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Photos: Trans persons show us their authentic selves in Truth Dream 

In Bengaluru, Payana, an NGO working to empower Karnataka’s sexual minorities, collaborated with Maraa, a media and arts collective, to offer 12 members from the city’s transgender community a chance to dress like they feel. What emerged were looks that borrowed from pop culture, cinema, myth and everyday reality. Lakshmi, 54, picked a bejewelled golden sari and ornate jewellery, inspired by images she’d seen of maharanis of Mysore. (Photo courtesy Jaisingh Nageswaran) 9
In Bengaluru, Payana, an NGO working to empower Karnataka’s sexual minorities, collaborated with Maraa, a media and arts collective, to offer 12 members from the city’s transgender community a chance to dress like they feel. What emerged were looks that borrowed from pop culture, cinema, myth and everyday reality. Lakshmi, 54, picked a bejewelled golden sari and ornate jewellery, inspired by images she’d seen of maharanis of Mysore. (Photo courtesy Jaisingh Nageswaran)
Updated on Jan 22, 2022 08:24 PM IST
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Transgender and non-binary people were asked to dress in the personas they felt reflected their inner selves. See how beautifully they turned out in the art project Truth Dream. 

Photos | Reloaded forever: 7 Matrix-inspired memes  

Morpheus doesn’t actually say the words “What if I told you…?” in the 1999 film. But you get the drift. Use this meme when you’re about to blow someone’s mind with a banal fact or bust a silly myth.(Courtesy: Warner Bros.) 7
Morpheus doesn’t actually say the words “What if I told you…?” in the 1999 film. But you get the drift. Use this meme when you’re about to blow someone’s mind with a banal fact or bust a silly myth.(Courtesy: Warner Bros.)
Published on Dec 24, 2021 03:00 PM IST
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Photos: Highlights from the National Insect Museum   

The Kikiki Huna: This is the smallest winged insect in the world, measuring about 0.6 mm. The genus Kikiki was recorded in India for the first time in 2013 in Tamil Nadu. It took another two years to find enough female specimens to confirm species identity. “It’s a parasitic wasp which you cannot see with your naked eye,” says Ankita Gupta, the entomologist in charge of the museum and an expert in parasitic wasps. “But it has all the systems an insect should have — six legs, wings, a reproductory and a respiratory system.” (Photo courtesy ICAR-NBAIR) 5
The Kikiki Huna: This is the smallest winged insect in the world, measuring about 0.6 mm. The genus Kikiki was recorded in India for the first time in 2013 in Tamil Nadu. It took another two years to find enough female specimens to confirm species identity. “It’s a parasitic wasp which you cannot see with your naked eye,” says Ankita Gupta, the entomologist in charge of the museum and an expert in parasitic wasps. “But it has all the systems an insect should have — six legs, wings, a reproductory and a respiratory system.” (Photo courtesy ICAR-NBAIR)
Updated on Nov 13, 2021 03:37 PM IST
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Photos | Snake, frog, slug, eel: Say hello to India’s newest species!

Vine snakes in the Western Ghats: In a revolutionary moment for reptilian taxonomy, researchers found that the commonly occurring green vine snake (Ahaetulla nasuta) from the Western Ghats was actually four distinct species. Clockwise from top left, they are the Northern Western Ghats vine snake (Ahaetulla borealis), Farnsworth’s vine snake (Ahaetulla farnsworthi), Malabar vine snake (Ahaetulla malabarica) and Wall’s vine snake (Ahaetulla isabellina). They look similar but are separated by ecological and geographical barriers. (Photo courtesy Ashok Kumar Mallik) 7
Vine snakes in the Western Ghats: In a revolutionary moment for reptilian taxonomy, researchers found that the commonly occurring green vine snake (Ahaetulla nasuta) from the Western Ghats was actually four distinct species. Clockwise from top left, they are the Northern Western Ghats vine snake (Ahaetulla borealis), Farnsworth’s vine snake (Ahaetulla farnsworthi), Malabar vine snake (Ahaetulla malabarica) and Wall’s vine snake (Ahaetulla isabellina). They look similar but are separated by ecological and geographical barriers. (Photo courtesy Ashok Kumar Mallik)
Updated on Nov 05, 2021 09:19 PM IST
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Photos | Almost famous: Six Indian foods seeking Geographical Indication (GI)

