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Lubna Salim is the chief content producer with Brunch. A lifestyle journalist for seven years, she writes on fashion, food, travel and all things luxurious.

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HT Brunch Cover Story: Khanna & Sons

As millennial artist Viraj Khanna closes his fourth solo show to applause from the art world, we present creative banter with him, his fashion designer mum Anamika Khanna and twin brother, Vishesh

How do three artistic people live under one roof? Millennial artist Viraj Khanna (right), 27, joins mum Anamika and twin Vishesh (left) to give us answers (Rajesh Gupta & Kanishk Gupta)
Updated on Jan 13, 2023 09:16 PM IST

Fashion: Making a statement with scarves

Throw it over your shoulders or wrap it around you like a shirt—the humble stole offers styling options galore

Photos by Raj K Raj; Styling by Tanya Aggarwal; Art direction by Amit Malik; Make-up and hair by Pallavi Sharma; Model: Gabi (Auraa Talents)
Published on Dec 31, 2022 12:14 AM IST

Photography: A fine focus

A photographer speaks about commercial, documentary and art photography; and making a career from it without any formal training

The 24-year-old professional journey has been about commercial, documentary and art photography
Published on Sep 24, 2022 01:25 PM IST

Books: The unexpected author

Businessman Amrish Kumar had originally conceived his debut novel as a movie! The Kolkata-born and Delhi-based son of designer Ritu Kumar on his book

Businessman turned author, Amrish Kumar released a debut novel that has been in the making for over 15 years
Published on Sep 10, 2022 01:17 AM IST
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Fashion: Very Peri nice

This happy hue, a mix of ultraviolet underlined with pink, is making an appearance in everything from athleisure to resort wear. Here are seven ways to wear it right

Very Peri, a dynamic periwinkle blue hue with a vivifying violet red undertone blends the faithfulness and constancy of blue with the energy and excitement of red; Styling by Tanya Aggarwal; Art direction: Amit Malik; Make-up: Rekha Das; Hair: Rohit; Models: Gabi and Diksha (Aura Talents); On Gabi (left):Body Suit and organza cape by Nirmooha; Skirt by Shruti Sancheti; Shoes by Aldo; Fanny pack by Rishi and Vibhuti; On Diksha:Dress by Nirmooha; Bralette by Rishi and Vibhuti; Top by Lea Clothing; Bracelet by Soulful by Percy Visaria; Shoes by Aldo (Vidushi Gupta)
Updated on Sep 10, 2022 01:16 AM IST

Books: Queen of the hills

Kohima-born and Norway-based award-winning author Easterine Kire, 63, has taken Naga literature to a global readership

The majority of Easterine’s writings are based on the lived realities of people in Nagaland because she felt the need to create written Naga literature
Published on Aug 12, 2022 07:16 PM IST

Food: Lessons, love & ice cream

In a nod to the traditional gurukul system, Michelin-star chef Suvir Saran mentors chef Vardaan Marwah

Michelin-starred chef Suvir Saran (left) and his protégé chef Vardaan Marwah; Art direction by Amit Malik
Updated on Jul 23, 2022 09:02 AM IST
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Fashion: Blurred lines

Gender-fluid fashion provides scope to move flexibly between genders and five experts give us their take

HT Brunch featured a gender-neutral fashion shoot in June 2022; Art direction by: Amit Malik; Make-up by: Iram Kazmi; Hair by:Kiran; Models: Deepu Rawat & Akshita Satija ( ALittleFly); On Deepu: Shirt by six5six; Sweater & pants by H&M; Shoes by Puma; On Akshita: Shirt by six5six; Vest, pants and shoes by Zara
Published on Jul 09, 2022 12:23 AM IST
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Fashion: Pretty in pink

Don’t just think pink this season, rock that hot pink with these eight styles to really crank up your cool quotient

Less is more, so keep all your accessories in one shade rather than trying to mix too many tones; Styling by Tanya Aggarwal; Art direction by: Amit Malik; Hair & make-up by: Shaan; Models: Dheeraj Aulakh & Ananya Parashar(Bblunt Modelling Agency); On Dheeraj: Shirt by Zara; Pants by Savleen Lamba; Overshirt by Genes Lecoanet Hemant; Shoes by Nike; On Ananya: Dress by Ridhi Mehra; Shoes by Zara; Earrings by Forever New (Vidushi Gupta)
Published on Jul 01, 2022 10:22 PM IST

