Monday, October 23, 2017

Bounty in the pits: Water conservation trenches change face of Rajasthan villages
Udaipur (Rajasthan) | Friday, 2017 12:45:04 PM IST
Kishan Lal Ahir, a farmer in Ummedpura village of this district in southern Rajasthan, is a happy man today as he can sow two crops a year instead of the one he used to due to water scarcity. ... read..

Love for calligraphy draws Japanese girl to India (Lead, correcting paras 8,9) (With Image)
Hyderabad | Monday, 2017 8:45:04 PM IST
Calligraphy may be dying in an increasingly digitalised world, but the sheer love of the art has attracted a Japanese girl to India. ... read..

Love for calligraphy draws Japanese girl to India
Hyderabad | Monday, 2017 3:45:14 PM IST
Calligraphy may be dying in an increasingly digitalised world, but the sheer love of the art has attracted a Japanese girl to India. ... read..

A melting pot of Hindustani classical music, Manipuri dance
New Delhi | Friday, 2017 6:45:04 PM IST
The harmonious raagas of Hindustani classical music rendered by Saniya Patankar and the stories told by S. Karuna Devi through graceful movements of the resplendent Manipuri dance took audiences on an evocative journey here during Raza Foundations Uttarad ... read..

They are destroying India's great achievement of unity in diversity: Writer Nayantara Sahgal (IANS Interview)
New Delhi | Tuesday, 2017 1:15:04 PM IST
She grew up during India's fight for freedom under the guidance of Mahatma Gandhi and is among the country's foremost writers with feminist concerns. But Nayantara Sahgal, a member of the Nehru-Gandhi family, says that contemporary Indian history is being ... read..

Reading people's minds through their writing (Feature, with images)
Bengaluru | Monday, 2017 12:45:04 PM IST
From a young age, Aditi Surana could identify people's behavioural traits from their writing strokes. Honing this special ability, she has emerged as a "graphologist" -- with testimonials from the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Naseeruddin Shah and former Pre ... read..

Madrassas go modern, challenge stereotype (IANS Special Series)
Azamgarh (Uttar Pradesh) | Wednesday, 2017 2:15:04 PM IST
Abu Osama, an alumnus of Madrasatul Islah, one of the oldest Islamic seminaries in this region, believed that after graduating from a madrassa he would not be able to compete in the modern world. He soon realised he was wrong. ... read..

Upcoming art show to pay tribute to iconic Indian legends
New Delhi | Monday, 2017 3:45:04 PM IST
Delhi-based artist Rita Jhunjhunwala will pay tribute to extraordinary men and women from a spectrum of society, including arts and science, politics and business, religion and and spirituality through her upcoming exhibition. ... read..

Being a change agent through education (IANS Special Series)(With Images)
New Delhi/Udaipur | Wednesday, 2017 12:15:04 PM IST
From the time of her birth, Antimbala was told she was unwanted and a burden to her family. She was convinced she was blighted by destiny and couldn't succeed in life. ... read..

Kashmir's nomadic goatherds: Saga of survival and endurance (Societal Feature)
Srinagar | Sunday, 2017 12:45:04 PM IST
For the hardy goatherds of Jammu and Kashmir, called "Bakarwals", it is time to say goodbye to the mountain pastures of the Valley as autumn sets in. ... read..

Cruise through Bahubali's Mahismati, test-tube babies and Kumartuli this Durga Puja (Societal Feature)
Kolkata | Sunday, 2017 12:15:04 PM IST
Let your Durga Puja travelogue be a medley of cinema, sensitisation and emotion this year. ... read..

Tales of communal harmony this Durga Puja (With images)
Kolkata | Thursday, 2017 3:15:04 PM IST
For over 200 years, the Nandi family in West Bengal's Hooghly has been feeding Muslim fakirs during the Hindu festival of Durga Puja. To the Nandis, this annual ritual has its roots in a family legend that is testimony to the generosity of the local Musli ... read..

Kutch in the monsoon: A must-visit destination (Environmental Feature) (With Images)
Bhuj | Friday, 2017 12:15:04 PM IST
White, fluffy clouds hanging low over green hills, little pools of still water teeming with migratory birds and an omnipresent cool breeze -- the semi-arid region of Kutch in Gujarat transforms into a completely different avatar during the monsoon. ... read..

Fiction has to be constructed carefully, without urgency: Arundhati Roy (IANS Interview)
New Delhi | Wednesday, 2017 12:15:04 PM IST
Just when the credentials of Booker winning author Arundhati Roy as a fiction writer were being questioned in literary circles, the acclaimed novelist, after a hiatus of two decades, returned with her second novel and, boom -- it is again long-listed for ... read..

