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It happened to me too: First-person accounts from Indian UFO enthusiasts

The US has reported the most such sightings, but India has had its fair share too. Here are tales of encounters with red discs, levitating aliens, lights in the sky and more.

What is that! Fox Mulder in The X-Files.
Updated on Jul 03, 2021 03:11 PM IST

Hello from the other side: What the aliens on our screens say about us

The US report on UFOs is out and, predictably, adds little of substance to the argument. But our long-standing obsession with ETs has yielded a rich imagined universe anyway. In it are tales of destruction, conquest, love, horror and, ultimately, our greatest hopes, fears and flaws.

An obsession with extra-terrestrial life that dates back to ancient pagan myth got a further boost with the invention of cinema. As technology improved, societies were transformed, and fresh scientific discoveries were added to the mix, the aliens of our making evolved. (Photo imaging: Puneet Kumar)
Updated on Jul 03, 2021 03:09 PM IST

Pick a hobby that unlocks a new you: Life Hacks by Charles Assisi

I was reminded of an oft-forgotten truth, during a recent conversation: What we do for fun should free us, not become another chore.

A still from Coco (2017), a tale of passion, self-discovery and love. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Jul 03, 2021 03:11 PM IST
ByCharles Assisi

Seek the truth: The Wknd Puzzle by Dilip D’Souza

Can you spot the lies masquerading as clues in this otherworldly tale? And can you untangle the twist at the end?

Updated on Jul 03, 2021 03:12 PM IST
ByBy Dilip D’Souza

An anonymous artist is calling out regressive practices within marriage

Smish Designs displayed her feminist art at a Mumbai gallery in March and is now posting on Instagram too. ‘Talking about the disadvantages of being an Indian married woman should be normalised. It’s a lived experience for a good fraction of the population,’ she says.

A bruised bride in a wedding portrait serves as a statement on domestic violence. (Smish Designs)
Updated on Jul 03, 2021 03:13 PM IST

Winning is great. But are you prepared for what comes next?

The pressure to stay in the race, meet ever-larger goals, ultimately takes its toll. Unless you break the cycle early.

After acing a dance reality show at 19, Tejasvi Patil found herself in an endless loop of tryouts for other shows. She’s given up that race to focus on videos, shoots and pursuits that make her feel fulfilled, she says. (Maitreyi More)
Updated on Jul 03, 2021 03:13 PM IST
ByCherylann Mollan

Decoding the mystery of tumbling track records

12 records in athletics have fallen this year due to talent, shoes and… Covid-19. Karsten Warholm broke the 400m hurdles world record by clocking 46.70 seconds at the Bislett Games in front of his home crowd in Oslo on Thursday.

Norway's Karsten Warholm celebrates after breaking the world record during the 400m hurdles men final at the Diamond League track and field meeting in Oslo. (AFP)
Updated on Jul 02, 2021 10:30 PM IST
ByRudraneil Sengupta

Euro 2020: Southgate effective, not effervescent

England have some incredible attacking talent in the squad but in none of the four games has flair been their strongest suit. Four goals scored and zero conceded rightly sums up England’s style of football: drab but effective

England manager Gareth Southgate with Harry Maguire and Harry Kane during training REUTERS/Lee Smith (REUTERS)
Updated on Jul 02, 2021 07:05 PM IST
ByBhargab Sarmah, Guwahati

How to make room for other people’s grief: A pandemic-era guide

At the workplace, the grocery store or in conversation, here’s how to accommodate those who have lost someone, without being grating, insensitive or awkward.

 (HT Illustration: Jayachandran)
Updated on Jul 02, 2021 07:37 PM IST
ByVanessa Viegas

Perhaps Clubhouse can help Bollywood keep it real, says Anupama Chopra

The audio-only, invitation-only app could be the antidote to the film world’s PR-managed and airbrushed publicity content.

