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14 Jan 2018

Deserting ship of the desert

14 Jan 2018 | 1:43 AM

Watching rows of camel herds in the bush country of Rajasthan and herdsmen following them lazily, but with watchful eyes, is a fascinating experience. However, under the romance lies the harsh truth of the fast dwindling number of camels.

Pack a veggie punch

14 Jan 2018 | 1:43 AM

After the rich fare that one has treated oneself to during the festive season, more than the palate or heart, it is the stomach that begins to pine for something light.

Insurance cos can’t hold you to ransom

14 Jan 2018 | 1:43 AM

Some months ago, my tractor got stolen while it was parked outside our house. Even though investigation by the police has proved that it has been stolen, the insurance company is refusing to indemnify my loss on the ground that I reported the theft five days after the incident took place.

Meet less for love

14 Jan 2018 | 1:43 AM

Couples who have just started dating should reduce the amount of time they spend together, experts have claimed. In the early stages of a relationship, the excitement of seeing someone new can make you want to spend as much time with them as possible. However, this may not be advisable.

07 Jan 2018

Yes! you can

07 Jan 2018 | 1:34 AM

New Year is usually the time when we all take stock of what we have achieved in the year gone by, and what we wish to be in the next 12 months. Indeed, resolutions are made and uttered with conviction.

Forever can be fleeting

07 Jan 2018 | 1:34 AM

O ne’ shares a video on Facebook. ‘Someone’ else shares it as well. That ‘Someone’ supports the same social cause on social media that ‘One’ stands for.

Voice your right to clean, free water

07 Jan 2018 | 1:34 AM

I was extremely disappointed to read about the Supreme Court judgement allowing hotels and restaurants to charge more than the Maximum Retail Price (MRP) on bottled water. Can you please explain the significance of this judgement to consumers?

Stories on the loop

07 Jan 2018 | 1:34 AM

Who has the time for a story, you ask. Well, there are those who still believe that stories open the minds and let the imagination soar.

At the heart of it, it’s still love

07 Jan 2018 | 1:34 AM

Ten years back, about this time of the year, warmly tucked in my blanket, I was writing my first novel. Those were my initial few weeks in the beautiful city of Chandigarh.

Compatibility in your texts

07 Jan 2018 | 1:34 AM

While relationships were once born out of thoughtful love letters, red roses, today romance blossoms via witty observations and phallic emojis.

Chicken in green garb

07 Jan 2018 | 1:34 AM

Murg Kalimirch is a minor classic and is usually served in creamy gravy. Hariyali murg too isn’t a stranger to chicken lovers.

24 Dec 2017

Let them trot, not dance

24 Dec 2017 | 1:15 AM

As the horses sway and swerve to the beats of a dhol, the audience feels that adrenaline rushing in the veins. Decked in colourful finery, these show dancing horses are great crowd pullers at animal fairs across the state.

Royal colours of the desert

24 Dec 2017 | 1:15 AM

Creator of some of the finest leheriyas, Mohammed Tayeb Khan is a pioneer amidst a vanishing breed of craftsmen. His handcrafted shaded mukaish chiffon sarees, bandhanis (dotted tie-dyes), turbans, vibrant duppattas and scarves have been patronised by Rajasthan royalty for long.

Be informed, buy informed

24 Dec 2017 | 1:15 AM

Last week, I went shopping for winter clothing and found it extremely difficult to find out the quality of pullovers being sold.

For once, keep it simple

24 Dec 2017 | 1:15 AM

CR Park in the Capital, known long ago as EPDP Colony, is a food lovers’ delight. It has many sweet shops — some famous, others unknown — that sell delectable Bengali sweets like Darbesh, Lavang Latika, Malpua and, of course, the irresistible Nalin Gurher Sondesh in winter.

Nosedive that terrifies

24 Dec 2017 | 1:15 AM

Passenger pigeons were once the most abundant bird in North America, but hunting reduced their numbers from five billion to zero in a matter of decades.

A home away from home

24 Dec 2017 | 1:15 AM

It’s one thing to read about birds’ exodus in latter part of the year and it’s another to experience it.

Winter of content

24 Dec 2017 | 1:15 AM

Ayurved, the ancient Indian art and science of living that holds the promise of not only prolonging life but also enhancing its quality, categorises seasons in two compartments.

