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Flora Fountain, built in 1864.
Flora Fountain, built in 1864.

Breathing life back into Mumbai’s fountains

  • Restoration architect Vikas Dilawari is giving Mumbai’s 19th century fountains a new lease of life
  • The architect has won 16 Unesco Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation, and the fountains are among his most recent projects

Virat Kohli after the loss of his team against New Zealand in the World Cup semi-final. (Reuters)
Virat Kohli after the loss of his team against New Zealand in the World Cup semi-final. (Reuters)

The peculiar Indian curse of ‘first-class first’

  • In a country of ungracious losers, there are no second chances and responses to failure are disproportionately passionate
  • Our failures live in closets while our successes bask on Facebook

In the song ‘Chocolate Lime Juice’ from the 1994 film ‘Hum Aapke Hain Koun..!’, Madhuri Dixit’s character suggests that she has outgrown chocolates, ice cream and toffees.
In the song ‘Chocolate Lime Juice’ from the 1994 film ‘Hum Aapke Hain Koun..!’, Madhuri Dixit’s character suggests that she has outgrown chocolates, ice cream and toffees.

What was your first ‘grown-up’ meal?

  • One of my favourite scenes in fiction is from ‘When The Time Is Right’, a translation of Buddhadev Bose’s novel ‘Tithidore’
  • It takes place at a Chinese restaurant, when over the course of a meal, the heroine enters a different, more adult world

Bhushan Kumar. (Jayachandran/Mint)
Bhushan Kumar. (Jayachandran/Mint)

Bhushan Kumar: Top of the pops

  • The head of music company T-Series talks to Mint about their YouTube record, his instinct for music, and his song selection process
  • The music baron says that though he may not be recognized on trips to Spain and France, his record label is now a familiar name

Kaziranga (National Park) is home to the world’s largest population of Indian one-horned rhinoceroses,
Kaziranga (National Park) is home to the world’s largest population of Indian one-horned rhinoceroses,

MOOD: How the Lounge team is feeling this week

From the floods in Assam to Bombay high court’s quashing of the clearances for the city’s mega Coastal Road project, Lounge takes on the biggest updates of the week

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Megan Rapinoe speaks at New York City Hall after the ticker-tape parade for the women’s national team. (USA Today Sports)
Megan Rapinoe speaks at New York City Hall after the ticker-tape parade for the women’s national team. (USA Today Sports)

Channel your inner Rapinoe

  • Megan Rapinoe, the US soccer co-captain, led her team to victory in the Fifa Women’s World Cup
  • To emulate your heroes, you’ll need to be inclusive, speak out and pick your passion

Roger Federer sits court-side after losing to Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon final.  (AFP)
Roger Federer sits court-side after losing to Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon final. (AFP)

The generosity of true sportsmen

  • Roger Federer and the New Zealand captain Kane Williamson’s press conferences after losing the Wimbledon and World Cup finals were lauded for their professionalism
  • Watching the press conferences was like a class on perspective, sporting loss and humanness

A march in support of the LGBTQ+ community in Mumbai. (Aniruddha Chowdhury/Mint)
A march in support of the LGBTQ+ community in Mumbai. (Aniruddha Chowdhury/Mint)

Missed opportunity

  • Recently India abstained from voting at the UN on the extension of the mandate of an independent LGBTQ+ expert
  • By failing to vote, India has lost a crucial opportunity to signal its commitment as human rights leader in the subcontinent

A view of the Vitthal temple in Pandharpur, Maharashtra. (Alamy)
A view of the Vitthal temple in Pandharpur, Maharashtra. (Alamy)

The kitchen maid as Bhakti poet

  • Janabai was an exceptional Bhakti poet who worked as a kitchen maid all her life
  • Instead of a radical message, she lived by the principle that everything was divine

England were first-time winners of the cricket World Cup. (Photo: Reuters)
England were first-time winners of the cricket World Cup. (Photo: Reuters)

World Cup 2019: Withdrawal symptoms

  • A fan looks back at ‘bits and pieces’ of the recently concluded Cricket World Cup in England
  • To call it a bowler’s tournament would not be a stretch, and that can only be good for the game

Kazutada Kobayashi, president-CEO of Canon India, took charge in 2012.  (Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint)
Kazutada Kobayashi, president-CEO of Canon India, took charge in 2012. (Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint)

India has become a ‘home’ from a ‘house’

  • Kobayashi’s love for the Indian way of life trickles down to his family as well
  • Working at Canon for 39 years in various capacities have exposed Kobayashi to various cultures and geographies, with each helping him grow personally and professionally

 (Photo: iStock)
 (Photo: iStock)
(Photo: iStock)

Travelling abroad? Here is how to stay away from the foreign exchange counter

Some banks’ multi-currency cards allow you to lock in the price of the forex at the time of buying

Mercedes-Benz India head Martin Schwenk moved to Pune from France last year.
Mercedes-Benz India head Martin Schwenk moved to Pune from France last year.

‘I find Indians to be very friendly and competent’

The 53-year-old German managing director and chief executive of Mercedes-Benz India, who calls France home, is a true-blue expat, what with his job taking him to Germany, the US, Austria and South Africa

Mamta Kumari at the Gurugram office of her startup PrepBytes, which she founded in June last year. Pradeep Gaur/Mint
Mamta Kumari at the Gurugram office of her startup PrepBytes, which she founded in June last year. Pradeep Gaur/Mint

Spot, learn, fill—the journey of starting up

Startup founders not only learn about the gaps in the market by working in an industry before, but can also find future mentors in their employers

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