivakumar

Dancing in the dark: Mallika Sarabhai on beating bulimia,finding dance amid loss

Sarabhai is usually described as beautiful and accomplished. For large parts of her life, she says, she felt like neither. Her new book, In Free Fall, traces how that changed.

As Draupadi in Peter Brook’s epic, nine-hour theatrical retelling, The Mahabharata (1985). (Gilles Abegg)
As Draupadi in Peter Brook’s epic, nine-hour theatrical retelling, The Mahabharata (1985). (Gilles Abegg)
Updated on Sep 24, 2022 06:44 PM IST

Critic’s choice: Anupama Chopra lists her favourite responses to bad reviews

Online, there are anonymous threats and accusations. Offline, there are implications of bias. But every now and then, a filmmaker or actor will take it in their stride in amusing ways. One such instance was literally a scream.

When Anupama Chopra bumped into Ram Gopal Verma after giving his film, Agyaat, a bad review, he didn’t say hello. He just “looked at me, screamed, and ran in the opposite direction. It was hilarious,” she says.
When Anupama Chopra bumped into Ram Gopal Verma after giving his film, Agyaat, a bad review, he didn’t say hello. He just “looked at me, screamed, and ran in the opposite direction. It was hilarious,” she says.
Updated on Sep 24, 2022 06:24 PM IST

Track changes: How Sumit Gupta went from a failed exam to a new world record

The 32-year-old bank clerk from Delhi travelled relentlessly for 12 weeks to break the Guinness record for longest domestic journey by public transport. He began his quest after a failed civil service test, when he found himself asking, what am I doing with my life?

To set his new world record, Gupta travelled a total of 61,445 km across India, by bus and train. (Sanchit Khanna / HT Photo)
To set his new world record, Gupta travelled a total of 61,445 km across India, by bus and train. (Sanchit Khanna / HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 24, 2022 06:00 PM IST

Iran's 'morality police:' What do they enforce?

The death of Mahsa Amini, who was arrested for allegedly not wearing her hijab correctly, has brought Iran's "morality police" under scrutiny. Who are they and what is their mission?

For decades, Iran's government has promoted what it considers the
For decades, Iran's government has promoted what it considers the "Islamic dress code." (Morteza Nikoubazl/NurPhoto/picture alliance)
Published on Sep 24, 2022 02:20 PM IST
By, Delhi

Life Hacks: When is it time to choose between the things one loves?

Calculate life in weeks and the numbers drop to alarming lows. Are we wasting too much time, then, on things we enjoy that don’t enrich us, asks Charles Assisi.

 (Shutterstock)
(Shutterstock)
Updated on Sep 23, 2022 07:58 PM IST

Trying to spot a liar? Give them something to do as they fib, a new study finds

Since lying taxes the brain more than telling the truth does, an added task — a sort of cognitive load; numbers to remember or a list to memorise — could make it harder for a smooth talker to lie convincingly, a new study out of Portsmouth suggests.

A still from the series Lie to Me (2009), about a psychologist who uses his skill at reading faces to help the police with criminal investigations.
A still from the series Lie to Me (2009), about a psychologist who uses his skill at reading faces to help the police with criminal investigations.
Updated on Sep 23, 2022 07:41 PM IST

Material gains: The return of the scrunchie

The ponytail accessory is trendy again, luxurious, and all over Instagram. And it’s helping small businesses stretch out.

Today’s scrunchies use up to a metre of fabric each, in a vast range of colours and prints. The simple one-tone variety is on view in retro shows such as Stranger Things.
Today’s scrunchies use up to a metre of fabric each, in a vast range of colours and prints. The simple one-tone variety is on view in retro shows such as Stranger Things.
Updated on Sep 23, 2022 07:30 PM IST
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