Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Switzerland's beloved Lion Monument threatened with decay (Travelogue)
Lucerne | Tuesday, 2019 3:45:05 AM IST
It's a giant dying lion carved into the cliff face of a former sandstone quarry, above a pond and set in a landscaped garden in this medieval town. It is often referred to as the "saddest stone" as it commemorates the sacrifice of 800 Swiss guardsman in t ... read..

A retired civil servant's tireless quest to preserve rural heritage (IANS Special Series)
New Delhi | Sunday, 2019 3:45:05 PM IST
Even after giving almost 40 years of his life to government service, retired civil servant S.K. Misra felt his work was still not complete. The former bureaucrat felt that the experience he had gained and the reputation he had built could be better used f ... read..

Crime not men's monopoly, Sushant Singh on debut crime book
New Delhi | Tuesday, 2019 10:45:05 PM IST
Mumbai-based Shantadevi, once a meek woman disowned by her husband, soon sat atop a colossal drug empire she built over decades. Her real-life story opens the new thriller "Queens of Crime" where Sushant Singh, host of crime-based TV series "Savdhaan Indi ... read..

A weekend of unusual journeys (IANS Books This Weekend)
New Delhi | Friday, 2019 5:15:05 PM IST
This weekend, journey into the innermost chambers of the diary and mind of renowned Indian poet-scholar A K Ramanujan; Hop onto a train - or eighty - that take you around the world; And finally, begin the 100-day sojourn to a healthier and well-exercised ... read..

How this Hyderabad social entrepreneur is using big data to change farmers' lives (IANS Special Series)
Hyderabad | Sunday, 2019 6:15:05 PM IST
At a time of widespread agricultural distress caused by successive droughts, unremunerative farming and debt-trapped rural economies, a young man with his mobile app is showing how change can be brought in the life of farmers at the grassroot level. ... read..

Now, Hindi innings for French bestseller Asterix comics
New Delhi | Friday, 2019 1:45:05 PM IST
Launched in 1959, the French comic classic 'Asterix' boasts having sold an unmatched 370 million copies in more than 100 languages. After capturing the global comics market, the series is now available for Hindi readers - after five years of painstaking t ... read..

A different kind of grandmothers' tale for Chef Julien Royer
New Delhi | Wednesday, 2019 12:15:05 PM IST
Inspired as he was by the cooking of his grandmother, it shouldn't be a surprise that French Chef Julien Royer, who was in India recently to unveil his magic, should be the co-owner in Singapore of a two-Michlen-star fine diner named after her. ... read..

Nepalese chef R.B. serves up delectable fare at Ni Hao
Noida | Sunday, 2019 12:15:05 PM IST
If proof were required of an Indian homily that translates into "there's magic in his hands" it is to be found in Nepalese master chef R.B., who weaves magic with his pan-Asian creations at the Ni Hao fine diner at the Radisson here. ... read..

Moroccan Food Festival gets underway in Delhi
New Delhi | Friday, 2019 8:15:05 PM IST
India's love affair with Morocco is nearly 700 years old, from much before the country's cuisine gained international repute, if one considers that a North African nobleman named Ibn Batuta's account of life in the Delhi Sultanate is a primary source of i ... read..

Manipuri dancer explores human cost of war
New Delhi | Wednesday, 2019 7:45:05 PM IST
The plight of refugees and their constant state of movement and instability became the central theme of "1 Sq Ft", a contemporary dance act by Manipuri choreographer Surjit Nongmeikapam, who was first inspired by the horrors of the World World II wreckage ... read..

How a chance meeting with PM inspired this Grammy winner to dedicate music to environment (IANS Special Series)
Bengaluru | Sunday, 2019 6:15:05 PM IST
A chance meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in September 2015 in New Delhi inspired Bengaluru-based Grammy Award winner Ricky Kej to dedicate his life and music to the cause of environment. ... read..

Gurugram artists create eye-opening art installations from plastic trash
Gurugram | Wednesday, 2019 5:45:05 PM IST
"For one sip of water, we create permanent plastic junk," artist Arunkumar H.G. remarked about 100-ml bottles that are part of our high-consumption lifestyle. ... read..

Chef Hermann Grossbichler's 25-year romance with India (Societal Feature)
New Delhi | Monday, 2019 12:45:05 PM IST
He was born and trained in Austria, spent time in Switzerland where he developed a likeness for Italian cuisine, travelled the world in a cruise liner and eventually began a 25-year-romance with India that continues to this day. For Chef Hermann Grossbich ... read..

No substitute for great storytelling: Debutant novelist
New Delhi | Saturday, 2019 4:15:05 PM IST
Publishing one's first novel is often more complicated than what the process may seem but Neel Mullick, whose "Dark Blossom" -- endorsed by veteran writer Ruskin Bond -- has just hit the stands, says that there is "no substitute for great storytelling". ... read..