Climate change effect: Ladakhi tribe no longer vegan (With Images)
Dhahanu (Leh) | Tuesday, 2017 4:23:33 PM IST
The little-known Brokpa tribals of Ladakh, who claim to have been vegans for some 2,200 years of their existence, are slowly opting for an alternative diet including dairy products, eggs and meat -- thanks to climate change. ... read..

Neck and neck race for Man Booker, too close to call for Arundhati Roy
New Delhi | Thursday, 2017 10:15:10 PM IST
While Arundhati Roys comeback novel has once again made the cut for the just announced Man Booker Prize longlist, the other books that are running for the 50,000 pound award make it one of the most diverse lists in the race for a literary award in the rec ... read..

Bihar Mahadalits gain jobs with fluent spoken English
Patna | Tuesday, 2017 8:45:06 PM IST
Prakash Chandra Azad, a native of Bihar who comes from the Mahadalit community and works with the Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC), is now doing well and leading a happy and prosperous life. ... read..

Wanted to mess with distinction between fiction and nonfiction: Author Amitava Kumar (With Images)
New Delhi | Sunday, 2017 12:45:04 PM IST
Fiction and nonfiction, the two conventional genres of literature, are distinct in their narratives, structure and style. But acclaimed writer Amitava Kumar has challenged this "fixed distinction" in his new novel, saying he wanted to "mess with" it. ... read..

Rebuilding lives of Sundarbans' 'tiger widows' (Societal Feature)
New Delhi | Monday, 2017 1:15:04 PM IST
Tragedy struck this widow twice in the Sundarbans, the world's largest mangrove forest. First, she watched her husband die of snakebite. Then, her young son was mauled to death by a Royal Bengal tiger. ... read..

Of murders and unpredictable twists: Author Ravi Subramanian on thriller writing
New Delhi | Sunday, 2017 12:45:04 PM IST
A look at the top 10 highest-selling "Crime, Thriller and Mystery" writers on Amazon India introduces us to the likes of Agatha Christie, Dan Brown, Sidney Sheldon and James Patterson. The only two Indian writers in the list are Ashwin Sanghi and Ravi Sub ... read..

Five books to look forward to in July 2017 (With Images)
New Delhi | Friday, 2017 11:15:04 AM IST
The current trend in Indian publishing space, as also globally, shows a phenomenal rise of nonfiction while the number of fiction titles have dipped significantly over the past couple of years. ... read..

Of sorrow and penance: Short story writer examines facets of melancholy
New Delhi | Thursday, 2017 9:45:04 AM IST
What is the best way to relive an unforgettable past? Perhaps, cherishing the old memories. And this recent collection of short stories is an apt reminder of the impact that memories tend to have on our lives. ... read..

People of all ages, shades came together to 'lynch' communal hatred
New Delhi | Thursday, 2017 1:45:04 AM IST
"Everyone, please stand up for one-minute silence for the people who died due to lynching" came an announcement from the stage and almost a thousand people stood up in silence, but one person didn't -- wheelchair-seated 82-year-old Mrs Kapoor Shukla. ... read..

Museum with a difference: Tracing 4,500-year history of toilets (With Images)
New Delhi | Tuesday, 2017 11:15:04 AM IST
Full of strange facts and objects, our museums and history books carry some very interesting stories from bygone times. But one peculiar piece that doesn't find space anywhere is about a French monarch's struggle with constipation that led him to have a c ... read..

Of simplicity and ethereal beauty: Memories of growing up in a different Darjeeling (First Person)
New Delhi | Sunday, 2017 12:45:05 PM IST
"'When the wind is right and the cloud is gone, you can see down this road as far as Darjeeling,' I told her. 'But it is a long and difficult road, full of perils, and if a traveller on foot were to look at the length of it, his spirit would be overcome a ... read..

Mithila to see revival of 700-year-old way of matchmaking (Feature)
Madhubani (Bihar)/New Delhi | Sunday, 2017 11:45:04 AM IST
Marriages are made in heaven, they say. But there is at least one more place where marriages are made in large numbers -- in Saurath village of Madhubani district in north Bihar. ... read..

Top 50 ranking not difficult if we improve on perception: IIT-D Director (IANS Interview)
New Delhi | Sunday, 2017 1:45:15 PM IST
The Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi (IIT-Delhi), which is now ranked among the top 200 universities in the latest QS World University Rankings, can well be among the top 50 if it improves on parametres such as "perception", "international faculty" an ... read..

Himachal CM Virbhadra Singh in temple restoration drive
Shimla | Friday, 2017 12:45:05 PM IST
Himachal Pradesh's octogenarian Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh has taken it upon himself to restoring, and sometimes even reconstructing, the state's beautiful ancient temples to preserve as he says its rich religious and cultural traditions for posterity ... read..

