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(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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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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In Basu Chatterjee’s 1976 film Chhoti Si Baat, Arun (Amol Palekar) and Prabha (Vidya Sinha) go on demure coffee and tea dates. He dreams of being able to take her to the movies and a fancy café.(Courtesy BR Films)
In Basu Chatterjee’s 1976 film Chhoti Si Baat, Arun (Amol Palekar) and Prabha (Vidya Sinha) go on demure coffee and tea dates. He dreams of being able to take her to the movies and a fancy café.(Courtesy BR Films)

The Way We Were: Cafes, art shows, a hug and movie dates from the ’70s

By Poonam Saxena | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON NOV 06, 2020 08:32 PM IST
Asking her out in the age of bouffants and drainpipe trousers was no simple affair. But films from the period paint an innocent age in the backdrop of the big city.
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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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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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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)

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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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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The 2008 film Bolt showed pigeons as gullible creatures, but science shows they mate for life, co-parent equally, recognise human expressions and remember faces for years.(PIXAR)
The 2008 film Bolt showed pigeons as gullible creatures, but science shows they mate for life, co-parent equally, recognise human expressions and remember faces for years.(PIXAR)

Homing in on the hate: are pigeons pals or pests?

By Rachel Lopez | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON SEP 27, 2020 10:52 AM IST
We didn’t always abhor pigeons. So when and why did we start calling them sky rats?
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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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