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Rude Food by Vir Sanghvi: A spice-route detour

Updated on May 17, 2024 06:50 PM IST

More and more countries are discovering that packaged Indian spices are contaminated. Back home, they’re so convenient and trusted, we didn’t think to look closer. Its time to rework this recipe

Many of the spices tested by international agencies have showed high levels of pesticides, some of which were carcinogenic. (ADOBESTOCK)

Partners in crime: The women detective buddies we’re cheering for

What’s better than a woman detective? A team of two. New shows and films are making the most of the partnership, giving crime drama and comedy an edge

Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s women detectives Rosa and Amy solve their best cases without the men butting in.
Published on May 17, 2024 01:48 PM IST

Noodles, soup, extras: Here’s how to order the perfect ramen every time

Ramen experts Parth Bajaj, Navika Kapoor, and Kunal Dogra provide the ultimate guide to ramen, covering broth, noodles, toppings, and etiquette in Japan and South Korea.

A good ramen bowl is flavourful, packed with toppings, and has chewy noodles. (SHUTTERSTOCK)
Updated on May 17, 2024 01:41 PM IST
ByUrvee Modwel

Get to know... Sonam Kapoor

Actor and entrepreneur Sonam Kapoor (@sonamkapoor) is listening to Billie Eilish and Dua Lipa songs, wishing she could stop climate change, and craving pao bhaji.

Sonam Kapoor says she’s never been starstruck. (HT ARCHIVE/SATISH BATE)
Published on May 17, 2024 05:19 AM IST

Listicle: 10 band names that were a major flop

Even hitmakers can have epic fails. Here are 10 bands that named themselves in haste, only to repent at leisure

Death Cab for Cutie was named after a song by the ’60s Brit group Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band.
Published on May 17, 2024 05:19 AM IST
ByKarishma Kuenzang

Drawing Room: Why Hashim Badani loves Sudhir Patwardhan’s paintings

Sudhir Patwardhan’s works show a Mumbai that viewers may find familiar. But look closer. The details tell new tales, trigger universal questions

Sudhir Patwardhan paintings, such as Mumbai Proverbs’ Panels 1 – 5, present a Mumbai most people see but never closely notice.
Published on May 17, 2024 05:15 AM IST

A walk to remember: Rewind to India’s first fashion week 25 years ago

As India celebrates 25 years of Fashion Week, here’s your front-row seat to the first edition, in 2000. The models, the designs, the gossip, the backstage drama, and those after-parties!

The first Lakmé Fashion Week featured 33 designers over five days and was held at the Taj in Delhi. (HT ARCHIVES)
Published on May 17, 2024 05:06 AM IST

Convent clichés are all over our screens. But some nuns break the habit

There’s so much more to nuns and convent education than what shows up on screen. Why do the clichés persist?

In Sister Act (1992), Whoopi Goldberg played a woman who’s hiding out at a convent, pretending to be a nun.
Updated on May 17, 2024 09:20 AM IST
ByKarishma Kuenzang

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

This week, we’re afraid for the future of dating, trying to bear it all, oiling up, and questioning our empathies

Bumble founder Whitney Herd has said that the woman-focused dating app she invented is going to embrace AI.
Updated on May 17, 2024 09:18 AM IST
ByHT Brunch Team

Listicle: 10 cheats, frauds and con artists we can’t help but love

These 10 conmen and women are bad guys, but good at making us love them. We love a smooth operator. Admit it, so do you

Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson play partners in crime in The Hustle (2019).
Updated on May 10, 2024 06:20 PM IST
ByKarishma Kuenzang

Critics vs crowds: Whose opinion should you be listening to now?

Public opinion is fickle. But experts can be wrong too. Do ratings matter or just revenues? Here’s when to heed critics and when to follow the crowds

Dunki received lukewarm reviews from both the public and critics. People are not so easy to fool.
Updated on May 10, 2024 06:16 PM IST

Get to know... Malvika Sitlani

Malvika Sitlani (@MalvikaSitlaniOfficial) is excited for her daughter’s first birthday, secretly ambidextrous, and wants a glimpse of her future self

Malvika Sitlani’s favourite bad habit is online shopping at 2am.
Updated on May 10, 2024 06:21 PM IST
ByHT Brunch Team

Weekend Drive by Hormazd Sorabjee: Konkan coast, mileage boast

The Mercedes GLC 220d delivers on functionality and smooth steering, but its touch-sensitive switchgear needs work

The Mercedes GLC 220d is possibly the sportiest mainstream Mercedes SUV.
Updated on May 10, 2024 06:19 PM IST

Spectator by Seema Goswami: Notes from a branch manager

There’s not a seed of doubt: Plants and flowers teach us perseverance, patience and resilience. They may also be the key to leaving behind a legacy that lasts

Even small-scale gardening can create opportunities for life lessons. (ADOBE STOCK)
Updated on May 10, 2024 06:19 PM IST

Rude Food by Vir Sanghvi: All dessert, no oasis

The last page of Indian menus is in need of a makeover. The same standards dominate, only a few places do them well. Yet they reek of the sweet smell of success

Across restaurants in India, desserts have remained largely the same since decades, with little variation in taste. (ADOBE STOCK)
Updated on May 10, 2024 06:18 PM IST

