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This last year, digital media came to the rescue in the wake of the global Pandemic and made the impossible a cakewalk - be it online classrooms or game changing boardroom meetings.

#BrunchBookChallenge Episode One: Book Reading by William Dalrymple

UPDATED ON JAN 10, 2021 05:42 PM IST
The author and historian reads extracts from two of his books, written 30 years apart
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In India, gota, a golden lace from Lucknow, is ubiquitous for any bridal outfit. It can be seen on presentations by designers like Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla and Ritu Kumar among others; Art direction: Amit Malik; Make-up and hair: Kangna Kochhar; Model: Arti (Purple Thoughts); Styled by: Drishti Vij; Sari, Rimple & Harpreet Narula; earrings, H&M(ushar Bhardwaj)
In India, gota, a golden lace from Lucknow, is ubiquitous for any bridal outfit. It can be seen on presentations by designers like Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla and Ritu Kumar among others; Art direction: Amit Malik; Make-up and hair: Kangna Kochhar; Model: Arti (Purple Thoughts); Styled by: Drishti Vij; Sari, Rimple & Harpreet Narula; earrings, H&M(ushar Bhardwaj)

Fashion: For the love of lace

By Drishti Vij
UPDATED ON JAN 10, 2021 08:01 PM IST
How the sexy fabric has charmed generations
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Vikrant Massey takes a quick nap while reading a script, posing exclusively for this column in HT Brunch(Prabhat Shetty)
Vikrant Massey takes a quick nap while reading a script, posing exclusively for this column in HT Brunch(Prabhat Shetty)

“Respect is greater than love!” says Vikrant Massey

By Shruti Nair
UPDATED ON JAN 10, 2021 08:14 PM IST
The actor talks about his love life, what he wears to bed and how he’s a good cook.
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Puneet says his dad, Satya Paul learnt about life by living it
Puneet says his dad, Satya Paul learnt about life by living it

Satya Paul: The man who sought the beauty of the world

By Puneet Nanda
UPDATED ON JAN 10, 2021 08:14 PM IST
Obituary: A son pays heartfelt tribute to his father and a life well-lived
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The gym owners love the month of January. In their enthusiasm to make a change, people sign up for annual membership every January and then barely make it to the gym
The gym owners love the month of January. In their enthusiasm to make a change, people sign up for annual membership every January and then barely make it to the gym

Fit and fine by Kamal Singh CSCS: New Year fitness resolutions

By Kamal Singh
UPDATED ON JAN 10, 2021 08:15 PM IST
Remember that making small changes leads to success and this can be built up on
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Varun Dhawan was one of the many stars who used FaceApp to picture himself as an older man(Instagram: @varundvn)
Varun Dhawan was one of the many stars who used FaceApp to picture himself as an older man(Instagram: @varundvn)

What’s age got to do with it?

By Khushboo Kankan, Prasad Bidapa
UPDATED ON JAN 10, 2021 08:15 PM IST
Khushboo Kankan and Prasad Bidapa make their point in this debate about ageism.
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1. Dr Sanjay Dhawan, Director, Ophthalmology, Max Healthcare; 2. Dr Jyoti Batra, Dry eyes and Cornea Consultant, ICare; and 3. Stuti Agarwal, Mom Blogger (@mombae.blogger) comprise our panel of experts
1. Dr Sanjay Dhawan, Director, Ophthalmology, Max Healthcare; 2. Dr Jyoti Batra, Dry eyes and Cornea Consultant, ICare; and 3. Stuti Agarwal, Mom Blogger (@mombae.blogger) comprise our panel of experts

Who beat screen fatigue best?

By Shruti Nair
UPDATED ON JAN 10, 2021 08:15 PM IST
A YouTuber whose full-time job is to shoot and edit videos, an executive who works 10 hours a day, or a teacher who’s discovering virtual classrooms? Or you?
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Bengali chef Vikramjit Roy’s Kolkata-food delivery service Park Street Rolls and Biryani offers (above) puchkas too
Bengali chef Vikramjit Roy’s Kolkata-food delivery service Park Street Rolls and Biryani offers (above) puchkas too

Rude Food by Vir Sanghvi: Bae of Bengal

PUBLISHED ON JAN 10, 2021 03:04 PM IST
From puchkas and rolls to biryani, Kolkata food is stealing the show
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Industrialist Viveck Goenka’s W111 Fintail cabriolet leads the line-up at the MBCCR 2020
Industrialist Viveck Goenka’s W111 Fintail cabriolet leads the line-up at the MBCCR 2020

