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Victory and vilification: The dual nature of Indian cricket fandom

The same fans who now praise the Indian cricket team could easily have turned to vehement and unfair criticism had the outcome of T-20 World Cup been different

Fans crowd around a bus as the Indian cricket team members take part in a parade to celebrate winning the ICC men's T20 World Cup, in Mumbai, India, July 4, 2024. REUTERS/Hemanshi Kamani (REUTERS)(HT_PRINT)
Published on Jul 07, 2024 07:00 AM IST

Just Like That | Colonial clubs and the fetish about dress codes

Clubs are entitled to their autonomy, but not to their refusal to change

A view of the prestigious Delhi Golf Club, which was establised in 1930. (Credit: Delhi Golf Club website)
Published on Jun 30, 2024 08:00 AM IST

Yoga’s health benefits are proven but a competent instructor is crucial

While Hatha Yoga has taken the world by storm, people are less aware that Yoga is an eight-layered philosophy, of which the exercises are only the first part.

Mumbai, Jun 21 (ANI): Western Naval Command personnel perform yoga on the 10th International Day of Yoga, in Mumbai on Friday. (ANI Photo) (Deepak Salvi)
Published on Jun 23, 2024 08:00 AM IST

Just Like That | Tansen: Epitome of India’s syncretic culture

Tansen is one of the best examples of the ganga-jamuni tehzeeb, the syncretic culture combining the best of Hindu and Islamic traditions

Tomb of Tansen in Gwalior district.(HT photo)
Published on Jun 16, 2024 10:58 AM IST

Why humour is the safety valve of a vibrant democracy

Political leaders often take themselves too seriously, but the Indian electorate has a sharp sense of humour, as seen in the explosion of memes on social media

Election Results 2024 memes An X user shared this meme amid the counting of votes. (X/@iamjavedjhan_07)
Published on Jun 09, 2024 07:30 AM IST

Just Like That | In Pune crash, a mirror to our class hypocrisies

What happened in Pune deserves stringent legal action. But it also provides us a mirror to examine our own value systems and introspect.

The condemnable incident rightly created national outrage
Published on Jun 02, 2024 08:00 AM IST

Just Like That | Raja Bhoj: The overlooked scholar-king of ancient Bhopal

Raja Bhoj's profound impact on arts and sciences remains largely unacknowledged in contemporary education.

Statue of Raja Bhoja in the Upper Lake in Bhopal, India(Bernard Gagnon/Wikimedia Commons)
Published on May 26, 2024 07:30 AM IST

Timeless tunes: A debate on the most romantic songs in Hindi cinema

A personal list of 14 beloved songs, including "Abhi na jao chhod kar" and "Phoolon ke rang se," showcases the timeless appeal of classic melodies.

Shammi Kapoor's chemistry with Sharmila Tagore in Kashmir Ki Kali is timeless.
Published on May 19, 2024 09:00 AM IST

The forgotten Urdu poet who once challenged Indira Gandhi with his verses

Kalim Ajiz, who left an indelible mark on the literary landscape in Bihar, should be celebrated widely for his profound verses

Urdu poet Kalim Ajiz(Padma Awards)
Published on May 12, 2024 09:30 AM IST

Just Like That | The best President India failed to have

Most people will agree that Karan Singh — philosopher, statesman, writer and orator — was the best President our Republic never got.

Karan Singh is the son of the last ruler of the erstwhile princely state of Jammu and Kashmir, Maharaja Hari Singh. (Twitter)
Published on May 05, 2024 08:00 AM IST

Just Like That | Rethinking life and death in the age of longevity

The rapid advancements in medical science and biotechnology are driving the quest for longer lives. In this quest, what does life and death mean for us?

The rapid developments in modern medicine have dramatically improved our lives' longevity(Pixabay)
Published on Apr 28, 2024 08:00 AM IST

The lives, loves and legacies of Dilip Kumar, Raj Kapoor, and Dev Anand

How the iconic trio who dominated Indian cinema in the 50s and 60s left an indelible mark on Bollywood.

(From L to R) Dev Anand, Raj Kapoor and Dilip Kumar (HT File)
Published on Apr 21, 2024 01:47 PM IST

Just Like That | Behind the enduring veg vs non-veg debate

Recent controversies over politicians' food choices highlight the nuanced relationship between dietary preferences and religious beliefs within Hindus.

Is vegetarianism the new credo of Hindu evangelists?(Unsplash)
Published on Apr 14, 2024 08:00 AM IST

Just Like That | Why Indian art is a blip on the big global canvas

Indian art is yet to get its due. That will happen when our artists shun mimicry and have far more patrons, if only for investment.

MF Husain in a picture dated 2 January 1969 (N Thyagarajan/Hindustan Times)
Published on Apr 07, 2024 08:00 AM IST

Sadhguru's health crisis and the blend of traditional and modern medicine

Sadhguru's successful recovery from brain surgery using allopathic methods underscores the importance of choosing the right treatment based on circumstances

Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev leaving hospital after being discharged(ANI)
Published on Mar 31, 2024 08:00 AM IST

Here's why Kushwant Singh was a beacon of sharp intellectual thinking

Behind Khushwant Singh's image of an iconoclast was a disciplined scholar who left a lasting impact on literature and journalism.

