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Donna Summer: 10th death anniversary of disco legend

  • The sultry Queen of Disco, who during childhood moved churchgoers to tears with her gospel singing, succumbed to lung cancer 10 years ago today.
Donna Summer: a decade since disco legend's death
Donna Summer: a decade since disco legend's death
Published on May 17, 2022 09:14 PM IST
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Home interior decor tips: 6 ways to give your home minimalistic vibes

By its very nature minimalism requires a high degree of organization and lack of clutter. If that is something that you are craving for then these minimalist interior design tips are just what you need to create a home that’s free of clutter but still combines character and warmth 
Home interior decor tips: 6 ways to give your home minimalistic vibes (Photo by Fábio Hanashiro on Unsplash)
Home interior decor tips: 6 ways to give your home minimalistic vibes (Photo by Fábio Hanashiro on Unsplash)
Updated on May 16, 2022 08:04 PM IST
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ByZarafshan Shiraz, Delhi

Menstrual leave: A blessing or a curse?

  • Spain could become the first European country to institute special time off for coping with severe menstruation. In places where such period leave is already in place, women say it helps. But there is criticism.
Severe menstrual symptoms interfere with work for at least one in five women, according to some sources(Robert Kneschke/Zoonar/picture alliance)
Severe menstrual symptoms interfere with work for at least one in five women, according to some sources(Robert Kneschke/Zoonar/picture alliance)
Published on May 16, 2022 11:50 AM IST
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By, Delhi

Home interior decor tips: Nascent interior trends for spring/summer 2022

As we sweat our way into summers, why not give our living space a chilling new detour? If you’ve been re-envisioning the look and feel of your living space or upping the luck to start off the new season, here are some amazing ways to deck up your home without spending a lot of money
Home interior decor tips: Nascent interior trends for spring/summer 2022 (Photo by Curology on Unsplash)
Home interior decor tips: Nascent interior trends for spring/summer 2022 (Photo by Curology on Unsplash)
Updated on May 16, 2022 05:43 PM IST
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ByZarafshan Shiraz, Delhi

Another side to summer: The Way We Were by Poonam Saxena

It’s hotter now, but the summers have always been scorching in north India. So how did people manage in the days before air-conditioning? With inventiveness, adaptation and great company.
A scene from the TV series A Suitable Boy (2020), set in Lucknow in 1951. Summer nights were spent gathered in open spaces for games of cards or a musical performance.
A scene from the TV series A Suitable Boy (2020), set in Lucknow in 1951. Summer nights were spent gathered in open spaces for games of cards or a musical performance.
Updated on May 14, 2022 03:29 PM IST
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A lot of sweet nothings: Swetha Sivakumar on sugar-free highs

The body does not metabolise artificial sweeteners, which is why they are among the few things that are truly zero-calorie. But even with no calories, there are risks to overusing sugar substitutes.
Which of these treats was made using an artificial sweetener? The answer could be any, or all. (Shutterstock)
Which of these treats was made using an artificial sweetener? The answer could be any, or all. (Shutterstock)
Updated on May 14, 2022 03:13 PM IST
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BySwetha Sivakumar

Table manors: Meet seven immigrant women who helped change how America eats

A new book, Taste Makers, stars seven women from different countries (including India) who fought to have their food cultures acknowledged and embraced in the US. ‘People ask how America became this melting pot. I want to show how there was great struggle involved,’ author Mayukh Sen says.
Julie Sahni moved from India to the US in the 1960s and was a dancer, an architect and a city planner before she became a chef. Her cookbook Classic Indian Cooking (1980) was a proud showcase of India’s many cuisines, and became a handbook for Indian women struggling to recreate the flavours of home in North America at the time.
Julie Sahni moved from India to the US in the 1960s and was a dancer, an architect and a city planner before she became a chef. Her cookbook Classic Indian Cooking (1980) was a proud showcase of India’s many cuisines, and became a handbook for Indian women struggling to recreate the flavours of home in North America at the time.
Updated on May 14, 2022 03:07 PM IST
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ByCherylann Mollan

Ṭallī, kuṛī, baniyān: The intriguing story of where our words come from

There are Arabic words in your pocket, Portuguese hidden in your bathroom, even the kurī isn’t from Punjab. As we continue to discover more about what we’ve borrowed, what we lent, take a look at linguistics professor Abhishek Avtans’s list of 25 Indian words with interesting stories to tell.
 (HT Illustrations: Jayachandran)
(HT Illustrations: Jayachandran)
Updated on May 14, 2022 02:52 PM IST
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ByAbhishek Avtans & Rachel Lopez

How two Ukrainian art dealers rescued valuable paintings

  • Both managed to save contemporary artworks from their gallery and transported them from Kyiv to Munich, where Ievgen Petrov's paintings are now on show.
Oleksandr Shcheluschenko and Katharina Vozianova managed to save artworks that were in Kyiv(Kateryna Vozianova/Oleksandr Shcheluschenko )
Oleksandr Shcheluschenko and Katharina Vozianova managed to save artworks that were in Kyiv(Kateryna Vozianova/Oleksandr Shcheluschenko )
Published on May 14, 2022 11:54 AM IST
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Set and match: Ludo meets chess in a new game called Squarace

