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Hasan Minhaj on Patriot Act (Representational)(Instagram)

Delivering news with humour makes young adults more likely to remember, share

By Asian News International | Posted by: Alfea Jamal | Washington DC
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 08:05 PM IST
“For democracy to work, it is really important for people to engage with news and politics and to be informed about public affairs,” said senior author of the study Emily Falk.
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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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The prospect of a long-distance train ride in a mask is less than attractive, but the promise of a vaccine gives some hope(Parth Garg)
The prospect of a long-distance train ride in a mask is less than attractive, but the promise of a vaccine gives some hope(Parth Garg)

Humour: Train of thought

By Rehana Munir | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 27, 2020 05:57 PM IST
It’s now been long enough for even the rail clichés to be missed
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In this age of the virtual keypad and voice notes, it helps to have a favourite pen or pencil(Parth Garg)
In this age of the virtual keypad and voice notes, it helps to have a favourite pen or pencil(Parth Garg)

Humour: Bold, sharp or blunt?

By Rehana Munir | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON DEC 13, 2020 07:50 AM IST
Celebrating the simple joys of stationery in the era of the voice note
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There are bravehearts who tame the beast of pressure with deep breathing and clear thinking(Parth Garg)
There are bravehearts who tame the beast of pressure with deep breathing and clear thinking(Parth Garg)

Humour: The stress test

By Rehana Munir | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON NOV 29, 2020 07:01 AM IST
Does pressure motivate you to excel or reduce you to a blithering mess?
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The pandemic brought unlikely people together, united by proximity(Parth Garg)
The pandemic brought unlikely people together, united by proximity(Parth Garg)

Humour: Your bubble or mine?

By Rehana Munir | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON NOV 22, 2020 10:11 AM IST
As relationships turn “geo-personal”, unlikely bonds relieve the tedium.
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Even with nowhere to go, the idea of a cupboard full of crisply-ironed clothes is positively decadent after months of crinkles and creases(Parth Garg)
Even with nowhere to go, the idea of a cupboard full of crisply-ironed clothes is positively decadent after months of crinkles and creases(Parth Garg)

Humour: Five festive indulgences

By Rehana Munir | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON NOV 15, 2020 08:41 AM IST
A few bright sparks to guiltlessly light up the dark this Diwali weekend 
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The good news is that solitude is sometimes found in the least solitary places(Photo Imaging: Parth Garg)
The good news is that solitude is sometimes found in the least solitary places(Photo Imaging: Parth Garg)

Humour: Sweet solitude

By Rehana Munir | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON NOV 08, 2020 07:37 AM IST
There’s so much of it in supply right now, but are we doing it right?
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The findings of science combine with the whims of the human heart to add unlimited rules to Covid safety protocol(Photo Imaging: Parth Garg)
The findings of science combine with the whims of the human heart to add unlimited rules to Covid safety protocol(Photo Imaging: Parth Garg)

Humour: Have you sanitised your laughter?

By Rehana Munir | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON NOV 01, 2020 07:15 AM IST
Here’s to the silly moments that slip out from under the mask of the serious year
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Even in this sordid year, one can enjoy the little moments while travelling, armed with masks sanitisers and sprays
Even in this sordid year, one can enjoy the little moments while travelling, armed with masks sanitisers and sprays

Humour: To escape or not to escape?

By Rehana Munir | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON OCT 25, 2020 07:31 AM IST
That is the question as the festive season nears this unclassifiable year
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A sprinkling of stars is in order for these frontline workers who risk their lives to satiate our food cravings(Photo Imaging: Parth Garg)
A sprinkling of stars is in order for these frontline workers who risk their lives to satiate our food cravings(Photo Imaging: Parth Garg)

Humour: Happiness is on its way

By Rehana Munir | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON OCT 18, 2020 07:07 AM IST
Food delivery agents are the unsung heroes perking up city life
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The twilight zone where one is conscious about being in a dream state is like walking into a scene of Christopher Nolan’s Inception(Photo Imaging: Parth Garg)
The twilight zone where one is conscious about being in a dream state is like walking into a scene of Christopher Nolan’s Inception(Photo Imaging: Parth Garg)

Humour: Dream trippin’

By Rehana Munir | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON OCT 11, 2020 09:23 AM IST
Do you take pleasure in the poetry of dreams or marvel at their magic?
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People come up with the smartest of excuses for making mistakes: Such as blaming the mask for blurring their vision and making it impossible to read vital instructions clearly.(Shutterstock)
People come up with the smartest of excuses for making mistakes: Such as blaming the mask for blurring their vision and making it impossible to read vital instructions clearly.(Shutterstock)

Guest column: Humour in innocence

By Col Avnish Sharma (retd)
UPDATED ON OCT 04, 2020 04:23 PM IST
There is no dearth of wit and innocent humour in the armed forces
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Five rejuvenating terms across various world cultures find meaning in these testing times(Photo Imaging: Parth Garg)
Five rejuvenating terms across various world cultures find meaning in these testing times(Photo Imaging: Parth Garg)

Humour: Around the world in five terms

By Rehana Munir | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON OCT 04, 2020 07:05 AM IST
A healing word from each of the five continents, picked for our peculiar times
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A sleepy conscience can be just the thing to encourage that muffled inner voice to sing out loud against the world outside(Photo Imaging: Parth Garg)
A sleepy conscience can be just the thing to encourage that muffled inner voice to sing out loud against the world outside(Photo Imaging: Parth Garg)

Humour: Less than perfect

By Rehana Munir | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON SEP 27, 2020 08:49 AM IST
The slacker’s guide to self-care in the Covid era
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Skip a telescope, and try whisky and music for a real glimpse of the heavenly objects staring at you from the firmament(Photo imaging: Parth Garg)
Skip a telescope, and try whisky and music for a real glimpse of the heavenly objects staring at you from the firmament(Photo imaging: Parth Garg)

