Monday, January 23, 2017

Enjoy your glass of chhang at Mechukha (Foodie Trail-Arunachal Pradesh)
Mechukha | Monday, 2017 11:45:04 AM IST
If you are planning a trip to this remote valley in the northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh, rest assured you will be welcomed with a glass of chhang, a pungent home-brewed local beer made from millet or rice. ... read..

In Punjab, foreign couples take wedding vows again (With Image)
Chaunni Kalan (Punjab) | Sunday, 2017 4:15:04 PM IST
Fascinated with the colourful Indian weddings, foreign couples are saying their marriage vows in a small village of Punjab's Hoshiarpur district. ... read..

Bountiful and 'snowful', winter reclaims its glory in Kashmir
Srinagar | Thursday, 2017 12:15:04 PM IST
Heaps of snow, razor-sharp icicles, the cackle of low-flying geese and the warmth of families huddled together to ward off the cold -- all these are markers of a great winter in Kashmir. ... read..

More ayurveda chairs to be created abroad: ICCR DG (IANS Interview)
Kolkata | Wednesday, 2017 1:45:04 PM IST
The ICCR, the organisation tasked with projecting the country's heritage and engaging culturally with friendly countries, aims to set up more ayurveda chairs abroad as part of its bid to harness India's soft power as a "potent tool". ... read..

It's comfort food all the way at Taj Palace's Capital Kitchen (Foodie Trail-Delhi)
New Delhi | Sunday, 2017 4:15:04 PM IST
In a city known as a gastronomical heaven with so many multi-cuisine outlets, it is difficult to find delightful fine diners hinging on the concept of comfort foods. There are a couple of them that now offer such heartening fare, and adding to the lot is ... read..

Chandigarh school kids adding strength to 'Wall of Kindness'
Chandigarh | Sunday, 2017 12:45:04 PM IST
It is an act of kindness and gratitude, but veiled in anonymity. ... read..

Cafes, culinary experiments and hashtags: Rulers of the gastronomical world (With Images) (2016 In Retrospect)
New Delhi | Saturday, 2016 3:15:04 PM IST
Sipping a oreo chocolate shake accompanied by a thick chicken patty smashed between buns or experimenting with the flavours of Indian regional cuisine -- a culinary visit to any eat-out remained incomplete without the "foodporn" and "foodgasm" hashtags, m ... read..

Reviving Na Khowa, the festival of feasting in Assam (Societal Feature)
Guwahati | Friday, 2016 1:15:04 PM IST
With the mercury dipping, people in Assam, particularly in the rural areas, are switching to celebration mode with the Na Khowa festival, an age-old ritual of community feasts organised to thank the gods for a good harvest. ... read..

NE designers dipping into diverse attire of regional tribes (With Images)
Mechukha (Arunachal Pradesh) | Wednesday, 2016 12:15:04 PM IST
Weavers and designers from India's northeast are now focusing on creating a greater variety of patterns by incorporating features from the distinctly diverse attire of the large number of tribes in the region to make a dent in the domestic and internation ... read..

In Kerala, the year belonged to CM Pinarayi Vijayan (2016 In Retrospect)
Thiruvananthapuram | Tuesday, 2016 1:15:04 PM IST
In Kerala, the year 2016 belonged to 71-year-old Pinarayi Vijayan who breasted the tape ahead of popular party colleague and arch rival V.S. Achuthanandan in the race to be the Chief Minister -- without even a whimper of protest from any quarter. ... read..

'Go digital' drive brought cyber security to the fore in India (2016 in Retrospect)
New Delhi | Saturday, 2016 1:45:37 PM IST
With the country logging into the digital world to become a cashless economy, the threat of data breach loomed over both public and private enterprises, with several such cases being reported through the year -- forcing the government to wake up from its ... read..

Solar lessons for India from Morocco's Hollywood city (With Images)
Marrakech | Thursday, 2016 1:15:04 PM IST
With Atlas Mountain on one side and the vast Sahara on the other, Ouarzazate -- also known as Morocco's Hollywood, where films like "Gladiator" and TV series "Game of Thrones" were shot -- has become, in a record time of three years, home to the world's l ... read..