Red Rice; Himachal Pradesh’s red rice is a rare red-kernel variety that has been adapted over the decades to grow in cooler climates. Varieties grow in Shimla, Chamba, Kullu and Kangra districts. The grains are richer in iron and zinc than regular rice, and play an important role in local rituals. The rice is gifted at weddings and the birth of a child. This year marks the golden jubilee of Himachal’s statehood – 50 local items are seeking GI in celebration.(HT Archive) 6
Red Rice; Himachal Pradesh’s red rice is a rare red-kernel variety that has been adapted over the decades to grow in cooler climates. Varieties grow in Shimla, Chamba, Kullu and Kangra districts. The grains are richer in iron and zinc than regular rice, and play an important role in local rituals. The rice is gifted at weddings and the birth of a child. This year marks the golden jubilee of Himachal’s statehood – 50 local items are seeking GI in celebration.(HT Archive)
Published on Oct 15, 2021 04:37 PM IST
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A different lens: Photography with a mission by Vijay S Jodha

Born to Perform: Part of a four-year-old and ongoing photo project shot in India and aboard with performing artists from 20 countries. Chinese ballet dancer Ma Li has one arm while Zhai Xiaowei has one leg but together they have performed all over the world.(Photo: Vijay S Jodha) 7
Born to Perform: Part of a four-year-old and ongoing photo project shot in India and aboard with performing artists from 20 countries. Chinese ballet dancer Ma Li has one arm while Zhai Xiaowei has one leg but together they have performed all over the world.(Photo: Vijay S Jodha)
Updated on Oct 15, 2021 08:29 AM IST
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Photos | Naturally funny: Candidates for the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 

Operatic Warm Ups: A kangaroo captured in Perth, Australia, looks just like a soprano practicing high notes.(Lee Scadden, Australia / Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021) 11
Operatic Warm Ups: A kangaroo captured in Perth, Australia, looks just like a soprano practicing high notes.(Lee Scadden, Australia / Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021)
Published on Oct 01, 2021 05:07 PM IST
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Photos: Loss and longing in Goa

Goa-based architect and historian Vishvesh Prabhakar Kandolkar’s site-specific installation. This is not the Basilica! It is a large print of the the Basilica of Bom Jesus hidden behind a protective covering of palm fronds, to indicate the fragile nature of the structure and the weak efforts made to protect the 16th-century monument.  (Vishvesh Prabhakar Kandolkar) 7
Goa-based architect and historian Vishvesh Prabhakar Kandolkar’s site-specific installation. This is not the Basilica! It is a large print of the the Basilica of Bom Jesus hidden behind a protective covering of palm fronds, to indicate the fragile nature of the structure and the weak efforts made to protect the 16th-century monument.  (Vishvesh Prabhakar Kandolkar)
Updated on Oct 03, 2021 03:07 PM IST
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Photos: Ancient India through a geologist’s eyes 

3.2 billion years Before Present: The Aravallis, India’s oldest mountain range, begin to take shape, as tectonic plates push against one another. Erosion over the next 2 billion years will mould them into the shape you see today. The mountains stretch 692 km, from Gujarat to Delhi, passing through Rajasthan and Haryana. The name comes from the Sanskrit words ‘ara’ and ‘vali’, which means line of peaks. (Wikimedia Commons) 7
3.2 billion years Before Present: The Aravallis, India’s oldest mountain range, begin to take shape, as tectonic plates push against one another. Erosion over the next 2 billion years will mould them into the shape you see today. The mountains stretch 692 km, from Gujarat to Delhi, passing through Rajasthan and Haryana. The name comes from the Sanskrit words ‘ara’ and ‘vali’, which means line of peaks. (Wikimedia Commons)
Updated on Sep 19, 2021 04:37 PM IST
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Photos: Bridges that appear in famous works of art  

