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Munawar Faruqui, love after Covid, Old Monk — the best of ThePrint Features in 2021

These are the top 10 most read and debated Feature articles from ThePrint in 2021.

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The features section of ThePrint delves into stories and ideas that are often missed in the humdrum of everyday news. In 2021, ThePrint’s reporters and storytellers travelled places and brought out stories on various topics – from Noida humour to esports athletes to Gurugram’s cultural renaissance. Here is a selection of the best of features.

Why Indians can’t get over Turkish series ‘Resurrection: Ertuğrul’, two years after it ended

Paramita Ghosh

Engin Altan Duzyatan, who plays Ertuğrul, told ThePrint in an interview that he is happy to have fans in India. He described himself as a fan of Bollywood.

Mughal history’s biggest puzzle solved by municipal engineer — where is Dara Shukoh buried?

Vandana Menon

Assistant engineer of South Delhi municipality took four years to find the answer. Even experts couldn’t confirm for decades.

Nostalgia and a secret recipe — What makes Old Monk India’s favourite alcohol

Shubhangi Misra

For nearly seven decades now, Old Monk, India’s iconic and popular alcoholic beverage, has been savoured by the young and the old, rich and the badly off.

Noida has a new sector. It’s called humour

Tina Das

Move to Noida and your dating scene is dead. Not many to swipe right.

Pani puri, comedy & intolerance — Two days with Munawar Faruqui, the comedian denied a stage

Vandana Menon

‘I feel like I’m playing 3-4 Munawar Faruquis,’ the comedian told ThePrint. Sixteen of his shows were cancelled in a row.

Greater Noida to Gurgaon — 5 NCR forests that you must visit before Corbett

Tina Das

Noida, Greater Noida, Gurgaon and Faridabad have hidden forests too, some going back hundreds of years.

A silent Mughal-era monument is revealing itself — a shiny blue dome in the heart of Delhi

Unnati Sharma

For a long time, Sabz Burj was a police station and six million vehicles drove past it every year. But now people can admire its Mughal-era architecture.

Meet the ‘Virat Kohli of Valorant’ — How Indian esports athletes are leading gaming mania

Vandana Menon

Esports is no longer a niche subculture. It’s going mainstream, and Indian gamers are keen to make their mark globally.

Love after Covid – Delhi couples throng monuments, from Sunder Nursery to Qutub Minar

Manisha Mondal

For a year, all that most friends, lovers, couples knew were WhatsApp messages, video calls in between WFH, and chupke-chupke phone calls on terraces.

Gurugram is finally getting what it lacked. A culture Renaissance of sorts

Tina Das

You wouldn’t associate Gurugram with William Dalrymple evenings or museum visits. Millennium City is moving beyond pubs.

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