Shaken survivors burst into tears on reaching Patna
Patna | Monday, 2016 6:15:04 PM IST
Unlike many other journeys they had undertaken in the past, it was an altogether different kind of experience for the survivors of the Indore-Patna Express derailment at Pukhrayan in Uttar Pradesh on Sunday morning. ... read..

How WhatsApp is giving wings of freedom to housewives (Societal Feature)
New Delhi | Monday, 2016 1:45:04 PM IST
A year ago, when 28-year-old Soma Chatterjee Maiti started using mobile messaging app WhatsApp, she did not know that one day the platform would economically empower her. ... read..

Seychelles: As exotic as it gets (Travelogue)
Victoria (Seychelles) | Monday, 2016 11:45:06 AM IST
It was raining heavily when the inaugural SriLankan Airlines flight from Colombo touched down on the Indian Ocean archipelago nation of Seychelles and one could hardly make out the water cannon salute from inside the aircraft. ... read..

When will children become a political priority, asks Kailash Satyarthi (IANS Interview) (Nov 20 is the UN's Universal Children's Day)
New Delhi | Sunday, 2016 1:45:05 PM IST
Notwithstanding the suffering of the common people, Kailash Satyarthi supports the governments demonetisation move as it will help curb trafficking, but the Nobel laureate and child-rights crusader asserts that unless and until children become a political ... read..

Iconic Bullet roars back on Indian roads (Lifestyle Feature)
Chennai | Sunday, 2016 2:45:04 PM IST
Talk of an aspirational or iconic motorbike in India and the 350cc Enfield Bullet (now Royal Enfield Bullet) chugs straight into our minds. ... read..

Endowed with waterfalls, beaches, mountains, Reunion woos Indian tourists (Travelogue) (With Images)
St. Denis (Reunion Island) | Wednesday, 2016 11:15:04 AM IST
Endowed with beaches, lagoons, waterfalls, spectacular volcanoes and weather that is pleasant for most part of the year, Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean is striving to be a preferred destination for Indian tourists. ... read..

Bihari migrants carry home smiles, prosperity for Chhath
Patna | Friday, 2016 7:15:05 PM IST
With four-day 'Chhath' festival underway, it is celebration time in thousands of villages of Bihar. Over a million migrant workers are returning home with broad smiles and pockets full for the festive time with their near and dear ones. ... read..

Crimea: Steeped in history, immensely popular resort (Travelogue)
Yalta (Crimea) | Monday, 2016 1:15:05 PM IST
It's a land that's seen the Charge of the Light Brigade. It's where the Big Three Met at the height of World War II to decide on the final contours of the conflict. It's also been in the news for all the wrong reasons, but that hasn't kept the tourists aw ... read..

3 years on, families of blast victims at Modi rally wait for jobs
Patna | Thursday, 2016 7:15:04 PM IST
It's been three years since they were promised jobs and other benefits, by none other than then Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi. But for the families of the six people killed in serial blasts at Patna Gandhi Maidan on October 27, 2013, the wait conti ... read..

Tracking gorillas in Rwanda's volcanic mountains (Travelogue)
Kigali | Tuesday, 2016 1:15:05 PM IST
Tracking the critically-endangered mountain gorilla -- the world's largest ape -- in the lushly-forested steep bamboo slopes of the Virunga Mountains in the Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda in east Africa is a life-enriching experience. ... read..

Delhi breathing cleaner air this October
New Delhi | Friday, 2016 1:45:04 PM IST
Even though the national capital continues to choke on smog and dust, experts say its air quality this October has improved a little, as compared to last year. ... read..

Now, undertake a culinary journey to Benaras (Foodie Trail)
New Delhi | Wednesday, 2016 12:15:04 PM IST
The grandeur of Benaras' exquisite food and the beautiful ambience of its ghats have been brought alive at an ongoing festival here that recreates a spread of the city's specialties and street snacks for the capital's food lovers. ... read..

Autumn in Kashmir: Nature in bloom but where are the tourists?
Srinagar | Sunday, 2016 2:15:04 PM IST
Kashmir's season of pleasure and plenty, the autumn, is here, but alas, the tragedy of the beleaguered valley this year has overshadowed everything that is good about the golden-brown season. ... read..

