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Sleepless in the sack? See what’s keeping you awake, and how to fix it

One of the casualties of modern living is sleep. Most people aren’t getting enough, and those that are, are having their sleep compromised by elements of their everyday.

Updated on Jul 12, 2019 04:15 PM IST
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How to make the most of your retake year

Failed an exam or graduating a year late? Use the time to figure out a clearer future career plan and prepare for it.

Updated on May 30, 2019 05:50 PM IST
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I would love to play an older character, for contrast, says Shweta Tripathi

The actor — best known for Masaan and now starring in Laakhon Mein Ek on Amazon Prime — talks career choices, big screen vs small, and being many women all at once.

A still from Season 2 of Laakhon Mein Ek, where Shweta Tripathi plays a young doctor on a rural assignment. ‘Being an actor pushes you to explore what drives someone else’s choices; being an actor you realise you just cannot be judgmental,’ she says.
Updated on May 26, 2019 07:47 AM IST
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Safeguarding tenants, one clause at a time

Tricky clauses in an agreement’s fine print could lead to the tenant paying for amenities and damages. Here’s what to keep in mind

Not reading an agreement clause by clause may amount to shelling out money for unwarranted damages and repairs(iStock)
Published on May 18, 2019 03:56 PM IST
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How do you build a rep as a new university? Tips from early movers

In an increasingly crowded market, communication and collaboration are key, as are strong ties with the student and industry communities.

Published on May 08, 2019 07:47 PM IST
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As rent and lease agreements go digital, long-distance is in

When businessman Gautam Ghosh, who lives in Dubai, wanted to get new tenants for his flat in Thane last October, he was in a fix about how to go about finalising the leave-and-licence agreement. Typically, he would make a trip all the way here to sign the agreement and have it registered.

Published on May 04, 2019 09:03 PM IST
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Poll posters: Old message, new writing on the wall

How parties are trying different ways to communicate

A Trinamool Congress wall graffiti seen on Alimuddin Street near CPI (M) headquarter in Kolkata.(Arijit Sen/HT Photo)
Published on Apr 27, 2019 07:33 PM IST
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The Beatles, Bob Dylan and Harry Potter make their way to classrooms

Integrating popular cultures like Dylan and anime in higher- learning environments for better understanding.

The Harry Potter series is being used by NUJS assistant professor Shouvik Kumar Guha to teach law through fictional situations.
Published on Apr 17, 2019 07:08 PM IST
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To sell or not to sell

Pre-used homes have been a steady segment, even in recent years. But that may not mean it is time to sell. Calculate your timelines and returns with precision

Even in a dismal real-estate market, there have traditionally been takers for resale or pre-used homes. If you’re buying one to sell, or planning to sell yours, it helps to keep track of current trends.(Hindustan Times)
Published on Apr 06, 2019 08:14 PM IST
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Love all: Meet the people building bridges between communities

Heritage walks with a secular mission, help for the marginalised tenant, a matrimonial website that won’t list caste and creed - groups across India are turning drawing-room discussions into action plans.

A snapshot from Dosti Ka Utsav, a get-together organised by Know Your Neighbour during Durga Puja in Kolkata. Thirty people from different faiths signed up.(Anirban Kar)
Updated on Mar 23, 2019 09:32 PM IST
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Not just engg, mgmt, law. Students of Arts, Sc, Comm get big offers too

The big selling points, say recruiters, are the students’ soft skills and analytical capabilities.

Updated on Mar 22, 2019 03:24 PM IST
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Postcards from the past: A digital project aims to save Kolkata’s messbaris

These colonial-era town houses were some of India’s first working men’s hostels. Now, they’re quietly falling apart, and an Instagram / heritage initiative has stepped up to help.

The Baptist Mission Students Hall is one of the oldest boarding houses in Kolkata. These hostels or messbaris were organised by community, so there was a Marwari one, a Parsi one, even one for Chinese refugees, and a posh mess for Europeans.(Arijit Sen / HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 18, 2019 01:45 PM IST
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City gets its first children’s museum, with a first show curated by kids

This will be a space by children, for children, where they can explore the world around them, ideate and create, says CSMVS director general Sabyasachi Mukherjee.

At the exhibition curated by children, a bronze composite of Madiya tribals from Chhattisgarh performing their traditional dance, Gaur, symbolises teamwork.(Anshuman Poyrekar / HT Photo)
Published on Mar 09, 2019 11:17 PM IST
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Commercial real-estate is on the up and up, with new hotspots emerging

Despite realty overall being sluggish in the last two years, the office segment has continued to grow.

Published on Mar 09, 2019 09:46 PM IST
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Students can now pursue humanities alongside engineering degrees

The walls are finally down. A look at how the AICTE‘s approval for technical institutes to also run arts and commerce courses is set to play out on the ground.

(HT Illustration: Shrikrishna Patkar)
Published on Mar 06, 2019 07:46 PM IST
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Return of the native: This group is bringing back lost rice varieties to the plate

How old and forgotten varieties of rice are finding new takers in West Bengal.

