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 (HT Illustration: Manoj Sinha)
(HT Illustration: Manoj Sinha)

Riders on the storm: Bhavish Aggarwal and Ankit Bhati of Ola

By Charles Assisi
UPDATED ON SEP 25, 2021 03:51 PM IST
They went up against Uber and survived. They’ve held their own in the pandemic. Now, Ola has announced bumper plans to disrupt the electronic vehicles market. Is this a wager they can win?
(Left to right) Konkona Sen Sharma is a gay Dalit woman in the masterful Geeli Pucchi. Soni Razdan and Vinay Pathak in the unin-spiring Kaali Peeli Tales. Shefali Shah in Juice (2017), a film that still stands out for how keenly it understood the grammar of shorts.
(Left to right) Konkona Sen Sharma is a gay Dalit woman in the masterful Geeli Pucchi. Soni Razdan and Vinay Pathak in the unin-spiring Kaali Peeli Tales. Shefali Shah in Juice (2017), a film that still stands out for how keenly it understood the grammar of shorts.

There are no shortcuts to making great movies, says Anupama Chopra

UPDATED ON SEP 25, 2021 03:41 PM IST
Anthologies have caught on in the pandemic because they’re easier to execute. But making a short film is a unique talent, and the sad truth is that not even all good filmmakers have it.
Douglas Fairbanks, the original swashbuckler, in The Mark of Zorro (1920), a film with later echoes in Batman.
Douglas Fairbanks, the original swashbuckler, in The Mark of Zorro (1920), a film with later echoes in Batman.

Picture in picture: Look closely and you’ll see swashbucklers in our midst

By K Narayanan
UPDATED ON SEP 25, 2021 03:38 PM IST
They were the heroes to our modern-day superheroes, precursors to the action star. They’re making a comeback in characters such as Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man, because swashbucklers don’t die. They just retreat for a while, before returning in triumph.
Wadia Movietone, set up in 1933, was best known for its swashbuckling films starring Mary Ann Evans, also known as Fearless Nadia.
Wadia Movietone, set up in 1933, was best known for its swashbuckling films starring Mary Ann Evans, also known as Fearless Nadia.

Fearless Nadia, the early talkies: Watch out for vintage posters at this auction

By Riddhi Doshi
UPDATED ON SEP 25, 2021 03:43 PM IST
The Prinseps event will showcase artefacts from the estate of Riyad Wadia, grandson of Jamshed Wadia, co-founder of the pathbreaking Mumbai production house Wadia Movietone.
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Find the keys, spot the strings: The Wknd puzzle by Dilip D’Souza

By By Dilip D’Souza
UPDATED ON SEP 25, 2021 03:44 PM IST
What’s the best way to go about seeking words within a grid? Do you look for the double letters, or the first one of each word? Try your luck with a lyrical maze.
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(Shutterstock)

Stuck in a loop? See what’s causing your earworms

By Vanessa Viegas
UPDATED ON SEP 25, 2021 03:45 PM IST
Researcher Michael Scullin of Baylor University, Texas, was so annoyed at waking up time and again with a song stuck in his head, that he decided to delve into the science behind earworms. Here’s what he found.
Part of Alan Turing’s Enigma Machine, which was used to decode enemy messages during WWII at Bletchley Park in Britain. (Shutterstock)
Part of Alan Turing’s Enigma Machine, which was used to decode enemy messages during WWII at Bletchley Park in Britain. (Shutterstock)

The secrets are out: What declassified files have revealed

UPDATED ON SEP 25, 2021 03:47 PM IST
As India moves to declassify old military records and make them public, take a look at strange events from world history that remained secrets for years, even decades.
Athletes practicing high jumps without a jump stand and bar.(Avishek Roy)
Athletes practicing high jumps without a jump stand and bar.(Avishek Roy)

