Tuesday, April 24, 2018
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22 Apr 2018

Offloading passengers cannot be an alibi to deficient service

22 Apr 2018 | 1:26 AM

I was very distressed to read about Indigo Airline offloading a passenger at Lucknow airport for protesting about mosquito menace in the aircraft.

Afghan trail along GT Road

22 Apr 2018 | 1:26 AM

There is this great highway that spans the Indian sub-continent from Peshawar to Kolkata, better known as the Grand Trunk Road.

Duleep Singh’s exile of no return

22 Apr 2018 | 1:26 AM

More than 164 years ago, one of the chapters of the tragic story of Punjab’s last maharaja was written in Mussoorie, the popular hill station of North India.

15 Apr 2018

When packaging hurts, literally

15 Apr 2018 | 1:54 AM

Last week, while opening a metal cap (closure) on a bottle of medicine that I had purchased for my son, I cut my hand very badly.

Tree huggers of Reni

15 Apr 2018 | 1:54 AM

Simple mountain women in a little village with a beautiful name: Reni. High up and lost in the fog of the vast expanse of the Henwalghati amidst the fragile Himalayan ranges of Uttarakhand. Holding memories which are life-affirming.

Getting down to banana stem

15 Apr 2018 | 1:54 AM

What a versatile fruit banana is! Not for nothing is the plant that gifts it lovingly called kalp vriksha, the wish fulfilling tree. The fruit, the flower and the stem can be consumed.

08 Apr 2018

An unforgiving take on our times

08 Apr 2018 | 2:17 AM

Something about this verse touched the chord somewhere and Punjabis spread far and wide across the globe shared it on social media. The singers behind the creation that described the Punjab of today so aptly are Mithu, Satnam and Preet, together known as gold medalist Pathak brothers.

Art’s healing touch

08 Apr 2018 | 2:17 AM

A 28-year-old woman understood the problems about her body and could talk at length about it. She said she wanted to lose weight to feel confident. She had tried making schedules but just couldn’t follow them.

Goods once sold ‘can’ be taken back

08 Apr 2018 | 2:17 AM

Last month, I paid Rs 4,000 for three pairs of jeans at a shop in a mall where one pair of jeans was being offered free on purchase of two. However, after just one wear, one of the pairs tore from the thigh! So I took them all to the shop, but the store manager just refused to give me a refund.

Pan grilled to perfection

08 Apr 2018 | 2:17 AM

We owe this to our beloved Mother’s collection. Herself a vegetarian, she gladly cooked non-vegetarian delicacies for the family and friends.

Baisakhi in the City of Bliss

08 Apr 2018 | 2:17 AM

The couplet attributed to one of the court poets of Guru Gobind Singh speaks of the dignity with which they were treated and also the magnificence of his gifts to the gifted. A flourishing cultural milieu came up wherever Sikh gurus set up camp.

Balconies and boxes ... THE END

08 Apr 2018 | 2:17 AM

Indians love movies. Unfortunately, many iconic cinema halls, specifically single-screen theatres, have had to shut shop. Although they’re not completely extinct, they’re gasping for breath, and it is, but, a matter of time when they will go out of existence.

01 Apr 2018

Mumma, doll me up!

01 Apr 2018 | 12:40 AM

Gone are the days when mothers would buy oversized clothes for their kids so that they could wear them for three to four years. A dress is now worn on a handful of occasions and parents don’t mind spending hefty amounts on dresses with all nooks and corners of the country equally enthusiastic.

Our 1,00,000-year-old art gallery

01 Apr 2018 | 12:40 AM

Tucked away in the rustling sal forests and giant boulders of Madhya Pradesh is the world’s oldest art gallery. It’s named after the strongest of the Pandava brothers. However, the images were painted on the ancient rocks long before the Mahabharata was written.

A taste of mustard

01 Apr 2018 | 12:40 AM

There is something exceptionally alluring and endearing about a banana leaf wrapped delicacy that is encountered in the culinary repertoire of different regions of India.

Finery in stone and mortar

01 Apr 2018 | 12:40 AM

Given India’s rich cultural history and diverse religious beliefs, temples have always been an integral part of our ethos and culture.

Snag in new product: Exercise right to refund

01 Apr 2018 | 12:40 AM

In May last year, I bought an air conditioner for our bedroom. The machine, however, worked only for a month and during the height of summer, stopped functioning.

Momentous achievers from the mountains

01 Apr 2018 | 12:40 AM

Himachal Pradesh is not exactly known for its sporting achievements. The state, however, is better known for its mountainous beauty, rugged terrain and its industrious natives who possess an indomitable spirit to fight all sorts of odds.

