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Tinkesh Kaushik, who lost three of his limbs in a kite-flying accident, is now a fitness trainer and Mr March.(Courtesy Swarga Foundation)

The I’m Special calendar: A new-year revolution

By Natasha Rego | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON NOV 21, 2020 12:01 PM IST
Brought out by Swarga Foundation in Coimbatore, it features differently abled people each year and is now drawing hundreds of applicants. Meet the 12 young achievers of 2021.
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Benoy K Behl’s photograph of the Ajanta painting of King Mahajanaka was taken in 1992. As the art fades within the caves, it is likely no one else will capture what he did. His image is now one of those preserved digitally at the AWA.(Photograph: Benoy K Behl; Copyright: Benoy K Behl / Sapio Analytics)
Benoy K Behl’s photograph of the Ajanta painting of King Mahajanaka was taken in 1992. As the art fades within the caves, it is likely no one else will capture what he did. His image is now one of those preserved digitally at the AWA.(Photograph: Benoy K Behl; Copyright: Benoy K Behl / Sapio Analytics)

Frozen assets: Paintings from Ajanta enter doomsday world archive

By Natasha Rego | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON NOV 21, 2020 08:36 AM IST
A selection of photographs of the 2,000-year-old art in India’s Ajanta caves has been deposited in the Arctic World Archive. Meet the Indians who made that happen.
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Stories from around Delhi picked by Delhiwala Mayank Austen Soofi(Mayank Austen Soofi)
Stories from around Delhi picked by Delhiwala Mayank Austen Soofi(Mayank Austen Soofi)

Capital in lockdown: Stories from around Delhi-NCR amid coronavirus pandemic

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 06, 2020 04:11 PM IST
Mayank Austen Soofi aka Delhiwale picks six stories that capture the essence of what has been lost, as life in Delhi endures during the pandemic. Read on to find out which one is the most heart touching.
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A masked couple sits by the Arabia Sea in Mumbai.(Sooni Taraporevala)
A masked couple sits by the Arabia Sea in Mumbai.(Sooni Taraporevala)

Mumbai in the time of coronavirus pandemic

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON SEP 06, 2020 04:42 PM IST
We asked six master artists — the poet Javed Akhtar, photographer Sooni Taraporevala, writer Shanta Gokhale, and artists Sudhir Patwardhan, Sudarshan Shetty and Sameer Kulavoor — what the lockdown had meant to them. Here’s what they had to say.
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Departure, pastel on paper, 2020(Sudhir Patwardhan)
Departure, pastel on paper, 2020(Sudhir Patwardhan)

Sudhir Patwardhan’s exclusive artwork Departure depicts the frailty of Mumbai as home

By Dhamini Ratnam | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON SEP 06, 2020 04:16 PM IST
In July, Hindustan Times invited artist Sudhir Patwardhan to create an original work that centred around the theme of the Mumbai and the pandemic. The work is a line drawing titled Departure, and it is a visceral portrayal of three migrants with a child walking with luggage through a deserted street.
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Standing 7 feet tall, this new work is carved out of re-used wood that has been collected from various dismantled structures in and around Mumbai.(Sudharshan Shetty)
Standing 7 feet tall, this new work is carved out of re-used wood that has been collected from various dismantled structures in and around Mumbai.(Sudharshan Shetty)

A universe of meaning

By Dhamini Ratnam | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON SEP 06, 2020 01:03 PM IST
In a 2019 work titled Pieces Earth Left Behind, Sudarshan Shetty displayed 99 pieces of wooden sculptures, each modeled on an object that he found in Mumbai’s Chor Bazaar, a place where old, disused items find a new lease of life.
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The artist collects different kinds of scissors because he thinks “they’re very interesting as a functional object and a piece of design.”(Sameer Kulavoor)
The artist collects different kinds of scissors because he thinks “they’re very interesting as a functional object and a piece of design.”(Sameer Kulavoor)

