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Don’t do the dance. Let a break-up be a clean break, says Simran Mangharam

Updated on Aug 20, 2021 05:50 PM IST

Heartbreaks are tough, don’t make them tougher by using ‘Let’s stay friends’ or ‘I have two movie tickets’ to try and rekindle the flame. It never does any good.

The movies and TV shows may suggest that someone who says they’re done can be won back via the friend zone. It doesn’t happen in real life. That kind of lack of honesty was just one of the things that made Ross and Rachel’s a toxic bond.
The movies and TV shows may suggest that someone who says they’re done can be won back via the friend zone. It doesn’t happen in real life. That kind of lack of honesty was just one of the things that made Ross and Rachel’s a toxic bond.

Lost worlds: Why can’t we play Pong or Spacewar! anymore?

You can still watch the world’s first motion picture, The Roundhay Garden Scene, made in 1888. Yet, less than six decades on, thousands of videogames from the Spacewar! age are unavailable or unplayable.

Internet Archive hosts some early videogames, including beloveds of the ’80s and ’90s like Pac-Man, Digger and Prince of Persia (above). But thousands more have been lost forever.
Internet Archive hosts some early videogames, including beloveds of the ’80s and ’90s like Pac-Man, Digger and Prince of Persia (above). But thousands more have been lost forever.
Updated on Aug 20, 2021 05:48 PM IST

Fair game? Sharda Ugra on sexist norms, pushback by athletes,and a coming change

As young athletes resist sexualised uniform codes, rules on testosterone levels, restrictions on the breastfeeding of infants, and other archaic norms, it will be up to the hidebound men who run most sports bodies to figure out how to navigate a coming and necessary change.

The sight of the German women’s gymnastics team competing in unitards became a ceiling-buster Olympic moment. (AP)
The sight of the German women’s gymnastics team competing in unitards became a ceiling-buster Olympic moment. (AP)
Updated on Aug 20, 2021 05:50 PM IST

Lovlina Borgohain: The early years

The 23-year-old boxer who won bronze at the Tokyo Olympics discusses childhood, parents and her take on how winners are made.

’Everyone needs motivation. Needs someone to tell them they’re so good, they could win with a broken arm. That is how winners are made,’ says Borgohain. (Raj K Raj / HT Photo)
’Everyone needs motivation. Needs someone to tell them they’re so good, they could win with a broken arm. That is how winners are made,’ says Borgohain. (Raj K Raj / HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 20, 2021 05:46 PM IST

I used to live in a bit of fear:Talking boxing, life,loss with Lovlina Borgohain

When the 23-year-old won bronze in Tokyo, it felt like failure, she says. She tells Wknd how she balances hope and loss, what goes through her mind during a bout, how she overcame fear, and what it’s like to score a win that feels like it comes with a rider.

 (Raj K Raj / HT Photo)
(Raj K Raj / HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 20, 2021 05:45 PM IST

Spain's painter and sculptor Antonio Lopez attracts art lovers to Madrid square

Ever since the start of July, Spain's painter and sculptor Antonio Lopez has positioned his large easel and canvas in Madrid's Puerta del Sol square and begun mixing his paints as a crowd of shoppers, dog walkers and art lovers assemble around him.

Spanish artist Antonio Lopez prepares to paint the famous Puerta del Sol square in Madrid, Spain(REUTERS/Juan Medina)
Spanish artist Antonio Lopez prepares to paint the famous Puerta del Sol square in Madrid, Spain(REUTERS/Juan Medina)
Updated on Aug 18, 2021 08:39 PM IST

18-year-old Odisha boy makes miniature wooden replica of Jagannath Temple

Dilip Maharana, 18, amazed people by building a miniature wooden replica of Puri's Jagannath Temple. "I have built a wooden replica of Jagannath Temple which is 5.5 inches high, length is 12 inch and width is 9 inch. It took me 1.5 months to make this version of temple," said Maharana.

An 18-year-old boy has amazed people by building a miniature wooden replica of Puri's Jagannath Temple.(ANI)
An 18-year-old boy has amazed people by building a miniature wooden replica of Puri's Jagannath Temple.(ANI)
Published on Aug 17, 2021 08:38 PM IST

On the wings of colour

As we remain tied down by restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Musafir - The Traveling Sketchbook is out to discover new lands and people in the pursuit of heartening food memories

Bihari Chicken Curry illustration by Toshi Singh (Photos: Musafir - The Traveling Sketchbook)
Bihari Chicken Curry illustration by Toshi Singh (Photos: Musafir - The Traveling Sketchbook)
Updated on Aug 17, 2021 09:56 PM IST

Hyderabad couple express thoughts on various social issues with street art

Swathi and Vijay have painted around 50 walls in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. Some of their latest works include the work at the wall painting of a regional library in Warangal.

