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The moving story of Malhar, a watch created in memory of a late watch collector

Prashant Pandey contracted Covid-19 earlier this year. He died in May, aged 39. Malhar had been his dream project, a watch that would be everything he thought a watch should be. Now, his wife and friends have worked to make it a reality. The watches are set to be available, via Ajwain, in January.
The Malhar model will be available in two variants: a matte black dial, for the monsoon clouds, and a silver dial to represent lightning.
The Malhar model will be available in two variants: a matte black dial, for the monsoon clouds, and a silver dial to represent lightning.
Updated on Oct 16, 2021 05:30 PM IST
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By Melissa D’Costa

Gold coins, a village museum, and a fortune underfoot

The Debagram museum, situated in the home of a retired postal employee, holds treasures from 1,700 years ago. There is more waiting to be uncovered, in this region hailed as a new destination for archaeo-tourism in West Bengal.
Numerous coins dating back to the Gupta period, as well as ancient sculptures and seals, have been found at the Debalgarh site.
Numerous coins dating back to the Gupta period, as well as ancient sculptures and seals, have been found at the Debalgarh site.
Updated on Oct 16, 2021 05:28 PM IST
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By Melissa D’Costa

For the love of art

Through their works artists have tried to emphasise on the importance of art as a medium that can tackle difficult situations
Mumbai’s Nine Fish Art Gallery’s group exhibition — Known-Unknown & Unknown-Known, that concludes on October 17, 2021.
Mumbai’s Nine Fish Art Gallery’s group exhibition — Known-Unknown & Unknown-Known, that concludes on October 17, 2021.
Published on Oct 16, 2021 04:52 PM IST
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Stop! In the name of love: A romantic back-up plan is never a good idea

Being someone’s ‘back-up plan’, or having one, hurts the self-esteem and long-term prospects for love on both sides. Step back and try to figure out what you really want, says Simran Mangharam, in this week’s With Love.
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Updated on Oct 16, 2021 04:36 PM IST
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By Simran Mangharam

I’m not sure that GI has helped Darjeeling tea, says Tea Board chairman

Darjeeling tea was granted India’s first GI, in 2004. But unless you’re selling directly to a customer who already knows your product, a GI tag is of no help, says Prabhat Kamal Bezboruah.
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Updated on Oct 16, 2021 03:55 PM IST
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Top of the crops: Take a trip around India in 10 GI foods

To celebrate the real flavour of India, sample the foods it is protecting. From Lakadong turmeric in Meghalaya to Gujarat’s Gir Kesar mangoes, from Kashmir saffron to Edayur chillies in Kerala, India’s Geographical Indications tell new stories of culture, community, craft and unique cuisine.
Over 380 items have received Geographical Indications in India. Among the most recent food items are (clockwise from top left) the Silao khaja, Hyderabad haleem, Dahanu Gholvad chikoo, Khola chillies, Jhabua Kadaknath black chicken meat and kalanamak rice from UP’s Purvanchal region. (Shutterstock)
Over 380 items have received Geographical Indications in India. Among the most recent food items are (clockwise from top left) the Silao khaja, Hyderabad haleem, Dahanu Gholvad chikoo, Khola chillies, Jhabua Kadaknath black chicken meat and kalanamak rice from UP’s Purvanchal region. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Oct 16, 2021 03:45 PM IST
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NFT: The new brush stroke in the Indian art world

Along with celebrities, digital creators and artists in India are also hopping on to the NFT bandwagon. Here’s decoding the buzzword in the art scene and exploring why is it picking up.
The NFT artowrk titled Ecotherapy, by Khyati Trehan, is one of the several pieces that were recently exhibited in Delhi as part of a recent exhibition.
The NFT artowrk titled Ecotherapy, by Khyati Trehan, is one of the several pieces that were recently exhibited in Delhi as part of a recent exhibition.
Published on Oct 16, 2021 01:55 PM IST
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By Siddhi Jain, New Delhi