It wasn’t easy bringing the two ancient Indian games together. One hinges on luck, the other on strategy. But the hybrid is endless fun for the family, say the ISRO engineer and businessman who created it.
In Squarace, created by Dhirendra Rawat and Ajitesh Sharma with help from Shilpa Sharma, the pieces move as they would in chess, but pace depends on the roll of the die.
In Squarace, created by Dhirendra Rawat and Ajitesh Sharma with help from Shilpa Sharma, the pieces move as they would in chess, but pace depends on the roll of the die.
Updated on May 14, 2022 02:50 PM IST
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ByNatasha Rego

Keeping score: How to judge a gaming world

There is no one definitive version of a video game. Each game changes with its players, and with time. The best way to review them is as worlds in flux, says K Narayanan.
One cannot review a game such as Elden Ring without accounting for the vast impact of the community of players. Already, for instance, a player called Let Me Solo Her is helping strangers defeat game boss Malenia (above).
One cannot review a game such as Elden Ring without accounting for the vast impact of the community of players. Already, for instance, a player called Let Me Solo Her is helping strangers defeat game boss Malenia (above).
Updated on May 13, 2022 08:15 PM IST
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ByK Narayanan

Spotted in the wild: A Wknd interview with Charudutt Mishra, snow leopard man

Mishra, 51, recently won his second Whitley award (also called the Green Oscars). See how, over 25 years, he reached into villages and across borders to build a network of residents, governments and ecologists committed to protecting the elusive and vulnerable big cat.
 (Photo: Prasenjeet Yadav)
(Photo: Prasenjeet Yadav)
Updated on May 13, 2022 08:11 PM IST
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ByNatasha Rego

Tokyo's stylish public toilets inspire filmmaker Wim Wenders

  • The German director is making a film about public restrooms designed by renowned architects. The high-end toilets are the symbol of "Japan's world-renowned hospitality culture."
The cubicles are transparent — until they are occupied(Kyodo News/IMAGO)
The cubicles are transparent — until they are occupied(Kyodo News/IMAGO)
Updated on May 12, 2022 07:29 PM IST
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Home interior decor tips: Things you should avoid when decorating your home

Since renovations can be pricey, it's critical to make well-informed decisions that will last for years when designing your dream home. Here's a list of the most common decorating mistakes to avoid while decorating your home
Home interior decor tips: Things you should avoid when decorating your home (Photo by Roberto Nickson on Unsplash)
Home interior decor tips: Things you should avoid when decorating your home (Photo by Roberto Nickson on Unsplash)
Updated on May 12, 2022 12:21 PM IST
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ByZarafshan Shiraz, Delhi

India Design 2022: Sustainability to shine at this design show in Delhi

India Design ID is back after a two-year hiatus with exhibits and awards to celebrate design excellence.
The four-day event will see the participation of around 75 architects and interior designers from across the world. (Photo: Raajessh Kashyap/HT)
The four-day event will see the participation of around 75 architects and interior designers from across the world. (Photo: Raajessh Kashyap/HT)
Published on May 12, 2022 11:41 AM IST
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BySiddhi Jain, New Delhi

Author Sreedhar Bevara: A leader’s job is to get the less capable to roar!

From a street vendor in a small town in India to a corporate leader enabling others via the written word, author Sreedhar Bevara’s story of resilience and success is one to get inspired by.
Author Sreedhar Bevara has written two books on life and leadership. His second leadership book, The Roaring Lambs, is a fable about finding the leader in oneself.
Author Sreedhar Bevara has written two books on life and leadership. His second leadership book, The Roaring Lambs, is a fable about finding the leader in oneself.
Updated on May 12, 2022 11:03 AM IST
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BySiddhi Jain, New Delhi

Home interior decor tip: 4 themes to look out for to redecorate home this summer

Want to celebrate the summer sun with some lively and uplifting decor? Check out these top summer home decor ideas to make sure your home feels as refreshing as a glass of freshly squeezed lemon juice on a hot summer day.
Home interior decor tips: 4 themes you should look out for to redecorate your home this summer (Pixabay)
Home interior decor tips: 4 themes you should look out for to redecorate your home this summer (Pixabay)
Updated on May 12, 2022 10:41 AM IST
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ByZarafshan Shiraz, Delhi

Artistic expressions and Covid tales come alive at this show in Delhi

Exhibition Naam-o-Nishan focuses on the idea of individuality. It has 50 artists from across India, participating in the event that brings together various traditions and indigenous cultures through more than 150 artworks.
An artwork, Confrontation by Collins Osemeke, displayed at the exhibition, highlights socio-political challenges in a light profile.
An artwork, Confrontation by Collins Osemeke, displayed at the exhibition, highlights socio-political challenges in a light profile.
Published on May 11, 2022 12:49 PM IST
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ByAngela Paljor, New Delhi

