Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Don't just dine, savour the experience at The Old School Brewhouse (Foodie Trail-Gurugram)
Gurugram | Monday, 2017 12:15:04 PM IST
Plato once truly said that "he was a wise man who invented beer". These hallowed words are given a new meaning at The Old School Brewhouse which makes its own beer and says its brew is more of an experience than just a good ol' mug. ... read..

Born to dance: Raja-Radha Reddy's Kuchipudi taverses 50 years (Arts Feature)
New Delhi | Saturday, 2017 1:15:04 PM IST
The inception of their 50-year-journey was without fanfare and in the face of quite some opposition, but the commitment and passion of iconic dance couple Raja and Radha Reddy brought Kuchipudi on to the cultural map of the world. ... read..

Joy in little things: This exhibition captures hope in mundane everyday life of an Indian metropolis (With Images)
New Delhi | Tuesday, 2017 4:15:05 PM IST
Strolling up and down the streets is a routine affair for all of us but a humble Mumbai-based artist is out to capture hope and positivity that we fail to take note of in our humdrum lives. ... read..

Camaraderie between Rahul, Akhilesh enthuses workers
Jhansi | Monday, 2017 6:45:04 PM IST
Once political rivals, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi and Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Akhilesh Yadav seem to be sharing great camaraderie in Uttar Pradesh assembly polls for which their parties have stitched an alliance. ... read..

Landscapes, Solitaire and Graffiti: This exhibition takes a classic look at Paris
New Delhi | Monday, 2017 2:45:04 PM IST
Have you seen the pictures of the iconic Eiffel Tower on the Champ de Mars in Paris? A large ethereal photograph of the 19th century architectural marvel welcomes one to "La Vie A Paris," an exhibition of photographs by Rupin Thomas. The photograph of Eif ... read..

Luxury aficionados turn into Alchemists, create a multi-sensorial experience
New Delhi | Monday, 2017 1:15:05 PM IST
An evening full of fun, frolic and anticipation of what lay ahead was seen here as five luxury aficionados collaborated together to play host to Capital's discerning elite at a multi-sensorial experience -- from exhilarating smells to a decked up bar -- t ... read..

IAF to flag-off 51st edition of India's oldest vintage car rally
New Delhi | Saturday, 2017 2:45:04 PM IST
Some of the rarest beauties of yesteryears are all set to roll out on the roads during the 51st edition of The Statesman Vintage and Classic Car Rally, which will be flagged off by Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa, on February 2 ... read..

Assam hamlet aspires to be India's cleanest
Shikdamakha (Assam) | Tuesday, 2017 1:15:04 PM IST
It's a movement that began during Christmas in 2012 with a competition to select the "cleanest" family in this village. The festival-specific contest in the village, located about 80 km from Assam's largest city Guwahati, has now morphed into the ambition ... read..

Music in blood: Rajasthan's Langhas don't marry into other communities
Amaravati (Andhra Pradesh) | Tuesday, 2017 12:45:04 PM IST
As distinctive as their full-throated voices, the Langhas, a Muslim community of folk musicians from Rajasthan, have evolved a rather unique way to preserve their identity for centuries. It's a strict no-no for them to marry into other communities. ... read..

'India's public libraries undergoing revolutionary change'
New Delhi | Tuesday, 2017 11:45:04 AM IST
Images of ill-maintained public libraries -- laden with dust and poor-infrastructure, barely prompting a second visit -- is undergoing a complete makeover thanks to the government's ambitious National Mission on Libraries. ... read..

Majuli aims to be India's first carbon-neutral district (Environmental Feature) (With Images)
Majuli (Assam) | Sunday, 2017 4:15:04 PM IST
It's the world's biggest river island and the first such in India to be declared a district. Now plans are afoot to declare it the country's first carbon-neutral district by 2020. ... read..

Too many lit fests but few takers
New Delhi | Saturday, 2017 11:45:10 PM IST
The last few years have seen a sudden rise of literary festivals across India as well as the rest of South Asia but apart from a handful of them, most struggle not only to draw audience but also to survive. The ongoing Delhi Literature Festival here is no ... read..

It's all about crafts, cuisine at Hunar Haat (With image)
New Delhi | Saturday, 2017 11:45:05 PM IST
An array of delicacies has been spread out along with a huge collection of handicraft items from sarees, shawls to paintings and home decor accessories at the second edition of the "Hunar Haat" which began here on Saturday. ... read..

Vintage car rally season kicks off February 17
New Delhi | Friday, 2017 7:15:04 PM IST
A royal rendezvous with hand-picked Vintage and Classic cars and motorcycles is all set to take us down the memory lane as the the seventh edition of the 21 Gun Salute Vintage Car Rally and Concours Show returns to the Capital later this month. ... read..

Indulge in heavenly exploration of kebabs at The Ancient Barbeque (With Images)
Gurugram | Tuesday, 2017 5:45:05 PM IST
Ever wondered how a dish named drunken fish or wine-glazed mushroom would taste? Head for the ongoing Grills on Fire -- a fiery feast at The Ancient Barbeque (TAB) in this suburb of the national capital where an array of 24 kebabs -- vegan and non-vegan - ... read..

Art as rebellion: A pictorial journey into the Bengal famine (With Images)
New Delhi | Friday, 2017 5:45:25 PM IST
Of Bengals 60.3 million population at the time, estimates are that between 1.5 and 4 million people died of starvation, malnutrition and disease during the famine of 1943. ... read..

In a first, greater flamingoes spotted in Himachal's Pong wetlands
Pong Dam (Himachal Pradesh) | Wednesday, 2017 3:15:05 PM IST
More than 125,000 birds of 93 species have been spotted in Himachal Pradesh's Pong Dam wetlands. Among them, greater flamingoes, a common migratory species in India's coastal areas, have been recorded for the first time here, an official said. ... read..

Savouring the global flavours of barbeques (With Images)
New Delhi | Saturday, 2017 5:45:06 PM IST
One of the most tantalising of all cooking methods, smoking hot barbeque dishes have been an everlasting temptation for connoisseurs and an ongoing food festival that celebrates this spirit brings together American, Oriental, European and our very own Ind ... read..

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..

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