The power and the Fury: A heavyweight match like no other

At 6’9” and over 125 kg, Tyson Fury is living proof that a heavyweight champion doesn’t have to look a certain way, says Rudraneil Sengupta, in this week’s The Sporting Life.
Tyson Fury (standing) and Deontay Wilder at the heavyweight world title fight last week. After 11 rounds, Wilder looked like he needed urgent care. Fury pranced around the ring, sang songs, spoke to the press, and a couple of hours later was dancing shirtless at a club to celebrate his victory. (AFP)
Tyson Fury (standing) and Deontay Wilder at the heavyweight world title fight last week. After 11 rounds, Wilder looked like he needed urgent care. Fury pranced around the ring, sang songs, spoke to the press, and a couple of hours later was dancing shirtless at a club to celebrate his victory. (AFP)
Updated on Oct 15, 2021 08:23 PM IST
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By Rudraneil Sengupta

Keeping it real: Shyam Benegal on retirement, change, his first film in 11 years

In conversation with Madhusree Ghosh, Benegal, now 86, discuss his India-Bangladesh collaboration, changing tech, new platforms for storytelling and more.
Benegal at his office in Tardeo, Mumbai. (Satish Bate / HT Photo)
Benegal at his office in Tardeo, Mumbai. (Satish Bate / HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 15, 2021 08:22 PM IST
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Queen of the gambit: Talking chess and challenges with Harika Dronavalli

She just led India to an unprecedented global win. But it hasn’t all been good news. The 30-year-old grandmaster talks about the many ways the chessboard has changed her.
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Updated on Oct 15, 2021 07:30 PM IST
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By Natasha Rego

Award-winning portraits that document the disappeared

Photographer Vijay Jodha’s ongoing project, The First Witnesses, features portraits of family members of farmers who have died by suicide, holding up photos of their late loved ones. See how the series is causing ripples around the world.
(Clockwise) In these four photographs from the series, Ramannamma holds up an image of her late husband A Lakshmaiah; Ramesh Sundaram holds up a picture of his deceased brother Kalyan Sundaram; Kavita holds up a picture of her late husband Veeramani; and Ramanna holds up an image of his late wife R Venkatamma. (Photos © Vijay S Jodha, 2017)
(Clockwise) In these four photographs from the series, Ramannamma holds up an image of her late husband A Lakshmaiah; Ramesh Sundaram holds up a picture of his deceased brother Kalyan Sundaram; Kavita holds up a picture of her late husband Veeramani; and Ramanna holds up an image of his late wife R Venkatamma. (Photos © Vijay S Jodha, 2017)
Updated on Oct 15, 2021 01:19 PM IST
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By Humaira Ansari

Saving every tweet: Meet researchers using bird calls, AI to study biodiversity

Project Dhvani, a research collaboration by Vijay Ramesh, Sarika Khanwilkar and Pooja Choksi, uses sound to track which birds are calling out in the forest, how many of them there might be, and how that’s changing. Take a listen.
Ramesh, Choksi, Khanwilkar (above) and the Project Dhvani team collect and study soundscape recordings from across central India and the Western Ghats.
Ramesh, Choksi, Khanwilkar (above) and the Project Dhvani team collect and study soundscape recordings from across central India and the Western Ghats.
Updated on Oct 15, 2021 01:02 PM IST
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By Shail Desai

The global landscape of women’s chess, and where Harika Dronavalli fits in

Only India’s second woman grandmaster, she’s been winning internationally since 9, and just led India to an unprecedented win. More women are stepping up to the board in the country, she says.
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Updated on Oct 15, 2021 12:42 PM IST
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By Natasha Rego

