Articles by Vanessa Viegas
Air India and the 747: Emperors that carried palaces in the sky
Each of the early planes had a name. Their interiors reflected India’s opulent heritage. They helped put Air India in the league of the world’s best airlines.
Updated on Mar 31, 2023 08:14 PM IST
Flying colours: A tribute to the Boeing 747
The last one rolled out in January. The age of the jumbo jet is officially over. See how this plane altered the map of the world,in the golden age of aviation.
Updated on Mar 31, 2023 07:57 PM IST
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For the record: A Wknd interview with historian Anita Anand of Empire
She has the popular podcast, Empire, with William Dalrymple; three books on India’s entwined history with Britain and a fourth one in the works. For too long, colonisers depicted themselves as heroes and Indians were in the backdrop of their own story, says the British historian of Indian origin. She’s now unearthing forgotten tales, placing new heroes and heroines in the spotlight.
Updated on Mar 04, 2023 04:00 PM IST
ByVanessa Viegas and Tanisha Saxena
What is a genome, anyway? The myths, a timeline and links to the stars
From the simple fruit fly to the Neanderthal and then the human race, see how the genome map evolved, spawning myths and providing missing links along the way.
Published on Feb 24, 2023 06:58 PM IST
Inner piece: The final secrets of the human genome
For 20 years, scientists have been trying to read the final hazy strings of DNA that comprise the human genome. They finally finished last year, bringing us one step closer to understanding what makes us human. The newly mapped sequences can help us learn more about cancers, birth defects, how our ape ancestors fared, what separates us all and connects us all too. See how it all unfolded, and where Indian science fits in.
Updated on Feb 24, 2023 06:53 PM IST
Grey matter: Are colours fading from our world?
A hotly contested study argued, in 2020, that manmade objects were turning to darker shades — greys and blacks. See why the researchers may have been right, and how colour is leaching from our natural world as well.
Updated on Feb 11, 2023 04:37 PM IST
Potion control: The simplest guide to great skin right now
It’s easy to get lost in a sea of skincare recommendations
Published on Feb 11, 2023 01:08 AM IST
HT Brunch Cover Story: Saba has you covered
The musician, actor and girl boss is set to amp up your weekend with book, screen, style and music recommendations
Published on Jan 27, 2023 08:52 PM IST
ByBy Vanessa Viegas
Every season gets the blues: A denim timeline
It’s been 150 years since the first blue jeans rolled out of a Levi’s factory. Then came the experiments, and errors — glitter and bling, balloony waists, skinny bottoms. Take a look.
Updated on Jan 27, 2023 08:34 PM IST
What to watch, read, tune in to: Wknd’s pop-culture-driven guide to 2023
This is set to be a year of turning points, major face-offs, changes in how we eat, what we watch, where we play. There’s big news from the worlds of space exploration, Barbie, and King Charles. Where can you learn more? What should you be watching, reading, tuning in to? Take a look.
Updated on Jan 07, 2023 01:24 PM IST
ByNatasha Rego and Vanessa Viegas
All you need is laugh: Meet some of 2022’s top viral video-content creators
At the end of a tough year, one in which we limped back into a new normal, here’s a tip of the hat to the video-content creators who brought us the most joy: a hysterical Parsi trying to learn Marathi, a Gen-Z-er wanting to live-stream her kidnapping, a Mangaluru girl in a battle of the tongues. Meet our Top 5.
Updated on Dec 24, 2022 09:29 PM IST
Glazing at the future: Inside India’s studio glass movement
Look closely at India’s glassmaking wave and you’ll spot glimpses of post-war America. There’s art, innovation, new tech, and a delicate hope for tomorrow.
Updated on Oct 29, 2022 02:41 PM IST
Rewind to the studio glass movement of 1950s USA
A renaissance in glass occurred in post-war America, with masters from Italy, Sweden and Czechoslovakia sharing closely guarded secrets and new tech driving innovation.
Updated on Oct 29, 2022 01:34 PM IST
Are your secrets costing you more than you know?
New research shows that each of us, at any time, is carrying about five secrets that we have told no one. Take a look at the science of why sharing secrets helps, and the price you could be paying for holding them in.
Updated on Oct 22, 2022 02:13 PM IST
Is this seat taken? A time-lapse look at the chairs of India
From the pharaohs to the Ancient Greeks and Mughal emperors, this piece of furniture has shaped posture and posturing. As a new book explores how chair evolved here, take a look at five iconic and familiar designs.