HT Brunch Cover Story: Fashion’s vanguards

Four young, sustainable fashion designers crack the code of circularity without compromising their design and aesthetics

Meet designers acing the sustainability game: (Clockwise from left) Sudheer Rajbhar, Pratyush Kumar, Sanah Sharma and Radhika Malhotra; Art Direction by Amit Malik; Hair and make-up by Leeview (Shivamm Pathak)
Published on Jun 10, 2022 07:58 PM IST

Books: Being creative with food & life

Nandita Iyer’s book on life skills guarantees that we will never flounder through another lockdown again

Snapshots from Nandita’s social media reveal things handmade in her kitchen, like soaps, salads and veggies grown in her garden
Published on Jun 03, 2022 07:33 PM IST

In Bed With Elli AvrRam: “My grandma told me, ‘Never go to bed angry’”

The actor talks about winning an award for her role in a Swedish short film, her cat Charles and her love for quirky eye masks

Elli AvrRam poses exclusively for this HT Brunch column
Updated on May 28, 2022 02:06 AM IST

In Bed With Sikandar Kher: “I’m trying to figure myself out & be happy with myself”

The actor talks about wearing comfortable clothes to bed, being a morning person and being a work in progress

Sikandar Kher poses exclusively for this HT Brunch column
Published on May 20, 2022 08:44 PM IST

Food: Chef’s kiss

For Michelin Star-holder Adriano Baldassarre, there’s no Indian cuisine as amazing as the food of Bengal

Italian chef Adriano Baldassarre was recently in New Delhi to curate a new restaurant menu
Published on May 14, 2022 02:42 AM IST
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Fashion: Sneakers all the way

Are you a sneakerhead? Or want to experiment with sneakers? Presenting eight cool ways to wear the most comfortable footwear ever invented!

Today, from sports arenas to red carpet events and weddings to office-wear, sneakers fit all bills; Styling by Mia; Art direction: Amit Malik; Make-up and hair: Iram Kazmi; Models: Akshay Arora and Prathiksha Shetty; On him: Pants by Eyts; Cap, shirt, cardigan and blazer by Zara; Shoes by Adidas; Glasses by Gucci; Tie by H&M; On her: Top & suit by Zara; Shoes by Adidas Originals; Bag by Jacquemus (Hari Nair)
Published on May 06, 2022 10:28 PM IST
ByLubna Salim and MiaLubna Salim and Mia

People: No drama down under

Australian chef Adam D’Sylva, 44, is all for modern takes on real good food that’s existed for years and years

Few realise that award-winning Australian chef Adam D’Sylva is half-Indian and half-Italian; Location courtesy: Hyatt Regency (Shivamm Paathak)
Published on May 06, 2022 10:28 PM IST

Fashion: ‘Cos small weddings are beautiful

Presenting the new post-pandemic avatar of the lavish, big fat Indian wedding: small, intimate, and special!

Designer Madhu Jain says that in Vedic times, too, marriages were extremely simple. the brides and grooms wore mostly unstitched clothing and the emphasis was on gold ornaments; Location courtesy: The Leela Palace, New Delhi; Styling by Drishti Vij; Art direction: Amit Malik; Make-up and hair: Leeview Biswas; Models: Swapnil, Pragati and Gaurav (Purple Thought); (From left to right) On Gaurav: Jacket, kurta and churidar by Torani; Shoes by Luxoro Formello; On Swapnil: Lehenga by Anita Dongre; Jewellery by Shri Paramani Jewels; On Pragati: Lehenga by Good Earth; Jewellery by Ambrus Fine Jewels (Hari Nair)
Published on Apr 22, 2022 07:36 PM IST

Fashion: Six collar styles to give your neckline a facelift

India’s top stylists pick cuts that can make you look taller, slimmer and feel more confident. An HT Brunch Fashion edit

Collars for women tend to be more sexy and, particularly in India, they tend to be low-cut because of the heat; Styling by Drishti Vij; Art direction: Amit Malik;Styling assistant: Tanya Aggarwal; Make-up and hair: Anuj Dogra; Model: Shinata Chauhan (Anokhi Talents); Dress by Forever New; Hat by Myraa; Jewellery by Designs (Vidushi Gupta)
Published on Apr 08, 2022 10:44 PM IST
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In Bed With Aparshakti Khurana: “I’m always in bed with butter chicken!”

