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Handu uses Facebook and Instagram (@asvunkoshur) to unite Kashmiri children from different communities. ‘I have a lot of faith in kids. I believe if you want to teach something positive to people, catch them young,’ she says. PREMIUM

A smiling Kashmiri effort: Preaching unity in words and deeds

UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2021 07:53 PM IST
Meanka Handu’s YouTube channel Asvun Koshur is teaching Kashmiri with a dose of satire. She’s also reaching out to Kashmiri children from across religious communities, holding virtual sessions that aim to unite.
India captain Virat Kohli and the team. They pulled out of the fifth and final Test citing fear for themselves and their families, after a physiotherapist they’d all been in contact with tested positive for Covid-19. Then they flew, with their families, to the UAE, where the IPL is set to begin today. (AFP)
India captain Virat Kohli and the team. They pulled out of the fifth and final Test citing fear for themselves and their families, after a physiotherapist they’d all been in contact with tested positive for Covid-19. Then they flew, with their families, to the UAE, where the IPL is set to begin today. (AFP)

The questions raised by India’s cancelled Test

By Rudraneil Sengupta
UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2021 07:47 PM IST
While no one should ever have to justify a fear, it seems odd that a case of Covid prompted such different reactions in the India team, just a few days apart, during their tour of England.
‘Breaking down concepts that take adults years to master was both challenging and interesting,’ Sahai says.
‘Breaking down concepts that take adults years to master was both challenging and interesting,’ Sahai says.

Tunes, steps, melody: A classical arts play book for kids

By Riddhi Doshi
UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2021 07:46 PM IST
A new book uses snippets, short stories and anecdotes to explain classical Indian music and dance to children. The effort, by author and educator Shrinkhla Sahai, also features untold histories, colourful imagery and interactive exercises.
Elton John has roped in Gucci to design the costumes for his farewell tour. Suits, as always, but also a more refined palette of prints and pigments will be evident at his concerts. (Rocketman Entertainment)
Elton John has roped in Gucci to design the costumes for his farewell tour. Suits, as always, but also a more refined palette of prints and pigments will be evident at his concerts. (Rocketman Entertainment)

Suiting up like Rocket man: An ode to Elton John’s unforgettable costumes

UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2021 07:41 PM IST
The singer-songwriter is on his final tour, capping 60 years in music. We’ll always have the hits. But we might miss his costumes more.
 (HT Archives)
(HT Archives)

Laying on the gilt: What’s next for Sanjay Leela Bhansali?

UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2021 07:31 PM IST
In an industry with less and less room for opulent productions, he seems determined to stay the path. His upcoming movies and a Netflix show about courtesans hold out the same promise of glitter. Could that very steadfastness stream him onward?
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Can you guess the Hollywood film? An East Indian language quiz

By Candida Remedios
UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2021 04:58 PM IST
East Indian and trivia buff Candida Remedios from Mumbai posts a quiz every weekend on Instagram. It’s her small effort to try and keep her language alive. The language overlaps with Hindi and Marathi, so even non-East-Indian-speakers can take a shot.
Onlooker takes a picture as workers put the final touch to wrap the Arc de Triomphe monument, in Paris. The "L'Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped" project by late artist Christo and Jeanne-Claude will be on view from, Sept. 18 to Oct. 3. The famed Paris monument will be wrapped in 25,000 square meters of fabric in silvery blue and with 3,000 meters of red rope.(AP Photo/Francois Mori)
Onlooker takes a picture as workers put the final touch to wrap the Arc de Triomphe monument, in Paris. The "L'Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped" project by late artist Christo and Jeanne-Claude will be on view from, Sept. 18 to Oct. 3. The famed Paris monument will be wrapped in 25,000 square meters of fabric in silvery blue and with 3,000 meters of red rope.(AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Paris' Arc de Triomphe ‘a gift offered to Parisians, French and all art lovers’

