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Like Richa Agarwal (above), Sudheer Dhawan (below) too believes one needs to keep investing in learning new, relevant skills even without taking a break.
Like Richa Agarwal (above), Sudheer Dhawan (below) too believes one needs to keep investing in learning new, relevant skills even without taking a break.

How upskilling can make the return to work easier

Updating your knowledge and skills to what an employer needs now and in the near future is the only way to overcome the perceived shortcoming of a break in career

Shilpa Sharma, founder of three companies, says travel has helped her develop the ability to notice what most people miss.
Wahleach Lake is popular for boating expeditions
Wahleach Lake is popular for boating expeditions

All about hope

  • Chainsaws make art, rivers yield gold and the scenery makes the heart soar in this Canadian town
  • Adventure tourism is big business, and the impressive infrastructure makes Hope a hiker’s paradise

A still from ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’.
A still from ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’.

The young hijabi in fiction

  • Sabyn Javeri’s collection of short stories, ‘Hijabistan’, gives much-needed representation to young Muslim women
  • From a young secretary who sleeps with her boss to a homemaker who dreams of writing a novel, the protagonists vary widely across the social and psychological spectrums

Ankush Safaya’s work from ‘The Sacred And The Profane’, at the Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai, in 2017. Courtesy N Divya
Ankush Safaya’s work from ‘The Sacred And The Profane’, at the Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai, in 2017. Courtesy N Divya

For artists who think out of the box

  • The Motwani Jadeja Foundation Arts Residency, a new US-based residency, set to start in July, hopes to create a dialogue between art, society and technology
  • Artist Ankur Safaya has been announced as the first artist-in-residence for the same

Floral Affair by Frugurpop brings together edible flowers and herbs.
Floral Affair by Frugurpop brings together edible flowers and herbs.

Diet-friendly gelatos at every corner

  • Brands are now offering a range of keto and vegan ice creams for the health conscious
  • These are made with seasonal fresh produce and claim to have either natural sweeteners or polyols

Atul Jalan’s new book explores the intersections of technology with society, morality and ethics. courtesy atul jalan
Atul Jalan’s new book explores the intersections of technology with society, morality and ethics. courtesy atul jalan

Technology will enable a direct democracy model: Atul Jalan

  • Tech founder and author speaks to Mint on technology-led democracy, the fight over content, and the happiness pill
  • Jalan’s book, 'Where Will Man Take Us?: The Bold Story Of The Man Technology Is Creating', explores the intersections of technology and society, morality and ethics

The basic ingredients of a ‘rice pot of leftovers’. Photographs by Samar Halarnkar
The basic ingredients of a ‘rice pot of leftovers’. Photographs by Samar Halarnkar

Inspiration from an empty fridge

  • What do you do when children occupy your weekend and there’s no time to shop or cook?
  • There’s always likely to be some scraps of raw vegetables in your fridge. Mix and match

Tonique in Hyderabad’s upmarket Jubilee Hills
a screenshot of the Imagine Dragons song ‘Whatever It Takes’ in vertical video on the desktop
a screenshot of the Imagine Dragons song ‘Whatever It Takes’ in vertical video on the desktop

Why vertical videos are in the frame

  • The concept of vertical videos has gone from being an advertising tool to an important part of mainstream media
  • While the traditional format of video viewing on phones has been horizontal—an aspect ratio of 16:9—vertical video is taller rather than wide

Dr John performing at the ‘The Last Waltz’ concert in San Francisco in 1976. Getty Images
Dr John performing at the ‘The Last Waltz’ concert in San Francisco in 1976. Getty Images

The death of rock ‘n’ roll’s voodoo doctor

  • Dr John’s death on 6 June at the age of 77 marked the demise of the most important envoy of the treasured musical tradition of New Orleans
  • In his six-decade-long career, he drew out the best of that city’s musical genres and culture—jazz, blues, funk, boogie-woogie and voodoo.

The interiors of Andrea’s Bar and Brasserie.
The interiors of Andrea’s Bar and Brasserie.

Delhi gets a new global brasserie

  • Andrea’s Bar and Brasserie (ABB) is a new restaurant in Delhi’s Khan Market, offering an expansive menu
  • Founder Andrea Pauro, who also runs Andrea’s Eatery in south Delhi’s Select Citywalk mall, hopes to offer a relaxed stand-alone space with ABB

Kiran Nagarkar at his residence in Mumbai. Photo: Aniruddha Chowdhury/Mint
A still from ‘Deewar’, a film in which Nirupa Roy plays the long-suffering, self-sacrificing mother of a policeman and a gangster.
A still from ‘Deewar’, a film in which Nirupa Roy plays the long-suffering, self-sacrificing mother of a policeman and a gangster.

It’s the end of the road for the sacrifice saga

  • The ballad of the sacrifice of the Gandhis holds the Congress party together, but it doesn't get them votes
  • The narrative of sacrifice has been overtaken by the BJP's model of aspiration

Diana Edulji captained India at the 1978 World Cup. Getty Images
Diana Edulji captained India at the 1978 World Cup. Getty Images

A World Cup lost and found

  • In 1978, India hosted the Women’s Cricket World Cup, with four participating teams
  • This was the first time the country hosted an international cricket championship

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The Russian writer Leo Tolstoy and his wife Sofia were well-known diary-keepers. (Alamy)
The Russian writer Leo Tolstoy and his wife Sofia were well-known diary-keepers. (Alamy)

Dear Diary, so, this is what I have done

Reading early blogs was like watching ‘Prozac Nation’ in Tirunelveli

Former president Pranab Mukherjee (left) with former prime minister Manmohan Singh at Delhi’s Teen Murti Bhawan in October 2017. (Sonu Mehta/Hindustan Times)
Former president Pranab Mukherjee (left) with former prime minister Manmohan Singh at Delhi’s Teen Murti Bhawan in October 2017. (Sonu Mehta/Hindustan Times)

India’s missed growth opportunities

  • In her new book, Puja Mehra analyses the political and economic policies of a decade that have brought India’s growth rate to its current crisis
  • She uses her insights as a trained economist as well as journalist to explain the workings of the governments in power

Sadat’s novel looks at the Soviet war in Afghanistan in 1979. (Getty Images)
Sadat’s novel looks at the Soviet war in Afghanistan in 1979. (Getty Images)

Love in a dangerous climate

  • Nemat Sadat’s debut novel tells the powerful story of a young gay carpet weaver from Afghanistan
  • From war-torn Afghanistan to a refugee camp in Pakistan to the US, the plot covers a wide geographical arc

A lammergeier spotted flying towards Ama Dablam, as seen from Dingboche village. (Sujoy Das)
A lammergeier spotted flying towards Ama Dablam, as seen from Dingboche village. (Sujoy Das)

In the shadow of Everest

  • A new book of photographs on the Solukhumbu region in Nepal brings to life the culture of the Sherpa community
  • It also brings the grandeur of one of the most amazing mountain vistas on Earth