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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..


This instagram page will have you yearning to travel by train again!
New Delhi | Monday, 2017 11:45:04 AM IST
Indian Railways -- one of the world's largest railway systems that runs over 12,500 trains every day -- is more than just the country's transport lifeline. For the 23 million passengers who use it daily, it is almost a way of life -- with a unique charm a ... read..


Innovation the name of the game for these food, drink stylists
New Delhi | Wednesday, 2017 6:15:04 PM IST
Like bitters enhance cocktails, spices tickle the palette and a variety of additions raise desserts to an altogether new level, it is innovation and creativity that make for an overall fine-dining experience, stakeholders in the space say. ... read..


Classical dancer interprets Mahabharata to resolve contemporary issues, leaves audience thrilled (With Images)
New Delhi | Wednesday, 2017 2:45:04 PM IST
A jam-packed auditorium here witnessed a leading classical dancer profoundly interpreting the Mahabharata in her latest presentation. The audience -- mesmerised at the performance -- couldnt help but ask for more. ... read..


Meet Akbar's ghost as Allan Sealy weaves together poetry and prose
New Delhi | Wednesday, 2017 11:15:04 AM IST
It's a blazing hot afternoon just outside the gatehouse of Jodha Bai's palace in Fatehpur Sikri. Tourists throng the forecourt. The air above the red flagstones is so hot that it begins to wrinkle and there in the haze -- near enough to touch -- stands th ... read..


This exhibition transports viewers into a world of spiritual calmness (With Images)
New Delhi | Tuesday, 2017 6:15:09 PM IST
A landmark exhibition, which promises to enliven Delhis art scene and transport viewers into a world of spiritual calmness and intense reflection has kicked off here with Indore-based artist Aparna Bidasaria showcasing a tapestry of evocative paintings of ... read..


Authentic flavours of Amritsar -- in luxury (Foodie Trail-Amritsar)
Amritsar | Friday, 2017 3:15:04 PM IST
Home to the holiest gurdwara of Sikhism -- the Harmandir Sahib -- Amritsar entices devotees with its divine and spiritual energy. And what adds to the splendour of the city is the absolutely scrumptious food on offer. ... read..


PhD research that blosommed into first organised collection of Delhi's maps
New Delhi | Friday, 2017 3:15:04 PM IST
A scholar set off from her native Milan to research on Delhi's pre and post-Independence architecture and planning (1912-1962) for her doctoral thesis. The upshot? Arugably the first book that provides a comprehensive and engaging overview of mapping in t ... read..


Lakhimpur: How communalism is creeping up on a peaceful UP town
Lakhimpur (Uttar Pradesh) | Thursday, 2017 2:45:04 PM IST
Salim Siddiqui, 65, who fixes motorcycles in a Hindu majority area here, the headquarters of the state's largest district of Lakhimpur-Kheri, feels the town lost its innocence since it witnessed its first communal brawl about a month back -- which also sp ... read..


Meet a 12-year-old who is building robots to save honey bees
New Delhi | Wednesday, 2017 12:45:04 PM IST
Just like any other girl her age, 12-year-old Kavya Vignesh likes to have fun when she is not studying. But unlike many others, she likes to make those moments memorable by creating something that helps solve some real-world problems. ... read..


Tuck into bites from the city of the Howrah Bridge (Foodie-Trail-Delhi) (With Images)
New Delhi | Wednesday, 2017 11:15:04 AM IST
Be it the appetising aroma of the Kolkata biryani, the richness of kosha mangsho, simmering bhetki paturi or the amazing chittal peti, the delicacies of the city of the Howrah Bridge possess infinite variations and textures. ... read..


It's summer of discontent for BJP in Bihar
Patna | Sunday, 2017 1:15:04 PM IST
All does not seem well in the Bihar unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), with some of the old-timers raising a banner of revolt against the newly-appointed President of the party's state unit. ... read..


Art of tiny Gujarat village attains global renown
Bhuj (Gujarat) | Thursday, 2017 12:45:04 PM IST
At a time when many traditional crafts are struggling to survive, Ajrakhpur -- a tiny village in the Kutch region of Gujarat -- is alluring domestic and international buyers with its beautiful natural-dyed, block-print cloth that is turned into exquisite ... read..


This is one Akhilesh project that may be spared Yogi's axe
Lucknow | Wednesday, 2017 9:45:37 PM IST
At a time the new Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Uttar Pradesh is reviewing schemes launched by former Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav -- with some slated to be closed down -- there is one that is likely to escape Yogi Adityanath's axe. ... read..


Transforming water from poisonous to purified -- at no cost
Madhusudankati (West Bengal) | Monday, 2017 5:46:02 PM IST
Deep wounds and white patches on their skin are common among people in this tiny West Bengal speck bordering Bangladesh. The disease turned deadly for many, and the culprit was drinking water that contained arsenic -- a toxic substance that can lead to ch ... read..