AP | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz, Paris
UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2021 07:54 AM IST
  • The installation of Arc de Triomphe in Paris, by late artist couple Christo and Jeanne-Claude, will open on Saturday. Visitors to the famous Napoleonic arch, which dominates the Champs-Elysees Avenue, will not only be able to see the gleaming fabric, but to touch it too.
Masterpiece or monstrosity? Arc de Triomphe enveloped by Christo's artwork leaves tourists bemused(AP)
Masterpiece or monstrosity? Arc de Triomphe enveloped by Christo's artwork leaves tourists bemused(AP)

Arc de Triomphe enveloped by Christo's artwork leaves tourists bemused

Reuters | , Paris
PUBLISHED ON SEP 16, 2021 07:41 AM IST
  • The work, known as "L'Arc de Triomphe Wrapped" was finally brought to life by Christo's nephew, Vladimir Yavachev, who last week said completing the project had been a promise he made to his uncle.
Nadia Wassef co-founded the Diwan bookstore in Cairo in 2002(Dany Eid Photography)
Nadia Wassef co-founded the Diwan bookstore in Cairo in 2002(Dany Eid Photography)

Nadia Wassef's bookshop memoir is a chronicle of Egypt's upheaval

By Deutsche Welle
UPDATED ON SEP 15, 2021 08:25 PM IST
  • Egyptian author Nadia Wassef speaks about opening the first independent bookstore in her home country; and her latest book in which she celebrates books and booksellers.
Japan's highest art prize given to photographer Sebastião Salgado(The Japan Art Associtaion/Shun Kambe)
Japan's highest art prize given to photographer Sebastião Salgado(The Japan Art Associtaion/Shun Kambe)

Japan's highest art prize given to photographer Sebastião Salgado

By Deutsche Welle, Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 15, 2021 10:13 AM IST
  • Other winners of the prestigious Praemium Imperiale in 2021 include light artist James Turrell and cellist Yo-Yo Ma.
RBG filmmakers tap into feminist love stories genre on trailblazing women icons(Twitter/jer2911tx)
RBG filmmakers tap into feminist love stories genre on trailblazing women icons(Twitter/jer2911tx)

RBG filmmakers tap into feminist love stories genre on trailblazing women icons

AP | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz
UPDATED ON SEP 13, 2021 12:49 PM IST
  • In ‘RGB’, the 2018 Oscar-nominated bio-documentary of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the filmmakers lingered over the encouraging role of her longtime husband. Their latest, ‘Julia’, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and is about a pioneering 20th century adventurous TV chef Julia Child
 (Image courtesy the Bhagat family)
(Image courtesy the Bhagat family)

Stellar support: This woman defied tradition to build 69 bridges in India

UPDATED ON SEP 11, 2021 02:46 PM IST
Shakuntala Bhagat, who died in 2012, was India’s first woman civil engineer. Her inventions and ideas keep bridges across the Himalayas standing even today.
Work on the world’s highest railway bridge, over the Chenab river, is nearing completion. It will connect Kashmir directly with the rest of the country. (PTI)
Work on the world’s highest railway bridge, over the Chenab river, is nearing completion. It will connect Kashmir directly with the rest of the country. (PTI)

Closing the gaps: Ten iconic bridges and how they’re changing India

UPDATED ON SEP 11, 2021 02:43 PM IST
India has been on a bridge-building mission, speeding up city commutes, boosting border defences, offering hope in areas long ignored. Here are some of the biggest projects.
Relativity by MC Escher. Fake-news conspiracy theories can make you feel like you’re getting somewhere, but you never really are.
Relativity by MC Escher. Fake-news conspiracy theories can make you feel like you’re getting somewhere, but you never really are.

Lies, damned lies and fake news: Charles Assisi on the scourge of our times

By Charles Assisi
UPDATED ON SEP 11, 2021 02:42 PM IST
There’s some comfort in having an explanation, however outlandish, for every tragic event. But where does it end, if we exchange logic for lies?
‘What is that. Why is that!’: If you’re going vegan, prepare for the jokes and judgement to never end, Dudi says.
‘What is that. Why is that!’: If you’re going vegan, prepare for the jokes and judgement to never end, Dudi says.