Konkona Sen Sharma, Tara Sharma and Sandhya Mridul in the 2005 film Page 3, on the trials and perils of entertainment journalism. Social media would soon change the game. Now, Clubhouse and the pandemic are forcing Bollywood to rethink publicity strategy all over again.
Updated on Jul 02, 2021 07:36 PM IST

In the documentary Borderlands, snapshots from life along the faultlines

National Award-winning filmmaker Samarth Mahajan’s new work traces how India’s borders with Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Myanmar affect those living along them.

Alongside the external conflict of political borders, the film explores the internal conflict between communities, genders and within the individual.
Updated on Jul 02, 2021 07:33 PM IST
ByArun AK

Be kind, rewind: Cassettes are making a comeback

New releases in this format include music by sound artists, indie stars and icons like Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga and Dua Lipa.

Some of the cassettes in collector and businessman Nishant Mittal’s collection.
Updated on Jul 03, 2021 02:45 PM IST

Plot-twister. Reluctant star. Meet Tamil cinema’s Dhanush

He didn’t want to be an actor. Reed thin and gangly, it wasn’t hard to see why. But what Dhanush has done, over two decades and 40 films, is carve out a niche in an industry with little room for unusual men.

Dhanush was born Venkatesh Prabhu Kasthuri Raja. He took on his first role at 16, so unwillingly that the tale of how his father (director and producer Kasthuri Raja) forced him into it is now film lore. (Getty Images)
Updated on Jul 02, 2021 07:38 PM IST
ByKarishma Upadhyay

Keeping people, not profits, at the centre of reforms

Wealth is the monetisation of value created by the working class with their toil. Respect these value creators first

Farmers’ supporters protest against the three farm laws outside Raj Niwas on completion of seven months of farmers’ agitation in New Delhi on June 26. (ANI)
Updated on Jul 02, 2021 04:40 PM IST

When students can’t study

The lack of digital access is closely linked with structural issues of regional disparity, class divide, caste, and gender. It will also deepen these divisions

Representational image. (Satish Bate/HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 02, 2021 03:44 PM IST
ByHT Editorial

The grim world of UP’s district politics

As a ruling party, the BJP’s win in UP local polls isn’t surprising, and reflects the distortions in local politics.

This is a power-begets-power story in rural India. A decentralised governance system has brought marginalised groups into power hierarchies, yet it is also becoming an enabler of political entrenchment(Deepak Gupta/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jul 04, 2021 09:12 PM IST
ByRahul Verma

Capturing Delhi’s unusual weather patterns this summer

That Delhi is experiencing a heatwave when it should have been raining is yet another example of unusual turn in Delhi’s weather. This newspaper has also, earlier, reported that Delhi climate created a new record every month since August 2020

Representational image. (Virendra Singh Gosain/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jul 02, 2021 03:30 PM IST
ByAbhishek Jha

After a dry run, the big splash

Swimmers Sajan Prakash and Srihari Nataraj set a marker for India by making the A cut for the Tokyo Olympic Games

Sajan Prakash had not swum since December 2019 when the beginning of the pandemic last year left him without access to a pool or a physio to continue his rehab. (AP)
Updated on Jul 02, 2021 02:49 PM IST
ByAvishek Roy, New Delhi

Remade in Inter, Lukaku aims for Italy

Romelu Lukaku’s 24 goals in the Serie A in the last season earned Inter Milan their first title in 11 years and was the Belgian’s first trophy as an adult.

Romelu Lukaku has scored three goals for Belgium at Euro 2020 and has been a highly influential part of the team. (Reuters)
Updated on Jul 01, 2021 11:21 PM IST
ByAditya Iyer (chief cricket writer), New Delhi

Boy done good: Making of the world’s youngest Grandmaster

The Indian-American boy from New Jersey achieved the feat at the age of 12 years, four months and 25 days breaking Sergey Karjakin’s record which stood for 19 years

According to uschess.org, Abhimanyu Mishra became the youngest International Master at the age of 10 years, nine months, and three days in November 2019. He broke the record previously held by GM Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa by 17 days. (Twitter/USAndIndia)
Updated on Jul 01, 2021 11:23 PM IST
By, New Delhi