Mumbai's unique 'Aquarium Tunnel Cafe' lures shoals of patrons (With images)
Mumbai | Sunday, 2017 11:45:04 AM IST
The Maximum City's thirst for unique experiences and locales just got an innovative boost with the country's very first Aquarium Tunnel Cafe opening here recently. ... read..


A desi gastro pub that offers authentic mix of East and West (Foodie Trail-Kolkata)
Kolkata | Tuesday, 2017 12:15:04 PM IST
Be it the original flavour of Bengal's sought-after fish cutlet or the popular north Indian shammi kebab, at Monkey Bar -- the Indian version of a gastro pub -- you will be reminded of your roots while letting your hair down. ... read..


Odisha's Sitaram Swain bags Rs 10 lakh cash prize, Scottish residency
New Delhi | Monday, 2017 1:45:05 PM IST
At a star-studded evening here, meant to celebrate and reward extraordinary work by emerging artists, Odisha-based Sitaram Swain was awarded the sixth Glenfiddichs Emerging Artist of the Year 2017. ... read..


Punjab Grill Tappa, a 'fun' take on a classic favourite (Foodie Trail-Gurugram)
Gurugram | Sunday, 2017 11:45:04 AM IST
Giving a new twist to a classic is sometimes tolerated, even enjoyed, and sometimes met with harsh criticism. But the Punjab Grill Tappa, an offshoot of the famous North Indian Punjab Grill restaurant chain, is sophisticated and vibrant but still maintain ... read..


Working to improve nightlife in Delhi: Minister
New Delhi | Saturday, 2017 6:45:04 PM IST
In what may turn out to be a good news for the capital's dwellers, Minister of Culture and Tourism Kapil Mishra has said he believes in improving the city's nightlife and that attempts are underway in this direction. ... read..


Where art is a learning, therapy and creative hub (With Images)
New Delhi | Saturday, 2017 1:45:04 PM IST
A magnificently elegant interior dotted with all things artistic -- surreal paintings, graffiti and moving quotations etched on its walls -- houses, to the wonder of many, young and enthusiastic children happily learning tidbits of art. And from whom? No, ... read..


Not just 'Adarsh Bhartiya Nari', Sita was a warrior: Amish Tripathi
New Delhi | Friday, 2017 11:45:04 AM IST
He is the author of the fastest-selling book series in Indian publishing history -- "The Shiva Trilogy" -- and his last book, "Scion of Ikshvaku", was the biggest literary blockbuster of 2015, all of which have together sold over 3.5 million copies. ... read..


A taste of uniqueness for gastronomes in extreme northeast (Foodie Trail-Basar/Arunachl Pradesh)
Basar (Arunachal Pradesh) | Thursday, 2017 12:15:04 PM IST
Starting with the locally-famous "achin pinam" (spiced rice) to smoked beef platters, or the "amin" made out of rice cake and chicken, every dish cooked in Arunachal Pradesh's Basar town gives out a flavour of the hills and wilderness that surrounds the p ... read..


Indo-Kenyan Chef Kiran Jethwa takes TV viewers on spirited journey through India
New Delhi | Wednesday, 2017 11:45:04 AM IST
He's quite a citizen of the world, what with being born in Kenya to an English mother and Indian father, whose roots are in Gujarat, and whose grandmother was from Daman and Diu. Just the right genes for Chef Kiran Jethwa to transport television viewers a ... read..


In Hong Kong, visit a park spread over two islands (Travelogue)
Hong Kong | Monday, 2017 12:45:04 PM IST
You want to feel spoilt for choices of sumptuous street food, shopping options and roller-coaster rides? This oceanarium, a park near the disputed South China Sea in Hong Kong, may just be the right place to visit. ... read..


A mighty poet and playwright, Derek Walcott's death is a striking reality (Tribute)
New Delhi | Saturday, 2017 6:15:04 PM IST
The passing away of Nobel prize winning poet Derek Walcott, the best known writer from the Caribbean internationally, is a great loss to literature and more so to hundreds of thousands of readers from across the globe who were transported to the region as ... read..


Assam's Devadasi dance experiences a slow revival (With Images)
Guwahati | Thursday, 2017 5:45:10 PM IST
In a small town called Pathsala, about 60 km from this principal town of Assam, a mission has been underway for more than half a century. The task at hand is not easy -- revival of the Nati dance of India's outlawed Devadasi tradition. ... read..


Basar: A beguiling getaway from urban monotony
Basar (Arunachal Pradesh) | Thursday, 2017 12:45:04 PM IST
The quaint hill destination of Basar at the centre of Arunachal Pradesh is a place that one often dreams about travelling to, but seldom does it find its way into your itinerary. ... read..


