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Planting a rainbow: Meet Kerala’s globally recognised water lily hybridiser

Viji Abi’s creation has been accepted as a new cultivar by the International Waterlily and Water Gardening Society. I faced numerous failures first, she says.

Nymphaea Sree, a tropical day-blooming plant that Viji Abi created via cross-breeding, sprouts 52-petalled flowers in a deep pink, with an orange base.
Updated on Feb 17, 2024 03:16 PM IST

Get to know... Naina Avtr

AI from Avtr Meta Labs, host of The nAIna Show podcast, talks about her journey into the digital world, dealing with stereotypes, and her favourite things

Naia Avtr’s favourite bad habit? The AI says it’s late-night snacking.
Updated on Feb 16, 2024 04:00 PM IST

Oil aboard: A lamp collector’s date with old flames

Some bear family names, and were designed as part of a woman’s dowry. Others are reminders that dawn is not far away. Tour Radeesh Shetty‘s 400 oil lamps.

A rooster pahana from Sri Lanka, symbolic of dawn and new beginnings. A Garuda lamp from the 15th-century Vijayanagara Empire of southern India.
Updated on Feb 10, 2024 11:23 PM IST

Whatever floats your home: Amphibious housing makes landfall in India

Two architects are building homes in Kerala that rest on dry ground, but can float in a flood. ‘This could revolutionise living near water bodies,’ they say.

A village of floating homes at Fisherman’s Wharf in Victoria, Canada. Around the world, amphibious housing is in use in countries ranging from the UK and Bangladesh to Vietnam and the Philippines. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Jan 27, 2024 09:46 PM IST

Get to know... Neeta Lulla

Designer Neeta Lulla spills the beans about her secret skill, what she’s listening to and her next big splurge

Neeta Lulla’s favourite Sunday memory? “Driving to our vineyard with my dad and pruning grapes.”
Updated on Jan 26, 2024 03:57 PM IST

Weave changed! Meet two designers who are giving tradition a sexy makeover

Kashmiri motifs on capes, kanjivaram in linen, kalamkari on wool. Two design houses are giving tradition a chic spin

Taroob’s Mughal Darbar shawl incorporates kalamkari on wool.
Updated on Jan 19, 2024 04:20 PM IST

Get to know... Meiyang Chang

The actor, television host, and singer wishes he had more than one heart and misses Sundays alone on boarding school campus

Chang is currently listening to Siva Tere, by Madhubanti Bagchi; One Love, by Shubh; everything by Vishal Bhardwaj.
Updated on Jan 05, 2024 06:23 PM IST

Light, bright, modern: Home decor trends for 2024

The future is bright. Decor trends for 2024 promise light, simple, but not-quite-minimalist living. Here’s how to style it right

Rely on your taste in art to give a space a personalised feel. Contemporary art pieces brings in vibrancy. Or choose an unusual piece with subtle textures that divulge secrets only to keen viewers. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Dec 29, 2023 03:40 PM IST

Get to know... Suhani Shah

Magician and YouTuber (@TheSuhaniShah) was first captivated by magic tricks on a Sunday TV show and is enjoying life after fame

Magician Suhani Shah checks her family WhatsApp group before going to bed.
Updated on Dec 15, 2023 04:18 PM IST

Get to know... Danish Sait

The comedian (@DanishSait) would never buy followers and prefers to live in the present than time travel

The last thing Danish Sait ordered online? Cat collars.
Updated on Nov 24, 2023 03:48 PM IST

Get to know... Konkona Sen Sharma

The actor and filmmaker is missing singing lessons on Sunday, is always craving something salty, and wishes she could be invisible

The actor wishes she had the superpower to turn invisible. (Photo credits : Stylist: Damini Das (@damini_styles), Shot by: Gourab Ganguli (@gourabganguli) Hair: Nimisha Shah (@nimishashah210), Make-up: Tenzin Seldon (@tenzinseldon_)
Updated on Nov 10, 2023 03:42 PM IST

Listicle: 10 pop-culture presents for every kind of superfan, even you

Tacky socks with scenes from The Office, Thor waffles and IYKYK memorabilia from Dune, LOTR and more. Here are 10 gifts that honour true fandom

You can stay at Shrek's swamp in Scotland.
Updated on Oct 27, 2023 04:46 PM IST

Green scene: Rental-home decor that’s kind to the walls and the Earth

When furnishing rental homes, invest in high-quality, portable furniture and embrace minimalism. Here's how

Invest in portable furniture that can be arranged differently in a new space, rather than be created to fit a specific corner. (ADOBE STOCK)
Updated on Oct 27, 2023 04:39 PM IST

All about me: Why a humblebrag is still a drag

You’re not modest if you have to tell the world you are. To hell with humility! Celebrate your wins

On the Beckham documentary, Victoria Beckham claims she grew up working class. David gets her to admit she went to school in a Rolls-Royce.
Updated on Oct 20, 2023 03:40 PM IST

Get to know... Divya Dutta

The actor and model would love Aladdin's lamp and three wishes, and is currently craving tiramisu and remembering how she bumped into Shahrukh Khan

Divya is listening to Madhubala by Amit Trivedi, Rimjhim Gire Saawan by Pancham Da, Love Me For A Reason by Boyzone.
Updated on Oct 20, 2023 04:02 PM IST

Easel does it: Meet amateur sketchers documenting Indian cities as they change

The groups, which meet on Sunday, draw on hidden heritage in Delhi, fading icons in Mumbai, markets and temples in Pune. We're struggling to keep up, they say.

