Rachel Lopez

Rachel Lopez is a a writer and editor with the Hindustan Times. She has worked with the Times Group, Time Out and Vogue and has a special interest in city history, culture, etymology and internet and society.

Articles by Rachel Lopez

Listicle: Meet 10 women named India who shine in their diverse fields

These 10 women called India are authors, actors, designers and even Playboy models. As Independence Day approaches, see how they’ve lived up to the name

India Amarteifio plays young Queen Charlotte in Netflix's Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story.
Updated on Aug 11, 2023 08:16 PM IST

Purse-pective: What your wallet says about you

Do you struggle to find things in your wallet? Or are you super organised? Here’s what that says about your personality

In a cashless world, owning a money clip means you have smartly diversified storage. If the clip’s just for carefully-arranged bills, there’s probably a separate one for business and for credit cards. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Aug 06, 2023 11:55 AM IST

The Brunch round-up: The week and how it made us feel

Loving Konkona Sen Sharma’s direction, confused about new colours and cheering for the South Park boys

Casa Bonita, a 50-year-old Mexican restaurant in Colorado, US, owned by South Park TV show producers Matt Stone and Trey Parker, has finally abolished tipping.
Updated on Jul 07, 2023 09:17 PM IST
ByHT Brunch Team

The glow-up gripe: When did makeovers become so complicated

Apple, pear, cornet, lollipop. Quiet luxe, colour matching, zhuzhes, half-tucks. Dressing well is a mishmash of competing rules. No wonder we’re upset

The idea of stealth wealth – neutral-toned, logo-free looks featured by the billionaires on HBO’s show Succession – is the flavour of the season.
Updated on Jul 20, 2023 02:32 PM IST

Refine your palette: How to develop your own interest in art

Don’t let galleries, abstracts and jargon intimidate you. To build your own taste in art, start small, stay with familiar words and build on your experiences

Damien Hirst’s spot paintings may seem simplistic. But consider for a moment why an artist would do it, and how it differs from Yayoyi Kusama’s work, which also features dots.
Updated on Jul 25, 2023 07:58 PM IST

Listicle: 10 things about dining out that we used to love

From maroon interiors to finger bowls, 10 things we miss from the once-posh restaurants of our childhood

It didn’t matter if the restaurant served Indian or Chinese or both. The faux-leather upholstery was maroon. The shiny table runners were maroon.
Updated on Jul 19, 2023 07:48 PM IST

Here’s how: To get more books and reading into your life

To break free from the constant scroll of memes, start with straightforward writing and pick a subject that already interests you. Focus on enjoying books

Start off by reading what’s already in your comfort zone. Mesmerised by the futuristic details in The Martian? Andy Weir’s novel has even more to unpack.
Updated on Jul 21, 2023 05:47 PM IST

Making up the words: Fictitious bands to add to your playlist today

What happens when made-up groups play original tunes, in films and TV series? The fantasy feels more real, and dream records are born. Our pick of the best.

Songs by the fictional band Daisy Jones and The Six, from the show of the same name, have topped real-world Billboard charts
Updated on Aug 03, 2023 01:57 PM IST
ByRachel Lopez

Tryna take short-cuts with English? Prolly a good idea

If you’re still hung up on proper grammar and usage, get out of the way. Language is trying to evolve

John Leguizamo, who is hosting The Daily Show, recently joked that he wants to play Gwyneth Paltrow if a show on her ski-accident trial is ever made. Grammarians attacked his English instead of heeding his critique of racism.
Updated on Jul 21, 2023 06:06 PM IST

Listicle: 10 of our favourite high-school clichés

They don’t make American high-school clichés like they used to. Here are our most treasured from film and TV

She’s wanted. She’s hot. She’s everything you’re not. Even outside of practice, the cheerleader is always in uniform and a high ponytail.
Updated on Jul 24, 2023 07:10 PM IST

Can paper straws save the world? Weighing our green choices

It’s the little paper straw against a planet slowly destroying itself. Do our little switches really add up to big differences for Earth?

Switch to a bamboo toothbrush and wood-stem cotton swabs, by all means. But remember that addressing the climate crisis is more than a consumer choice. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Jul 25, 2023 04:40 PM IST

Fanning an old flame: Chef Gaggan Anand on his India dreams

The chef is in India, serving up meals at ₹50,000 per head for an event. Does this mean it's time for his first restaurant here?

‘I’ve conquered my fear of trying new things. I’ve taken my risks with Indian cooking. The Indian restaurant industry, however, is as rigid as when I left it,’ Anand says. (Raj K Raj / HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 04, 2023 04:47 PM IST

A timeline for therapy

When should you seek professional help? Any time is a good time, but some milestones call for a helping hand

Grief, anxiety, depression, divorce, abuse, addiction and phobias are difficult. But therapy can help in smaller ways too. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Jul 24, 2023 07:15 PM IST

Outdated etiquette? Just don’t give a fork

Good behaviour shows refinement. But some rules are sexist, ageist and classist. Here are the manners you don’t need to mind

Etiquette consultants like Sara Jane Ho (left) believe that good social behaviour puts everyone at ease, but that way of thinking may be outdated. (Netflix)
Updated on Jul 25, 2023 04:32 PM IST

Ghosting someone is all right. So get over it, already

Ghosting someone is no worse than any other kind of breakup. Let's embrace the spirit of the time

Must every dalliance end with a long exit interview? Sometimes, it’s better to be quiet than to hurt someone’s feelings. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Jul 24, 2023 07:47 PM IST

Hide, don’t bend. Low-rise jeans are back in style

All through 2022, we dismissed them as one-offs, well-intentioned sartorial errors we assumed would be quickly dismissed

We may have dismissed low-waist jeans as one-offs all through 2022, but, to everyone’s horror, the style — tight on the hip, fitted at the crotch — seems here to stay (Stella McCartney)
Updated on Jul 24, 2023 08:03 PM IST

Patty smiths: Check out the latest advances in meatless meat

As manufacturers rush to innovate, mushrooms and seaweed are fast becoming popular. See which other plants and proteins are being used to raise the steaks.

