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Hot foods to fight the chill
What's served piping hot may not be warm food. These food items have intrinsic heat- generating properties that help rev up circulation
Pushpesh Pant
winter comes, there are some who don’t console themselves with the clich thought that now spring can’t be far behind. Instead, they take delight in the chill and prepare to warm body and soul with hot stuff. Ayurveda and Unani both classify food or ingredients as having hot or cold properties (guna and taseer) that speed up or slow down body metabolism and either engender passionate excitement or subdue stirrings of desire or outbursts of anger. These are labelled as satvik and tamsik (light and dark in the Tibetan system of medicine). Kabutar ka shorba was prescribed to patients who had suffered a paralytic stroke to dissolve the blood clots in the brain by raising temperature. Eggs are believed to have inherent heat and that’s the reason that the sale of hard-boiled eggs shoots skywards as soon as winter descends.

Delving into the unknown
Paintings about dreams and omens lead us into a mystifying world: inexplicable, intuitive, and beyond reason
B.N.Goswamy sleep;
To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there's the rub

Hamlet, Act 3, Scene 1

us consider three paintings. The first, a folio that comes from the artists’ ateliers that were traditionally attached to the ruling house of Mewar at Udaipur. What one sees in it are fantastic creatures — gaja-simhas, literally ‘elephant-lions’ — roaming about in an imagined landscape. Elephants the painters of Mewar were inordinately fond of, and they would paint them at the slightest opportunity that came their way: rulers riding in processions, elephants in combat, errant elephants sought to be brought under control by hapless mahouts, especially favoured ones standing as if posing for a portrait, and so on. But here, in this work, there are no true elephants: their heads have been grafted on to the lithe, majestic bodies of lions.

Broad brush

An acid test

A typical modern diet, largely made up of acid-forming foods like processed cereals, sugars and high proteins, fats and excess sodium can cause acidosis. Our bodies are alkaline by design but acidic in nature. Maintaining proper alkalinity is essential to life, vitality and health
Mickey Mehta

urbanisation, modern lifestyles and easy access to processed and preserved unhealthy foods, a large number of people living in this modern world suffer from illnesses or diseases caused by the stress of acidosis, otherwise known as acidification of the body. A typical modern diet is largely made up of acid-forming foods like processed cereals, sugars and high proteins, fats and excess sodium. Alkaline-producing foods like vegetables and fruits are eaten in smaller quantities. Stimulants like tobacco, tea, coffee, alcohol and stress are the main promoters of acidification and the illnesses that follow.

Health Capsules
Eat apple, chew gum for shining teeth
New Delhi: Eating an apple daily and chewing gum is beneficial for maintaining white pearlies. Peta Leigh, a teeth whitening expert, offers tips, reports Firm or crisp foods help clean teeth as these are eaten. Apples are considered to be 'nature's toothbrush'. Other choices include raw carrots, celery, and popcorn.

Traditional, timeless comfort foods

Aditi Garg

are a time for foods that help you keep warm and give you the much-needed energy to face the chill. Foods like pinnis, panjiri, gachak, bhugga, baajre ki khichri and many more tempt the tastebuds with their rustic flavour. But the fast-paced lifestyle of today leaves little time for indulgences that are cooked slowly to bring out the best flavours. Ice-creams, cakes and pies have edged out the traditional cuisines from homes and kitchens have become places where food is reheated after home-delivery, and whatever is cooked is anything that can be rustled up in a jiffy. Here is a collection of recipes that will take you back to your childhood and offer a burst of taste and texture that no quick-fixes can replace.

Myths that wreck relationships
iF you believe that finding the right partner will ensure that the two of you will remain in love for the rest of your lives without any effort, then you are highly mistaken. According to, author Russ Harris has debunked some biggest myths that can destroy marriages, in his book ACT with Love.

Relics of the colonial past
Digboi in Assam presents a glimpse of the bygone era
Kavita Kanan Chandra

would get a colonial hangover in Digboi, the oldest ‘Oil City’ of India in Assam, located in the far eastern corner of our country’s Northeast. The huge British bungalows scattered on hillocks, the small pretty church, war cemetery dating from the World War II, the historical Stillwell road at Ledo, oldest oil refinery in the country and an expansive golf course would transport you back in the days of the ‘Raj’. Even if the time machine is a figment of imagination, those who have history fixation and wish to get a glimpse of the British era would love the Digboi experience, albeit with all modern comforts.


Cinematic century

From a side-show attraction, the Indian cinema has become a billion-dollar industry. The dream factory, which completed a century recently, continues to enchant us
Rahul Sahgal

apathy and institutional neglect has lost much of India’s early visual heritage from the early 20th century. A list of firsts is lost to eternity: documentary (The Wrestlers, 1899), feature (Raja Harishchandra, 1913), historical (Narayan Rao Peshwa, 1915), serial (Rama Banwas), satire (Bilet Pherat), adaptation (Barer Bazaar), talkie (Alam Ara) and colour film (Kisan Kanya). Our silent cinema’s early influencers were the fluid and fantastical flamboyance of Parsi theatre, the rhythm of Sanskrit drama and the epic narrative form of Ramayana and Mahabharata

Adieu O’ Toole
Acting was a second nature to versatile actor Peter O’Toole, who could perform well despite his reckless living
Ervell E. Menezes
HAT an actor he was! Supreme. Unmatched. The early 1960s were indeed Peter O’Toole’s salad years, what with The Lawrence of Arabia, Becket and The Night of the Generals almost in one breath. The first two were before my film critic days, and especially remember those cryptic, even shocking lines, speaking of his wife as "a withered flower in the pages of a hymn-book which duty forced me to wander." Jean Anouilh at his scathing best and as Henry II, he overshadowed Richard Burton’s Becket. One wasn’t yet exposed to such candid lines in those distant days. Both of them shared two talents, acting and drinking, though not necessarily in that order.


CONSUMERS BEWARE: The year of skyrocketing prices
by Pushpa Girimaji

GOOD MOTORING: Saving your head with a helmet
by H. Kishie Singh

FRUIT FACTSGrapes more drunk than eaten
Dr Chiranjit Parmar

by Karuna Goswamy

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Pages 414. Rs 820.


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by Bob Rupani
Rupani Media. Pages 309. Rs799

To forget is to tempt a repeat
Reviewed by Priyanka Singh
Voices from Chernobyl 
by Ingrid Storholmen. 
Harper Perennial. Pages 175. Rs 299.

Looking at reservation 
Reviewed by P. K. Vasudeva
Reservation: A Quest for Justice 
by R. K. Kshirsagar 
Kalpaz Publications. Pages 326. Rs 975