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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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Jani is looking to scale up his operation with more volunteers, so that more of the fish trapped accidentally in the fishing nets but of no use to the fisherfolk, can be released.(Courtesy Kapil Jani)
Jani is looking to scale up his operation with more volunteers, so that more of the fish trapped accidentally in the fishing nets but of no use to the fisherfolk, can be released.(Courtesy Kapil Jani)

In Mumbai, one man’s mission to put fish back into the sea

By Natasha Rego | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON NOV 23, 2020 03:53 PM IST
Kapil Jani has a day job. But he’s spending most of his free time ensuring that the fish accidentally caught in fishermen’s nets don’t die when they’re offloaded on the beach.
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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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(HT Illustration: Malay Karmakar)
(HT Illustration: Malay Karmakar)

Clocking out: Is India ready to disrupt the workweek?

By Rachel Lopez | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON NOV 13, 2020 08:07 PM IST
Around the world, the pandemic and lockdowns have forced companies to break away from the Monday-to-Friday, 9-to-5 template. In a world of remote working, four-day weeks, uncapped leave and free therapy, see how work and play are being reinvented for the future.
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If only our workplaces were more like The Office, where sales targets are met despite the workplace disasters, which are bad enough in the American version of the show (above), but worse in the British one.(Image courtesy NBC)
If only our workplaces were more like The Office, where sales targets are met despite the workplace disasters, which are bad enough in the American version of the show (above), but worse in the British one.(Image courtesy NBC)

Global grind: Does India work harder than the world?

By Rachel Lopez | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON NOV 13, 2020 07:23 PM IST
Who puts in the least hours, who offers zero maternity leave, who has the most religious holidays? Take a look
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You can hear Regina Spektor’s Japanesy version of While My Guitar Gently Weeps in the 2016 film Kubo And The Two Strings.(Laika Animation)
You can hear Regina Spektor’s Japanesy version of While My Guitar Gently Weeps in the 2016 film Kubo And The Two Strings.(Laika Animation)

Ten Beatles covers for fans and haters to fight over

By Rachel Lopez | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON NOV 10, 2020 09:21 AM IST
Don’t ask, “who sang it better?” New versions and recordings unlock new ways of appreciating the same hits, so come together already!
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Karan Acharya takes requests to, for instance, depict a wheelchair-bound boy as Thor.(Courtesy KA)
Karan Acharya takes requests to, for instance, depict a wheelchair-bound boy as Thor.(Courtesy KA)

This illustrator can make your dreams come true

By Jamie Mullick | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON NOV 08, 2020 10:22 PM IST
It’s not his full-time job, but graphic designer Karan Acharya has been wowing fans and going viral by using pictures of people as the basis of fantasy scenes.
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The 2001 mystery-horror movie From Hell looks at the unsolved Jack the Ripper murder spree from over a century ago. In contemporary London, dozens of city tours loop around the locations of the original grisly crime wave.(20th Century Fox)
The 2001 mystery-horror movie From Hell looks at the unsolved Jack the Ripper murder spree from over a century ago. In contemporary London, dozens of city tours loop around the locations of the original grisly crime wave.(20th Century Fox)

Follow the bloody trail: Cool crime tours around the world

By Rachel Lopez | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON OCT 30, 2020 06:13 PM IST
From mobsters in Shanghai and Pablo Escobar’s escape route to Melbourne’s brothels and the history of justice in Frankfurt, see how cities look at their criminal pasts and mine them for tourist revenue.
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‘As a crime writer, I find Mumbai safe, but the statistics disagree’

By Rachel Lopez | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON OCT 30, 2020 06:02 PM IST
Puja Changoiwala’s second book Gangster on the Run follows the true story of Rahul Jadhav, a one-time hitman and feared extortionist who has come clean and is now a marathoner.
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Wanted to show what we do and the toll it takes: Cop turned author Karnal Singh

By Rachel Lopez | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON OCT 31, 2020 08:31 PM IST
Singh, who headed the team that wiped out the Indian Mujahideen in the wake of the 2008 multi-city blasts, details the operation and its aftermath in his book Batla House.
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(Yogen Shah/ HT File Photo)
(Yogen Shah/ HT File Photo)

Crimes of passion will be the next trend in non-fiction: Author S Hussain Zaidi

By Rachel Lopez | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON OCT 30, 2020 05:48 PM IST
The writer, journalist and publisher discusses shaping the crime-writing genre in India over two decades.
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Class of 83, the action thriller released this year, looks at the making of the police squad that wiped out Mumbai’s underworld. It is based on Hussain Zaidi’s novel of the same name, and is among several non-fiction crime books to be adapted for screen.(Image courtesy Netflix)
Class of 83, the action thriller released this year, looks at the making of the police squad that wiped out Mumbai’s underworld. It is based on Hussain Zaidi’s novel of the same name, and is among several non-fiction crime books to be adapted for screen.(Image courtesy Netflix)