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Updated on Aug 04, 2023 12:21 AM IST

Way of all flesh: A look at meat-eating patterns worldwide

Global per capita consumption is growing. Poultry is the most popular form of meat, followed by pork, beef, fish. See which tiny countries eat surprisingly large portions, and where India stands amid it all.

(Pixabay)
Updated on Jan 20, 2023 05:47 PM IST

Eats shoots and leaves: How green is our diet really?

People are cutting back on eating meat, or giving it up entirely. So is vegetarianism winning? The numbers vary, and our diets are not as green as you’d expect.

(Pixabay)
Updated on Aug 04, 2023 12:19 AM IST

Suite spots: Which hotels from films and TV to waltz into, and which to avoid

White Lotus seems almost as high-risk as the Bates Motel. Expect a break to stretch on and on at the Cherry Tree Inn. See where to check in and where to stay out.

Both seasons of The White Lotus were shot on location, at Four Seasons hotels.
Updated on Dec 23, 2022 08:43 PM IST

Mr Fix-it: Author and influencer Ankur Warikoo on failure,mistakes and making it

He’s known disappointment and fear; changed his mind about what he wants to do; started over at 40. It’s all part of what makes this author and entrepreneur, co-founder of Nearbuy, just the right person to craft life hacks for young India.

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Updated on Dec 17, 2022 01:06 PM IST

For better and for worse: Wedding-night rituals from around the world

Some customs are endearing, others downright abhorrent. See who is harassing grooms, and where karaoke has entered the fray.

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Updated on Dec 10, 2022 10:07 PM IST

A case of monumental errors: Bright hues cover ancient temple art

As temples, some over 800 years old, get makeovers, bright, shiny paint is being used to decorate exteriors. This can damage stone, obscure workmanship and impede archaeological study.

Murals have long adorned the insides of the Meenakshi temple in Madurai. But interior and exterior surfaces are increasingly being given bright coats of enamel paint, risking damage to the stones beneath. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Dec 03, 2022 07:40 PM IST

Summing it up: Manil Suri’s new book looks at the wonder of maths

Stop chasing calculations and correct answers, and math starts to get magical. It can unravel mysteries of the universe and prompt questions about why we’re here, says mathematician Manil Suri. See how his book accounts for it all

In his new book, Suri takes a step back from the Big Bang that created the cosmos, and looks at what came before: mathematics. Not merely the calculations and correct answers, but the larger principles that govern numbers. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Nov 26, 2022 12:51 AM IST

Starry knight: Meet the first Indian to use the James Webb Space Telescope

Manoj Puravankara, a researcher of young stars, is focusing JWST’s giant lens on points far back in space and time. How did the universe evolve? Are planets a natural by-product of all stars? What can the answers, whatever they are, tell us about how we came to be?

‘Stars are, in some sense, like human beings. They’re born, they have an active and violent youth, and a staid, sedate middle-age. Then they expand... and die out,’ Puravankara says. (Satish Bate / HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 07, 2022 03:01 PM IST

Stuff of legend: The history of the buffet, via Rachel Lopez

Large spreads have a history going back 2,000 years. The Roman empire, the Sikh langar, Vegas — see how the all-you-can-eat format came about.

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Updated on Nov 04, 2022 03:27 PM IST

Parallel tracks: Not-to-be-missed films and shows inspired by reality TV

They use tropes such as backstories, voting rounds, alliances and surprise challenges to tell tales that are witty and unusual. Take a look at how the mockumentary, shockumentary and even animation have been influenced by the genre.

Drawn Together, an animated sitcom parodying a reality drama, premiered in 2004, with loud, crass, smutty stereotypes competing to evict each other from a house.
Updated on Nov 04, 2022 03:24 PM IST

See plus: Reality shows that are giving the genre a good name

Reality TV has learnt a few lessons in its 30 years. One of them is that audiences don’t always want to see contestants squabble, squirm or scheme to get ahead. Some shows now focus on healthy competition, self-betterment, great ideas, and the occasional stubborn crocodile. Binge on these.

Shows such as Old Enough!, The Great British Bake Off, Fake or Fortune? and Wild Croc Territory focus on new themes such as toddler excursions and art, natural and culinary adventures. They also feature kind contestants, patient judges.
Updated on Nov 05, 2022 11:59 AM IST

Reality check: Are you still watching?

Reality TV is now 30 years old. The cameras are still rolling; the participants, as eager to squabble, sob, sweat and squirm. But new shows are reworking old tropes. Judges are more encouraging, competitors more relaxed, formats more informative. Even the cameras feel less intrusive. It’s almost as if being nice is finally being recognised as part of the human condition.

In 30 years, reality programming has expanded from humiliating elimination contests and scheming confessional dramas. They now also focus on niche skills and professions, offer lessons in business, conservation, inclusion, and spotlight life on the fringe. How many of these shows do you recognise?
Updated on Nov 08, 2022 01:05 PM IST

See where your city has been: An interactive graphic maps Earth’s ancient past

Pick a location and see where it might have been on the globe, and what was around it, as much as 750 million years ago. It’s a whole new way to see the world.

When the first dinosaurs appeared, Mumbai and Delhi were likely coastal regions (above left). By the time the dinosaurs died out, the Indian landmass was on course for its crash into Asia. (dinosaurpictures.org)
Updated on Oct 29, 2022 04:42 PM IST
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