Different rice varieties being sold at the district market in Uttar Dinajpur, West Bengal.
Published on Feb 22, 2019 11:26 PM IST
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The number of medical students headed abroad is rising fast. Here’s why

Steep fees in private medical colleges, limited seats in govt ones, and the increase in IB schools are some of the factors responsible.

Updated on Feb 20, 2019 02:10 PM IST
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Hit or flop? A walk through India’s first film museum

Static images, reams of text, an entire floor dedicated to Gandhi — the museum in Mumbai has finally opened, but it’s raising plenty of questions.

It’s not all bad. The interactive VFX section is a definite win. It lets you pick a background, pose against a green screen and have a picture taken of the completed effect. There’s also an interactive sound and Foley section, where you can edit on film. And clips from films like Raja Harishchandra (1913), an early and rare work.(Kunal Patil / HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 14, 2019 07:30 AM IST
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Value per square foot: How home layouts are changing in Mumbai

As the average Mumbai flat gets smaller, the number of rooms has grown, and layouts have changed to shrink the kitchen, expand the living room. A look at the factors at play.

Published on Feb 02, 2019 07:22 PM IST
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Tribute to Annapurna Devi: A star-studded musical night to remember

Legendary musicians will gather in Mumbai on Thursday to perform at a three-hour tribute concert

Ustad Amjad Ali Khan will be one of the musicians to perform on Thursday.(HT PHOTO)
Updated on Dec 10, 2018 10:46 PM IST
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Superfoods: A rollercoaster ride from boom to bust for farmers

In arid Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan, quinoa seemed like magic beans. There were bumper harvests, big bucks. As acreage grew, prices began to slide. A look at how eager governments caused the boom and bust. Up next: Chia

Quinoa is a hardy crop; it now occupies thousands of acres where nothing else would grow. But with no accompanying growth in processing units or retail markets, demand has stayed low. Above right is a quinoa salad and a drink with chia seeds, at Mumbai’s Birdsong café. The market for such foods remains very niche and restricted largely to the four big metros.(HT Photos)
Updated on Dec 10, 2018 02:32 PM IST
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Author Neil MacGregor talks faith, history, the importance of everyday objects

The former director of the British Museum has a new book out called Living with the Gods. Here he discusses, among other things, why he believes religion isn’t going anywhere.

MacGregor’s previous book was the international bestseller, The History of the World in 100 Objects.(Jason Bell)
Updated on Nov 24, 2018 07:38 PM IST
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Meet Garima Arora, India’s first woman with a Michelin star

‘My dream is to open a restaurant in India, but it won’t be in a city,’ says Arora, 32, founder and head of GAA in Bangkok.

‘I think the Michelin star for GAA will help people accept my experiments more readily,’ Arora says.
Updated on Nov 26, 2018 12:34 PM IST
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New commercial hubs in metros are boosting residential realty too

There are business districts coming up on the outskirts of Pune, Bengaluru, NCR, even Kolkata.

Bandra-Kurla Complex in Mumbai has grown into a residential and leisure-cum-entertainment hub too.(HT File Photo)
Published on Nov 03, 2018 06:56 PM IST
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Goal! Inside India’s sports revolution

We're winning more medals than ever; the tally is rising steadily. How did this happen? Liberalisation was a turning point. Corporate funding has birthed NGOs that focus on helping elite athletes win big. SAI is reaching out too, spotting talent early and giving it room to shine.

Asian Games gold medallist Swapna Barman at a practice session in Bengaluru. She trains at Sports Authority of India centres and gets financial and training support from the not-for-profit Go Sports Foundation.(Rohit Sarcar)
Updated on Oct 28, 2018 10:26 AM IST
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New bytes: Digital humanities courses are becoming a hit among students

The subject is a blend of computation skills and the arts stream, which means you can get creative with technology while you delve into the humanities.

Students use technology and hardware applications for their culture projects.(Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology)
Updated on Oct 10, 2018 06:22 PM IST
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India’s first auction of vintage photos is a blast from the past

The collection of 103 lots includes images of royalty, early views of Indian cities, 1857 mutiny and more

A photo of Delhi durbar from 1903.(StoryLTD)
Published on Oct 05, 2018 04:36 PM IST
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Would you bank on a bot? In Mumbai you can

At a bank’s branch in Prabhadevi, Bro answers questions and helps with information about housing loans, car loans, money transfers and deposits

Bro is a humanoid deployed by Canara Bank, at their digital banking branch in Mumbai, who greets visitors, answers questions and signs off with a warm “Cheerio!”(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)
Published on Sep 29, 2018 07:29 PM IST
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Institutes are moving beyond the campus, enabling tangible change

Research projects are providing solar power technology to villages, opening up digital markets to craftsmen, helping farmers get better rates.

Published on Sep 12, 2018 08:30 PM IST
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Low tech, high drama: Filmmakers forego heavy gear for lighter, tighter tales

A movie shot on an iPhone, a two-person crew and real streetscapes — technology is allowing ambitious filmmakers to attempt dream projects on shoestring budgets and with little support

Seby Varghese and a crew member during a shoot for his road movie, Unfateful, for which he raised Rs 8 lakh through crowdfunding over a span of 10 weeks.
Updated on Sep 01, 2018 06:59 PM IST
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