Art in an apocalypse

By Sameer Kulavoor | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON SEP 06, 2020 10:37 AM IST
Like everyone else, I’ve felt like I was in the middle of an apocalypse, hearing about natural disasters, man-made disasters, blasts, politics fuelled by religion and God knows what else.
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Migrant workers walking towards Farrukhabad and Sultanpur pause during a sudden dust storm, along NH24 near Indirapuram in New Delhi on May 10, 2020.(Ajay Aggarwal /HT PHOTO)
Migrant workers walking towards Farrukhabad and Sultanpur pause during a sudden dust storm, along NH24 near Indirapuram in New Delhi on May 10, 2020.(Ajay Aggarwal /HT PHOTO)

Hum-safar: Fellow Traveller a poem by Javed Akhtar. Watch video

By Javed Akhtar (Translated from the Urdu version by Rakhshanda Jalil) | Mumbai
UPDATED ON SEP 06, 2020 10:10 AM IST
Read the English translation and watch Javed Akhtar recite the original Urdu version of his poem Hum-safar about what the coronavirus lockdown meant to the poet and writer.
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English and Marathi writer Shanta Gokhale shares a story about a family during the coronavirus lockdown, and how a wife will stop at nothing to protect herself and her husband.(Shanta Gokhale)
English and Marathi writer Shanta Gokhale shares a story about a family during the coronavirus lockdown, and how a wife will stop at nothing to protect herself and her husband.(Shanta Gokhale)

A walk in the park

By Shanta Gokhale | Mumbai
UPDATED ON SEP 06, 2020 10:36 AM IST
English and Marathi writer Shanta Gokhale shares a story about a family during the coronavirus lockdown, and how a wife will stop at nothing to protect herself and her husband.
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Kamni has been working as a housekeeper in Haus Khas for almost 20 years.(Mayank Austen Soofi)
Kamni has been working as a housekeeper in Haus Khas for almost 20 years.(Mayank Austen Soofi)

Housekeeper of Hauz Khas

By Mayank Austen Soofi | Hindustan Times, Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 06, 2020 04:46 PM IST
For 20 years, Kamni has been working as a housekeeper to scores of one-room pads in Hauz Khas Village, rented mostly by single people pursuing all sorts of occupations. Most of her employers went back home after the Covid-19-triggered lockdown started, because of job losses or salary cuts, leaving Kamni with less income.
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Photograph clicked by Sooni Taraporevala
Photograph clicked by Sooni Taraporevala

Our need for human connection stays

By Sooni Taraporevala | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON SEP 06, 2020 10:35 AM IST
Mumbai chronicler Sooni Taraporevala writes about Mumbai during lockdown, “I took myself to the sea that has been part of my childhood and adult years — whether it was zipping down Marine Drive on the back of my dad’s scooter or photographing Parsis at prayer on the day and month of Ava, the water divinity; for me, the sea fronts are the most iconic feature of our city.”
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The number of a vendor written on a blank number plate.(Mayank Austen Soofi)
The number of a vendor written on a blank number plate.(Mayank Austen Soofi)

Yellow Pages on Delhi’s walls: With the city shuttered amid Covid-19, vendors leave their phone numbers behind

By Mayank Austen Soofi | Hindustan Times, Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 06, 2020 04:47 PM IST
When the markets shut down, when the Delhi Metro trains stopped running, and those who had the luxury of a house exiled themselves within it; when the sky regained its blue, the streets emptied out, and all stalls that had no shutter to pull down had to close too, some left their phone numbers behind.
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Jonaki Ray(Mayank Austen Soofi)
Jonaki Ray(Mayank Austen Soofi)

Her elegy to the ordinary: An IT professional’s ode to city life in coronavirus pandemic times

By Mayank Austen Soofi | Hindustan Times, Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 06, 2020 04:45 PM IST
Jonaki Ray has a day job in an IT company, as a technical editor. She no longer has to commute to Noida to mark her office attendance — thank you, Coronavirus! — and wrote a pandemic-era city-life poem for these pages.
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Shops in Old Delhi’s Chatta Sheikh Mangloo(Mayank Austen Soofi)
Shops in Old Delhi’s Chatta Sheikh Mangloo(Mayank Austen Soofi)

