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From the Ranbir-Alia wedding to the summer crunch, the third week of April was all about hearts and warmth. Here are our top features of the week covering these trends

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Hot on the heels of Alia Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor’s quick and intimate nuptials, Mid-day asked fashion and makeup experts what it takes to create a subtle wedding look. As the duo got married on their balcony, we also asked the interior designers how to make a terrace look worthy of the occasion. Given the grip of summer, we found some exciting recipes using seasonal produce, especially raw mangoes.

The week saw two special events: April 20 or World Weed Day and April 23, which is World Book Day. For the first, we dove into the growing use of hemp products that are considered therapeutic and sustainable to bring you full functionality on the hemp lifestyle. Our reading list of essential books by Dr. BR Ambedkar is the one everyone should bookmark. In our ‘Shelf Life’ series, which chronicles the people and places working to preserve Mumbai’s reading culture, we visited an independently curated Bandra bookstore.

Taking inspiration from RAlia, experts share beauty tips for achieving the delicate daytime wedding look

Are you obsessed with Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt’s wedding photos? Here are expert tips to help you nail your daytime wedding look

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Mumbai chefs explain how raw mangoes are ripe for culinary experiments

While pickles and raw mango juice are perennial favorites, there’s a lot more to the fruit. Five city chefs share simple ways to turn unripe mangoes into curries, ceviche, salads and chutneys

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It’s 4/20 Time: Why are hemp-based lifestyle products gaining popularity in India?

As curiosity grows about hemp, a species of the cannabis plant, several companies are showcasing the therapeutic benefits and sustainability of hemp-based clothing, oil and food. On April 20 or “4/20” — a day to celebrate all things cannabis — experts demystify the hemp lifestyle

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Meet Taba Chake and Anoushka Maskey: The Next Generation of Northeast Indian Music Stars

Midday caught up with the two musicians from the northeast, who live in Mumbai, after they recently sang their hearts out on stage in Pune. They talk about the influence of the pandemic on their music, sing in their mother tongue and move to Mumbai

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Decorate this balcony: six steps to create a comfortable balcony

Last week, Alia Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor got married on their balcony, their favorite place where they shared many moments of their relationship. Design experts choose six ways to make your balcony look worthy of an occasion

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World Book Day: Dr BR Ambedkar’s essential works to read to understand caste

On the occasion of World Book Day and Dalit History Month, here are some of the most notable and important works of social and political reformer Dr BR Ambedkar that must be read for understand the socio-political and economic oppression resulting from caste.

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The Trilogy Story: How an Independent Bandra Bookstore Builds Its Community of Readers

In a relatively short period of time, Bandra-based Trilogy has managed to create a cozy space where customers – young and old – can bond while browsing and buying books. In the fourth part of “Shelf Life”, Mid-day Online visits the Momayas, the couple behind this 8-year-old bookstore-library

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