“At 22, performing arts beckoned me through the back door,” says Ananth Mahadevan

Updated on Jun 13, 2021 09:27 AM IST

The actor reminisces about being a copywriter in a publicity agency, not having any pocket money, and battling demons inside and out

Ananth Mahadevan at 22 (top), and at 60 (above)
ByDinesh Raheja

Social Media Star of The Week: Kamakshi Khanna

For being the first Indian indie musician going the Jacob Collier way, going viral and starting a trend that other musicians are following

Kamakshi provided the backing vocals via harmonies, and left it for the person trying the Reels remix to sing the main lyrics
Published on Jun 13, 2021 08:27 AM IST
ByKarishma Kuenzang

HT Brunch Game Show: The banana bread bake/off

One decadent loaf, one with pumpkin seeds, & a DIY dry mix: We get three home bakers to bake for @PoojaDhingra. Who wins?

Pooja Dhingra is a celebrity pastry chef and the owner of Le15 Patisserie, which specialises in macarons and French desserts. All three participants sent their banana bread to Pooja, who picked her favourite
Published on Jun 13, 2021 08:26 AM IST
ByKarishma Kuenzang

New favourite in foodie town: Pesto eggs

Starting from Dalgona coffee and banana bread to pancake cereals and now the latest, pesto eggs, here’s why you should try them:

Pesto eggs
Published on Jun 10, 2021 02:15 PM IST
ByPrerna Gauba

“I avoid boys’ trips because some of my friends snore!” says Ruslaan Mumtaz

The actor talks about watching TV with his wife, being into the stock market since he was 18 and how fussy he is about his pillow, in an intimate chat

Ruslaan strikes a pose in bed for this HT Brunch column
Published on Jun 06, 2021 08:01 AM IST
ByDinesh Raheja

He who divorced Bollywood: Chaitanya Tamhane

How has this 33-year-old National-award winning filmmaker become the toast of the festival circuit? And, what’s his big problem with Bollywood?

Chaitanya says he has a tendency towards quiet films that are not very overt in nature
Published on Jun 06, 2021 08:00 AM IST
ByDinesh Raheja

Men’s style and grooming by Yatan Ahluwalia: All is well

A guide on how wellness isn’t just about the mind and body. Plus, the benefits of using natural products and some of the best options for you

Thick fresh lips are what you should aim for this season; Model: Ishan Singh Gill (a model, sportsman and lawyer from Haryana) (Yatan Ahluwalia)
Published on Jun 06, 2021 07:59 AM IST
ByYatan Ahluwalia

HT Brunch Cover Story: Rise of the Rani

Grammy-nominated Raja Kumari has been applauded by the best in the world of music, but as a girl of Indian descent, she must still cope with matchmaking parents

Raja Kumari says people keep trying to convince women that there’s only one seat at the table for a woman, while there are hundreds of men – something she plans to change in the music scene; Creative direction and styling by Reva Bhatt; Make-up, Amrita Mehta; Hair, Nena Soulfly; Outfit, Yuhan Wang; Artist Management, Third Culture; Publicity, DNH Media (Juliet Wolf)
Published on Jun 06, 2021 07:58 AM IST
ByKarishma Kuenzang

Humour by Rehana Munir: They were on a break

The Friends reunion episode is triggering a flashback of memories for those who cried while watching it, and even those claiming they are over it

You tried to fit yourself and your friends into one of the six types, represented by each of the members of the Central Perk gang (Parth Garg)
Published on Jun 06, 2021 07:57 AM IST
ByRehana Munir

Rude Food by Vir Sanghvi: The Bombay Boys

The founders of Mumbai’s The Bombay Canteen group have faced adversity squarely in the face and won during the pandemic

Sameer and Yash had become Mumbai’s golden boys, thanks to the success of The Bombay Canteen group
Published on Jun 06, 2021 07:56 AM IST

Ami Patel: Be zoom ready

How can you look your best but not OTT in a world when everything from meetings to dates to weddings are happening on screens?

Our expert gives some zoom fashion tips
Published on Jun 06, 2021 07:56 AM IST
ByAmi Patel

Shaheen Bhatt: Of Indie puppy & sibling love

Why Indie puppies are best suited for a Mumbai resident, and how to help your sibling out of their funk

You can always work around lack of space to get a puppy, just like you can be there for your sibling when they are going through something
Published on Jun 06, 2021 07:56 AM IST
ByShaheen Bhatt

Jeremy Jauncey: Scotland calling and safe travels

What’s the best way to plan a Scottish holiday and how much is too much when it comes to safety precautions while travelling

How can you be safe enough while travelling? And planning a trip to Scotland
Published on Jun 06, 2021 07:56 AM IST
ByJeremy Jauncey

Technical Guruji: PUBG reboot?