Khushwant Singh (HT File Photo)
Published on Mar 24, 2024 08:30 AM IST

Just Like That | Finding divine beauty in the spring symphony of Semal trees

There is a spiritual connection between the beauty and the divine, embodied by the resplendent Semal tree as it heralds the arrival of spring in New Delhi

The Semal tree's (Bombax Ceiba) blossoms take your breath away as spring commences. (Mayank Singh)(HT_PRINT)
Published on Mar 17, 2024 08:00 AM IST

Just Like That | The intimate world of Hindustani culture

Decorum, etiquette, elegance and intimacy symbolised baithaks, something possible only in smaller gatherings, sans the small-talk noise of bigger celebrations.

A classical music baithak in progress. (Parveen Kumar/Hindustan Times)
Published on Mar 10, 2024 08:00 AM IST

Just Like That | Reimagining female power in Indian culture

Indian women are emerging as powerful forces, wielding influence in elections and society, challenging traditional norms

The Ganga is Ganga Ma (mother). Temples exclusively devoted to the Devi dot the entire religious landscape of India. (PTI)
Published on Mar 03, 2024 08:00 AM IST

Gulzar: A seeker in the shrine of poetry

The reason is that Gulzar is, at his core, a poet, and by extension, a writer and film-maker. Writing has been his passion since he was a child

Gulzar the poet came into his own in his writings outside of films, and this is where his eternal literary legacy will lie (PTI Photo)
Updated on Feb 26, 2024 11:13 AM IST

Just Like That | Raja Ram Mohan Roy and his many contradictions

The 19th C. Hindu reformist and religious scholar sought to abolish Sati and rid society of fanatic orthodoxy. British colonialism would enlighten us, he felt

Raja Ram Mohan Roy, painted by Rembrandt Peale in 1833. (Wiki Commons)
Published on Feb 24, 2024 04:06 PM IST

Just Like That | Temple architecture is a spiritual journey

Hindu temple architecture mirrors the human form; from the entrance to the sanctum sanctorum, it leads away from the material world to commune with the divine

These days the prana pratishtha of the Ram temple in Ayodhya is much in the news. The designing of a temple is part of this matrix of aesthetic inter-connectedness and, as per rules, follows a certain pattern(ANI)
Published on Feb 18, 2024 07:50 AM IST

Just Like That | A poet caught in a whirlpool of politics

Shrikant Verma was a great Hindi poet, one of the pioneers of new Hindi kavya, and a powerful politician

Poet Shrikant Verma (HT Photo)
Published on Feb 11, 2024 08:00 AM IST

Goings on at the latest edition of the Jaipur Literature Festival

Associated with the behemoth lit fest since its inception, author Pavan K Varma tells us about this edition's book releases and idea exchanges

Famed lyricist Gulzar at the Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) last week. The HT columnist was on a panel with Gulzar at the festival.(ANI)
Published on Feb 04, 2024 12:25 PM IST

Just Like That | In a sea of a billion people, a pandemic of loneliness sets in

Loneliness is a negative state of mind, solitude is a positive desire. The first is a problem that needs greater attention, the second is increasingly elusive

A detail of Sudhir Patwardhan's Bylanes Saga, a 2007 acrylic painting that shows the artist's preoccupation with the interior lives of the denizens of a teeming, crowded city (The Guild Art Gallery)
Published on Jan 28, 2024 12:36 PM IST

The contrast of Lord Ram and Lord Krishna: Uncovering the complexity of Hinduism

The choice to portray deities with varying attributes reflects Hinduism's nature. The incarnations represent both stability and playful divine energy

Ram temple in Ayodhya has been decked up for Pran Pratishtha ceremony on Jan 22. (Sourced)
Published on Jan 21, 2024 08:00 AM IST

Murli Manohar Joshi at 90: The storied journey of a politician

Dr Murli Manohar Joshi is the kind of political leader — rare to find these days — with whom one can talk on a range of issues apart from politics.

Senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi.(Hindustan Times)
Published on Jan 13, 2024 11:20 PM IST

Just Like That | What the Khan trio tells us about our country and culture

The superstar status of all three Khans — Aamir, Shahrukh and Salman — remains unchanged to this day. In their popularity we see the true nature of us Indians

All three superstars, Shahrukh, Salman and Aamir Khan, were born in 1965. (HT Photo)
Published on Jan 07, 2024 02:56 PM IST

A philosophical musing on our lives as Earth completes yet another revolution

If cosmology tells us that the universe could be infinite, or certainly as close to infinity as can be imagined, what is the significance of our New Year?

People watch the New Year's fireworks display over Toronto's inner harbor just after midnight, on Monday, Jan. 1, 2024, in Toronto. (Arlyn McAdorey/The Canadian Press via AP)(AP)
Published on Jan 01, 2024 11:50 AM IST

Just Like That | The thousand tongues that bind us

In a land with 122 major languages, over 1500 dialects, and six classical languages, to assert one's dominance over the rest is a futile exercise

A cloud of some of the Indian languages with scripts(Wiki Commons)
Updated on Dec 23, 2023 02:37 PM IST
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