Hong Kong sculpture commemorating Tiananmen Square massacre, still on campus

The University of Hong Kong had ordered the towering, two-ton Pillar of Shame, commemorating the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown, to be removed from its property by 5 pm Wednesday after receiving a risk assessment and legal advice
A woman walks in front of the
A woman walks in front of the "Pillar of Shame" statue, a memorial for those killed in the 1989 Tiananmen crackdown, at the University of Hong Kong, Danish artist Jens Galschioet is seeking to get back his sculpture in Hong Kong memorializing the victims of China's 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown as a deadline loomed for its removal.(AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
Updated on Oct 14, 2021 07:48 AM IST
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Puri-based artist makes Goddess Durga idol with 275 ice-cream sticks

  • "I have built the miniature art of "Durga Maa face". Using a total of 275 ice cream sticks. This time I have also designed a new type of mandala art on the statue. We will celebrate the "Durga Puja" by complying with the COVID-19 guidelines," said artist Biswajeet Nayak.
An artist named Biswajeet Nayak makes Maa Durga's face using a total of 275 ice cream sticks on the occasion of Maha Ashtami, in Puri.(ANI)
An artist named Biswajeet Nayak makes Maa Durga's face using a total of 275 ice cream sticks on the occasion of Maha Ashtami, in Puri.(ANI)
Updated on Oct 13, 2021 10:20 PM IST
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#NationalPhilatelyDay: The charm of stamp collection that was, and is

On National Philately Day, Delhi-based philatelists talk about their love for collecting stamps and their coveted collections running into lakhs of stamps and postal material.
63-year-old Vinod Sabharwal is one of Delhi’s very few philatelists who have built rare and highly-valued collections over decades. (Photos: Manoj Verma/HT)
63-year-old Vinod Sabharwal is one of Delhi’s very few philatelists who have built rare and highly-valued collections over decades. (Photos: Manoj Verma/HT)
Updated on Oct 13, 2021 11:35 AM IST
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By Siddhi Jain

Busking takes artistes to newer heights

In recent times the scope of busking has expanded to singers and dancers, who not just perform in remote towns but are also prevalent in the metropolitan cities
Busker artiste Anshul Riaji has taken the internet by the storm (Photo: Ankush Kumar Singh)
Busker artiste Anshul Riaji has taken the internet by the storm (Photo: Ankush Kumar Singh)
Published on Oct 13, 2021 11:06 AM IST
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Amy Winehouse's belongings are up for auction

  • Winehouse's parents had decided it was the right time to let go of her personal and professional items. The singer died of alcohol poisoning at age 27 in July 2011. 
Amy Winehouse's belongings, including her final concert short dress, are up for auction(AFP)
Amy Winehouse's belongings, including her final concert short dress, are up for auction(AFP)
Published on Oct 13, 2021 07:33 AM IST
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Paul McCartney blames John Lennon for breaking up the Beatles

  • Speculation about what caused the demise of the world's most famous pop group, the Beatles, has ranged from artistic differences and legal disputes, to John Lennon's marriage to artist Yoko Ono.
Paul McCartney blames John Lennon for breaking up the Beatles(AP)
Paul McCartney blames John Lennon for breaking up the Beatles(AP)
Updated on Oct 12, 2021 07:24 AM IST
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Hillary Clinton to release first novel ‘State of Terror’

  • The former US presidential candidate’s fiction debut with mystery author Louise Penny has again stirred a discussion on what prompts politicians to write fiction.
Hillary Clinton has co-authored her first novel with mystery writer Louise Penny(Evan Agostini/Invision/AP/Jean-Francois Bérubé/AP/picture alliance)
Hillary Clinton has co-authored her first novel with mystery writer Louise Penny(Evan Agostini/Invision/AP/Jean-Francois Bérubé/AP/picture alliance)
Published on Oct 11, 2021 07:18 PM IST
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Italy launches cultural heritage rescue project at Dubai's Expo 2020

  • Based on the theme "Beauty connects people," the pavilion is among almost 200 stands at Expo 2020 Dubai representing 192 countries. It is the first world fair to be held in the Middle East and follows Expo 2015 in Milan.
Italy launches cultural heritage rescue project at Dubai's Expo 2020(REUTERS)
Italy launches cultural heritage rescue project at Dubai's Expo 2020(REUTERS)
Published on Oct 11, 2021 07:25 AM IST
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A hard look at systems that keep us alive: Life Hacks by Charles Assisi