Art in exile: Afghan Sara Nabil fights for women's rights

  • Radical and direct: Afghan artist Sara Nabil employs her art to denounce women's oppression in her home country. Kunsthalle Mannheim is now showing her works.
Afghan artist Sara Nabil screams life into her performances(Sara Nabil )
Afghan artist Sara Nabil screams life into her performances(Sara Nabil )
Published on May 10, 2022 04:32 PM IST
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New Bob Dylan Center explores his creative process

  • The center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is dedicated to the cultural significance of the elusive songwriter, and houses over 100,000 items from the musician's archives.
The center includes elaborate multimedia installations dedicated to the songs 'Tangled Up in Blue' and 'Jokerman'(Bob Dylan Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma)
The center includes elaborate multimedia installations dedicated to the songs 'Tangled Up in Blue' and 'Jokerman'(Bob Dylan Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma)
Published on May 10, 2022 03:49 PM IST
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Andy Warhol's Marilyn Monroe portrait sold for record USD 195 million

  • Pre-sale estimates for "Shot Sage Blue Marilyn" went as high as $200 million. The auctioneers have described the portrait as "one of the best of all time."
Warhol's painting received the highest price for any American work of art sold at auction(Carlo Allegri/REUTERS )
Warhol's painting received the highest price for any American work of art sold at auction(Carlo Allegri/REUTERS )
Published on May 10, 2022 01:30 PM IST
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Why do humans eat so much meat?

  • We know the current meat and dairy industry are harming our planet and that eating too much animal protein can even be bad for our health. So why do humans continue eating meat?
Archaelogical evidence of butchering animals may not indicate that meat was key to human evolution after all(Karen Carr/Smithsonian )
Archaelogical evidence of butchering animals may not indicate that meat was key to human evolution after all(Karen Carr/Smithsonian )
Published on May 09, 2022 04:36 PM IST
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Documenta cancels talks amid antisemitism row

  • The 2022 edition of the world-famous contemporary art show has suddenly axed discussions on the topic of artistic freedom, which had planned to address accusations of antisemitism.
The 15th edition of Documenta has been plagued with claims of antisemitism(Andreas Fischer/epd-bild )
The 15th edition of Documenta has been plagued with claims of antisemitism(Andreas Fischer/epd-bild )
Published on May 08, 2022 05:06 PM IST
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Mother’s Day: Delhi-based artistic mums nurture love for the arts in heirs

Got it your your mum? Yes, that’s what these Delhi-based mother-child duos say as they tell us how the mums’ artistic legacy has shaped their offsprings’ careers.
Dakshina Vaidyanathan Baghel and Rama Vaidyanathan share how passion for Bharatanatyam runs in the family.
Dakshina Vaidyanathan Baghel and Rama Vaidyanathan share how passion for Bharatanatyam runs in the family.
Updated on May 08, 2022 11:36 AM IST
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BySiddhi Jain, New Delhi

Watching Karl Lagerfeld's estate go under the hammer

  • On the day Diego Maradona's football jersey fetched a record sum at Sotheby's London, DW's Brenda Haas went to the auction house's Cologne branch to watch her first auction.
Caroline Lang presides over the auction of Karl Lagerfeld's estate(Rolf Vennenbernd/dpa/picture alliance)
Caroline Lang presides over the auction of Karl Lagerfeld's estate(Rolf Vennenbernd/dpa/picture alliance)
Published on May 07, 2022 04:04 PM IST
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Where ‘they’ ends and ‘we’ begins: Charles Assisi on AI

An artificial-intelligence-driven future is now a given. Why not embrace programs that write, paint, create? They free us up to do more in our short lives.
Real and virtual merge in the plot of the 2013 film Her, in which Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) falls in love with his AI operating system. Here, he plays an immersive video game in this near-future world.
Real and virtual merge in the plot of the 2013 film Her, in which Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) falls in love with his AI operating system. Here, he plays an immersive video game in this near-future world.
Updated on May 07, 2022 02:18 PM IST
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ByCharles Assisi

At the end of her rope? The Wknd Puzzle by Dilip D’Souza

Sharvari the ant is asking the age-old question: Are we there yet? The rope she’s walking across keeps stretching out in front of her. Can she get to the other side?
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Updated on May 07, 2022 02:17 PM IST
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ByDilip D’Souza

Here’s why you really must befriend a bore

The tag is hard to shake, and comes with others. A new study finds that people considered boring are also more likely to be considered less competent, less warm, less befriendable.
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Updated on May 07, 2022 02:08 PM IST
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Inside the mind of the cereal filler: Swetha Sivakumar on breakfasts

Packaged cereals have changed and changed again, since they were first invented by Dr John Kellogg in 1896. Today’s packs have sugar, and lots of it; most have little or no wheat. There are also muesli and granola to consider. Which is best? Take a look.
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(Shutterstock)
Updated on May 07, 2022 02:00 PM IST
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BySwetha Sivakumar
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