Two Mumbaikars play 'garba-dandiya' on wheelchairs (Human Interest Feature)
Mumbai | Wednesday, 2016 1:45:04 PM IST
At several suburban Navratri venues in Mumbai, revellers suddenly stop in their tracks to view and admire a young man and a woman as they join the ongoing 10-day dance festivities -- on wheelchairs. ... read..

Spicy Duck a worthy successor to Tea House Of The August Moon (Foodie Trail-Delhi) (With Images)
New Delhi | Wednesday, 2016 10:45:04 AM IST
For over two decades Tea House Of The August Moon at the Taj Palace Hotel was one of the finest Chinese diners in the national capital's diplomatic enclave. It inexplicably closed down in 2009, leaving a huge hole that has now been filled by the newly-ope ... read..

Walk with Mahatma Gandhi at Rashtrapati Bhavan
New Delhi | Saturday, 2016 6:15:05 PM IST
The new hi-tech Garages Museum in the Rashrapati Bhavan here provides visitors with some great experiences, allowing them to "feel" the presence of Mahatma Gandhi and as if he is "walking" with them by using virtual reality (VR) technology. ... read..

This Odisha villager has a goldmine of autographed images, letters (Human Interest Feature)
Bhubaneswar | Thursday, 2016 2:45:04 PM IST
Priyabrat Biswal lives in a small village in Odisha but this hasn't come in the way of his building up a veritable treasure trove of autographed images and letters from the Who's Who of the world -- 600 and counting. ... read..

Global chef Teuku now rides Chennai's Flying Elephant (Foodie Trail-Chennai) (With Images)
Chennai | Wednesday, 2016 12:45:04 PM IST
It would not be wrong at all to call 41-year-old Jakarta-born Teuku Syafrulsyah a global chef. After all, the current Executive Chef at the 201-room Park Hyatt Chennai, has worked in several countries -- Indonesia, Dubai, Ukraine, Egypt, Tajikistan and Ta ... read..

At Gaj Retreat, nature is at its closest (Travelogue)
Chandigarh | Wednesday, 2016 1:15:05 PM IST
Punjab may not be a hill state but a new eco-resort is offering that hill-top feeling amidst abundant nature right on the state's border with neighbouring Himachal Pradesh. ... read..

East-West confluence, blue sea and belly dances turn Istanbul into travellers' delight (Travelogue)
Istanbul | Tuesday, 2016 11:45:05 AM IST
The scintillating blue water of the Bosphorus strait and the high boundary walls of the erstwhile Byzantine civilisation strewn with royal structures in every nook and corner of Istanbul offer travellers everything they would ask for on a holiday. ... read..

Have your beer chilled with some cutting-edge gadgets (With Images)
New Delhi | Monday, 2016 12:15:04 PM IST
Do you remember that time when, busy working on a laptop, you found your beer had gone all warm and flat? What if you can get hold of gadgets that never let your beer go flat and keep it chilled? ... read..

Sindhudurg: Maharashtra's and India's cleanest 'mini-paradise' (With Images)
Sindhudurg (Maharashtra) | Sunday, 2016 11:45:05 AM IST
Bordered on the west by the bluish-green waters of the Arabian Sea and on the east by the lush green forests of the Western Ghats, Sindhudurg district in southwest coastal Maharashtra is a veritable tourist delight. ... read..

Crave for thin-crust pizzas? PizzaExpress is the answer (Foodie Trail-Delhi) (With Images)
New Delhi | Wednesday, 2016 1:45:05 PM IST
Comfortable ambience, a perfectly baked thin-crust pizza with a chilled berry fresca mocktail: The combination offered by PizzaExpress is just perfect for a relaxed Saturday night dinner after a hectic week. ... read..

In rich New York, Mother Teresa's sisters serve its poorest like in Kolkata (With images)
New York | Sunday, 2016 10:15:04 AM IST
Mother Teresa, who is being declared a saint by Pope Francis on Sunday, has been hailed as the "Saint of the Gutters of Kolkata". But her sisters find they are needed as much in New York, the richest city of the US. ... read..

