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Wamiqa Gabbi felt so underconfident after moving to Bombay, she decided to quit

In an exclusive interview with Hindustan Times, Wamiqa Gabbi talks about the time she felt low and wanted to quit acting. She also opens up on her new projects.

Wamiqa Gabbi talks about her career in a new interview.(HT_PRINT)
Published on Sep 27, 2023 06:18 AM IST

Taste of Life: When leaders in Poona agreed to disagree on cannabis laws

In 1844, “Paramahansa Mandali”, a secret socio-religious society of native young men, whose object was said to be to abolish caste and introduce various other changes in Hinduism, was established in Bombay

The drugs retailed in Bombay and Poona were ‘ganja’, ‘bhang’, ‘charas’, ‘majum’, ‘yakuti’, ‘shrikhand’, ‘penda’, and ‘bojah’. (SOURCED)
Updated on Sep 07, 2023 12:23 AM IST
ByChinmay Damle

Interview: Manish Gaekwad, author, The Last Courtesan – “My mother and I were accomplices in this”

The genre of memoir was the best way to tell Rekhabai's story because she wanted to share her life in her own voice and not through another narrator. She wanted to be honest and truthful, and the memoir allowed her to do that. The process of writing the memoir was enjoyable and brought the author and Rekhabai closer together. Rekhabai would have been thrilled about the book's reception and the attention it is getting. The cover of the book features a picture of Rekhabai performing her routine as a dancer. The process of listening to Rekhabai's life story did not alter the author's relationship with the various places in India that the story unfolds in. The author's experience as a screenwriter influenced the narrative choices made in the book, but the prospect of selling movie rights did not influence how it was written. While working on the book, the author read various books including The Book of Disquiet and Fictions. If the book were to be made into a movie, the author would choose Tripti Dimri to play Rekhabai. Some depictions of courtesans in Indian cinema and literature that stood out for the author include Sardari Begum and Umrao Jaan Ada. The author believes that the stereotype of the tawaif as a sex-worker needs to be more informed. The author responds to gay men who romanticize the lives of courtesans by saying that if they find comfort and expression in courtesan-ship, why not? The author is currently working on a book about their own growing up years in the kotha and a rom-com film script.

Author Manish Gaekwad (Courtesy HarperCollins)
Updated on Sep 01, 2023 08:13 PM IST

IIT-B removes ‘vegetarian only’ posters from canteen

Around 15 days back, a few students had put up ‘vegetarian only’ posters on the canteen walls. They would even force those who prefer non-vegetarian food to vacate the place. HT had reported on the same on July 30. After this incident, a representative of the student collective, Ambedkar Periyar Phule Study Circle (APPSC), pointed out that the institute did not have an official food segregation policy

IIT-B removes ‘vegetarian only’ posters from canteen
Updated on Aug 14, 2023 11:50 PM IST

Woman posts about how strangers in Mumbai united to find her lost iPhone

A woman shared a Twitter thread detailing how good samaritans in Mumbai helped her find her lost iPhone. Many in the comments shared similar experiences.

The woman lost her iPhone at the Versova metro station in Mumbai. (Representational Image: Pexels/Priya Mishra)
Published on Jul 04, 2023 02:41 PM IST

Who was Muncherji Cowasji Murzban?

MUMBAI: The Esplanade area was still a blueprint when Muncherji Cowasji Murzban arrived in Bombay in 1863

Mumbai, India - May 10, 2023: Research scholar Professor Aban Zarir Sethna delivers her lecture on “Khan Bahadur Muncherji C. Murzban - Unsung 'Native' Architect of Bombay, 1839-1917”, during the Gulestan and Rustom Billimoria Memorial Lecture, organised by K.R. Cama Oriental Institute, at Dr. Sir J.J. Modi Memorial Hall, Fort, in Mumbai, India, on Wednesday, May 10, 2023. (Photo by Bhushan Koyande/HT Photo) (HT PHOTO)
Updated on May 11, 2023 01:50 AM IST
ByEkta Mohta

Always on location: Anupama Chopra on filmmaker Mani Ratnam

Forty years in, the auteur still tours theatres to check on their sound systems. This dedication to detail is part of what makes his movies unique.

From the 1987 gangster classic Nayakan to last year’s Ponniyin Selvan 1, Ratnam’s filmography brims with brilliance, courage and vitality.
Updated on Aug 04, 2023 09:14 PM IST

IIT-B scraps convocation, to hold Commencement Ceremony instead

IIT Bombay will introduce a Commencement Ceremony on May 2, allowing all 2,500 graduating students to attend before they leave campus to pursue higher education or employment. The ceremony will not award any degrees, with most students graduating by August 2023.

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Updated on Apr 22, 2023 12:24 AM IST

94-year-old loco, ‘Little Red Horse’ dazzles at WR’s revamped heritage lawn

According to WR officials, this steam locomotive is a symbol of development and modernity through the 19th and 20th centuries. ‘Little Red Horse’ was manufactured by M/s. Kerr Stuart & Co. in England. It was procured in those days for ₹34,423, or less than half the price of an ordinary two-wheeler today

Mumbai: A view of Garden reopen at Mumbai Central Railway Station, East Side, in Mumbai on Sunday, 17 April 2023. (Photo by Bhushan Koyande)
Updated on Apr 17, 2023 01:09 AM IST
ByShashank Rao

From HT Archives: Air India plane crashes in botched assassination bid

A chartered Air India flight carrying passengers bound for the Asian-African Conference crashed in the South China Sea in 1955. Investigations revealed it was a botched assassination attempt on Chinese premier Zhou Enlai by the Kuomintang. The time bomb that caused the crash was planted by a janitor at Hong Kong airport who was an agent of Kuomintang. Eleven passengers and four crew members died in the crash, while three crew members survived. The incident resulted in the posthumous award of India's highest peacetime military award to the pilot, stewardess, and survivors.

Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai at the Asia-Africa Conference in Bandung. (Getty Images)
Updated on Apr 14, 2023 11:42 PM IST
By, New Delhi

How the Karnataka elections may play out

The contours of the polls are clear. BJP will want to protect its Lingayat citadel, the Congress capitalise on corruption and the JDS retain its local dominance

The state of 61 million people, born by piecing together four distinct British-era provinces, encapsulates a bouquet of drastic shifts in political equations in each of its six regions, granular caste-based voting patterns, and diverse language and faith dynamics. (Arijit Sen/HT Photo/Representative Image)
Published on Apr 09, 2023 03:36 PM IST

Sanjay Gagnai reveals being rejected for more than 100 TV shows and 500 TV commercials

Actor Sanjay Gagnani recalls the time when he struggled to make a career in this industry, and was rejected from all directions.

Sanjay Gagnani recently left the show Kundali Bhagya.
Updated on Mar 31, 2023 09:51 PM IST
BySyeda Eba Fatima

When Manisha Koirala was told to refuse Mani Ratnam’s Bombay

Actor Manisha Koirala who delivered her best performance in Mani Ratnam's Bombay, was once told to not sign up for the film. Here's why.

When Manisha Koirala was told to reject Mani Ratnam's film Bombay.
Published on Aug 16, 2022 07:02 AM IST
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