The DNA of Mercedes is very similar to the DNA of people in Ludhiana
— MD & CEO of Diamler Chrysler
Maharaja Hotel, Ludhiana.
I entered the hotel lobby, I saw a lady in a scarlet dress and gold
stilettos. She was led by an oversized Fendi bag. The diamonds in her
ears were sparkling bullets and a series of solitaires glided on her
arms as two diamond bangles. Her mahogany hair was prettily blow
dried, her nails spoke French, and her make up was flawless. She didn’t
have the air of a visiting NRI nor did she seem to have walked out of
Pankaj Mishra’s Butter Chicken in Ludhiana. Before I could
place her, I saw another slim built and tall woman, her white Armani
shirt tucked into a pair of clinging True Religion jeans and cinched
with a Coach belt. Jimmy Choo heels and a Gucci Bag added to her
elegance. Her glistening hair was pulled back in a long ponytail.
Illustration: Sandeep Joshi
The central theme of an ongoing exhibition of Van Gogh's Studio Practice reveals that the artist regularly made a painting on a canvas he had used before
Van Gogh’s turbulent emotional life, filled with loneliness and
despair, there sprang — in a single, incandescent decade — a
profusion of dazzling, vibrant paintings that fulfilled his ambition
to create art that might provide consolation for the bereaved,
redemption for the desperate. Images that will say something
comforting: phosphorescent stars cart-wheeling through a night time
sky in the yellow moonlight; a clutch of radiant irises blooming in a
lush garden lit by the Mediterranean sun; a flock of crows winging
their way across a golden expanse of wheat fields under a stormy sky.
comes the superbird
Imperial cormorants have
stunned researchers with their amazing underwater feeding techniques
South American sea bird called imperial cormorant left researchers
astonished as it became "superbird" — diving 150 feet
underwater in 40 seconds, feeding on the ocean floor for 80 seconds,
where it eventually caught a snakelike fish, before returning to the
surface 40 seconds later. A small camera fitted with the bird allowed
the team of researchers from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)
and the National Research Council of Argentina to watch first-hand the
amazing feeding techniques of these fascinating birds, which occur off
the coast of Argentina.
do we get a glimpse into the life and times of our forefathers? What
is it that connects us with our heritage? How can we relive the
dashing moments of the era gone by? Perhaps,
family heirlooms hold the answer to this predicament. Many of these
have been preserved with great care and occupy a pride of place in
many households. These heirlooms are timeless family relics. At times,
these are as invaluable to us as our children.
traditional pint is being given a run for its money by
continental-style beers with a dash of fruit or spirits. Strawberry,
raspberry and even cherry beers have become so popular that they are
now the fastest-growing area of the UK beer market. According to
market research group AC Nielsen, in the last year sales of flavoured
beers have grown by 80 per cent.
The little hamlet of Kalpa
snuggles at the base of Kinner Kailash, the most impressive peak of
the Himalayan range
Hugh and Colleen Gantzer
getting there is like
driving into a fairy tale. The climbing, winding, National Highway 22
is as dramatic as a journey into myth. For much of its 244-km-length
from Shimla, it follows the course of the Sutlej: young and
rambunctious here, snarling and foaming and bustling its way through
the mountains. Then, when we rose higher, we met a Mother Goddess. Her
name was Bahri Devi: she had multiple metal faces and was sitting in a
palanquin being borne by her ecstatic, dancing, devotees. We paid our
respects to her and drove on.
pairs that set the screen afire
Shoma A. Chatterji
films are famous for creating famous boxoffice pairs that create
screen chemistry that sustains through time and boxoffice hits. The
first romantic pair that surfaces in terms of eternal romance is the
Raj Kapoor-Nargis pairing that began with Barsaat and went on
for many films till they went their separate ways to establish their
screen personas differently.
Actress Marilyn Monroe is shown in a
scene from her 1953 film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, which is
featured in a new DVD set, the Forever Marilyn Collection, featuring
her classic films.
Many foods, even those labelled as health foods, may contain hidden sugars. Readymade pasta sauces, canned fruits and vegetables, packet soups and breads — all contain sugar, which is used to improve their shelf life
illiterate person, may avoid sugar since he is diabetic but may depend
on honey or even jaggery to sweeten his food. Such innocent souls
might consider honey or jaggery to be a 'sugarless substitute' for
sugar. But when a well-read person wonders why his blood sugar is not
under control even after he controls his sugar intake, and doesn't
take any sugar in his milk, tea or coffee, doesn't eat ice creams,
puddings, sweets etc. he needs to review his dietary intake. Perhaps
his diet includes many hidden sugars.
and diabetes might not be the double whammy, according to a fresh look
at older studies. Researchers found that overweight and obese people
who get diagnosed with the blood sugar disorder tend to live longer
than their leaner peers. Another study says weight training, not just
cardio workouts, is linked to a lower risk of developing diabetes.
"We all know that aerobic exercise is beneficial for diabetes but
no studies have looked at weight training," says Dr Frank Hu of
the Harvard School, Boston.