On Mother’s Day, here’s why Soha Ali Khan believes mums laugh harder

Soha Ali Khan learnt how powerful laughter could be from her parents. Now, she's teaching her daughter the same tricks. See how the family gets its laughs

Soha Ali Khan, Kunal Khemu, and their six-year-old daughter, Inaaya, have different ideas of what’s funny. (PHOTOS: INSTAGRAM/@SAKPATAUDI)
Updated on May 10, 2024 06:18 PM IST
ByKarishma Kuenzang

Old city, new view: Heritage walks across India are getting creative

Mumbai through its poets, Bengaluru before techies took over, Chennai made magical through stories. Heritage walks are exploring brave new paths

Heritage walks across cities now incorporate poetry, anecdotes, surprises and memories.
Updated on May 10, 2024 06:16 PM IST
ByHT Brunch Team

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

This week, we’re rolling our eyes at rappers, courting trouble, waiting for Imran Khan, and making heart eyes at a new couple

Heeramandi has predictably gorgeous sets, opulent costumes, magical lighting... and no plot.
Updated on May 10, 2024 08:56 AM IST
ByHT Brunch Team

Get to know... Anjali Anand

Actor Anjali Anand is currently craving a chicken Frankie, working on three mystery projects, and crushing on Saif Ali Khan

Anjali Anand’s secret skill is knowing the hook steps to every song.
Updated on May 03, 2024 04:05 PM IST

Listicle: 10 weird things that are banned in different countries

Toys, prints, fruit, even gum. These 10 ordinary things that are forbidden within the borders of foreign nations

Kinder eggs have been banned in the US since 1997 because they are a choking hazard. (PHOTOS: SHUTTERSTOCK)
Updated on May 03, 2024 03:45 PM IST
ByKarishma Kuenzang

Drawing Room: Why Gauri Gill’s masked portraits excite Mira F Malhotra

Gauri Gill’s portraits showcase ordinary folks, doing ordinary things, but wearing extraordinary masks. See why the quirky series is more than what meets the eye

Gauri Gill’s photographs feature ordinary people with masks, made by folk artists from the Jowhar district of Maharashtra. (COPYRIGHT GAURI GILL)
Updated on May 06, 2024 05:27 PM IST

Spectator by Seema Goswami: Let’s not be selfie-ish

Eat, pray, love, pose for a photo. Holidays are less about living in the moment and more about documenting it to show off online. Why not make memories instead?

Instagram has changed how we holiday, dictating what we wear and how we pose for selfies. (SHUTTERSTOCK)
Updated on May 03, 2024 03:43 PM IST

Rude Food by Vir Sanghvi: Hear it from a reliable sauce

Rich in umami, a hint of sweetness, the sharpness from the fermentation. It is only now, after so many years, that India is finally tasting authentic soya sauce

Soya sauce was invented by the Chinese and taken to Japan by them. (SHUTTERSTOCK)
Updated on May 03, 2024 03:43 PM IST

He says, she says: Shweta Tripathi Sharma & Chaitnya Sharma on life + love

Best friends, partners & actors Shweta Tripathi Sharma and Chaitnya Sharma answered the same questions in their first joint interview. The results: Couple goals

The couple met in 2013 and fell in love aboard a flight from Delhi to Mumbai.
Updated on May 03, 2024 03:42 PM IST
ByUrvee Modwel

From call-waiting tunes to in-game music, AI is in your ear already

AI has been creating behind little tunes we hear every day. Could it create the next hit? Composers and engineers listen in

AI tools are getting closer and closer to creating music that sounds like the real thing. (SHUTTERSTOCK)
Updated on May 03, 2024 03:41 PM IST
ByKarishma Kuenzang

Dream big: How to make a vision board that works

Vision boards are great tools for those dreaming of a new job or a killer body. Don’t just tack pics on to a wall. Here’s how to do it right

Vision boards are a step up from to-do lists and inspirational posters — but only when done right. (ADOBE STOCK)
Updated on May 07, 2024 03:22 PM IST
ByHT Brunch Team

YOLO, so don’t go solo: See why lone rangers have it worse on screen

Films and shows are overrun with lone wolves. One fighter against all odds. One hero doing it all. Be a team player, maybe?

Max, from Mad Max wouldn’t have been captured by the War Boys if he was part of a group.
Updated on May 03, 2024 03:38 PM IST

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

This week, we’re tired of trends, agreeing with Doja, singing with Sophia and having greet expectations

Doja Cat recently took to X, urging fans to leave their kids at home when they attend her shows.
Updated on May 03, 2024 09:30 AM IST
ByHT Brunch Team

Get to know... Javed Ali

The singer and reality show judge (@JavedAli4U) is currently singing to Chal Ve Watna, craving his mom’s korma, and loves spending time with friends on weekends

Javed Ali talks about some of the best moments in his life.
Updated on Apr 26, 2024 07:41 PM IST

Listicle: 10 haircuts that defined the look of the time

Some hairstyles make headlines. Some make careers. Some make for a history lesson. Here are 10 styles that immediately recall the era they rocked

To be a young woman in the 1990s is to have spent hours with a hair dryer and round brush, trying to look like Rachel from Friends.
Updated on Apr 26, 2024 05:00 PM IST
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