Regatta at the Rialto Bridge (1770-9), an oil-on-canvas work by Francesco Guardi (1712–93) features the Rialto Bridge, one of the top tourist attractions in Venice. Few know that it replaced a rickety wooden version in 1591 and that people feared the new one would collapse under its own weight. Guardi captures the morning light and shadows, the dozens of human figures participating in the boat race and Venice’s distinctive architecture in the background.(Courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, USA) 8
Regatta at the Rialto Bridge (1770-9), an oil-on-canvas work by Francesco Guardi (1712–93) features the Rialto Bridge, one of the top tourist attractions in Venice. Few know that it replaced a rickety wooden version in 1591 and that people feared the new one would collapse under its own weight. Guardi captures the morning light and shadows, the dozens of human figures participating in the boat race and Venice’s distinctive architecture in the background.(Courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, USA)
Published on Sep 10, 2021 02:14 PM IST
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Photos: A look at Anupama Kundoo’s internationally acclaimed architectural work

Anupama Kundoo, 54, was awarded the Auguste Perret Prize for Technology in Architecture by the International Union of Architects in May. Last week, the Royal Institute of British Architects chose her for the RIBA Charles Jencks Award, which she is set to receive in November. You may not have heard of her. But you’ve probably seen her residence, Wall House. It was showcased in the India episode of the Apple TV series Home last year.(Picture courtesy Javier Callejas) 10
Anupama Kundoo, 54, was awarded the Auguste Perret Prize for Technology in Architecture by the International Union of Architects in May. Last week, the Royal Institute of British Architects chose her for the RIBA Charles Jencks Award, which she is set to receive in November. You may not have heard of her. But you’ve probably seen her residence, Wall House. It was showcased in the India episode of the Apple TV series Home last year.(Picture courtesy Javier Callejas)
Updated on Aug 30, 2021 12:28 PM IST
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Photos: Snapshots from a pandemic-era Mumbai

A deserted Marine Drive on a weekday afternoon. Those who haven’t stepped out in a while are in for a rude shock as views of the coastal road construction jut into the Arabian Sea.(Pratik Chorge / HT Photo) 8
A deserted Marine Drive on a weekday afternoon. Those who haven’t stepped out in a while are in for a rude shock as views of the coastal road construction jut into the Arabian Sea.(Pratik Chorge / HT Photo)
Published on Jul 08, 2021 08:38 PM IST
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Photos: Tour forgotten single-screen cinemas from across India

Inside the Capitol Theatre in Mumbai. Between the strains of competing with multiplexes and streaming platforms, and now the pressures of Covid-19, it is likely that many single-screens that hung on until 2019 will now never reopen.(Photo by Hemant Chaturvedi) 8
Inside the Capitol Theatre in Mumbai. Between the strains of competing with multiplexes and streaming platforms, and now the pressures of Covid-19, it is likely that many single-screens that hung on until 2019 will now never reopen.(Photo by Hemant Chaturvedi)
Updated on Jul 11, 2021 03:02 PM IST
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Photos: India’s legacy of loving luxury cars

A clear early winner was the Swan Car, originally designed for a British engineer stationed in Calcutta, Robert Mathewson. It was a 1910 Brooke with the front made to resemble a giant bird hissing steam from its nostrils.(Penguin India/ Louwman Museum) 9
A clear early winner was the Swan Car, originally designed for a British engineer stationed in Calcutta, Robert Mathewson. It was a 1910 Brooke with the front made to resemble a giant bird hissing steam from its nostrils.(Penguin India/ Louwman Museum)
Updated on Jun 27, 2021 02:59 PM IST
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Shaheen Bagh: A Graphic Recollection

Ita Mehrotra’s graphic novel, published by Yoda Press, pays homage to that protest with scenes, stories and memories of that protest.(Yoda Press) 8
Ita Mehrotra’s graphic novel, published by Yoda Press, pays homage to that protest with scenes, stories and memories of that protest.(Yoda Press)
Updated on Jun 24, 2021 08:53 PM IST
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Photos: Step into India’s private forests