The actor talks about Diljit Dosanjh’s “cool wardrobe”, not sharing a washrooms with his partner and keeping his phone aside at night

Aparshakti poses exclusively for this HT Brunch column; Styling by Jay Samuel (Jay Parikh)
Published on Apr 03, 2022 12:58 AM IST

Winners of the #BrunchBookChallenge 2021

Here are the results of our annual reading challenge! Congratulations to the 60 winners from 2021, and to everyone else who tried!

How many books do you plan to read this year?
Updated on Feb 15, 2022 05:42 PM IST

People: Why Drummond Money-Coutts is the Lord of Enchantment

This magician might be the heir apparent to the UK’s Latymer Barony, but his mind and heart move to the beat of magic

Drummond Money-Coutts, or DMC says that while mentalism is more focussed on psychology, mind reading and mental powers, illusionism Is larger, visual magic
Published on Jan 29, 2022 11:10 PM IST

Bonjour, #BrunchBookChallenge 2022

As we spring into the New Year, one thing that remains mutation-free (pun intended) is our good old Brunch Book Challenge

Join the #BrunchBookChallenge and win!
Updated on Jan 02, 2022 03:36 PM IST

In Bed With Manoviraj Khosla: “My favourite breakfast in bed is the person sleeping with me!”

The fashion designer talks about sleeping in fancy, long all black kurta-pajamas and exercising so you tire yourself

Manoviraj poses exclusively for this HT Brunch column in his daughter’s bedroom
Published on Dec 18, 2021 11:35 PM IST

In Bed With Candice Pinto: “I once wore Rocky S to bed”

The supermodel gets candid about wanting to raid Adriana Lima’s wardrobe, sleeping in her husband’s T-shirts and indulging in sweet guilty pleasures

Candice Pinto poses in bed for this HT Brunch column
Published on Oct 24, 2021 12:48 AM IST

Social Media Star of The Week: Diet Paratha

With @diet_paratha, London girl Anita Chhiba is challenging and championing South Asian stereotypes, one Insta post at a time!

Anita (above) created the Instagram account @diet_paratha in 2017. It was recognised by British Vogue as a vehicle of brown empowerment; Styling by @diet_paratha; MUA by @libbymcleodmakeup (@lareeshaye)
Published on Sep 18, 2021 11:31 PM IST

All things Clubhouse with co-founder Rohan Seth

In an exclusive interview, Patna-born and San Francisco-based Rohan Seth, 37, co-founder of the live audio app, shares its past, present and future

Rohan Seth gives a peek into the making of Clubhouse
Updated on Sep 15, 2021 01:45 PM IST

HT Brunch Game Show: Which designer lives the sustainable life?

The one who shuns fast fashion, the one who has a compost at home or the person who wears hand-me-downs?

Madhu Jain,senior fashion designer, an advocate for bamboo fabric, who was awarded the Nari Shakti Puraskar by the President of India
Published on Aug 22, 2021 08:29 AM IST

“We earned 75 per event as waiters while in college,” says Vicky Ratnani

The chef and restaurateur talks about wanting to travel and learn Western cuisine and work abroad, the two cookbooks dear to him, wearing floral shirts and jogging on the beach

Chef Vicky Ratnaniat 22 (inset) and at 53 (above)
Published on Aug 15, 2021 09:27 AM IST

“I got a scholarship to study in New York,” says Ritu Kumar

The fashion designer takes a walk down memory lane as she talks about spending time in the library in college, starting her career in fashion and wearing silk saris in the US

Ritu Kumar at 22 (inset),and now in her 70s (above)
Published on Jun 20, 2021 08:02 AM IST

“Men’s kaftan as sleepwear would be eclectic & flamboyant, but not for me,” Nachiket Barve

The fashion and costume designer talks about the classic fragrance he got customised in Florence, the most comfortable fabric to sleep in and a relationship rule he always follows

Nachiket Barve poses exclusively for this HT Brunch column (Prabhat Shetty)
Published on Jun 13, 2021 08:31 AM IST
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