For aspiring athletes, Delhi's JLN stadium is a harsh reality check

By Avishek Roy
PUBLISHED ON SEP 24, 2021 09:18 PM IST
  • No crossbars or stands for high jumpers, damaged run-up track for javelin throwers, damaged landing pad for pole vaulters and a crumbling gym are just some of the many issues at SAI's flagship Delhi facility.
Mumbai Indians batsman Ishan Kishan(PTI)
Mumbai Indians batsman Ishan Kishan(PTI)

Why Mumbai Indians’ losses could give India the jitters

PUBLISHED ON SEP 24, 2021 09:15 PM IST
  • Six players from India's World Cup bound squad play for the defending champions who have had a shaky start to the second half of the IPL.
Taylor Swift in Shake It Off, a known earworm-causer.
Taylor Swift in Shake It Off, a known earworm-causer.

Four ways to shake off an earworm

By Vanessa Viegas
UPDATED ON SEP 25, 2021 03:05 PM IST
Can’t get a song out of your head? Is it causing you to grit your teeth and wish you’d never heard it, except you can’t stop? Here are some things that could help.
Now that the US has breached the taboo regarding nuclear propulsion, the time has come for India and France to set a new milestone for strengthening their strategic partnership (REUTERS)
Now that the US has breached the taboo regarding nuclear propulsion, the time has come for India and France to set a new milestone for strengthening their strategic partnership (REUTERS)

AUKUS: How not to win friends

By Rakesh Sood
UPDATED ON SEP 24, 2021 07:50 PM IST
An announcement meant to create ripples in the Indo-Pacific has created waves across the Atlantic. But this gives France and India an opportunity
Harris’s earlier criticism of the Modi government was seen as reflecting the dissatisfaction felt among progressives in the Democratic Party (PTI)
Harris’s earlier criticism of the Modi government was seen as reflecting the dissatisfaction felt among progressives in the Democratic Party (PTI)

The significance of the Modi-Harris meeting

By Yashwant Raj
UPDATED ON SEP 24, 2021 07:56 PM IST
Thursday’s meeting was a bold and risky move by Modi to test that antipathy. It could have gone either way. But the gamble paid off
This newspaper, while recognising the historic discrimination faced by marginalised communities on the axis of caste, believes that a caste census will only reinforce the politics of identity (Sambit Saha/HT Archive)
This newspaper, while recognising the historic discrimination faced by marginalised communities on the axis of caste, believes that a caste census will only reinforce the politics of identity (Sambit Saha/HT Archive)

2021: Focus on census, not caste

By HT Editorial
UPDATED ON SEP 24, 2021 07:50 PM IST
Given India’s multiple challenges at the moment, the Centre is right about moving ahead with the 2021 census, without caste enumeration
The policy achieves all of these parameters, without either being company-specific or value destructive for public finances — a brilliant move (Pradeep Gaur)
The policy achieves all of these parameters, without either being company-specific or value destructive for public finances — a brilliant move (Pradeep Gaur)

Vodafone Idea’s quest for atmanirbharta. What an idea sirji

By Prabal Basu Roy
UPDATED ON SEP 24, 2021 07:59 PM IST
The government has astutely provided a policy package that is based on the principles of an “earn-out structure” in deal-making, where the benefits to the target company are contingent on its satisfying post-deal milestones
If you never have time for distractions, and if a mind wandering makes you fidgety, you need more slack in your life. It’s essential for a healthier, happier, more effective you, Assisi says. (Shutterstock)
If you never have time for distractions, and if a mind wandering makes you fidgety, you need more slack in your life. It’s essential for a healthier, happier, more effective you, Assisi says. (Shutterstock)

Is there such a thing as ‘too efficient’? Life Hacks by Charles Assisi

By Charles Assisi
UPDATED ON SEP 24, 2021 07:14 PM IST
The short answer is yes. As wheels spin ever faster, too many are focused on optimisation, neglecting to build slack into their lives.
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Water, leaves, birdsong: To relax, a new study says, listen to sounds of nature

UPDATED ON SEP 24, 2021 07:10 PM IST
These sounds, even accompanied by urban noise like traffic, can help relieve symptoms of stress, enhance cognitive performance, and even alleviate intense pain, researchers have found.
Finally, a children’s show set in the Star Trek universe. The animated series features adventures of the crew aboard the experimental Starfleet ship, USS Protostar.
Finally, a children’s show set in the Star Trek universe. The animated series features adventures of the crew aboard the experimental Starfleet ship, USS Protostar.