A tiger rests in the private forest nurtured by Aditya Singh and Poonam Singh in Bhadlav, Rajasthan. The big cats stay sometimes for four or five days, an indication that they feel safe here.(Photo: Aditya Dicky Singh) 12
A tiger rests in the private forest nurtured by Aditya Singh and Poonam Singh in Bhadlav, Rajasthan. The big cats stay sometimes for four or five days, an indication that they feel safe here.(Photo: Aditya Dicky Singh)
Updated on Jun 20, 2021 02:06 PM IST
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Photos: Sarah Williamson and her Art Activist Barbie take on the patriarchy

Sarah Williamson, a senior lecturer from the UK, has been using a Barbie doll to protest against patriarchy since November 2018. She calls her doll Art Activist Barbie. Here AAB protests at The National Gallery, London, in March 2021, pointing out that there are 2,300 works by men in the gallery’s permanent collection, and only 21 by women.(Image courtesy: Sarah Williamson) 7
Sarah Williamson, a senior lecturer from the UK, has been using a Barbie doll to protest against patriarchy since November 2018. She calls her doll Art Activist Barbie. Here AAB protests at The National Gallery, London, in March 2021, pointing out that there are 2,300 works by men in the gallery’s permanent collection, and only 21 by women.(Image courtesy: Sarah Williamson)
Updated on May 30, 2021 02:53 PM IST
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Photos: Guts and glory in Aditya Gupta’s book “7 Lessons From Everest”

Cloud art by the Himalayas.(Aditya Gupta) 10
Cloud art by the Himalayas.(Aditya Gupta)
Updated on May 29, 2021 03:17 PM IST
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Photos | 10 faces of enlightenment: Ancient Buddhas from around the world

From 1st century, Pakistan: A bronze from the ancient Gandharan region. Note Buddha’s unusual serrated halo.(Image courtesy: Metropolitan Museum of Art) 10
From 1st century, Pakistan: A bronze from the ancient Gandharan region. Note Buddha’s unusual serrated halo.(Image courtesy: Metropolitan Museum of Art)
Updated on May 16, 2021 03:05 PM IST
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Photos | Not Quite NASA: A retro view of Mars

A Trip to Mars (1918): When it was released, this Danish film was called Himmelskibet, and was probably among the earliest space adventure films. 20
A Trip to Mars (1918): When it was released, this Danish film was called Himmelskibet, and was probably among the earliest space adventure films.
Updated on May 07, 2021 12:02 AM IST
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Photos | Through the looking glass: Life in lockdown

OVER VIEW: “This was taken during the first wave. I had started going out on hikes with a small group of friends. It was nice to escape, get out of the city, get some fresh air, soak up all the nature,” says Samyukta Lakshmi (@samlaks), 42, from Bengaluru. “Earlier going out with friends meant meeting at restaurants, movie theatres, each other’s homes. In the pandemic I found a new way of meeting friends and a new way of seeing the city. In fact, I think I am re-seeing everything — the way light falls at different spots in my house at different times, different new things about my neighbourhood.”(Samyukta Lakshmi) 7
OVER VIEW: “This was taken during the first wave. I had started going out on hikes with a small group of friends. It was nice to escape, get out of the city, get some fresh air, soak up all the nature,” says Samyukta Lakshmi (@samlaks), 42, from Bengaluru. “Earlier going out with friends meant meeting at restaurants, movie theatres, each other’s homes. In the pandemic I found a new way of meeting friends and a new way of seeing the city. In fact, I think I am re-seeing everything — the way light falls at different spots in my house at different times, different new things about my neighbourhood.”(Samyukta Lakshmi)
Updated on May 09, 2021 03:27 PM IST
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Photos: A few notes about the history of paper money

While coin use in India, Turkey and China goes back 2600 years, the Chinese first figured out in 1024 that it’s much easier to use representative vouchers than lug piles of coins around. The first paper money originated in Sichuan. This printing plate and print are some of the oldest surviving examples. See those coins? They represent the value of the paper money.(Wikimedia Commons) 14
While coin use in India, Turkey and China goes back 2600 years, the Chinese first figured out in 1024 that it’s much easier to use representative vouchers than lug piles of coins around. The first paper money originated in Sichuan. This printing plate and print are some of the oldest surviving examples. See those coins? They represent the value of the paper money.(Wikimedia Commons)
Updated on Mar 28, 2021 12:27 PM IST
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Photos: Kosuke Okahara’s “Blue Affair,” an experiential documentation of Koza