Two artists from Hyderabad has been using street art to express their thoughts on several issues for the last 12 years.(Twitter/@swathiandvijay)
Two artists from Hyderabad has been using street art to express their thoughts on several issues for the last 12 years.(Twitter/@swathiandvijay)
Published on Aug 15, 2021 08:27 AM IST

India and Pakistan: A sad stop-start arrangement

Each time steps are attempted towards a more comprehensive peace, unforeseen events get in the way. Meanwhile, imposed divisions risk driving fascist factions in both countries.

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif receives Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at the Wagah border in 1999. (AP)
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif receives Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at the Wagah border in 1999. (AP)
Updated on Aug 14, 2021 05:39 PM IST

Has India fulfilled its tryst with destiny? A data-driven review

Political freedom was a beginning. How much progress have we made since then, on key parameters like social equity, gender parity, education, economic growth?

There has been growth, commerce, free and fair elections, but on many parameters even within these success stories, the data tell a story of much still left to be done. (HT File Photo)
There has been growth, commerce, free and fair elections, but on many parameters even within these success stories, the data tell a story of much still left to be done. (HT File Photo)
Updated on Aug 14, 2021 01:48 PM IST

Nation firsts: Follow the story of India in 75 achievements

India has had wins, milestones and achievements in practically every field since 1947. We’ve pulled together as one, for it all. See how far we’ve come since the Tricolour first unfurled.

Yoga is just one of many priceless gifts India has given the world. Mass gatherings celebrating International Yoga Day (June 21) are held around the world, including at Kolkata’s Victoria Memorial Hall. (Samir Jana / Hindustan Times)
Yoga is just one of many priceless gifts India has given the world. Mass gatherings celebrating International Yoga Day (June 21) are held around the world, including at Kolkata’s Victoria Memorial Hall. (Samir Jana / Hindustan Times)
Updated on Aug 14, 2021 01:41 PM IST

Essays: How Pakistan and Bangladesh see 1947 and the shaping of the subcontinent

A writer from each country explores the impact of Indian Independence, and traces the changing relations between their country and ours.

 (HT Illustration: Jayachandran)
(HT Illustration: Jayachandran)
Updated on Aug 14, 2021 01:35 PM IST

A history in four stages: How politics has defined Independent India

The story of independent India is in many ways the story of Indian politics, from the early years of consolidation of democracy under Congress hegemony, to the emergence of political alternatives, and the rise of a new and contested political imagination of India.

Soldiers at the front in the India-Pakistan war of 1965. (HT Archives)
Soldiers at the front in the India-Pakistan war of 1965. (HT Archives)
Updated on Aug 14, 2021 01:26 PM IST

#IndependenceDay: Tales of freedom take centre stage

National School of Drama (NSD) is organising a three-day festival of plays to showcase the life and struggles of Mahatma Gandhi and Kasturba Gandhi, ahead of August 15. All Covid-19 precautions are being taken, to allow theatre lovers to watch these plays in a safe environment.

A scene from the play Pehla Satyagrahi, which is being staged as part of the festival ongoing at NSD.
A scene from the play Pehla Satyagrahi, which is being staged as part of the festival ongoing at NSD.
Published on Aug 14, 2021 10:51 AM IST

Marian Anderson’s vocal artistry honored in new CD bonanza

Listeners can experience Marian Anderson's storied career later this month when Sony Classical issues a digitally remastered collection spanning her career from 1924 to 1966.

Marian Anderson's warm and grand vocal artistry honoured with digital collection(AP)
Marian Anderson's warm and grand vocal artistry honoured with digital collection(AP)
Published on Aug 14, 2021 07:43 AM IST

Independence Day special: Five classics about India to read right now

As India enters its 75th year of Independence, Manjula Narayan puts together a list of works to read for insight and perspective on the making of a nation.

Independence Day special: Five classics about India to read right now
Independence Day special: Five classics about India to read right now
Updated on Aug 13, 2021 06:45 PM IST

India in flashbacks: The early years of celluloid magic

From the ’40s to the ’60s, Hindi cinema championed hope, change and humanism, in original and entertaining films.

Films such as Do Bigha Zamin (above), Mughal-e-Azam and Mother India reflected the pain of the oppressed, young India’s pride in its past, and its aspirations for the future.
Films such as Do Bigha Zamin (above), Mughal-e-Azam and Mother India reflected the pain of the oppressed, young India’s pride in its past, and its aspirations for the future.
Updated on Aug 13, 2021 05:53 PM IST

Independence Day Special: 11 cases that advanced the rights of citizens

Cases heard by the Supreme Court have helped protect privacy, decriminalise adultery, define limits for what can be amended within the Constitution. Take a look.