Agra air continues to choke the Taj Mahal
Agra | Monday, 2017 6:45:05 PM IST
Almost a quarter century after the historic Supreme Court judgement to shift or shut factories polluting the Taj Mahal, the environment in Agra continues to pollute the 17th century monument of love. ... read..

On World Environment Day, activists want rivers declared as 'national asset'
Agra | Monday, 2017 5:45:04 PM IST
Earlier this year, a court declared that Ganga and Yamuna rivers should be treated as "living entities". But is that enough to spread awareness about saving the rivers in the country? Eco-warriors don't think so. On World Environment Day, activists in Agr ... read..

India's military mules: No road too treacherous (Defence Feature) (With Images)
New Delhi | Monday, 2017 12:45:04 PM IST
The Indian Army honoured its longest serving mule "Pedongi" by naming an Army mess after it, but there was a time when the Army had decided to mark the end of the road for the sturdy mule, that has walked miles on some of the most treacherous tracks provi ... read..

97-year-old appears for MA exam in Patna
Patna | Saturday, 2017 6:15:04 PM IST
It was a sunny day and Raj Kumar Vaishya had trouble walking. But determined to get a postgraduate degree, the 97-year-old sat for a three-hour MA exam, along with students younger than his grandchildren. ... read..

Amid the stink, Yamuna bank dwellers brace for floods with fortitude
New Delhi | Friday, 2017 11:45:04 AM IST
A dense smell of excrement attacks one's nostrils just before the rugged downslope that leads to the banks of the Yamuna river near Shastri Park metro station in northeast Delhi. If you stay there long enough, the stink seems to acquire stifling proportio ... read..

India's 70,000+ public libraries and its untapped potential: A study in contrast
New Delhi | Wednesday, 2017 1:45:46 PM IST
A meagre total of 75 public libraries are serving the over 200 million population of Uttar Pradesh. Compare this to 4,028 public libraries in Tamil Nadu that serve its 67.8 million population and a study in contrast emerges. ... read..

Upcoming summit to bring together 400 women delegates from across India
Mumbai | Wednesday, 2017 8:15:04 PM IST
Aiming to bring innovative and inspiring women across the globe to discuss, debate, inspire and turn ideas that matter into action?, an audience of 400 women delegates from across India will gather in an upcoming summit here. ... read..

Collectors converge at Christie's art sales in New York
New York | Tuesday, 2017 4:15:43 PM IST
A confident and distinctly global community of collectors converged at Christies flagship US saleroom in Rockefeller Center, driving its 20th Century Art sales of Impressionist, Modern, Post-War and Contemporary Art to a combined $842,535,375. ... read..

Delhi Public Library signs MoU to retain relevance
New Delhi | Thursday, 2017 6:15:04 PM IST
The Delhi Public Library has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Indian Public Library Movement (IPLM) to improve the overall functioning of its outlets and make them more relevant in the fast-changing times. ... read..

Of Patiala pegs and American whiskey: Cocktails to savour
New Delhi | Wednesday, 2017 2:15:05 PM IST
Fresh ginger juice mixed with lime juice, orgeat syrup, pineapple juice and Tennessee whiskey, shaken well with lots of crushed ice and what you have in hand is a great "Ginger Baker" drink served in a martini glass. ... read..

Veteran Indian artist represents modern Indian art in a two-city exhibition in Europe (With Images)
New Delhi | Tuesday, 2017 3:45:05 PM IST
Veteran Indian artist Ganesh Haloi is in the forefront of representing modern Indian art at the ongoing Documenta 14, one of the worlds most prestigious and keenly awaited art events. ... read..

Who stole Hillary's cheese: Putin, Comey or Huma? (Washington Diary)
Washington | Saturday, 2017 2:15:04 PM IST
At last Hillary Clinton is "out of the woods", smugly telling Americans that had election been held 12 days earlier, "I would be your President" and not that brash billionaire Donald Trump. ... read..

With lowest tally in Delhi civic polls, Congress woes persist (News Analysis)
New Delhi | Wednesday, 2017 11:45:06 PM IST
The Congress suffered its worst defeat of the last three Delhi municipal polls on Wednesday, bringing to light the enormity of challenges it faces to revive itself in the national capital. ... read..

Civic polls help Tiwari emerge as key BJP face in Delhi
New Delhi | Wednesday, 2017 7:45:05 PM IST
The BJP's hat-trick in the capital's municipal polls is being seen as a feather in the cap of the party's Delhi unit chief Manoj Tiwari and it has helped him emerge as a key face of the party in the national capital. ... read..

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