Updated on Oct 15, 2022 04:50 PM IST
And the winner is...? See how India’s indie films are wowing the world
As Wknd celebrates Indian indie cinema, check out five films that have found wins and fans at film festivals around the world.
Updated on Oct 07, 2022 05:37 PM IST
The long shot: How independent Indian filmmakers are making their mark
There’s been a great unspooling. Indian indie films are making waves at international festivals, finding new audiences on streaming platforms and in theatres. But it’s still a struggle to stand out amid the large numbers and the noise of the mainstream. What are the storytellers doing differently in order to compete better? And is it working? Take a look.
Updated on Oct 08, 2022 12:32 PM IST
Now streaming in India: The world’s longest river cruise
The Ganga Vilas will float 4,000 km, from Varanasi across to West Bengal, the Sundarbans, then Dhaka in Bangladesh, sailing into the Brahmaputra and Assam before returning to Varanasi.
Updated on Sep 17, 2022 04:57 PM IST
Bound by blood: ‘Vampires’ in the real world
The vampiric community, numbering in the thousands, is spread across classes, races, geographies and genders. They take blood (1 tbsp or 2 every couple of weeks), or energy, from willing donors. See what makes a ‘vampire’ a ‘vampire’, and how the subculture evolved.
Updated on Sep 16, 2022 07:05 PM IST
The Indian ghoul guide: Monsters of our making
There are bloodsuckers galore in Indian lore: The mischievous vetala that hangs upside-down from trees, flesh-eating pishachas, the night sorceress chedipe who only attacks men.
Updated on Sep 16, 2022 06:49 PM IST
The newest hits: K-pop without the K
A number of hot new Korean bands have no members from South Korea. South Asian artists dominate, as the focus shifts from showcasing home culture to wooing the world.
Updated on Aug 27, 2022 03:36 PM IST
What purpose do dreams serve? The science is stranger than the fantasy fiction
One man’s nightmares gave us The Sandman, a world in which the creator of all dreams struggles to control them. That’s the popular comic, now also a Netflix show. But what does the latest science say, about the abiding mystery of why we dream?
Updated on Aug 27, 2022 03:12 PM IST
Forgiveness vs revenge: Should you just... let it go?
Science is now confirming what the prophets have always preached: that it is better to forgive than seek revenge. But what about forgiveness done wrong? Take a look
Updated on Aug 26, 2022 07:48 PM IST
Shots fired: A Wknd interview with Ma Anand Sheela
She’s been a key aide to spiritual guru Osho, a convict doing time for attempted murder, a viral sensation, now a philanthropic caregiver. How should others see her? Any way they want; it’s not my problem, it’s theirs, says Sheela, 72, who was in Mumbai recently to promote her latest book.
Updated on Aug 05, 2022 06:38 PM IST
Skating in a sari: Meet South Asians shattering stereotypes abroad
Reels of a Bharatanatyam-hip hop hybrid, a couple skiing in a sari and veshti, a woman skating in nine yards, are going viral, offering new takes on traditions and adding a dash of colour to other cultures too.
Updated on Jul 30, 2022 03:18 PM IST
Mumbai will host Lollapalooza next January
In Chicago, where the festival is held from July 28-31, Metallica, Dua Lipa, J. Cole, and Green Day are performing
Published on Jul 28, 2022 12:24 AM IST
She sleuths to conquer: A new murder mystery is set in Bangalore of the 1920s
Harini Nagendra’s debut novel is focused on a 19-year-old homemaker-turned-amateur detective. But it also offers glimpses of a very different Bengaluru, a pre-Independence India, and the sisterhood of women in a rapidly changing country.
Updated on Jul 09, 2022 12:49 PM IST
Will your love keep you alive? Couples’ games test levels of collaboration, care
How well would you and your partner cope in a world of angry monsters, life-and-death decisions, danger and deprivation? New videogames offer a different kind of role-play.
Updated on Jul 09, 2022 10:46 AM IST
Punching out: Burnout simmers in songs, books, videogames
In tales by Graham Greene and Herman Melville, lyrics by Green Day and a videogame released in 2016, artists fantasise about escaping the grind.
Updated on Jul 01, 2022 10:25 PM IST
At the brink of burnout? Here’s why hustling harder isn’t the way out
‘Burnout is primarily a relationship crisis between people and workplaces. And relationship problems require relationship solutions,’ says researcher Michael Leiter. Take a look at ways in which you and your workplace could collaborate to find a real fix.
Updated on Jul 01, 2022 10:17 PM IST