All the sci-fi fantasy films and shows headed your way

UPDATED ON SEP 24, 2021 08:36 PM IST
It’s more than magic. Sequels, prequels, animations and brand new adaptations of classic titles are on the books.
Foundation course: Your guide to Asimov’s books and backstory
Foundation course: Your guide to Asimov’s books and backstory

Foundation course: Your guide to Asimov’s books and backstory

UPDATED ON SEP 24, 2021 08:33 PM IST
Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series casts a long shadow over science fiction. See why, and what connections Hari Seldon to Harry Potter.
Isaac Asimov’s Foundation books featured very few women. To right the balance for a new audience, the Apple TV show has recast the character of Gaal Dornick as a woman. (Apple TV)
Isaac Asimov’s Foundation books featured very few women. To right the balance for a new audience, the Apple TV show has recast the character of Gaal Dornick as a woman. (Apple TV)

Galaxy quest: Will Asimov’s Foundation series find a new life on screen?

By Gautam Bhatia
UPDATED ON SEP 25, 2021 01:54 PM IST
There are great expectations from the Apple TV adaptation of Isaac Asimov’s trilogy. Fans and critics hope it will keep up with the times, while maintaining its most distinctive feature — big questions, treated on a breathtaking scale.
Boxer Deepak Bhoria. (File)
Boxer Deepak Bhoria. (File)

Flyweight boxing champ Deepak Bhoria aims to soar beyond Amit Panghal

By Avishek Roy, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 23, 2021 09:03 PM IST
  • His dominant win in the division at the national boxing championships makes him a top challenger to Panghal’s status as a world level competitor.
ATKMB (in white) defending against Uzbekistan's Nasaf in their 6-0 loss Credit ATKMB(Twitter)
ATKMB (in white) defending against Uzbekistan's Nasaf in their 6-0 loss Credit ATKMB(Twitter)

ATK Mohun Bagan and the anatomy of a disaster

PUBLISHED ON SEP 23, 2021 08:55 PM IST
Questions need to be asked whether the expensively assembled teams prepared adequately for the AFC Cup inter-zonal semi-final.
Sharmada Balu on the right. 
Sharmada Balu on the right. 

How the lockdown inspired a former tennis prodigy to make a return

By Rutvick Mehta, Mumbai
UPDATED ON SEP 24, 2021 01:21 PM IST
  • Bengaluru’s Sharmada Balu gave up on tennis at her peak in her 20s because of a lack of funds and frequent injuries. Now she is back to winning ways. 
From left: Stefanos Tsitsipas, Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev. (Getty Images)
From left: Stefanos Tsitsipas, Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev. (Getty Images)

In men's tennis, the change of guard is finally happening

By Rutvick Mehta, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON SEP 23, 2021 08:23 PM IST
  • Nadal, Federer and Djokovic have a staggering 60 Slams split 20-20-20 between them, but this season has shown that a new generation is ready to take over.
Timing your retirement right is never easy. In politics, there is neither a retirement age nor an institutionalised mechanism to facilitate a smooth transition to a new order (RAVI KUMAR/HT)
Timing your retirement right is never easy. In politics, there is neither a retirement age nor an institutionalised mechanism to facilitate a smooth transition to a new order (RAVI KUMAR/HT)