 (HC Tiwariji)
(HC Tiwariji)
Updated on Aug 13, 2021 05:45 PM IST

Post-Independence, three people’s movements that changed the game

In a complex nation, in a changing world, there is always work to be done. Take a look at three key movements that have driven India towards greater justice and equity for all citizens.

A pride march in Mumbai in 2019, the year after Section 377 was read down by the Supreme Court, finally decriminalising homosexuality. (HT File Photo)
A pride march in Mumbai in 2019, the year after Section 377 was read down by the Supreme Court, finally decriminalising homosexuality. (HT File Photo)
Updated on Aug 13, 2021 05:33 PM IST

Permanent markers: How India got its national symbols

What were the first icons we turned to, as we defined our new nation? Take a look at how India’s emblem, flag, national animal and more came about, and what they’ve come to mean.

Jawaharlal Nehru unveils the Tricolour in July 1947. (Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)
Jawaharlal Nehru unveils the Tricolour in July 1947. (Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)
Updated on Aug 13, 2021 05:27 PM IST

To a Republic of reason: R Sukumar on India’s 75th Independence Day

Amid challenges that range from a pandemic to rising school dropout rates, the climate crisis and an economy that has suffered body blows, there are answers, but they won’t be the easy ones. May we return to first principles, and may the science be with us.

 (HT Archives)
(HT Archives)
Updated on Aug 13, 2021 04:49 PM IST

Ivorian artist turns discarded flip-flops from beach into masterpieces

Ivorian artist Aristide Kouame, 26, transforms the flotsam into artworks valued at up to $1,000 by cutting the rubber and plastic soles into pieces that he assembles into large collages. 

Ivorian painter Aristide Kouame 26, who paints optical effects artworks with worn soles, holds used flip-flops picked up among the garbage on a beach in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.(REUTERS)
Ivorian painter Aristide Kouame 26, who paints optical effects artworks with worn soles, holds used flip-flops picked up among the garbage on a beach in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.(REUTERS)
Published on Aug 13, 2021 04:06 PM IST

Save a life: there is no better deed

On World Organ Donation Day today, we talk to people who got another chance at life through donated organs or have pledged them

World Organ Donation Day (Shutterstock)
World Organ Donation Day (Shutterstock)
Updated on Aug 13, 2021 07:13 PM IST

A slice of Prince Charles and Princess Diana's wedding cake sells for USD 2k

Princess Diana and Prince Charles wedding cake was sold at an auction for USD 2,565 more than 40 years after the couple tied the knot. It was sold Wednesday to buyer Gerry Layton.

A slice of Prince Charles and Princess Diana's wedding cake sells for USD 2k(Dominic Winter Auctioneers via AP)
A slice of Prince Charles and Princess Diana's wedding cake sells for USD 2k(Dominic Winter Auctioneers via AP)
Updated on Aug 12, 2021 07:20 AM IST

Pablo Picasso artworks are leaving Las Vegas for auction block, may raise $100m

The sale could fetch some $100 million and is thought to be the most valuable auction dedicated to Picasso that has ever been held.

Pablo Picasso's
Pablo Picasso's "Homme et enfant" is seen before going up for an auction in this picture obtained by Reuters on August 10, 2021. (REUTERS)
Published on Aug 11, 2021 07:17 PM IST

Neanderthals were artists? Here's what prehistoric cave paintings in Spain show

Prehistoric cave paintings in Spain add to increasing evidence that Neanderthals, whose lineage became extinct about 40,000 years ago, were not the unsophisticated relatives of Homo sapiens they been long been portrayed as.

Visitors walk in the
Visitors walk in the "Room of the Stars", in a prehistoric cave where red ocher markings were painted on stalagmites by Neanderthals about 65,000 years ago, according to an international study, in Ardales, southern Spain(REUTERS/Jon Nazca)
Updated on Aug 08, 2021 06:36 PM IST

Cracking the code: Learn the new lingo of robotics

As tech catches up somewhat with fiction and fantasy, here’s an updated lexicon of robot-related terms from the real world so you can get with the programme.

Prosthesis: The Anti-Robot looks like scaffolding but can walk, race and fight. (Furrion)
Prosthesis: The Anti-Robot looks like scaffolding but can walk, race and fight. (Furrion)
Updated on Aug 07, 2021 05:00 PM IST

Remembering Bhikhari Thakur, the bard of Bihar

The Bhojpuri barber turned playwright died 50 years ago. His lyrical, once-hugely-popular plays still resonate.

A statue of Bhikhari Thakur in Chhapra, Bihar. He was a migrant, lived among migrants and wrote of their lives, in plays that told evocative tales of the poor, women, and the oppressed.
A statue of Bhikhari Thakur in Chhapra, Bihar. He was a migrant, lived among migrants and wrote of their lives, in plays that told evocative tales of the poor, women, and the oppressed.
Updated on Aug 07, 2021 04:58 PM IST
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