It’s easy to keep to obvious debates like meat or no meat, but the truth is the impact of each of our lifestyle choices is greater than we acknowledge.
Human, animal, vegetable or mineral: If synthetic meat is the answer to ethical conflict about eating animals, then why would it not extend to cannibalism and synthetic human flesh? Where would be draw the line, and how? (Shutterstock)
Human, animal, vegetable or mineral: If synthetic meat is the answer to ethical conflict about eating animals, then why would it not extend to cannibalism and synthetic human flesh? Where would be draw the line, and how? (Shutterstock)
Updated on Oct 09, 2021 04:44 PM IST
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By Charles Assisi

Can they reach match point? The Wknd Puzzle by Dilip D’Souza

In a hut in Madagascar is a camp of chameleons. Some are red, some green, some orange, in a particular ratio. As they face off, can you tell if they will ever all be the same colour?
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Updated on Oct 09, 2021 04:37 PM IST
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Sound symbolism: Can Pokemon help linguists see why a chair is called a chair?

What is it about words that indicates their meaning? Are there common threads that run across cultures and languages? Linguists are looking for answers, in the 800 made-up words that constitute the names of the set of animation characters called Pokemon.
How do we process language? Why is it that you can tell, for instance, that Squirtle is the littlest of the Pokemon above; Blastoise the big one with the weaponry? (The middle one is Wartortle; all are evolutions of the same character.)
How do we process language? Why is it that you can tell, for instance, that Squirtle is the littlest of the Pokemon above; Blastoise the big one with the weaponry? (The middle one is Wartortle; all are evolutions of the same character.)
Updated on Oct 09, 2021 04:24 PM IST
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Why we keep secrets... and why we so yearn to share them

Secrets evolved as part of an early social toolkit that allowed the more intelligent to predict and influence the behaviour of others. Our need to tell our secrets harks back to another vital need: acceptance.
 (HT Illustration: Jayachandran)
(HT Illustration: Jayachandran)
Updated on Oct 09, 2021 04:09 PM IST
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By Vanessa Viegas

Saucy tales: When ketchup was made with walnuts, mushrooms

In a new column for HT Wknd, food writer and researcher Swetha Sivakumar demystifies one ingredient every month. This week: how a fish sauce from Vietnam found new ingredients in Europe, and eventually came to be defined by the tomato. Also: Are you picking the right ketchup? How to tell.
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Updated on Oct 09, 2021 03:58 PM IST
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By Swetha Sivakumar

On a wing and a prayer: How women priests are setting new norms

What do the prayers mean? Who gets to perform the rituals? Women priests are translating, demystifying, easing away barriers, at weddings, house-warmings and other ceremonies.
Nandini and Ruma of Shubhamastu officiate at a wedding in Kolkata.
Nandini and Ruma of Shubhamastu officiate at a wedding in Kolkata.
Updated on Oct 09, 2021 03:45 PM IST
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Beethoven's last symphony finished by AI

  • Researchers used algorithms to finish composing Beethoven's 10th Symphony. But can computer programs be as creative as actual musicians?
Beethoven's last symphony finished by AI(Gemeinfrei)
Beethoven's last symphony finished by AI(Gemeinfrei)
Published on Oct 09, 2021 03:38 PM IST
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A photographic opera of Mewar’s tribal dance tradition

An exhibition in the Delhi NCR showcases images of Gauri dancers of Mewar, Rajasthan, taken in the last decade, that are a window into the life and unique performing art tradition of the community.
Hand-coloured photographs of Mewar’s Gauri dancers community are on exhibition in Gurugram.
Hand-coloured photographs of Mewar’s Gauri dancers community are on exhibition in Gurugram.
Published on Oct 09, 2021 01:05 PM IST
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By Siddhi Jain
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