Reviving mystique of the
We now see a spate of fiction on the Mughal period, one of the most
fascinating eras in medieval history. What is it that makes this era
click with both readers & writers
THE great Mughal empire
in its grandeur, opulence and flamboyance has always intrigued
historians, storywriters and commoners alike. Mughals (the word
derived from Mongols) came from middle Asia and reigned over most of
the Indian subcontinent for alomost three centuries.
Bumper crop of new
With an astonishing
number of breakout new artistes, the year saw much more splash in the
music world than ever before. Here’s an overview of some of the year’s
most notable music highs and lows
Saurabh & Gaurav
IT might be hard to top
R&B in 2012, when Frank Ocean’s beautiful Channel Orange made a
splash and Miguel’s Kaleidoscope Dream rocketed up the charts
but 2013 certainly didn’t disappoint either.
A heart-friendly oil
Due to its many benefits
and its reputation as a healthy oil, olive oil is making its way into
many Indian kitchens
Almost sacred in
Mediterranean countries like France, Spain, Greece, Italy and
Portugal, olive oil is not native to India. Yet, it needs no
introduction to Indians. It has slowly acquired a mighty reputation of
heart-healthy oil. Making its way into kitchens of many affluent
Indians, its consumption has increased significantly in the recent
past, reflected in increasing imports, varieties and brands available.
popularity, there are several myths about olive oil
Lone rangers love their
Be it an assertion of
self-confidence or merely following their heart's trail, urban Indian
women don't make too much of going out alone for a coffee, sightseeing
or even watching a movie. We talked to a few of them about their ideal
Recently when actor Gul
Panag tweeted a picture of her solo lunch at a swish restaurant in
Mumbai, she was flooded with calls from her friends asking her why she
didn't seek their company. Talking about spending time on her own in a
rapidly modernising world, the tech- savvy action adventurer says,
"I make it a point to arrive at my meeting at least 15 minutes
before schedule, or even sometimes spend those extra minutes in the
locker room of my gym to spend time with myself."
Calm wives a big help
new study has found
that, when it comes to keeping the peace, it’s more important for
wives than for their husbands to remain cool after a heated argument.
The findings revealed the husbands’ emotional regulation had little
or no bearing on long-term marital satisfaction.
Thailand at a glance
Muang Boran, the largest
open-air museum in the world, showcases Thailand’s north, central,
south, east and west
TT is an ancient city,
Muang Boran, just one hour’s drive from Bangkok. However, it needs
some clarification. ‘Muang’ meaning city or land in Thai language,
and 'Boran' meaning ancient, is a reconstructed ‘ancient city’
built in 1963. Within an area of 320-hectare designed roughly in the
shape of the kingdom, Muang Boran introduces the visitor to the five
regions of Thailand — Central, North, Northeast, East and South.
The sheen of TV reality
shows, which had been dominating the TRPs for the past many years,
seems to be wearing off
Some wait in long,
serpentine queues to become 3-minute celebrities. Others, despite
getting sore fingers, keep dialing the phone numbers for days to get
through that one call which they think will change their lives.
Celebrities from fields as diverse as sports, modelling, theatre, art,
TV, cinema, etc. willingly bare their lives, at times, faking
incidents involving themselves.
An actor to be watched
The girl-next-door Yaami
Gautam, who shot into limelight after the success of Vicky Donor,
is all set for another round of challenging roles
Shoma A. Chatterji
There could not have
been a better brand ambassador than the fair and lovely Yaami Gautam
for a famous fairness cream. But that was just the beginning of a
fairytale that launched one of the classiest personas in Bollywood
through the unpredictable Shoojit Sircar film Vicky Donor. She
continues to model for prestigious brands of different products but is
not seen on the big screen.