Hindsight 2021: 3 things I wish I’d known about turning vegan

By Vanessa Viegas
UPDATED ON SEP 11, 2021 02:38 PM IST
The move will cause turbulence in your relationships, it’s no guarantee of good health, and it’s very very hard to avoid butter, says software engineer Shweta Dudi, vegan for two years.
 (Shutterstock)
(Shutterstock)

Snapchat dysmorphia: Here’s looking at you, kid

By Natasha Rego
UPDATED ON SEP 11, 2021 02:37 PM IST
Can’t take a picture without a face filter? You might want to scale back, return to the real you. See how overuse can cause changes in psychological states and neural wiring.
 (HT Illustration: Jayachandran)
(HT Illustration: Jayachandran)

In defense of boredom

UPDATED ON SEP 11, 2021 02:33 PM IST
Reclaim your vacant time, learn to use it better. It’s the ultimate act of rebellion in a world where whole industries depend on your scrolling, tapping and staring.
Art collection featuring Warhol and Picasso heads to auction, valued at USD 600 million(Reuters)
Art collection featuring Warhol and Picasso heads to auction, valued at USD 600 million(Reuters)

Art collection featuring Warhol and Picasso heads to auction

Reuters |
UPDATED ON SEP 11, 2021 08:40 AM IST
  • A private modern and contemporary art collection will soon go on sale and feature pieces by artists like Andy Warhol and Pablo Picasso valued at more than USD 600 million. This is the highest estimate ever placed on any collection to come to auction.
An Ashokan edict on the Delhi-Topra pillar. Many of Ashoka’s edicts were composed in Magadhi Prakrit, the older version of Magadhi that was also the language that the Buddha spoke. (Creative Commons)
An Ashokan edict on the Delhi-Topra pillar. Many of Ashoka’s edicts were composed in Magadhi Prakrit, the older version of Magadhi that was also the language that the Buddha spoke. (Creative Commons)

Following centuries of neglect, will Magadhi finally get its due?

PUBLISHED ON SEP 10, 2021 06:58 PM IST
The Bihar government has said it will introduce Magadhi, Maithili and Bhojpuri as mediums of instruction at school level, a major boost for Magadhi, which has no film industry or formal recognition, and is therefore largely spoken only in homes.
In the Archive of Indian Music is the first-ever recording made of an Indian singer, Gauhar Jaan, in 1902.
In the Archive of Indian Music is the first-ever recording made of an Indian singer, Gauhar Jaan, in 1902.

Gauhar Jaan, Gandhi, Tagore: Tune in to listen to India’s earliest recordings

By Vanessa Viegas
UPDATED ON SEP 10, 2021 04:54 PM IST
Author and scholar Vikram Sampath is hunting down and digitising old records, not just of music but of freedom fighters’ speeches, tawaifs singing, everyday men and women. You can listen in for free on SoundCloud.
 (Shutterstock)
(Shutterstock)

Draw on rope tricks to guess the area: The Wknd puzzle with Dilip D’Souza

By Dilip D’Souza
UPDATED ON SEP 10, 2021 04:50 PM IST
There’s a square within a circle, a boundary all around. It’s a few simple rules of mathematics to guess the measures involved, but can you crack the code?
There’s now room at the top for a wider range of faces and talents, from Samantha Akkineni to Rajkummar Rao, Shweta Tripathi, Fahadh Faasil, Vikrant Massey, Sidharth Malhotra and Rasika Dugal.
There’s now room at the top for a wider range of faces and talents, from Samantha Akkineni to Rajkummar Rao, Shweta Tripathi, Fahadh Faasil, Vikrant Massey, Sidharth Malhotra and Rasika Dugal.

