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As a race, we are genetically programmed to mark the transition into the New Year with some sort of celebration(Shutterstock)

Spectator by Seema Goswami: Out with the old

Hindustan Times | By Seema Goswami
PUBLISHED ON DEC 27, 2020 07:12 AM IST
We can’t wait to bid goodbye to 2020; but let’s do it with style and care 
Playing dress up and making an effort with your appearance to post pictures on Instagram will give you all the validation you need(Aparna Ram)
Playing dress up and making an effort with your appearance to post pictures on Instagram will give you all the validation you need(Aparna Ram)

Spectator by Seema Goswami: Let there be light

Hindustan Times | By Seema Goswami
UPDATED ON NOV 15, 2020 08:47 AM IST
Celebrating Diwali in the times of Corona
The start of winter is the best time to take a long walk in your neighbourhood park without breaking a sweat(Illustration: Aparna Ram)
The start of winter is the best time to take a long walk in your neighbourhood park without breaking a sweat(Illustration: Aparna Ram)

Spectator by Seema Goswami: Winter is coming...

Hindustan Times | By Seema Goswami
PUBLISHED ON NOV 01, 2020 07:16 AM IST
Here’s how you can best enjoy the season in the times of Corona
With nowhere to go and no one to see, many of us have rediscovered our love of books and of reading(Illustration: Aparna Ram)
With nowhere to go and no one to see, many of us have rediscovered our love of books and of reading(Illustration: Aparna Ram)

Spectator by Seema Goswami: Page-turners

Hindustan Times | By Seema Goswami
PUBLISHED ON OCT 18, 2020 07:03 AM IST
Here’s a list of the books that have kept me entertained over the last month
For a coffee meet with girlfriends, refrain from kissing and hugging, and take off the masks only to sip the cappuccinos!(Illustration: Aparna Ram)
For a coffee meet with girlfriends, refrain from kissing and hugging, and take off the masks only to sip the cappuccinos!(Illustration: Aparna Ram)

Spectator by Seema Goswami: The new normal

Hindustan Times | By Seema Goswami
PUBLISHED ON OCT 04, 2020 07:10 AM IST
Taking baby steps back into a post-Covid world
The hair turns into an overgrown mess, because people are too scared to even venture out for a trim(Illustration: Aparna Ram)
The hair turns into an overgrown mess, because people are too scared to even venture out for a trim(Illustration: Aparna Ram)

Spectator by Seema Goswami: Hair today, gone tomorrow

Hindustan Times | By Seema Goswami
PUBLISHED ON SEP 20, 2020 07:07 AM IST
Vanity belongs in a pre-Covid world – there’s no place for it alongside the Coronavirus
Sunder Nursery is a green wonderland that sends out its siren call with every picture on Instagram(Illustration: Aparna Ram)
Sunder Nursery is a green wonderland that sends out its siren call with every picture on Instagram(Illustration: Aparna Ram)

Spectator by Seema Goswami: Up the garden path

Hindustan Times | By Seema Goswami
UPDATED ON SEP 06, 2020 07:57 PM IST
Falling in love in the times of Corona
Those living abroad are putting up Insta posts of their vacations to destinations including Florence, Italy(Illustration: Aparna Ram)
Those living abroad are putting up Insta posts of their vacations to destinations including Florence, Italy(Illustration: Aparna Ram)

Spectator by Seema Goswami: Break time

Hindustan Times | By Seema Goswami
PUBLISHED ON AUG 23, 2020 06:48 AM IST
Taking a vacation amidst the Coronavirus pandemic? Here’s where you can go…
While rewatching The West Wing, one realises so little changes in the world over time.(Aparna Ram)
While rewatching The West Wing, one realises so little changes in the world over time.(Aparna Ram)

Spectator by Seema Goswami: Déjà vu

Hindustan Times | By Seema Goswami
UPDATED ON AUG 09, 2020 12:01 PM IST
I’ve always been a fan of comfort reading; but the lockdown has made me comfort-watch old TV shows as well.
To satisfy the wanderlust, revisit your vacations in the mind!(Illustration: Aparna Ram)
To satisfy the wanderlust, revisit your vacations in the mind!(Illustration: Aparna Ram)