17 Dec 2017

The black magic of sesame

17 Dec 2017 | 2:12 AM

Our friend Sneha Saikia recently did an Assamese pop-up for food-loving friends at her house. We got to savour some rarely encountered culinary gems from the Northeast. Foods from Assam’s different regions have one thing in common — hardly any oil is used and the distinctive spicing is khar, an alkaline substance obtained by burning banana stem.

Hospitals can’t treat life as cheap

17 Dec 2017 | 2:12 AM

The horrific case of an alive newborn being declared dead by the doctors at Max Hospital in New Delhi really shocked me. If the parents, on their way to the crematorium, hadn’t noticed the child’s movements inside the plastic bag in which the child was wrapped, they would have cremated a living child.

Footsteps to redeem honour

17 Dec 2017 | 2:12 AM

It’s been six months since a schoolgirl was brutally raped and murdered in Kotkhai, 60 km from Shimla. People in the hill state are still shocked, hurt and very angry.

So, why do we baby talk?

17 Dec 2017 | 2:12 AM

You swore you’d never do it. “Baby,” “honey,” “sweetie.” No, hearing other couples call each other such names used to make you shudder.

Vanilla’s long journey to exoticity

17 Dec 2017 | 2:12 AM

Did you know that vanilla is the second most expensive spice after saffron? It takes years to become usable and that’s why it is so costly.

Nature’s bountiful canopy

17 Dec 2017 | 2:12 AM

A branch arches over a path, giving an impression of a gateway. A few steps in the direction and you are in the midst of a dense canopy of leaves.

The Kota conundrum

17 Dec 2017 | 2:12 AM

It has been two years since Sumer Ram, a promising young student of medical stream and an MBBS hopeful, ended his life at a thriving coaching institute in Kota, the coaching capital of India.

10 Dec 2017

Mushy peas for mushy winter

10 Dec 2017 | 2:06 AM

Nimona is a seasonal delight that is relished greatly in eastern Uttar Pradesh.

A promise strong and sturdy

10 Dec 2017 | 2:06 AM

I renovated my ancestral home recently and used a lot of wood pillars and wood carvings to give it a different look. The interior decorator who executed the work swore that it was Burma teak and I would never have any complaints about its quality or finish.

When we and [V] had fun

10 Dec 2017 | 2:06 AM

It looked so good till it wasn’t given a makeover. And then, it became a case study in over-dressing, in cakey make-up, which turns patchy after a few hours.

03 Dec 2017

Boredom is good for love

03 Dec 2017 | 1:53 AM

MarK Manson, the author of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k, told us the secret to a long, lasting relationship. And it’s simpler than you think.

Adventure begins at 60

03 Dec 2017 | 1:53 AM

Cartography may be a science, but planning your trek using only maps certainly is not, not when the destination is the high Himalayas, not when you are 60 plus.

Get a taste of amchi Mumbai

03 Dec 2017 | 1:53 AM

Pathare Prabhu is an extremely interesting community that claims to have originally inhabited Bombay.

Defect in new car? Seek total refund

03 Dec 2017 | 1:53 AM

Q: I bought an expensive new car in October this year.

26 Nov 2017

When not to push the bar

26 Nov 2017 | 2:45 AM

When the love of your life is having a tough time, it can be tricky to know what to say to comfort them. Whether physical tokens of affection or baked goods are your empathetic port-of-call, there’s one thing you should avoid saying at all costs, according to a relationships expert.

A sweet surprise awaits

26 Nov 2017 | 2:45 AM

Kathal, also known as phanas (and jackfruit in English), is a versatile vegetable; actually a fruit. It is used all over the land to prepare spicy dry vegetables, gravy dishes and biryanis.

Amenities at airports are your right

26 Nov 2017 | 2:45 AM

Airports around the country are being modernised and expanded to cater to the increasing number of travellers.

Love won’t be lost in jihad

26 Nov 2017 | 2:45 AM

Kerala’s articulate society has refused to paint a love story in communal colours. The Malayalis have argued that inter-faith relationships and marriages are legitimate in a mature and democratic society, and any move to brand the wedding of two adults, Akhila Ashokan turned Hadiya and Shafin Jehan, as ‘love jihad’ won’t be accepted.