Drawings of Delhi’s Chandni Chowk and Lodhi art district and (above right) the distinctive mill-era chawls of Mumbai.
Updated on Oct 14, 2023 07:23 PM IST

Don’t be soirée: The introvert’s guide to enjoying a party

Parties are hard work for introverts. Here’s how to prep and actually enjoy a chill night out with (gasp!) lots of people

Brace for questions at parties. Good hosts will do their best to draw everyone in, as with Kapoor & Sons. But they’re also listening to cues.
Updated on Sep 29, 2023 03:48 PM IST

Get to know... Aparshakti Khurana

The actor, RJ, comedian and singer will find inventive ways to make every question about food. Someone give him a cookie!

Aparshakti Khurana on always craving chole bhature.
Updated on Sep 22, 2023 03:48 PM IST

Bright spots and shadow lines: Meet an artist who paints with sunlight

Vignesh uses a magnifying glass to burn intricate patterns into wood. He came to this art form while ‘stuck in a dark tunnel’, he tells Tanisha Saxena.

Vignesh’s most intricate work so far is a replica of the 900-year-old elephant-and-bull optical illusion carved in stone at the Airavatesvara temple in Kumbakonam.
Updated on Aug 05, 2023 08:36 PM IST

Get to know... Anup Singh

Writer and filmmaker Anup Singh talks about his high and low points in life, his current projects, favorite quote, and more in a short interview.

Get to know... Anup Singh
Updated on Aug 10, 2023 08:07 PM IST

Work hack: How to make Mondays less manic

Can Bare Minimum Mondays change the way we feel about the first day of the week? Here’s how to flip the week around

TikToker Marissa Jo Mayes popularised Bare Minimum Mondays, a way to do less, not more, on a Monday to avoid burnout.
Updated on Jul 25, 2023 02:19 PM IST

Temper your tantrum: Can rage rooms help you let off steam?

Rage rooms are a roaring success. But are they making anger management issues better or worse? We examine the issue calmly

Studies indicate that physical violence can be cathartic. But the stress release is short-lived. The dopamine rush could build up to an addiction. Or make you angrier. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Jul 21, 2023 05:17 PM IST

Get to know... Shashank Arora

Actor and musician Shashank Arora talks about the success of his latest release, the food he’s craving and his most star-struck moments

Actor and musician Shashank Arora is thinking about splurging on that big holiday to Monaco.
Updated on Jul 20, 2023 02:35 PM IST

Meet the nurse with a Padma Shri who lived, worked with a remote Andaman tribe

Shanti Teresa Lakra stayed put even after the 2004 tsunami; helped save a child who weighed 900 gm at birth. She was recently shortlisted for a global award.

It would sometimes get lonely, Lakra says. ‘I would read the Bible and recite poems to myself... All these years later, I realise that I am not always able to communicate fluently in either Hindi or English. I sometimes run out of appropriate words.’ (HT Photo: Sanchit Khanna)
Updated on Jul 28, 2023 12:55 PM IST
ByTanisha Saxena

Drawing with GPS: How a wheelchair helped set a world record

Sujith Varghese now holds the record for largest GPS drawing made using a wheelchair. It reflect his core belief: that a wheelchair can go down almost any road.

It’s not about disability or wheelchairs alone, Varghese says. ‘Anyone can receive news for which they are not prepared.’ What does one do next? He wants his life to be proof that the answer can be: Almost anything.
Updated on Aug 03, 2023 02:37 PM IST
ByTanisha Saxena

Temper your tantrum: Can rage rooms help you let off steam?

Rage rooms are a roaring success. But are they making anger management issues better or worse? We examine the issue calmly

Studies indicate that physical violence can be cathartic. But the stress release is short-lived. The dopamine rush could build up to an addiction. Or make you angrier. (Shutterstock)
Updated on May 19, 2023 08:01 PM IST
ByTanisha Saxena

Get to know... Actor Tillotama Shome

Actor Tillotama Shome's playlist includes Arooj Aftab?s album and Ud Jayega Hans Akela by Kumar Gandharva, and her favorite app before bed is The Weather Channel. She craves almond lemon cake from Maya Ne Banaya and wishes she had a carpet to travel without losing time.

The actor spills the beans on her online purchases, the app she checks before going to bed and what she won’t leave the house without. (Photo by Prabhat Shetty; Styling by Who Wore What When; Pantsuit by Aroka; Jewellery by Foundtree; Shoes by Christian Louboutin)
Updated on May 05, 2023 09:06 PM IST
ByTanisha Saxena

Sweet stuff of success: How KR Bhaskar rolled out a puran poli empire

The son of impoverished farmers, Bhaskar started working in eateries at age 10. He opened a stall at 23, now owns two chains, and featured on Shark Tank India.

Bhaskar’s chains now offer 24 types of puran poli, including chocolate, jackfruit and coconut (above). ‘I still like to make some myself, on festival days,’ he says.
Updated on Jul 27, 2023 11:30 PM IST
ByTanisha Saxena

‘I wanted to keep them like my babies’: A Wknd interview with orchid man AN Rao

He started out wanting to discover at least one new species; he found 35 in as many years in the north-east. He has now received a Padma Shri for his efforts.

Abbareddy Nageswara Rao and two of the endemic species he discovered: (From top) The Thrixspermum indicum, which grows on other plants; and the Cymbidium henbungense, which spends most of its life underground.
Updated on Aug 03, 2023 02:09 PM IST
ByTanisha Saxena

The joy paradox: Why does happiness seem so elusive?

A global project based in India invites people to see the joy hidden in their photo folders. We’ve made it complicated; need to keep it simple, is its message.

The Happiness Strategy Foundation is organising national and global happiness photo contests. Above is a winning image submitted by Digen from Gujarat.
Updated on Aug 04, 2023 04:55 PM IST
ByTanisha Saxena
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