A view of India through chronicles of crime

By Rachel Lopez | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON OCT 30, 2020 06:11 PM IST
Forget travelogues. To understand India’s cities – who’s capable of what and where the bodies are buried – look at its recent non-fiction crime books. True tales of cops and robbers, mobsters, serial killers, even terror suspects offer surprising new narratives of urban life.
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Vidushi Karnatic’s anxiety finds new avatars in the art at the Mann Mela virtual museum.(Images courtesy Mann Mela museum)
Vidushi Karnatic’s anxiety finds new avatars in the art at the Mann Mela virtual museum.(Images courtesy Mann Mela museum)

Mann Mela: When mental health victories become virtual art

By Natasha Rego | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON OCT 23, 2020 08:18 PM IST
A new online museum uses web comics and animated videos to tell true-life stories of youngsters overcoming psychological struggles.
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Modern brands focus on not just what’s printed on the T-shirt, but how you feel in it.(Image courtesy: Kero)
Modern brands focus on not just what’s printed on the T-shirt, but how you feel in it.(Image courtesy: Kero)

Complexi-tee: Why are brands trying to reinvent the T-shirt?

By Rachel Lopez | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON OCT 23, 2020 07:17 PM IST
As large brands play it safe, new start-ups are hoping to disrupt casual basics by giving the wardrobe staple some top-quality upgrades.
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(Shutterstock)

With Love: What to do when there’s connection but just no heat

By Simran Mangharam | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON OCT 25, 2020 07:09 AM IST
Establishing an emotional bond with someone is rare enough. What if you’re not physically attracted to that person?
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‘We decided it wouldn’t be a period piece alone, but a mirror to Indian society today. A beautiful mirror to what we have left behind, the world we should never forget,’ Nair says.(Getty Images)
‘We decided it wouldn’t be a period piece alone, but a mirror to Indian society today. A beautiful mirror to what we have left behind, the world we should never forget,’ Nair says.(Getty Images)

How Mira Nair turned Vikram Seth’s novel into a suitable show

By Madhusree Ghosh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON OCT 18, 2020 10:33 AM IST
She’s known for taking Indian stories to the world; listen in as she discusses her latest, the six-part mini-series based on Seth’s A Suitable Boy, due out on Netflix later this week.
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The new Dune movie stars Timothée Chalamet and Rebecca Ferguson alongside Zendaya, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Jason Momoa and Javier Bardem.(Warner Bros)
The new Dune movie stars Timothée Chalamet and Rebecca Ferguson alongside Zendaya, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Jason Momoa and Javier Bardem.(Warner Bros)

Can you keep up with the Duniverse?

By Rachel Lopez | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON OCT 18, 2020 10:30 AM IST
The Dune movie has been pushed back to October 2021, but this is as good a time as any to get used to Spice Melange, Arrakis, the Bene Gesserit and other terms from a whole other universe.
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(Wikimedia)
(Wikimedia)

The 2020 guide: How to be a better vegan

By Rachel Lopez | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON OCT 11, 2020 03:00 PM IST
No meat, no dairy, no honey. No silk, wool or leather even. Are those choices really better for the planet or your health? And do things need to be that extreme?
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Van Halen guitarist Eddie Van Halen died on October 6, aged 65.(AP)
Van Halen guitarist Eddie Van Halen died on October 6, aged 65.(AP)

High strung: The essential Van Halen playlist

By Rachel Lopez | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON OCT 11, 2020 12:05 PM IST
He’s done a voice cameo on Frasier and played an undead hamburger in the 1985 film Better Off Dead. But what of the music? Here’s where to hear Eddie Van Halen at his rocking best.
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Venetian paella cooked in a wood-fired oven by Michelin-starred chef Quique Dacosta in London.(ArrosQD)
Venetian paella cooked in a wood-fired oven by Michelin-starred chef Quique Dacosta in London.(ArrosQD)

When grain goes gourmet: Michelin-approved rice dishes

By Rachel Lopez | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON OCT 04, 2020 11:47 AM IST
When the Michelin guide includes rice dishes, they tend to take it up a notch.
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Fried garlic. Beef and vegetables. Pickled plums and sesame seeds. ‘I was shocked by how many preferred just ketchup,’ Qasim says.(Wikimedia)
Fried garlic. Beef and vegetables. Pickled plums and sesame seeds. ‘I was shocked by how many preferred just ketchup,’ Qasim says.(Wikimedia)