Spectator by Seema Goswami: Memories Of Holidays Past…

Hindustan Times | By Seema Goswami
UPDATED ON JUL 12, 2020 07:36 AM IST
That’s all we have to sustain us as we stay closeted at home this summer
Correctly identify the characters in the visual above with clues from the books mentioned in the column. Post your answers on an Instagram story tagging @HTBrunch today! 10 lucky winners will win gift hampers.(Illustration: Aparna Ram)
Correctly identify the characters in the visual above with clues from the books mentioned in the column. Post your answers on an Instagram story tagging @HTBrunch today! 10 lucky winners will win gift hampers.(Illustration: Aparna Ram)

Spectator by Seema Goswami: Page-turners

Hindustan Times | By Seema Goswami
UPDATED ON JUN 28, 2020 09:55 AM IST
There’s nothing quite like a good book to get you through these trying times; so here are some recommendations
Drive down Delhi’s Amrita Shergill Marg to see the amaltas flowering in all their glory(Illustration: Aparna Ram)
Drive down Delhi’s Amrita Shergill Marg to see the amaltas flowering in all their glory(Illustration: Aparna Ram)

Spectator by Seema Goswami: The new normal

Hindustan Times | By Seema Goswami
PUBLISHED ON JUN 14, 2020 12:06 AM IST
It’s time to take baby steps back into the world; no matter how nervous it makes us
With masks covering all our facial expressions, social interaction seems to be getting all the more trickier(Illustration by Aparna Ram)
With masks covering all our facial expressions, social interaction seems to be getting all the more trickier(Illustration by Aparna Ram)

Spectator by Seema Goswami: Cover story

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 31, 2020 01:10 AM IST
What lies beneath the mask? It’s often impossible to tell.
Even for someone who is a loner, the lack of human contact at this time has had a dispiriting effect(Photo imaging: Parth Garg)
Even for someone who is a loner, the lack of human contact at this time has had a dispiriting effect(Photo imaging: Parth Garg)

Spectator by Seema Goswami: Lockdown lessons

Hindustan Times | By Seema Goswami
UPDATED ON MAY 17, 2020 02:19 AM IST
Being cooped up at home leaves you plenty of time for self-reflection
Your favourite books can soothe you much more than actual meditation does
Your favourite books can soothe you much more than actual meditation does

Spectator by Seema Goswami: Comfort reading

Hindustan Times | By Seema Goswami
UPDATED ON MAY 03, 2020 02:43 AM IST
Trust me, it’s the best way of keeping calm and carrying on in the midst of a lockdown
Discover the virtues of spaces like the balcony where you can balance a glass of gin and tonic after the sun finally goes down(Photo imaging: Parth Garg)
Discover the virtues of spaces like the balcony where you can balance a glass of gin and tonic after the sun finally goes down(Photo imaging: Parth Garg)

Spectator by Seema Goswami: Going stir crazy?

Hindustan Times | By Seema Goswami
UPDATED ON APR 19, 2020 03:31 PM IST
Here’s a taste of some of the things that are getting me through quarantine
Although life goes on you miss many things you took entirely for granted in pre-Coronavirus times(Photo imaging: Parth Garg)
Although life goes on you miss many things you took entirely for granted in pre-Coronavirus times(Photo imaging: Parth Garg)

Spectator by Seema Goswami: Post-Corona life

Hindustan Times | By Seema Goswami
UPDATED ON APR 05, 2020 02:33 AM IST
When things go back to normal – and they will – this is what I will do first
When meeting a smattering of people, fold your hands in a Namaste and do wash them often!(Shutterstock)
When meeting a smattering of people, fold your hands in a Namaste and do wash them often!(Shutterstock)

Spectator by Seema Goswami: Life in the time of corona

Hindustan Times | By Seema Goswami
UPDATED ON MAR 21, 2020 07:58 PM IST
Some handy tips to deal with the virus (but before that, wash your hands!)
If you are feeling neglected by a friend don’t respond by deploying the silent treatment(Photo: ISTOCK)
If you are feeling neglected by a friend don’t respond by deploying the silent treatment(Photo: ISTOCK)

