Spectator by Seema Goswami: Hold your breath

Published on Feb 11, 2023 01:47 AM IST

There was a time when I used to fly to Mumbai (while Delhi was engulfed in thick winter fog) just to see blue skies and breathe some fresh, unpolluted air

You know what’s worse than the pollution? The apathy. Open an air-quality map and practically all of north India is depicted in red. (Shutterstock)
BySeema Goswami

Get to know... Gary Mehigan

The chef and one of the original judges of MasterChef Australia on what’s in his fridge, his last big splurge, and being terribly impatient

Chef Gary Mehigan claims that he’s quite impatient. “It’s quite the opposite of the calm man everybody sees on TV. I need to be busy all the time.”
Published on Feb 11, 2023 01:32 AM IST

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

Celebrate Ricky Key & Beyonce’s Grammy wins, drool over Pedro Pascal, celebrate singlehood, get over complex bottles, and prepare to stop sharing out Netflix accounts

Ricky Kej picked up his third award for Divine Tides, with rock legend Stewart Copeland (@RICKYKEJ)
Published on Feb 11, 2023 01:20 AM IST
ByHT Brunch Team

Potion control: The simplest guide to great skin right now

It’s easy to get lost in a sea of skincare recommendations

Skincare can be overwhelming but some products, like water-based broad spectrum sunscreen, deserve the hype. (Shutterstock)
Published on Feb 11, 2023 01:08 AM IST

Spoilers Ahead by Rajeev Masand: Taking in the sites

Half the fun of watching a movie is checking out the locations and hoping to visit them one day. Here are some favourites

You can’t go to Goa and not recreate that shot of the three friends hanging out at Chapora Fort in Dil Chahta Hai
Published on Feb 11, 2023 12:30 AM IST
ByRajeev Masand

Listicle: 10 kitchen tools for chefs and ambitious cooks

Chefs Urvika Kanoi, Nishant Choubey and Amninder Sandhu pick 10 kitchen appliances that are definitely worth the hype

Cast-iron pans are heavy, less forgiving than Teflon or anodised surfaces, but spread heat evenly, are almost non-stick when seasoned well, retain heat better and don’t need effort during the washing up.
Published on Feb 11, 2023 12:28 AM IST

Flash forward: Can screening for diseases make your life worse?

Genetic screening can warn you of latent health conditions. But do you really want to know how you could die?

Chris Hemsworth learnt of his genetic predisposition to Alzheimer’s while filming Limitless, the series where he visits places like the Arctic, exploring ways to live longer and healthier. (DISNEY+)
Published on Feb 11, 2023 12:11 AM IST

Ghosting someone is all right. So get over it, already

You’d best make your peace with it

Must every dalliance end with a long exit interview? Sometimes, it’s better to be quiet than to hurt someone’s feelings. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Feb 11, 2023 12:02 AM IST

How much love can you handle?

This Valentine’s Day, let’s change the narrative. Switch from finding love to celebrating exactly the kind of love meant for you

Forget what they tell you about love in the movies. Take control, flip the script and choose the kind of love you need.
Published on Feb 10, 2023 05:09 PM IST
ByKarishma Kuenzang

Rude Food by Vir Sanghvi: Links in the chorise chain

Every culture that makes sausage has some variation of a sausage rice. In Goa, chorise rice (a pulao, really) packs flavour and history

In Goa, the Portuguese popularised the sausage version of the chorizo, which has to be cooked before it is eaten. This is different from the Spanish chorizo in flavour. (Shutterstock)
Published on Feb 10, 2023 05:05 PM IST

Get to know... Hasleen Kaur

The model and actor on currently living the high point of her life, her favourite Sunday memory and despising tardiness

Currently, Hasleen is looking forward to the release of Tu Jhoothi Main Makkaar.
Published on Feb 03, 2023 11:41 PM IST
ByUrvee Modwel

Stealing the show: 10 great side characters on screen recently

Guru Narayan (Badhaai Do)Played by Gulshan Devaiah Jagan (Qala), played by Babil Khan
Published on Feb 03, 2023 11:38 PM IST

Weekend Drive by Hormazd Sorabjee: Just skidding

Driving two kinds of cars, in sub-zero temperatures, over a frozen field in Austria, isn’t foolhardy. It’s one for the bucket list

The Audi Ice Experience is set against the backdrop of the Austrian Alps. One must drive on pure ice, where grip levels are negligible.
Published on Feb 03, 2023 11:32 PM IST

Rude Food by Vir Sanghvi: An egg is all it’s cracked up to be

Indians don’t really bother with the mechanics of the inside of the egg. It’s a pity, because good eggs have much to offer, even to vegetarians

Industrial eggs have watery whites, pale yolks and very little flavour. Free-range eggs cost more but they are well worth it. (SHUTTERSTOCK)
Updated on Feb 04, 2023 12:02 PM IST

Spectator by Seema Goswami: Birds of a feather

Some people like waking up early and seizing the day while others prefer to get a late start... but why must these two groups be at war with each other?