Vowels of the street in Old Delhi’s Chatta Sheikh Mangloo

By Mayank Austen Soofi | Hindustan Times, Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 06, 2020 04:13 PM IST
In Old Delhi’s Chatta Sheikh Mangloo, each door on the long winding street is marked with an ‘O’ or ‘E’ painted in yellow. While easing up the Coronavirus-triggered lockdown, the Delhi government had announced that shops could finally open for business on an “Odd-Even basis”, and that’s what the ‘O’s and ‘E’s allot.
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Kshetra Pal and his wife, Pushpa, hold Ramayan Paath virtually.(Mayank Austen Soofi)
Kshetra Pal and his wife, Pushpa, hold Ramayan Paath virtually.(Mayank Austen Soofi)

From choir to duet: Ramayan Paath in the times of coronavirus

By Mayank Austen Soofi | Hindustan Times, Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 06, 2020 04:12 PM IST
Every July, Kshetra Pal and his wife, Pushpa, hold Ramayan Paath, a continuous 24-hour reading of the complete Ramcharitmanas, at their home in Ghaziabad. But how were they to do this during the Covid-19 pandemic when any gathering was deemed life threatening?
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Cover art for the album The new Abnormal by The Strokes. The name precedes the lockdown, but now seems strangely apt. The art work is from a painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat.(The Strokes/ RCA)
Cover art for the album The new Abnormal by The Strokes. The name precedes the lockdown, but now seems strangely apt. The art work is from a painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat.(The Strokes/ RCA)

Straight Outta Lockdown: The best sounds of 2020

By Rachel Lopez | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON SEP 04, 2020 10:55 PM IST
The year has been awful for everything but consistently fantastic for music. Classic and contemporary artists have been on top of their game with new releases. And this is just a sampling (Editor’s Note: look up Secret Machines). Stream these now
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Get your mind to believe that a habit is mundane and necessary and it will become part of your day more easily.(Shutterstock)
Get your mind to believe that a habit is mundane and necessary and it will become part of your day more easily.(Shutterstock)

The science of forming good habits... and making them stick

By Vanessa Viegas | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON SEP 06, 2020 10:34 AM IST
The key lies in neither willpower nor virtue, but in being able to trick your mind.
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<p>Massimo Vignelli's designs include the New York subway guide and signage system, the Handkerchief chair, stackable dinnerwear and even logos for top American companies. But it's a calendar that he made for Charles Stendig, an American furniture importer and design entrepreneur, that made its way to the Museum of Modern Art and remains a design for all times. Here's why.</p>

Why this calendar is a Modernist icon

UPDATED ON SEP 05, 2020 10:08 AM IST
Hindustan Times editor Sukumar Ranganathan presents five songs, all released in the past few months as the world grappled with a virus and a lockdown
Hindustan Times editor Sukumar Ranganathan presents five songs, all released in the past few months as the world grappled with a virus and a lockdown

A playlist to shake off the Covid blues

By Sukumar Ranganathan | Hindustan Times, Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 04, 2020 08:12 PM IST
Hindustan Times editor Sukumar Ranganathan presents five songs, all released in the past few months as the world grappled with a virus and a lockdown
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The black at the Sòlheimajökul glacier comes from the under-ice Katla volcano, which has erupted from time to time for over 900 years, most recently in 1918.(Mohit Khushalani)
The black at the Sòlheimajökul glacier comes from the under-ice Katla volcano, which has erupted from time to time for over 900 years, most recently in 1918.(Mohit Khushalani)

#Travel: Trekking up a glacier in Iceland

By Mohit Khushalani | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON JUN 08, 2019 03:57 PM IST
Myths come to life amid the black volcanic mountains, falling snow and clear blue ice.
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