Spectator by Seema Goswami: Palling around

Hindustan Times | By Seema Goswami
UPDATED ON MAR 07, 2020 11:00 PM IST
Making friends as you grow older may be hard; but it’s even harder to keep the ones you do have
Tell the people you love that you love them when they are still around to appreciate the sentiment(Photo imaging: Parth Garg)
Tell the people you love that you love them when they are still around to appreciate the sentiment(Photo imaging: Parth Garg)

Spectator by Seema Goswami: The bell tolls for thee…

Hindustan Times | By Seema Goswami
PUBLISHED ON FEB 22, 2020 10:08 PM IST
Given the fragility of life, it makes sense to make the most of every moment granted to us
As we age, the memories come rushing back thick and fast no matter where you are or what you are doing(Photo: Getty Images)
As we age, the memories come rushing back thick and fast no matter where you are or what you are doing(Photo: Getty Images)

Spectator by Seema Goswami: Past perfect

Hindustan Times | By Seema Goswami
UPDATED ON FEB 08, 2020 11:59 PM IST
There comes a time in life when looking back is as much of a joy as looking forward
Press the delay button on your New Year-New Me scheme until you’ve said goodbye to January(Photo imaging: Parth Garg)
Press the delay button on your New Year-New Me scheme until you’ve said goodbye to January(Photo imaging: Parth Garg)

Spectator by Seema Goswami: Brand New Year…

Hindustan times | By Seema Goswami
UPDATED ON JAN 26, 2020 12:06 AM IST
...means a brand new you – but just wait till February rolls around
No matter how dire things look sometimes, there will always be something better around the corner(Photo imaging: Parth Garg)
No matter how dire things look sometimes, there will always be something better around the corner(Photo imaging: Parth Garg)

Spectator by Seema Goswami: Looking back...

Hindustan Times | By Seema Goswami
UPDATED ON JAN 12, 2020 12:11 AM IST
The lessons the last decade taught me
Here is a list of Top Reads of The Year for you
Here is a list of Top Reads of The Year for you

Spectator by Seema Goswami: Page-turners

Hindustan Times | By Seema Goswami
UPDATED ON DEC 28, 2019 11:54 PM IST
Here’s a list of the best books I read this year; you might enjoy some of them
The only way to get some peace and quiet is by turning the phones on silent or switching the damn things off(Photo imaging: Parth Garg)
The only way to get some peace and quiet is by turning the phones on silent or switching the damn things off(Photo imaging: Parth Garg)

Spectator by Seema Goswami: Switch off

Hindustan Times | By Seema Goswami
UPDATED ON DEC 15, 2019 12:22 AM IST
Is it time to disconnect from a hyper-connected world?
Maybe it is something about murder mysteries as a genre, but they seem to encourage longevity among its practitioners(Photo: iStock)
Maybe it is something about murder mysteries as a genre, but they seem to encourage longevity among its practitioners(Photo: iStock)

Spectator by Seema Goswami: Age is just a number...

Hindustan Times | By Seema Goswami
UPDATED ON NOV 17, 2019 12:28 AM IST
...for authors like John Le Carré, who continue to produce their best work well into their 80s
Now the arrival of winter just heralds a spike in rates of respiratory illnesses(iStock)
Now the arrival of winter just heralds a spike in rates of respiratory illnesses(iStock)

Spectator by Seema Goswami: Every Breath You Take...

Hindustan Times | By Seema Goswami
PUBLISHED ON NOV 02, 2019 09:54 PM IST
...is reducing your life as the pollution season descends upon us. So, what’s the best way to cope?
The themes this series explored were universal in their scope and all-encompassing in their reach(Photo Imaging: Parth Garg)
The themes this series explored were universal in their scope and all-encompassing in their reach(Photo Imaging: Parth Garg)

Spectator by Seema Goswami: The one in which…

Hindustan Times | By Seema Goswami
UPDATED ON OCT 11, 2019 08:48 PM IST
Friends turns 25…Celebrating the show that was the soundtrack of our lives
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