When a plate of plain rice went viral: The tweet that started it all

By Rachel Lopez | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON OCT 02, 2020 09:53 PM IST
When entrepreneur Ali Qasim posted asking what people liked best with their rice, he wasn’t expecting the gush of responses, or the fact that they came from all around the world.
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Confined to their homes since March, home cooks quickly discovered what Indians already know: Rice cooks easily, allows for one-pot meals and is simply delicious. NYC restaurant FieldTrip, with a rice-centric menu, is hoping to keep the love going.(Courtesy Fieldtrip, Harlem)
Confined to their homes since March, home cooks quickly discovered what Indians already know: Rice cooks easily, allows for one-pot meals and is simply delicious. NYC restaurant FieldTrip, with a rice-centric menu, is hoping to keep the love going.(Courtesy Fieldtrip, Harlem)

Lockdown comfort food? Across the world, it’s all about rice

By Rachel Lopez | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON OCT 04, 2020 10:28 AM IST
Look up from your plate and you’ll notice that love for rice has become the rage globally. More cooks are trying it out, cool new recipes abound. India’s favourite all-weather meal is on the boil.
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When the Royal Challengers Bangalore was playing Mumbai Indians last week, Washington Sundar bowled his quota of four overs and returned with the astounding figure of 1 wicket for 12 runs. Alas, there were no journalists in the bio-bubble to even ask for his thoughts on that incredible feat.(Pal Pillai/Getty Images for Nissan)
When the Royal Challengers Bangalore was playing Mumbai Indians last week, Washington Sundar bowled his quota of four overs and returned with the astounding figure of 1 wicket for 12 runs. Alas, there were no journalists in the bio-bubble to even ask for his thoughts on that incredible feat.(Pal Pillai/Getty Images for Nissan)

Why has the IPL kept journalists out this season?

By Rudraneil Sengupta | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON OCT 02, 2020 06:57 PM IST
Around the world, administrators have figured out how to get journalists into the bio-bubbles. Why can’t the BCCI?
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The night of rain towards the end of the film Parasite upends an already precarious dynamic between the characters. In life, as in cinema, leveraging optionality helps to buffer a surprise blow.(CJ Entertainment)
The night of rain towards the end of the film Parasite upends an already precarious dynamic between the characters. In life, as in cinema, leveraging optionality helps to buffer a surprise blow.(CJ Entertainment)

Everyone needs a disaster management plan: Life Hacks by Charles Assisi

By Charles Assisi | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON OCT 04, 2020 09:55 AM IST
We can’t predict the future, but we can plan so as to ensure good outcomes in case a crisis occurs. That, in essence, is optionality, a simple but elegant way of life.
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South Korea’s Jang Bogo research station looks like something out of a sci-fi film. New designs keep human comforts in mind so scientists don’t suffer on their long stints on the icy continent.(HBA ARCHITECTS)
South Korea’s Jang Bogo research station looks like something out of a sci-fi film. New designs keep human comforts in mind so scientists don’t suffer on their long stints on the icy continent.(HBA ARCHITECTS)

Could you survive in Antarctica today?

By Rachel Lopez | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON SEP 27, 2020 10:36 AM IST
It’s the globe’s only coronavirus-free zone. The newest research stations are being built as much for comfort as for survival. Still, it’s a life like no other. Take a look.
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(HT Illustration: Gajanan Nirphale)
(HT Illustration: Gajanan Nirphale)

What we miss: An ode to city life as we knew it before the pandemic

By Team HT | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON SEP 20, 2020 10:48 AM IST
#AllTheFeels for the foods we ate, the sounds we heard, the sights that felt familiar and the things that made us shake our heads and smile. What do you miss most about life in your city?
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(HT Illustration: Malay Karmakar)
(HT Illustration: Malay Karmakar)

Forget Mensa, this trivia club is even tougher to break into

By Rachel Lopez | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON SEP 11, 2020 06:43 PM IST
For quizzing geeks, Learned League is the VIP room of the online world. There are daily questions, one-on-one battles, famous participants and points to win, but no prize money. A view from the inside.
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Beauty influencer James Charles has made so many apology videos to placate irate and offended fans, he now offers advice to aspiring influencers on how to do it right.(YouTube/James Charles)
Beauty influencer James Charles has made so many apology videos to placate irate and offended fans, he now offers advice to aspiring influencers on how to do it right.(YouTube/James Charles)

How to apologise like a social media star

By Rachel Lopez | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON SEP 11, 2020 04:22 PM IST
The bigger they are, the harder they fall, and the more hilariously they try to adjust. Sooner or later, they all end up saying sorry. See how.
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