From Tripura and the Nilgiris, a lesson for India

Local administrations in both regions had to overcome stiff challenges, particularly the remote location of many villages and a high level of vaccine hesitancy

Frontline workers wait for their health check up before getting inoculated with the Covid-19 vaccine in Chennai. (File photo)
Updated on Jul 01, 2021 05:13 PM IST
ByHT Editorial

For CCP, the era of seeking strength

According to the Party’s, and indeed Xi Jinping’s, historical narrative, the People’s Republic of China entered a new era after the 19th Party Congress in 2017. If earlier periods were marked by efforts to “stand up” and then “grow rich”, the new era is marked by the country “becoming strong”

Representational image. (REUTERS)
Updated on Jul 01, 2021 04:15 PM IST
ByManoj Kewalramani

When VP Singh worked to make Sonia Gandhi the PM in 2004

In his recent book, VP Singh, Chandrashekhar, Sonia Gandhi Aur Mein, former MP Santosh Bhartiya, known for his proximity to the two former PMs named in the title, gives a graphic account of how Singh played a key role in the run-up to the formation of the UPA government

Congress president Sonia Gandhi. (PTI)
Updated on Jul 01, 2021 04:29 PM IST
ByVinod Sharma

On gender equality, women need results over rhetoric

In Paris and online around the world, as activists and leaders come together again, it is time to start delivering on the promises made a generation ago in Beijing

representational image. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Published on Jul 01, 2021 03:57 PM IST
ByMelinda French Gates

As CCP celebrates its centenary, Mao’s hydraulic legacy lives on

The politburo is seizing on the patriotic celebrations to commence operation of the first unit of the Baihetan hydropower on the Jinsha river (upper Yangtse), the world’s second largest after the Three Gorges Dam

Representational image. (AFP)
Updated on Jul 01, 2021 03:56 PM IST
ByUttam Kumar Sinha

The possibilities, and limits, of a third front

Its architects will have to deal with internal contradictions, the role of Congress, and the question of leadership

Poll strategist and political consultant Prashant Kishor and Supriya Sule leave NCP chief Sharad Pawar's residence after meeting him, in Mumbai early June. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jul 01, 2021 04:01 PM IST

HT Explainer: The monsoon is on a break. What does it mean?

The slowing down of monsoon could lead to a dip in agriculture production at a time when economic indicators are weak and the pandemic is yet to be controlled. This will clearly have livelihood implications

New Delhi, India - June 20, 2021: A cloudy sky and a view of the Qutub Minar, at Mehrauli in New Delhi, India, on Sunday, June 20, 2021. (Photo by Amal KS/ Hindustan Times) (Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jul 01, 2021 12:57 PM IST

A year since the TikTok ban, India set to stay the course on Chinese apps

The decision sent ripples through the community of online users as TikTok, a fast-growing short-video streaming application, was on the list. TikTok, according to Bloomberg data, had nearly 200 million users in India last year

Representational image. (AFP)
Updated on Jul 01, 2021 12:15 PM IST
ByDeeksha Bhardwaj and Marika Gabriel

Retired hurt at wet Wimbledon

Two back-to-back mid-match injury withdrawals on Centre Court on the second day of the tournament have raised questions about the conditions at Wimbledon

Serena Williams falls to the ground during the women's singles first round match against Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus on day two of Wimbledon in London on Tuesday. (AP)
Updated on Jun 30, 2021 09:11 PM IST
ByRutvick Mehta, Mumbai

Record India Tokyo Olympics squad likely despite pandemic hurdle

India are expected to send their biggest contingent ever for the July 23-August 8 Games in Japan once a few remaining qualifying berths are known

Indian sprinter Dutee Chand. (Getty Images)
Updated on Jun 30, 2021 08:46 PM IST
ByAvishek Roy, New Delhi
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