In Indian politics, the challenge of transition

UPDATED ON SEP 23, 2021 08:26 PM IST
In the absence of inner-party democracy, arriving at a fine balance between gen-next aspirations and an ageing political leadership seems difficult. In politics, the premium placed on experience and stature makes it even more problematic to bring about any overnight change. But there is a way out
Quad should address certain vital questions: How can Quad effectively lead the region in reducing emissions as part of their commitments under the Paris agreement? Will it be successful in enhancing climate action without the participation of other existing international platforms? (Bloomberg)
Quad should address certain vital questions: How can Quad effectively lead the region in reducing emissions as part of their commitments under the Paris agreement? Will it be successful in enhancing climate action without the participation of other existing international platforms? (Bloomberg)

On the climate crisis, a four-point agenda for Quad meeting

By Aparna Roy
UPDATED ON SEP 23, 2021 08:27 PM IST
Quad can capitalise on the essence of democracy to further the vision and action related to the climate agenda. It is high time that a comprehensive, inclusive and fair approach of regional cooperation is adopted in dealing with one of the most significant global dangers of this century.
To be taken seriously in 2024, the Congress needs to get 2022 right. (Hindustan Times)
To be taken seriously in 2024, the Congress needs to get 2022 right. (Hindustan Times)

In poll-bound states, the challenge for the Congress

By HT Editorial
UPDATED ON SEP 23, 2021 08:27 PM IST
In Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Manipur, Goa and Uttarakhand, the party faces stiff challenges ahead of the next year’s assembly elections. To be taken seriously in 2024, the Congress needs to get 2022 right.
Signature Bridge engulfed in a thick layer of haze, Wazirabad, New Delhi, October 23, 2020 (Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
Signature Bridge engulfed in a thick layer of haze, Wazirabad, New Delhi, October 23, 2020 (Amal KS/HT PHOTO)

The battle against air pollution

By HT Editorial
UPDATED ON SEP 23, 2021 08:28 PM IST
The World Health Organization’s new metric on pollution levels highlights the scale of India’s challenge. India must focus on cleaning up its power, industry, and transport sectors, set up interim targets, and plan a more nuanced regional approach to provide the clean air to its citizens.
India is a major stakeholder in the Electric Vehicles Initiative (EVI) of the International Energy Agency. (Shutterstock)
India is a major stakeholder in the Electric Vehicles Initiative (EVI) of the International Energy Agency. (Shutterstock)

For a shift to sustainable urban transport, political will is key

By Vineet Abhishek
UPDATED ON SEP 23, 2021 06:57 PM IST
PM Modi announcement that Gujarat’s Statue of Unity will be an EV-only zone sends the right message to all planners and policymakers in India’s cities to shift to sustainable transportation
Representational Image.
Representational Image.

From a need-based crime to an organised network, Delhi’s snatching epidemic

UPDATED ON SEP 23, 2021 06:17 PM IST
At Delhi Police control, every hour, the officials manning the 112-helpline receive at least six calls from victims of snatching. From the PM’s niece to a diplomat; from a homemaker to a tourist; from a judge to a labourer, the victims of Delhi infamous snatching cut across all sections of society
Union minister for commerce and industry Piyush Goyal greets UAE minister of state for foreign trade Thani Ahmed Al Zeyoudi in New Delhi on Wednesday. The UAE is the ninth largest investor with over  billion invested in sectors such as services, sea transport, power, infrastructure and real estate. (Tweeted by Piyush Goyal)
Union minister for commerce and industry Piyush Goyal greets UAE minister of state for foreign trade Thani Ahmed Al Zeyoudi in New Delhi on Wednesday. The UAE is the ninth largest investor with over billion invested in sectors such as services, sea transport, power, infrastructure and real estate. (Tweeted by Piyush Goyal)

India-UAE trade can be a cornerstone of the global economy

By Thani Ahmed Al Zeyoudi
UPDATED ON SEP 23, 2021 05:40 PM IST
The two countries share many priorities. We both want to enhance the business environment in our countries, attract foreign direct investment, and use trade as a means to secure stability and prosperity not just for our citizens and residents but for our respective regions
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