Itanagar: An understated tourist spot (Travelogue)
Itanagar | Tuesday, 2016 1:15:05 PM IST
"Why Itanagar? Go to Tawang," suggested my friends. But the capital of Arunachal Pradesh, that borders China, has a lot to offer -- peaceful places, fun nightclubs and good food. ... read..

Savour prawn, tofu and more at The China Kitchen (Foodie Trail-Delhi)
New Delhi | Wednesday, 2016 12:15:05 PM IST
If your heart lies in seafood -- prawn to be precise -- The China Kitchen at the Hyatt Regency is the place to head for in the capital. ... read..

A quiet Mughlai outlet in chaotic Jamia Nagar (Foodie Trail-Delhi) (With Images)
New Delhi | Wednesday, 2016 1:15:05 PM IST
If you are in love with the tandoor-fresh Mughlai cuisine of the local eateries in south Delhi's Jamia Nagar but struggle to find a decent place to sit, IC Hotel should be your port of call. ... read..

On I-Day, time-warped Goa village also celebrates a unique delicacy
Socorro | Sunday, 2016 12:15:04 PM IST
On Independence Day, a tiny village in Goa will not only celebrate the country's freedom with gusto but also honour the patolli, an unsung, delicious, time-warped local dessert, served delicately wrapped in turmeric leaf. ... read..

Carpenter crafts cyber content using ancient mobile
Chandigarh | Wednesday, 2016 1:15:06 PM IST
A youngster from a carpenter's family might not seem a likely candidate to craft cyberspace. But this is exactly what Raju Suthar has been doing, one mobile keypad stroke at a time. ... read..

Sasha Obama takes summer job at seafood joint
Washington | Saturday, 2016 6:15:04 PM IST
Sasha Obama, younger daughter of US President Barack Obama, is taking some time off from the comforts of the White House to work at a seafood joint in Massachusetts. ... read..

India's 23rd regional Wikipedia, in Tulu, goes live
Chandigarh | Saturday, 2016 3:45:05 PM IST
The Tulu Wikipedia has just gone live, giving another boost to yet another ancient Indian language otherwise struggling to keep up with the times and speedily changing technology. ... read..

Taking Tamil ebooks to the world -- for free
Chandigarh | Friday, 2016 1:45:05 PM IST
He publishes ebooks. He uploads millions of words to cyberspace -- and he's proud that he charges zilch for this, even though some of the have seen over 150,000 downloads. ... read..

At Tattlers, it's a world of cuisine and tales (Foodie Trail-Chandigarh)
Chandigarh | Friday, 2016 1:15:04 PM IST
'Tasty Tales...', the tag-line for Chandigarh's newest gourmet eatery, is certainly not an iota out of place. Within two months of its opening, Tattlers is a sea of happy faces, the aroma of delicacies and never-ending gossipy chatter. ... read..

Of dishes not seen but tasted and banquet chefs at the Above the Sea Level (Foodie Trail-Chennai) (With Images)
Chennai | Thursday, 2016 1:15:06 PM IST
It will not be a cliche to say that the chefs at the Raintree Hotel on St.Mary's Road are whipping up magic at their roof top restaurant Above The Sea Level. ... read..

Dine with the royals at The Oudh (Foodie Trail-Delhi)
New Delhi | Wednesday, 2016 1:15:05 PM IST
Royal and age-old tradition is what describes The Oudh, bringing Lakhnavi cuisine directly from the kitchens of the last nawab of Awadh, Wajid Ali Shah, on to the plates of Delhiites. ... read..

Rejuvenate yourself with serenity, peace in the nature's lap (Travelogue) (With Images)
Kasol (Himachal Pradesh) | Friday, 2016 12:15:05 PM IST
Break the monotony and get out of your hectic city life to explore the silence and solace of nature amid glorious mountain peaks. In the land of the Himalayas, there are many places to rid yourself of stress and truly search for peace. ... read..

Gorge on stir fried duck, pork with rice wine at Buddha Bites (Foodie Trail-Kolkata) (With Images)
Kolkata | Wednesday, 2016 12:15:06 PM IST
Dig into a sumptuous plate of stir fried duck with pak choy (Chinese cabbage) in Oyster sauce or a delicious preparation of pork with tofu soaked in rice wine and top it off with fried ice-cream in the plush Buddha Bites that has just spread its wings at ... read..

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