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Malcolm Gladwell’s new book-- Talking To Strangers: What We Should Know About The People We Don’t Know.
Malcolm Gladwell’s new book-- Talking To Strangers: What We Should Know About The People We Don’t Know.

Who’s telling the truth?

Malcolm Gladwell’s new book delves into why we aren’t good at accurately reading other people, and what we can do to make it right

The 282ft building has several breakout zones (Photo: Kumar/Mint)
Facial recognition systems save time spent in queues. (Photo: Reuters)
Facial recognition systems save time spent in queues. (Photo: Reuters)

Soon, forgetting a passport need not be your greatest travel fear

Biometrics and software match faces more accurately than the manual processes

Gironde (in white shirt) says knowing cognac starts with understanding the land.
Pooja Dhingra, who won the 2019 Instagrammer of the Year award, says influencers need to be true to their personality to be successful (Photo: Instagram @poojadhingra)
Pooja Dhingra, who won the 2019 Instagrammer of the Year award, says influencers need to be true to their personality to be successful (Photo: Instagram @poojadhingra)

The 24-hour job of an online influencer

  • A generation of entrepreneurs is making a good living by building their own personal brands online, but the road to the top is filled with intense competition and anxiety
  • Data shows influencer ads elicit 277% more emotional intensity than television ads and are 87% more memorable

A few days after Sitharaman's comments, Mahindra launched a subscription-based car ownership model, just like its global counterparts Ford, Volvo, Hyundai and Porsche (Photo: iStock)
Protima Tiwary says many influencers get carried away by ‘likes’ and numbers
Protima Tiwary says many influencers get carried away by ‘likes’ and numbers

Candid or composed? On the Insta tightrope

Influencing is great, but it’s important to keep it real and not allow the exposure to affect one’s mental and emotional state

InSeason Fish’s fish calendar for September
InSeason Fish’s fish calendar for September

Monsoon catch

  • Know Your Fish and InSeason Fish, two India-based initiatives, are spreading awareness about seasonal and sustainable seafood
  • They publish monthly calendars of which fish should be eaten and which should be avoided

The SMS inbox, however, can get messy, with the numerous alerts, offers and services from different sources you have subscribed to for updates
The SMS inbox, however, can get messy, with the numerous alerts, offers and services from different sources you have subscribed to for updates

An app to put your text messages in order

  • This Android app from Microsoft helps users organize their SMSes and sort them into categories
  • A product from the Microsoft Garage project, the app was developed by an eight-member team from Hyderabad

Tourists in Rainbow Village (Photo: iStock)
Tourists in Rainbow Village (Photo: iStock)

The many surprises of Taipei and Taichung

  • Taiwan’s second largest city embraces design with themed cafes, a painted village, and ultra-modern national theater
  • From glittering skyscraper to a temple that holds the answers to all questions, essentials for a Taipei itinerary

Artist Pallavi Paul at her residence in Delhi (Photo: Ramesh Pathania/Mint)
Artist Pallavi Paul at her residence in Delhi (Photo: Ramesh Pathania/Mint)

Mrs Gandhi’s double and other stories

  • Pallavi Paul, a Delhi-based video artist is working on a documentary film that explores the experiences of policewomen during the Emergency
  • She chose the topic because she wanted to initiate a dialogue about the power of the police and “their role as psycho-geographers”

‘Representative From Hell’, oil on canvas, 1965
‘Representative From Hell’, oil on canvas, 1965

Drawn from the theatre of life

  • A new exhibition, curated by Ranjit Hoskote, will look at the play of texture and form in Jogen Chowdhury’s pictorial universe
  • In the clusters of nearly 150 works on display, one will get to see the range and depth of the artist’s oeuvre

Smog at Mahim in Mumbai in January (Photo: Hindustan Times)
Zarina (centre) and Ronnie Screwvala interacting with the Gokulwada village community, which received drinking water at their homes for the first time with the support of the Swades Foundation.courtesy swades foundation
Zarina (centre) and Ronnie Screwvala interacting with the Gokulwada village community, which received drinking water at their homes for the first time with the support of the Swades Foundation.courtesy swades foundation

The 360-degree sweep of philanthropy

How lessons from being a first-generation entrepreneur have helped Ronnie Screwvala transform rural life in Raigad through his Swades Foundation

(from left) Marlene Dietrich, Anna May Wong and Leni Riefenstahl in Berlin in 1928.
(from left) Marlene Dietrich, Anna May Wong and Leni Riefenstahl in Berlin in 1928.

Twentieth century women

Marlene Dietrich, Leni Riefenstahl and Anna May Wong come alive in this sparkling novel

Shetty has been working with objects collected from Mumbai’s flea markets since his student days
Shetty has been working with objects collected from Mumbai’s flea markets since his student days

Carving out fragments OF MEMORY

  • Sudarshan Shetty’s ongoing show at GALLERYSKE allows the viewer to make personal connections with the carved objects on display
  • These are replicas of objects collected by the artist over the years from flea markets in Mumbai

A Kashmiri family in Srinagar talks to relatives on a landline phone on 17 August.
A Kashmiri family in Srinagar talks to relatives on a landline phone on 17 August.

When Kashmir speaks: The other side of a lockdown

Amidst conflicting reports and a breakdown in communication, Kashmiris outside the valley are raising their voices on social media, helping each other and letting the world know what it is being unable to access—their own truth

Polished wood and leather dominate Punkah House’s décor
Polished wood and leather dominate Punkah House’s décor

A different kind of fandom

  • A new Bengaluru restaurant carves out a food-led identity instead of taking the microbrewery route
  • The food identity of the restaurant isn’t beholden to one chef’s vision—the entire team of chefs at the F&B company worked for months to curate an experimental menu

Kiran Nagarkar at his residence in Worli, Mumbai, in May. (Aniruddha Chowdhury/Mint)
Kiran Nagarkar at his residence in Worli, Mumbai, in May. (Aniruddha Chowdhury/Mint)

Opinion | How #MeToo changed mourning

The needle of suspicion cannot simply be wished away or ignored—it has to be confronted. The events of last year force us to reckon with the harder question of #WhatNext?

Podcasts have excellent content (iStock)