Tatsuya Ishikawa, a creative director writes about the work in the afterword, “In the pictures captured in Koza by Kosuke Okahara, I don’t see the photographer. It’s not because he was the one photographing, or for some other physical reasons. I don’t find superficial emotions emanating through his lens from either the subjects or from the photographer.”(Photo by Kosuke Okahara) 9
Tatsuya Ishikawa, a creative director writes about the work in the afterword, “In the pictures captured in Koza by Kosuke Okahara, I don’t see the photographer. It’s not because he was the one photographing, or for some other physical reasons. I don’t find superficial emotions emanating through his lens from either the subjects or from the photographer.”(Photo by Kosuke Okahara)
Updated on Mar 27, 2021 02:01 PM IST
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Photos: How the microprocessor changed our lives for you

Thank this team for making the world so comfortable with technology. The microprocessor, which powers every electronic device from washing machines to space satellites was created by Ted Hoff’s team at Intel in 1971, in the building in the background.(Intel) 15
Thank this team for making the world so comfortable with technology. The microprocessor, which powers every electronic device from washing machines to space satellites was created by Ted Hoff’s team at Intel in 1971, in the building in the background.(Intel)
Updated on Feb 28, 2021 02:59 PM IST
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Photos: A wave of Indian restaurants in America

Chai Pani, in Georgia & Asheville, North Carolina: Featuring thalis and street-food-inspired snacks, the restaurant has been well loved in both its locations. Try the kale pakoras, a Sloppy Jai (with lamb), a crispy masala fish tikka roll. And maybe a vada pao and Limca too.(Courtesy: Chai Pani) 7
Chai Pani, in Georgia & Asheville, North Carolina: Featuring thalis and street-food-inspired snacks, the restaurant has been well loved in both its locations. Try the kale pakoras, a Sloppy Jai (with lamb), a crispy masala fish tikka roll. And maybe a vada pao and Limca too.(Courtesy: Chai Pani)
Updated on Feb 27, 2021 02:59 PM IST
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Photos: Vishwanath Suvarna photographs the forgotten forts of Karnataka

This grand fort at Gulbarga — earlier Kalburgi — in northern Karnataka is said to have been built by a local ruler, Raja Gulchand. Later, the founder of the Bahmani dynasty, Ala-ud-Din Hasan Bahman Shah (r. 1347-1358) added the main citadel, called the Bala Hissar that still sits at the centre of the fort.(Photo by Vishwanath Suvarna) 7
This grand fort at Gulbarga — earlier Kalburgi — in northern Karnataka is said to have been built by a local ruler, Raja Gulchand. Later, the founder of the Bahmani dynasty, Ala-ud-Din Hasan Bahman Shah (r. 1347-1358) added the main citadel, called the Bala Hissar that still sits at the centre of the fort.(Photo by Vishwanath Suvarna)
Updated on Feb 20, 2021 03:06 PM IST
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Photos: Lottie Davies’ “Quinn” is a photographic meditation on loss

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Untitled from the series "Quinn." Quinn recounts the eponymous fictional story of a young man, William Henry Quinn, who, in post-Second World War Britain, walks from the south-west of England to the far north of Scotland, in what becomes an epic and symbolic journey.(Courtesy Lottie Davies)
Updated on Feb 19, 2021 02:40 PM IST
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Photos: Poirot through the ages, an illustrated journey

Illustration by Mohit Suneja / Hindustan Times 6
Illustration by Mohit Suneja / Hindustan Times
Published on Feb 13, 2021 03:36 PM IST
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Photos: See all that thrives in the river Ganga, in a new book of photographs

A Great Cormorant with its catch. (Photo by Rathika Ramasamy) 9
A Great Cormorant with its catch. (Photo by Rathika Ramasamy)
Updated on Feb 06, 2021 12:53 PM IST
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