Sunday Drive by Hormazd Sorabjee: Stars and warriors

PUBLISHED ON JAN 10, 2021 02:52 PM IST
What Mumbai’s 2020 edition of MBCCR lost in mass was made up by class
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William Richmond Basaiawmoit was spotted by ‘Uncle Neil’ (Neil Nongkynrih, founder of Shillong Chamber Choir), when he was back home for the summer break while pursuing English Honours from Delhi University’s St Stephen’s College. (Baia Marbaniang)
William Richmond Basaiawmoit was spotted by ‘Uncle Neil’ (Neil Nongkynrih, founder of Shillong Chamber Choir), when he was back home for the summer break while pursuing English Honours from Delhi University’s St Stephen’s College. (Baia Marbaniang)

HT Brunch Cover Story: From Shillong, with love and music

By Karishma Kuenzang
UPDATED ON JAN 10, 2021 08:15 PM IST
He’s young and single, leads India’s premier choir and hangs out with celebs. But William Richmond Basaiawmoit keeps his feet fixed on the ground even as he achieves new heights
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Don’t get freaked out if the HR of place you’re applying to checks out your social media - it’s a new norm now says Ranveer Allahbadia
Don’t get freaked out if the HR of place you’re applying to checks out your social media - it’s a new norm now says Ranveer Allahbadia

Ranveer Allahbadia: How to be memorable on social media and other Internet-etiquette

By Ranveer Allahbadia
UPDATED ON JAN 10, 2021 12:28 PM IST
What’s in a name? Fun, creative handle like @BeerBiceps, or just a straightforward name like @RanveerAllahbadia
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Himanshu Sehgal, aka @myyellow plate (inset), is calling out social media influencers for impacting young minds in a negative way about Covid precautions
Himanshu Sehgal, aka @myyellow plate (inset), is calling out social media influencers for impacting young minds in a negative way about Covid precautions

Social media star of the week: Himanshu Sehgal

By Karishma Kuenzang
PUBLISHED ON JAN 10, 2021 12:28 PM IST
New year, old advice: Meet the star citizen who pulled up social media influencers who seemed to have forgotten: the pandemic isn’t over yet!
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Covid ain’t going anywhere any time soon (Aparna Ram)
Covid ain’t going anywhere any time soon (Aparna Ram)

Spectator by Seema Goswami: It’s a brand new year!

By Seema Goswami
PUBLISHED ON JAN 10, 2021 12:28 PM IST
So, finally, we meet in 2021, having bid goodbye to a roller-coaster of a year called 2020
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Invest in a serious and consistent fitness regimen instead of worrying about your greying hair, says Rahul Khanna
Invest in a serious and consistent fitness regimen instead of worrying about your greying hair, says Rahul Khanna

Rahul Khanna: Embrace the greys

By Rahul Khanna
PUBLISHED ON JAN 10, 2021 12:28 PM IST
Young and grey I’m 27 and fit, but have got ample grey in my hair, and tend to look older
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A trip by yourself is possibly the best post-Covid gift you can give yourself recommends Tahira
A trip by yourself is possibly the best post-Covid gift you can give yourself recommends Tahira

Tahira Kashyap: Flying solo

By Tahira Kashyap
PUBLISHED ON JAN 10, 2021 12:28 PM IST
The solo question I love travel, my husband doesn’t
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For teenagers in ’90s Mumbai, the pub was a place to pick up life skills, like pretending to hear a dull date over blaring music (Parth Garg)
For teenagers in ’90s Mumbai, the pub was a place to pick up life skills, like pretending to hear a dull date over blaring music (Parth Garg)

Humour: A woman walks into a bar…

By Rehana Munir
PUBLISHED ON JAN 10, 2021 12:26 PM IST
There are countless variations around the ‘Man walks into a bar’ joke opening, but it’s rare to find one that begins with ‘A woman walks into a bar’– how strange
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There’s something about winter that makes one seek out the old-world charms of the southern end of Mumbai(Parth Garg)
There’s something about winter that makes one seek out the old-world charms of the southern end of Mumbai(Parth Garg)

Humour: A hazy shade of winter

By Rehana Munir | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON JAN 03, 2021 07:23 AM IST
Those fleeting Mumbai days of underused woollens and overindulgent meals
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Chorizo Hummus by Artisanal Collective is worth a try
Chorizo Hummus by Artisanal Collective is worth a try

Rude Food by Vir Sanghvi: Artisanal all the way

By Vir Sanghvi | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2021 05:28 PM IST
Move over brick-and-mortar food halls, it’s time for online gourmet stores to take over
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A luxurious flight or a longer holiday - what’s Jeremy pick?
A luxurious flight or a longer holiday - what’s Jeremy pick?