Not just a pretty face: Anupama Chopra on the rise of the actor-star

UPDATED ON SEP 10, 2021 04:43 PM IST
New platforms and changing audiences have finally put talent at centrestage in Bollywood. Stardom today must contain skill.
Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Benny Andersson, Agnetha Faltskog and Bjorn Ulvaeus of Abba, now all in their 70s, have announced their first new album in 40 years. Voyage is due out in November.
Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Benny Andersson, Agnetha Faltskog and Bjorn Ulvaeus of Abba, now all in their 70s, have announced their first new album in 40 years. Voyage is due out in November.

Say what? Decoding Abba’s lyrics in 2021

By Vanessa Viegas
UPDATED ON SEP 10, 2021 04:36 PM IST
What even is a dancing queen? Why must money money money, be funny, in a rich man’s world? Take a look at how Scandipop is still influencing the lyrics in your world.
 (Samir Jana / HT Photo)
(Samir Jana / HT Photo)

Earning her stripes: How Dhriti Banerjee worked her way to head of the ZSI

UPDATED ON SEP 10, 2021 04:56 PM IST
There are three essential components to a pioneering woman’s success, says the first woman to head the Zoological Survey of India: confidence in yourself, confidence from others, and a well-planned effort not just to be the best candidate, but to make it clear that you are.
Mammootty fan creates giant portrait using 600 cellphones on his 70th birthday(Twitter/ModiuAthif)
Mammootty fan creates giant portrait using 600 cellphones on his 70th birthday(Twitter/ModiuAthif)

Mammootty fan creates giant portrait using 600 cellphones on his 70th birthday

ANI | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz, Thrissur (kerala) [india]
UPDATED ON SEP 07, 2021 08:00 PM IST
A giant portrait of Mammootty has been placed at Thrissur Kbees Durbar Convention centre. According to the artist DaVinci Suresh, the portrait is 20 feet big made by using 600 mobile phones and 6,000 mobile accessories.
This year, 272 galleries from 33 territories will come together for Art Basel's 2nd hybrid show including two leading Indian galleries — Experimenter and Chemould Prescott Road.(Twitter/ArtBasel)
This year, 272 galleries from 33 territories will come together for Art Basel's 2nd hybrid show including two leading Indian galleries — Experimenter and Chemould Prescott Road.(Twitter/ArtBasel)

Two Indian galleries to exhibit at Art Basel 2021 with 200 global participants

PTI | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 07, 2021 01:15 PM IST
Art Basel 2021 returns in its physical form after its 2020 edition was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The two participating Indian galleries are part of a strong line-up from around Europe, as well as Asia, North and South America, the Middle East and Africa.
Artists paint murals in Jodhpur to highlight Rajasthan's culture(Twitter/ANI)
Artists paint murals in Jodhpur to highlight Rajasthan's culture(Twitter/ANI)

Artists paint murals in Jodhpur to highlight Rajasthan's culture

ANI | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz, Jodhpur (rajasthan) [india]
UPDATED ON SEP 06, 2021 04:14 PM IST
In an effort to attract tourists to the Blue City and promote its essence while highlighting the culture and ancient history of Rajasthan, artists have painted murals in Jodhpur.
Aamir Khan (Taare Zameen Par), Robin Williams (Dead Poets Society) and Shah Rukh Khan (Chak De India)(Twitter/MovieGrabs)
Aamir Khan (Taare Zameen Par), Robin Williams (Dead Poets Society) and Shah Rukh Khan (Chak De India)(Twitter/MovieGrabs)

Teacher's Day 2021: Dumbledore to Kabir Khan, teachers from our wildest dreams

By Alfea Jamal, Hindustan Times, Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 05, 2021 10:16 AM IST
  • This Teacher's Day 2021, let's take a look at some of the best onscreen and literary teachers that taught us how a gentle guiding hand can truly unleash your inner brave heart, genius and talent.
Bring out the inner self! (picture for representational purposes only)
Bring out the inner self! (picture for representational purposes only)

Gurumantra: Bring out the inner self!

By S Farah Rizvi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 04, 2021 06:09 PM IST
Teachers go an extra mile with their students as they hope and wish them to take their legacy forward
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