Rumour has it that PUBG is going to be allowed in India again. Our expert explains whether it’s true or not

Is there something in store for PUBG fans?
Published on Jun 06, 2021 07:55 AM IST
ByGaurav Chaudhary

Social Media Stars of The Week: Shardul Kadam and Tanuja Patil

For enabling gender equality by both wearing a mangalsutra at their wedding! And going viral for it as well

Shardul and Tanuja tying a mangalsutra around each other’s neck, at their wedding last December
Published on Jun 06, 2021 07:54 AM IST
ByShruti Nair

“When I was 22, it was the ‘90s and tough for someone like me, who didn’t make Indian clothes!,” says Ashish Soni

The designer talks about starting his label at that age, not having any bank balance, being focused on fitness and hoping to get on the international arena

Ashish Soniat 22 (inset) and at 50 (above)
Published on Jun 06, 2021 07:53 AM IST

HT Brunch Game Show: Who will get hitched first?

The one who relies on apps to meet their partner, someone who focuses solely on conversations, or the Almighty? Or you?

Peyush Bhatia is a therapist and professional coach to TV stars and corporate honchos. She has authored Life Beyond Fears and writes for publications
Published on Jun 06, 2021 07:53 AM IST

HT Brunch Sunday Debate: An invite to talk

Is the new social media app, Clubhouse, exclusive or elitist? What has your experience on it been like so far?

The new voice chat was made available on Android phones last week, but requires an invitation
Updated on Jun 06, 2021 07:53 AM IST
ByJanice Sequeira, Gayatri JayaramanJanice Sequeira, Gayatri Jayaraman

Dishy covers!

A young chef gets inspired by the HT Brunch cover with Rakul Preet Singh playing golf and turns it into a dish: a club sandwich!

Chef Rahul Vasandani(Instagram)
Updated on Jun 03, 2021 11:55 PM IST
ByKarishma Kuenzang, Hindustan Times, Delhi

Arif Zakaria: Undervalued / underutilised?

In this hyper era of visibility, if you aren’t seen somewhere everyday, people assume you’re dead, says the critically-acclaimed actor

Arif says the [show] business today is driven by social media and paid publicists
Published on May 30, 2021 07:04 AM IST
ByDinesh Raheja

Fit and Fine with Kamal Singh CSCS: A leg up

One leg exercises are way better than those that involve both. And forward lunge is probably the go-to exercise for most people right now

Single leg training for most is usually around lunges (Shutterstock)
Published on May 30, 2021 07:04 AM IST
ByKamal Singh CSCS

“Peace of mind over money or fame,” says Satyadeep Misra

The actor-lawyer talks about considering being a dog walker as an alternative profession in his early days in Mumbai and his OCD which prevents him from having breakfast in bed, in an intimate chat

Satyadeep poses in the bedroom at his home in Kumaon for this HT Brunch column
Published on May 30, 2021 07:03 AM IST
ByRupali Dean

Rude Food by Vir Sanghvi: Even chicken has a dark side

American fast food companies prefer bland, white chicken meat, but do you know why it’s the leg that Indians like?

Chef Rajdeep Kapoor says Indians rarely prefer white meat for their dishes
Updated on May 30, 2021 07:02 AM IST

Sunday Drive by Hormazd Sorabjee: The case for hybrids

With petrol prices rising and not enough charging plugs for EVs, an amalgamation of powertrains makes good sense

This Toyota vehicle feels best in the city and there’s more to it than its green credentials
Updated on May 30, 2021 07:02 AM IST

Humour by Rehana Munir: Falling for the myth

Deep below the level of rational thought lie stories that enthral and enrich. Which are some of your favourite stories that involve another level of fiction and fantasy?

The trauma of booking a vaccine slot online is similar to the myth of Sisyphus, a back -and-soul-breaking task (Parth Garg)
Published on May 30, 2021 07:02 AM IST
ByRehana Munir

Rahul Khanna: Of having a watch collection and wearing flared jeans

What’s the best way to go about having your own personal budget watch collection and how do you pull off flared jeans today?

Rahul gives tips on watch collections and in vogue jeans
Published on May 30, 2021 07:01 AM IST
ByRahul Khanna

Prateek Sadhu: Of quick rice meals and fresh veggies

What’s the best way to use leftover rice to make something yummy? And how do you preserve your veggies if you want to reduce the frequency of buying them?

Our expert has an answer to all your foodie queries
Published on May 30, 2021 07:00 AM IST
ByPrateek Sadhu

Spectator by Seema Goswami: Prose and cons

Seeking solace in books, as the pandemic goes on and on is something that could help you through it. Here’s my list

You can lose yourself in the alternate universes of fictional works in an attempt to escape from reality
Published on May 30, 2021 07:00 AM IST
BySeema Goswami

Ranveer Allahbadia: Socially accepted

What’s the grammatically sound, sensitive and most non-offensive way to refer to someone who’s transgender?

Grammar is key says our expert
Updated on May 30, 2021 07:37 AM IST
ByRanveer Allahbadia

HT Brunch Sunday Debate: Instrumental vs a cappella music

We get a pianist and an a cappella queen (they are in-laws by the way) to argue their forte - song with just vocals or just instruments?

An interesting piece of music can be produced using an instrument or the human voice
Updated on May 30, 2021 06:58 AM IST
ByPiya Podder, Archit Anand
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