Jeremy Jauncey: Of memorable experiences around India

By Jeremy Jauncey | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JAN 03, 2021 08:18 AM IST
The international entrepreneur gets nostalgic about his favourite Indian destination memory, and why he would prefer a longer holiday over a luxurious commute
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Shaheen Bhatt talks about how you can engage yourself on days you’re unable to go to the gym or workout
Shaheen Bhatt talks about how you can engage yourself on days you’re unable to go to the gym or workout

Shaheen Bhatt: How to enjoy lazy mornings

By Shaheen Bhatt | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JAN 03, 2021 08:17 AM IST
How can you enjoy lazing around as well as working out?
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Chef Prateek Sadhu gives tips to improve your chopping skills
Chef Prateek Sadhu gives tips to improve your chopping skills

Prateek Sadhu: Hone your chopping skills

By Prateek Sadhu | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JAN 03, 2021 08:25 AM IST
A decent knife and some tips from the award-winning chef should make chopping a breeze
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Let Technical Guruji guide you if you’re debating buying the iPad Pro 2020
Let Technical Guruji guide you if you’re debating buying the iPad Pro 2020

Gaurav Chaudhary: Can iPad Pro 2020 replace a laptop?

By Gaurav Chaudhary | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JAN 03, 2021 08:26 AM IST
Should you give in and shell out on this latest tech fad?
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Mahita Nagaraj was recently invited to interact with Facebook COO, Sheryl Sandberg, to share her experience
Mahita Nagaraj was recently invited to interact with Facebook COO, Sheryl Sandberg, to share her experience

HT Brunch Social Media Star of the Week: Mahita Nagaraj

By Karishma Kuenzang | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON JAN 03, 2021 07:12 AM IST
This single mum from Bengaluru created a community of over 55,000 volunteers to help those stuck due to lockdown
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Parvin Dabas (left) with his best friend, Terence Joyce, at the Gypsy King concert in Central Park, New York
Parvin Dabas (left) with his best friend, Terence Joyce, at the Gypsy King concert in Central Park, New York

“At 22, I was doing Broadway in NYC,” says actor Parvin Dabas

By Veenu Singh | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON JAN 03, 2021 07:12 AM IST
The actor gets candid about his tours and travels, love life and bank balance
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Sudeep JB Lahiri is the VP at One Digital Entertainment, which conceptualised Prajakta Koli’s early social media avatars, amongst others
Sudeep JB Lahiri is the VP at One Digital Entertainment, which conceptualised Prajakta Koli’s early social media avatars, amongst others

Which celebrity is working social media best?

By Karishma Kuenzang | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JAN 03, 2021 08:16 AM IST
Alaya F with her goofy videos, Gul Panag voicing her opinions, content creator Bhuvan Bam, or you?
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Veteran designer Ritu Kumar talks about the need to focus on a healthier tomorrow
Veteran designer Ritu Kumar talks about the need to focus on a healthier tomorrow

Ritu Kumar’s prayer for 2021

By Ritu Kumar | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON JAN 03, 2021 07:11 AM IST
The fashion designer prays for a healthy year that’s high on simplicity 
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Model: Sidharth Neeraj Sharma – a commercial model (Agency: Toabh) and passionate dancer (Agency: Spotlight by You Can Dance!)(Yatan Ahluwalia)
Model: Sidharth Neeraj Sharma – a commercial model (Agency: Toabh) and passionate dancer (Agency: Spotlight by You Can Dance!)(Yatan Ahluwalia)

Men’s style and grooming by Yatan Ahluwalia: Fashion and grooming resolutions for 2021

By Yatan Ahluwalia | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JAN 03, 2021 09:06 AM IST
10 mistakes to avoid making in the new year
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This week’s In Bed With star Kunal Rawal confesses he’s a germaphobe and obsessed with rings
This week’s In Bed With star Kunal Rawal confesses he’s a germaphobe and obsessed with rings

“My biggest lie? Reaching in two…!” reveals designer Kunal Rawal

By Lubna Salim | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JAN 03, 2021 08:15 AM IST
The fashion designer gets candid as he talks about his wardrobe, his bedside manners and pet peeves
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The Sultanahmet area of Istanbul and the Blue Mosque abuzz at sunset
The Sultanahmet area of Istanbul and the Blue Mosque abuzz at sunset

Once upon a stranger: My most exciting encounters during my travels

By Riaan George | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JAN 03, 2021 08:13 AM IST
A luxury and travel blogger picks out five delightful people he has met during his travels
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(Clockwise from left) 1. RD Burman chilling with his spouse and singer, Asha Bhosle, at her home; 2. RDB and Asha often competed as to who was the better cook between the two; 3. Giving a demo of his high pitch; 4. Being interviewed at Film Center by the author in 1983; 5. On the keyboard at Film Center, Mumbai
(Clockwise from left) 1. RD Burman chilling with his spouse and singer, Asha Bhosle, at her home; 2. RDB and Asha often competed as to who was the better cook between the two; 3. Giving a demo of his high pitch; 4. Being interviewed at Film Center by the author in 1983; 5. On the keyboard at Film Center, Mumbai

Cult creator: What makes RD Burman’s music appeal to the youngsters of today?

By Chaitanya Padukone | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JAN 03, 2021 08:59 AM IST
On the occasion of his 27th death anniversary on Jan 4, we ask the question
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