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Like her dad, young author Zuni Chopra wants to chase excellence 

After writing her first book of poems, aged nine, she wrote her debut novel — The House That Spoke — that was released at the Jaipur Literature Festival in 2017. And she’s only 17. On the morning of Father’s Day, we met Zuni Chopra at the ITC Sonar lobby, with dad (film producer and director) Vidhu Vinod Chopra beside her. By the time we got chatting, Zuni was her own person — confident and witty. Excerpts...
Anannya Sarkar Jun 20, 2018 00:00 IST

Dehradun girl bags the top spot at Young Chef India Schools 2018

Eight contestants had their sights set on the top spot as they battled it out at the grand finale of Young Chef India Schools 2018, presented by International Institute of Hotel Management (IIHM), in association with t2, at IIHM’s Badarpur (Delhi) campus. All they had was two hours to cook a main dish, two accompaniments and a pre-decided dessert— Gulab Jamun Cheesecake. Who emerged as the winner and took home the trophy along with a cheque worth Rs 2 lakh? Read on to know.
Jun 20, 2018 00:00 IST

Kick and punch to be fit — That’s what the latest Zumba form makes you do

Imagine yourself in a video game, punching people around and swishing your sword to kill the baddies. And now imagine losing weight in the process. To make this dream come true, take up Strong By Zumba, a high-intensity interval training (HIIT) that is led by music. It is a body weight training where the fitness choreography is made first, and music is put on top of it.
Jun 20, 2018 00:00 IST

Get some greens home this summer, says Monika Poddar

I have, till date, seldom come across people who do not have a soft spot for plants but have always heard people being sceptical of gardening. Reading between the lines, I felt that they were more concerned about the aftercare and maintenance. So instead of sharing fanciful names with difficult scientific names to pronounce, I’d rather try and share simple things to make people shake off their scepticism and dig in with their green thumbs.
Jun 20, 2018 00:00 IST

A modern European spread gets a tasty twist with local flavours

New menu Where: The Salt House Timings: Noon to midnight Meal for two: Rs 1,800-plus
Jun 20, 2018 00:00 IST

Courses that count

If you haven't made the cut-off marks for the college of your choice, do not lose heart. You can still study your favourite subject -as long as it is numbers. If it was Accountancy or Commerce you wanted to pursue, you could instead choose from an array of finance-related courses.
Jun 19, 2018 00:00 IST

Tea, ice & a twist of lime

June is the month of the iced tea. Nothing beats the heat like a tall glass of coolness and iced tea has the fewest calories - especially if you replace the sugar with a healthy sweetener like honey. While the classic is always great, Team YOU has put together recipes of some easy flavoured iced teas that are as much fun to make and instagram as they are to drink
Jun 19, 2018 00:00 IST

Three racy thrillers by an ex-cop

Clare Mackintosh’s novels I Let You Go, I See You and Let Me Lie are lucidly written swift-paced thrillers with a twist on every page. A former policewoman, Mackintosh’s debut novel, I Let You Go (Hachette India, Rs 399), became a Sunday Times bestseller, and it is easy to see why. The story revolves around the mysterious Jenna Gray, whose life abruptly descends into nightmare after a horrific accident. Jenna chooses to walk away from her old life to begin anew, but her past catches up with her, threatening everything she loves. The heart-rending story deals with subjects as difficult and diverse as murder, domestic abuse and the loss of one’s child, weaving all of them into a plot of suspense.
Rushati Mukherjee Jun 19, 2018 00:00 IST

A spiritual novel with a three-pronged plotline

Hemis — A Novel by Madhu Tandan belongs to that group of books that are suspended somewhere between being self-help case studies and journey novels. It follows the story of Ajay Kapur, an atheist, workaholic, IIT Delhi-grad who travels to Ladakh for a trek amidst rising tensions in his marital relationship with Swati, who suspects infidelity on his part with his colleague and her former best friend, Akanksha. 
Vishwajeet Gain Jun 19, 2018 00:00 IST

Abhishek Dutta tells t2 about his delightful dozen 

A dog can always turn a frown upside down, now imagine what 12 more could do! Fashion designer Abhishek Dutta’s St. Bernard, Bosky, gave birth to 12 bundles of joy a few months ago. When t2 met the little pups at Abhishek’s Ballygunge home some time back, they were carried into the living room by his wife Jayashree and sons Aaryansh and Aakarsh, and upon release the puppies started running around and biting each other playfully. We couldn’t help but cuddle the cuties before chatting with Abhishek about the tiny ones. Now that most of the babies have left the family, Abhishek tells us about how he chose new homes for the pets.
Jun 19, 2018 00:00 IST

Beach-y hair with lots of textures — Adhuna Bhabani’s summer look

With Calcutta feeling like a boiling cauldron, we dialled hair pro Adhuna Bhabani for some quick tips to super mane. A t2 chat with the founder and creative director of BBLUNT. 
Saionee Chakraborty Jun 19, 2018 00:00 IST

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