This Ramlila presents an enduring tapestry of communal harmony
New Delhi | Wednesday, 2017 4:45:04 PM IST
Nestled in Uttar Pradeshs glass-factory district of Firozabad is Kheriya, a small village which for over 50 years now has been enacting the hugely popular Ramlila with pomp and fervour. What makes it distinct is that Muslims form the majority of its cast, ... read..


Budget shopping a rewarding, memorable experience in HK (Travelogue) (With images)
Hong Kong | Wednesday, 2017 12:15:04 PM IST
It is easy to remember Hong Kong for its enormous variety of food and leisure, and the way these can be relished in quick time. But for me, Hong Kong is also about neatness, planning, seamless transport and the no-fuss attitude of its street vendors who m ... read..


Protests, ink attacks and trolls have become lethal weapons against writers, intellectuals (Comment)
New Delhi | Wednesday, 2017 11:45:04 AM IST
A day after the BJPs thumping victory in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday, a little-known progressive Kannada writer became the victim of an ink attack in Davangere town by a group of suspected right-wing activists. In gross defiance of the law and freedom of ex ... read..


Savour sub-continental food at Hilton Chennai (Foodie Trail-Chennai)
Chennai | Monday, 2017 1:15:04 PM IST
After India's frontiers got realigned during partition in 1947, the cuisine of the countries beyond our borders got confined within their own boundaries. To overcome that, the Hilton Chennai's Ayna restaurant is hosting an "India-Beyond Borders" food fest ... read..


This 'secret' bookstore in Daryaganj is a bibliophile's paradise
New Delhi | Monday, 2017 12:15:04 PM IST
For those interested in literature, it is a trip down memory lane -- Shakespeare, Shelly, Keats and Dickens -- at this pristine book agency on the famed Daryaganj road in the national capital, which gets transformed into a book lane on Sunday mornings. ... read..


A host of cuisines on offer at Etisalat Beach Canteen (Foodie Trail-Dubai)
Dubai | Saturday, 2017 12:15:04 PM IST
Why does one go to a beach? To relax or to check out water sports, perhaps. But this beach in Dubai has transformed into a dining and entertainment hot-spot with a line-up that includes celebrity chefs, home-grown restaurant concepts and fantastic family- ... read..


Kiosk serving Lebanese specials tops list of Dubai's 'hidden gems' (With Images)
Dubai | Wednesday, 2017 3:15:04 PM IST
Among all things culinary at the ongoing Dubai Food Festival, which has brought tastes from across the globe here, one of the most appealing is the "Hidden Gems of Dubai" in which about 3,500 voters selected the undiscovered culinary treasures of the city ... read..


Through crowd-funding, British mother offers reward for leads to daughter's killers
Panaji | Wednesday, 2017 12:15:04 PM IST
A British mother, in pursuit of justice in India for her slain teenaged daughter for the last nine years, has now resorted to crowd-funding to track down key witnesses and offer a reward for information that could help nail the attackers. ... read..


Varanasi soaked in poll colours ahead of Holi
Varanasi | Monday, 2017 8:15:05 PM IST
Call it Varanasi, Banaras or Kashi -- the city is little bothered about life around and takes it as it comes. But when it comes to politics, everyone has a strong view on the subject. With voting in the state assembly polls due only days ahead of the Holi ... read..


Here no child can say 'this was my playground'!
Shimla | Sunday, 2017 1:15:04 PM IST
No child can turn around and say "this used to be my playground" of the area around the historic Ridge, once the only promenade for the British colonial rulers when this city was their summer capital. ... read..


Will spring, season of flowers, bring new hope in Kashmir? (With Images)
Srinagar | Sunday, 2017 12:15:04 PM IST
Spring, Kashmir's season of a million flowers, butterflies, singing birds, honeybees and murmuring mountain streams charged by winter's plentiful snowfall, is already here. ... read..


Curated 8-course menu, heady wines make for perfect ambience (Foodie Trail - Gurugram)
Gurugram | Thursday, 2017 1:15:04 PM IST
It can't get any more niche than this: A curated eight-course meal, accompanied by four different wines, only on Saturdays, within a tony club, arguably the swishest in this tech hub adjacent to the national capital, restricted to 14 diners and one that d ... read..


'Plight of dogs in India never so bad as it is now'
New Delhi | Wednesday, 2017 11:45:05 AM IST
He is a well known naturalist and conservationist, has served two terms as a trustee of WWF India and has been an honorary wildlife warden in Chennai. And as a lifelong dog lover, he says that the plight of dogs in India has never been as bad as it is tod ... read..


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..


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