How art is reforming prisoners, giving them second chance at life (IANS Special Series)
New Delhi | Sunday, 2019 10:45:04 AM IST
One often thinks of Indian prisons as dingy, cramped cells with their mean and often dehumanised inmates waiting for redemption. So it comes as a surprise when a group of prisoners takes to stage and gets applauded for performing a play written by Rabindr ... read..

TV-time in class? Textbooks come alive in Gujarat's schools (Educational Feature)
Bhuj (Gujarat) | Friday, 2019 1:15:04 PM IST
In a small school near Bhuj in Gujarat, a group of class five students sit attentively in class, their eyes glued to an LCD screen. The opened science books on their laps have come alive on the screen before them, as an animated character explains the nua ... read..

Adopt an animal at Tripura Zoo (Societal Feature)
Agartala | Thursday, 2019 3:45:04 PM IST
Ever dreamt of adopting a lion, a crocodile or a Himalayan black bear or any wild animal? ... read..

Kolkata takes on Jaipur in literary face-off
New Delhi | Wednesday, 2019 12:15:04 PM IST
For five days every January the Pink City of Jaipur becomes the centre of attraction as literary stalwarts from India and abroad assemble in huge numbers -- spanning languages, genres and themes -- to participate in the Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF). T ... read..

One hour a day can change your life: Robin Sharma (IANS Interview)
New Delhi | Tuesday, 2019 11:45:05 AM IST
Private lessons that leadership and elite performance expert Robin Sharma has been imparting to billionaires and celebrities have now found their way into his new book "The 5 AM Club", which the globally renowned author of "The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari", ... read..

Ganga synonymous with threshold of afterlife, says new book
New Delhi | Sunday, 2019 12:45:05 PM IST
As millions of devotees continue to gather in the Kumbh nagri to take a holy dip at the confluence of the Ganga, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati rivers, a timely book throws light on the "divine purity" of the Ganga, with its findings suggesting that th ... read..

Sample West Coast cuisine in heart of Delhi (Foodie Trail-Delhi)
New Delhi | Friday, 2019 7:15:11 PM IST
Be it Nandu Puttu (crab), Attirachi Kurumelagu (lamb pepper masala) or Pomfret Kalwan (Goan pomfret curry), there is much that eateries along NH-66, the 1,622 km long national highway that connects Kanyakumari to Panvel in Maharashtra, have to tickle your ... read..

To clean Goa beaches, this 'waste-bar' exchanges cigarette butts, used straws for beer (IANS Special Series)
Panaji | Sunday, 2019 2:15:04 PM IST
You could be fined Rs 2,000 for drinking beer on a Goa beach, but thanks to an innovative green initiative, 10 beer bottle caps or 20 used cigarette butts can fetch you a beer in Goa, if you exchange them at a pop-up waste-bar. The idea is to engage beach ... read..

This Bengal teacher collects, cooks food to feed the impoverished (IANS Special Series)
Kolkata | Sunday, 2019 2:15:04 PM IST
While the habit of wasting food at festivities, parties or even at household dinners has become an increasingly callous trend in urban living, a computer science teacher from West Bengal's Asansol is working diligently to put a leash on food wastage and s ... read..

A school that challenged the claustrophobic orthodoxy of 'purdah' (IANS Special Series)
Jaipur | Sunday, 2019 4:15:04 PM IST
Located in the heart of the capital of Rajasthan, this all-girls school, started by an erstwhile queen, began a silent revolution in 1943 when the region was steeped in the claustrophobic orthodoxy of the purdah' system for women. ... read..

Swimming camels, mangrove islands of Kutch face mounting challenges (Feature)
Bhuj (Gujarat) | Thursday, 2019 1:45:34 PM IST
In the land of contrasts that Kutch is, winter is the lean feeding season for its unique breed of Kharai camels. These camels, unlike the kind most of us are familiar with, are typically dependent on the mangroves for their food, and during monsoons, they ... read..

Woman acid attack survivor turns saviour for burn victims (IANS Special Series)
Bengaluru | Sunday, 2019 3:15:04 PM IST
Even 12 years after she survived an acid attack by a jilted lover during a train journey to Delhi from her hometown Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh in April 2006, Pragya Singh remains a beacon of hope for scores of such burn victims. The 35-year-old gritty Prag ... read..

How an all-women driving school is giving wings to women (IANS Special Series)
Mathura/Agra | Sunday, 2018 10:45:05 AM IST
On any busy traffic crossing in the historic Mughal city of Agra, one would be surprised to see the number of women on two-wheelers. Not only young girls, but more and more middle-aged women, including housewives, are now seen enjoying their new-found fre ... read..

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