25 Mar 2018

It is a crocs’ world

25 Mar 2018 | 1:08 AM

Mammoth and bleary-eyed reptiles — in numbers that make you cringe — seem to be sun bathing at the first glance with their snouts agape.

Munch the crunch

25 Mar 2018 | 1:08 AM

Bhindi would be one of the most popular vegetables the world over. Okra aka ladies’ fingers is considered a delicacy in the West and there are many recipes that vie for the top spot in India.

When daycare centres don’t care

25 Mar 2018 | 1:08 AM

I am a working mother with a year-old child. On the recommendation of a neighbour, I started leaving my child at a nearby daycare centre. For one month, everything seemed alright.

Why I still buy travel postcards

25 Mar 2018 | 1:08 AM

Recently, I came across a fellow traveller who was sending a travel postcard to her friend back home. Surely an anomaly in this age of social media. “It’s been a ritual for many years now,” she said.

Guards of the wild

25 Mar 2018 | 1:08 AM

Early evening in the Zimbabwean savannah, the light is fading. Lions begin to rouse from their daytime slumber, minds focused on dinner.

A bird at every step

25 Mar 2018 | 1:08 AM

As we strolled through a tree-canopied walkway, lined with tall bamboo and little-wooden bridges, the chirps and hoots got louder. On the way, we found large illustrations of birds displayed on trees.

Adding more to their charm

25 Mar 2018 | 1:08 AM

For itinerants and ascetics, a visit to Pushkar generally entails the usual reasons — either a holy dip or the lively one-of-its-kind livestock fair — the atmospheric town’s longstanding raison d’être.

18 Mar 2018

A walk with the ghosts

18 Mar 2018 | 1:01 AM

The hills are full of ghost stories with many of them rooted in the towns of Uttarakhand. Locals love telling them and tourists indulge in them.

Bulbs should only spread light, not fear

18 Mar 2018 | 1:01 AM

Last fortnight, when our bulb in our bedroom fused, I changed it. After just about two hours, when I switched it on, it exploded with a loud bang, throwing glass pieces all over the place.

People become the change

18 Mar 2018 | 1:01 AM

We all want the authorities to clean the roads, reduce pollution and ensure security. But have we ever bothered about doing anything ourselves?

World inside the nests

18 Mar 2018 | 1:01 AM

The largest and most populous state of India, Uttar Pradesh, is also known for its unique topography and heterogeneous landscape.

Happy feet just got happier

18 Mar 2018 | 1:01 AM

Scientists were in for a pleasant surprise in the beginning of March as a supercolony of penguins was discovered in Antarctica.

Young age in rage

18 Mar 2018 | 1:01 AM

Violent actions by students in India are raising alarming concerns about the mental well-being of our young population. The latest incident of shooting of a professor by a college student in Sonepat, coming close on the heels of the killing of a school principal by a Class XII student in Yamunagar, Haryana, last month, is quite perturbing.

Lauki goes rich

18 Mar 2018 | 1:01 AM

Yakhni is a classic dish in Kashmiri wazwaan. Very mildly spiced with curd-based gravy redolent with green cardamoms and fennel, it can push off the centrestage many a pretentious Korma and Kaliya.

11 Mar 2018

In exile, around the world

11 Mar 2018 | 2:16 AM

This Earth Dog year, the exiled Tibetans observe the 59th anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising that had taken place in Lhasa on March 10.

Before you check out, make sure you check the bill

11 Mar 2018 | 2:16 AM

I never really check computer-generated long grocery bills, assuming that they would be accurate.

Keep it light, like Popeye

11 Mar 2018 | 2:16 AM

Many years ago, we had our first test of chhalli — grains of wheat soaked overnight and lightly boiled, and it was love at first sight and bite.

04 Mar 2018

Feast for stargazers

04 Mar 2018 | 2:17 AM

Have you always wanted to explore the mysteries of the universe? If yes, then exploring the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, located on Mount Hollywood in Griffith Park, should be on your bucket list.

The Ombudsman and you

04 Mar 2018 | 2:17 AM

Following repudiation of a claim under an overseas mediclaim policy, I had approached the Insurance Ombudsman for relief.

Missing moms no more

04 Mar 2018 | 2:17 AM

Picture this: A well-established woman having a high flying job, a promising career and a settled married life gets the shocking and emotionally disturbing news of her newborn having Down’s Syndrome.

Being women in an unequal world

04 Mar 2018 | 2:17 AM

While we all like to perpetuate the myth of gender equality, how true is it in our patriarchal society? We ask some youngsters what it means to be a woman in the 21st century.

Fight for equal pay: Fair enough!

04 Mar 2018 | 2:17 AM

IN India, the pay gap between genders is a real issue. Informal sectors like agriculture, labour, domestic help, tuition centres and retail businesses shamelessly exploit women.