Humour: Starry starry night

By Rehana Munir | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON SEP 20, 2020 07:09 AM IST
Amateur astronomy is even more gratifying in a locked-down world
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There’s a whole world of woollen goodness waiting to wrap you in its warm embrace(Photo imaging: Parth Garg)
There’s a whole world of woollen goodness waiting to wrap you in its warm embrace(Photo imaging: Parth Garg)

Humour: Five kinds of Lockdown de-stressers

By Rehana Munir | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON SEP 13, 2020 07:33 AM IST
From funky knitting to gadget-tripping, the possibilities for release are endless
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Find sweet escape in the rock ‘n’ roll fantasy tripping on The Beatles(Photo imaging: Parth Garg)
Find sweet escape in the rock ‘n’ roll fantasy tripping on The Beatles(Photo imaging: Parth Garg)

Humour: Of imagination and fantasy

By Rehana Munir | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON AUG 30, 2020 08:02 AM IST
There’s more to flights of fancy than leprechauns and lightsabers
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The relationship between colour and mid-life crises is so evident, we rarely even comment on it any more.
The relationship between colour and mid-life crises is so evident, we rarely even comment on it any more.

Humour: The colour code

By Rehana Munir | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON AUG 16, 2020 11:25 AM IST
From neon shockers to pastel soothers, colours both reflect and transport us.
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Rajesh Krishnan(Photo: HTCS)
Rajesh Krishnan(Photo: HTCS)

I wanted a kind of humour which was accessible yet intelligent: Rajesh Krishnan

By Nishad Neelambaran | HT Mumbai
UPDATED ON AUG 15, 2020 06:19 PM IST
The Lootcase director opens up about his first feature film, the cast, and how making ad films have helped him to keep things simple
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The role of mathematical genius Shakuntala Devi has been essayed by Vidya Balan in her recent film.(Photo Imaging: Parth Garg)
The role of mathematical genius Shakuntala Devi has been essayed by Vidya Balan in her recent film.(Photo Imaging: Parth Garg)

Humour: The square root of fear

By Rehana Munir | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON AUG 09, 2020 11:56 AM IST
Numbers don’t lie, but they can inflict suffering in countless other ways.
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The struggle to make communication glitch-free continues, even today(Photo Imaging: Parth Garg)
The struggle to make communication glitch-free continues, even today(Photo Imaging: Parth Garg)

Humour: From text to text messages, the lost signs of letters

By Rehana Munir | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JUL 26, 2020 08:00 AM IST
From delayed replies to awkward sign-offs, personal correspondence can be challenging
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On a video call, it’s quite tempting to get transfixed by one’s own image on screen(Photo Imaging: Parth Garg)
On a video call, it’s quite tempting to get transfixed by one’s own image on screen(Photo Imaging: Parth Garg)

Humour: It has become important to be video versatile

By Rehana Munir | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON JUL 05, 2020 07:08 AM IST
The pandemic has made it crucial to ace your video call avatar so finding your ‘right angle’ is vital
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Don’t stop smiling, even if you’re wearing a mask.(Shutterstock)
Don’t stop smiling, even if you’re wearing a mask.(Shutterstock)

Random Forays: A sense of humour in times of despair

By Vivek Atray | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON JUL 04, 2020 11:00 PM IST
Even to try and inspire friends or acquaintances to adopt a sunny, cheerful, lighthearted attitude towards life, is fraught with risk
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Are you scrolling through too much waste?(Photo imaging: Parth Garg)
Are you scrolling through too much waste?(Photo imaging: Parth Garg)

Humour: The cellphone relationship issues

By Rehana Munir | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JUN 28, 2020 09:52 AM IST
From trusty friends to oppressive overlords, mobile phones play many parts
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Birds have served as nature’s choir to beat isolation blues(Photo Imaging: Parth Garg)
Birds have served as nature’s choir to beat isolation blues(Photo Imaging: Parth Garg)

Humour: Birdsong for the isolated souls

By Rehana Munir | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JUN 23, 2020 04:28 PM IST
Birdsong has been the soundtrack to the quiet days of the pandemic
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Fragrances have pervaded spaces where they certainly don’t belong(Photo imaging: Parth Garg)
Fragrances have pervaded spaces where they certainly don’t belong(Photo imaging: Parth Garg)

Humour: Smell and the city

By Rehana Munir | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON JUN 14, 2020 12:21 AM IST
Like a devious tour guide, the nose leads us into risky emotional terrain
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On a groundhog day expect brain-melting Zoom calls followed by yet another rerun of Friends(Phtoto imaging: Parth Garg)
On a groundhog day expect brain-melting Zoom calls followed by yet another rerun of Friends(Phtoto imaging: Parth Garg)

Humour: The five kinds of lockdown days

By Rehana Munir | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JUN 06, 2020 11:15 PM IST
From the blissful to the bleak, a catalogue of our summer in isolation
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Flowers are in full bloom everywhere and on an especially colourless day, that is enough to keep one going(Photo imaging: Parth Garg)
Flowers are in full bloom everywhere and on an especially colourless day, that is enough to keep one going(Photo imaging: Parth Garg)

Humour: Paradise locked

By Rehana Munir | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON MAY 31, 2020 01:10 AM IST
As humans wither in lockdown, summer stages an elaborate floral seduction
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Routines are to a day what character is to an individual: you’re expected to stay within the boundaries(Photo imaging: Parth Garg)
Routines are to a day what character is to an individual: you’re expected to stay within the boundaries(Photo imaging: Parth Garg)

Humour: Routine examination

By Rehana Munir | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON MAY 24, 2020 01:26 AM IST
What does a schedule mean in these unbounded, slow-moving times?
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