Arshia Dhar
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Free radical: A Wknd interview with immigrant-rights warrior Saket Soni

Soni spent years as an undocumented immigrant, then became a labour organiser. He is now the author of a taut true-life thriller about a human-trafficking scam.

Soni’s book, The Great Escape, is about a racket he busted, helping 500 Indians escape from a labour camp in the US that was ringed by barbed wire, overseen by guards.
Updated on Dec 08, 2023 06:54 PM IST

Good snide: How to shut down a bitchy comment

... aka, how to shut down a bitchy comment, and stop random meanness in its tracks

In 2023, Hailey Bieber limited the comments on her Insta post after fans of Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez trolled her for a video of Bieber’s where she allegedly mocked Swift.
Updated on Dec 08, 2023 04:01 PM IST

A thing of beauty: How to score a freebie

Brands are big on handing out skin and make-up samples. You just need to ask. Plan it well and you could even be welcomed back for more

Big beauty stores often hand out little goodies with a purchase. This is one way to try out a new shade, different formula or fragrance. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Dec 01, 2023 03:49 PM IST

Leave no manga behind

Big eyes, spiky hair, crazy plots and characters that refuse to die. Get a start into great manga books here

If you liked the TV series, The Boys, you may like My Hero Academia.
Updated on Nov 24, 2023 03:43 PM IST

Listicle: 10 tropes that make medical dramas our happy pill

It’s never lupus. But medical dramas love tumours, sudden deaths, even zombies. Here are their favourites

Medical sitcom Scrubs both made fun of and used the same tropes as every other medical drama.
Updated on Nov 17, 2023 03:41 PM IST

The art of the unwind: Holiday hacks and memories with Shivan & Narresh

The designers have shown Indian women how to holiday in style. Their own vacays are epic, gathering inspiration at every destination

Shivan Bhatiya and Narresh Kukreja’s resortwear label, Shivan & Narresh, has set vacation goals for Indian women. (Raj K Raj/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Nov 10, 2023 03:28 PM IST

Don’t pack light! More is more. The case for lugging a big suitcase

If you can afford it, if airlines allow it, why not carry everything you want? Holidays are about indulgence, not making do with less

Minimalism is a trap. You don’t know when you’ll need an extra pair of sunnies or heels. (Adobe Stock)
Updated on Nov 03, 2023 07:45 PM IST

A nosedive into the past: Secrets from the non-fiction book The Perfume Project

Divrina Dhingra's debut work traces India’s affection for certain aromas through millennia. Highlights include intricate myths, links to ancient Greece and Rome

(Clockwise) Lady Making A Garland by Raja Ravi Varma, 1895. A Roman fresco of a port city from the 1st century CE. A double-pot distillery used to extract essential oils from flowers, as depicted in the late-15th-century book of recipes Ni’matnama, by the Sultan of Mandu. (Wikimedia Commons; Sahapedia)
Updated on Oct 20, 2023 10:36 PM IST

Talk nerdy to me! Shreya Dhanwanthary on the roles of her dreams

Shreya Dhanwanthary has played real-life heroines and make-believe molls. But underneath it all, she’s just a geek, hoping to inherit the Earth

Shreya Dhanwanthary says that she’s still a geek at heart. (Photographer: Abhishek Verma; Hair & make-up: Ankita Manwani)
Updated on Oct 13, 2023 03:49 PM IST

Listicle: 10 global décor trends showing up in Indian design

Get your house in order. From Brutalism and terrazzo to Japandi and fluting, these styles are trending now

Being a maximalist means going big on colours, prints and textures.
Updated on Sep 22, 2023 03:48 PM IST

We did NOT see that coming: 40 spoilers for those who dare to read on

Deaths, doppelgangers, ghosts, fathers, imaginary friends, magicians and a sled. Lean in and enjoy a world in which there are only so many ways to twist a tale

You can’t escape spoilers. They’ll find you eventually.
Updated on Sep 15, 2023 04:24 PM IST

Listicle: 10 viral photos and videos that tried to break the internet

They were everywhere. We got obsessed. We moved on. 10 images that didn’t break the internet after all

Ellen DeGeneres' 2016 Oscar selfie.
Updated on Sep 08, 2023 04:33 PM IST

No excuses now: Top hacks to go from lazy to fitness crazy

Get off the couch. Here’s every hack to help you take your first steps towards starting a fitness regimen

The average Indian works out only 4-6 times a month as against the global average of 12-18 times. Buy short-duration gym plans when you start out. (ADOBESTOCK)
Updated on Sep 08, 2023 04:24 PM IST

Excess baggage: Tour the newest traumatised hotspots on India’s domestic circuit

In Hanle, Cherrapunji, the Valley of Flowers, the numbers are getting more dramatic, the impact more severe. Take a tour, and see which destinations are next.

 (HT illustration: Jayanto)
Updated on Sep 02, 2023 04:46 PM IST

Mother promise: How Poorna Jagannathan became TV’s best mum

For Poorna Jagannathan, fame was never the end goal. Now that she’s tasted success, playing a feisty mom on Never Have I Ever, she’s realigning her priorities

Actor Poorna Jagannathan’s two-decade-long journey has been riddled with pauses. “Most of my career, there were like two tiny projects a year. There was no pace; it was a snail’s pace. There were no roles for women who look like me,” she says. Stylist: Tania Fadte, hair and makeup: Sandhya Shekar, clothes: Rajesh Pratap Singh. (Vikas Vasudev)
Updated on Aug 05, 2023 07:34 PM IST

Smoke signals: A Wknd interview with author Amitav Ghosh

Why is he still so intrigued by opium? ‘The plant has consistently out-thought, out-manoeuvred us,’ he says. ‘It's still playing a role in how history unfolds.’

In Smoke and Ashes, released on July 15, Ghosh returns to the opium poppy, in a work of non-fiction that is part memoir and part travelogue, to explore how this one plant has contributed to what he refers to as ‘the current unmaking of our world’. (Getty Images)
Updated on Jul 17, 2023 01:26 PM IST
ByArshia Dhar

Can you name India’s classical dance forms? We bet you missed this one

Sattriya is a vibrant, ancient classical form from Assam. But it was only recently recognised by the Sangeet Natak Akademi and is still struggling to find space on the national stage.

The origin of Sattriya lies in the theatre form Ankia Naat, which celebrates the Hindu deity Krishna.(Achyut Hatimuria)
Updated on Jul 21, 2018 09:29 AM IST
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