The morning lark / night owl division is based on the circadian rhythm. When you feel most energised determines which one you are. (Shutterstock)
Published on Feb 03, 2023 11:27 PM IST
BySeema Goswami

Grains of truth: Why India is mad over millets again

Millets are better for you and for the Earth. Five chefs help you turn the ancient food into modern meals

A mixed millet uttapam is a quick and easy way to start the day on a lighter, more sustainable note. (RAJ K RAJ)
Published on Feb 03, 2023 11:26 PM IST
ByShirin Mehrotra

The Brunch round-up: What went down and how it made us feel

Celebrate the Women’s U19 T20 World Cup win, and Drew Barrymore, knitting records, and contemplate JLo in yet another bridal avatar

The new Prime Video action comedy, Shotgun Wedding, features Jennifer Lopez and Josh Duhamel as a couple whose destination wedding goes very wrong
Published on Feb 03, 2023 11:23 PM IST
ByHT Brunch Team

It’s pouring prequels. Here’s what to expect from them all

Why create an entire series just to know the origins of a character or plot line? They’re history lessons we seldom asked for

The Rings of Power, the prequel to The Lord of The Rings, does a spectacular job of showing once-flourishing Mordor
Published on Feb 03, 2023 11:15 PM IST
ByBy Karishma Kuenzang

Level up: Indian gaming is getting bigger in 2023

India is in the midst of a gaming evolution, and makers are not holding back. See what’s on the cards in the post-pandemic boom

As of 2022, 34% of gamers played at least one FPS game; including Battle Royale, which was one of the more popular titles. (Shutterstock)
Published on Feb 03, 2023 11:09 PM IST

Stylish, sustainable and still within budget? We show you how

There really is no option

Thrifting takes time, but it’s an eco-friendly option that’s worth the effort Shutterstock (Shutterstock)
Published on Feb 03, 2023 11:05 PM IST
ByRiddhi Doshi

Van Gogh 360: Should you Gogh?

It’s not often you see sunflowers in Mumbai

Giant screens turn a makeshift shelter at the World Trade Center, Mumbai, into a room full of van Goghs. Here, visitors against a backdrop of The Starry Night (Zara Murao)
Published on Feb 03, 2023 10:58 PM IST
ByZara Murao

Dating in 2023: Are you loved out or swiped clean?

With online dating, heartbreak is part of the journey. Can you really be extravagant or thrifty in matters of the heart?

Welcome to Millenial Dating 2.023. Even the language of dating has changed: Breadcrumbing, ghosting, orbiting, eclipsing (Shutterstock)
Published on Jan 27, 2023 11:44 PM IST
ByVinaya Patil

Get to know... Varun Duggirala

The founder of Plot Device entertainment, author of Everything Is Out of Syllabus, podcaster and Star Wars geek, on what he’s listening to, making scrambled eggs, and living in Birkenstocks

Advice Varun Duggirala would give his 18-year-old self? “Don’t judge yourself more than the world does”
Updated on Jan 28, 2023 09:09 AM IST
ByUrvee Modwel

Listicle: 10 entrepreneurs who make the hustle look good

They walk the talk, offer employees support, rest and an attentive ear. They’d rather shine slowly than burn out. See what they do differently

Chetan Walunj & Aditi Bhosale-Walunj, co-founders of fuel-delivery service Repos, encourage each staffer to set a personal goal and offers three days’ paid leave in support
Published on Jan 27, 2023 11:44 PM IST
ByAnil Sadarangani

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

Actor, musician and cover girl Saba Azad says, “Boredom is such a valuable tool. I’m not sure we allow ourselves to be bored anymore”.
Published on Jan 27, 2023 08:52 PM IST
ByBy Vanessa Viegas

Quick guide: How to cleanse your social media feed

Another day, another endless scroll

Actor Tom Holland went on an IG detox and returned only to reveal he was taking a social media break to focus on his mental health (@tomholland201)
Published on Jan 27, 2023 08:52 PM IST
ByBy Rishabh Deb

Spectator by Seema Goswami: JLF turns the page

Between discussions and debates, readings and sessions, it is the many young people in attendance at the Jaipur Literature Festival that give one hope for the future

Shashi Tharoor is the Shah Rukh Khan of the literary world. At JLF, he is surrounded by a ring of over-muscled bouncers wherever he goes (HT Archives)
Published on Jan 27, 2023 08:52 PM IST
BySeema Goswami

Rude Food by Vir Sanghvi: Ghost in the shell

Whether you’re biting down on a pani puri, golgappa or phuchka, it’s the puri that elevates the experience

Different kinds of pani at Manish Mehrotra’s Indian Accent. (Indian Accent)
Updated on Jan 28, 2023 01:59 AM IST

The Brunch round-up: What went down and how it made us feel

We’re blue and green with excitement that Zoe Saldana has become the only actor in history to appear in four movies that have crossed $2 billion at the worldwide box office

Zoe Saldana (above, as Gamora in the Avengers) has become the only actor in history to appear in four movies that have crossed $2 billion worldwide
Published on Jan 27, 2023 08:51 PM IST
ByHT Brunch Team

Law, order and adventure: A comic for the weekend

Sometimes, doing the right thing at the right time means battling your own team before battling the bad guys. Check out this comic

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Published on Jan 27, 2023 05:46 PM IST
ByVirat Vilas Pawar
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