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03 Feb 2019

Khichdi can be yumm too

03 Feb 2019 | 3:11 AM

A recent visit to Gujarat opened our eyes, or, you could say, our palate to the joys of khichdi that missed becoming the national dish by a hair’s breadth last year.

Safety in trains is the Railways’ duty

03 Feb 2019 | 3:11 AM

Reports of passengers being robbed of their belongings during train journeys makes me feel apprehensive every time I travel, particularly to attend family weddings, as I have to take with me expensive clothes and some jewellery to wear too.

The road less taken

03 Feb 2019 | 3:11 AM

For Sobti, language had to be precise; it is what one has acquired through life patterns in relation to social reality.

Queen who ruled the hearts

03 Feb 2019 | 3:11 AM

Krishna Sobti dedicated all her life to writing and writers and she wanted to do the same in her death too.

Sound of fusion

03 Feb 2019 | 3:11 AM

Carnatic music is usually not associated with a violin, but that’s exactly the combination 27-year old Indian-American violinist, pianist and singer Ambi Subramaniam has been pursuing ever since he was a child.

A new high, always

03 Feb 2019 | 3:11 AM

Bachendri Pal may have been conferred the Padma Bhushan award this year, but she became an icon 34 years ago when she scaled the Mount Everest — the first Indian woman to do so. And when she did that in May 1984, Mount Everest was not just the highest peak on earth, it was revered as the ultimate triumph of human will.

Birth of the Indian Moderns

03 Feb 2019 | 3:11 AM

Witnessing the magic and charm of Francis Newton Souza’s paintings in Goa at the Sunaparanta Centre situated in the picturesque neighbourhood of Altinho is almost a surreal experience.

Voices, diverse and distinct

03 Feb 2019 | 3:11 AM

Two new Mumbai films will be showcased in the 69th Berlin International Film Festival, which opens on February 7.

A pint with a dash of history

03 Feb 2019 | 3:11 AM

Social life in England revolves mostly around pubs, beer and football. Traditionally, Britons like to go to a pub after work, more so during the weekends.

Whose truth is this?

03 Feb 2019 | 3:11 AM

It seems to be the year of political biopic. It opened with The Accidental Prime Minister, based on the life of Dr Manmohan Singh, closely followed by Thackeray, on the life of Shiv Sena supremo.

Women in fiction and in flesh & blood

03 Feb 2019 | 3:11 AM

The grand-old lady of Indian literature has passed into the universal history of letters and cultures.

Heroes of 2,000 years ago

03 Feb 2019 | 3:11 AM

Someone sent me, recently, a slim little volume, a bit oddly titled, An Ode to Geniuses, but I leafed through it with a degree of pleasure, coming upon name after illustrious name and re-learning something about what these great men and women had achieved and the legacy they had left behind.

What will happen to my books?

03 Feb 2019 | 3:11 AM

Books. We cherish these faithful companions of our journey through life. We have picked them up at various junctures, sometimes casually, sometimes with due thought. Many have been gifted to us, some borrowed and not yet returned...the words encased in the cover have received significant investments of our time, and sometimes our mind space.

20 Jan 2019

Simplifying prescriptions

20 Jan 2019 | 12:37 AM

Last fortnight, my neighbourhood chemist dispensed a wrong painkiller for my neck pain.

Story of Michelin’s hall of fame

20 Jan 2019 | 12:37 AM

Remember The Hundred-Foot Journey, the 2014 dramedy set in a tiny French village? Here, two warring restaurant owners, Helen Mirren and Om Puri, gradually come to acknowledge, accept and celebrate their differences? And how his talented son (played by Manish Dayal), after many a dramatic turn of events, trains under and earns her a much coveted second Michelin star?

A brave new narrative

20 Jan 2019 | 12:37 AM

A year before #MeToo wave swept India, a known name from Delhi’s theatre circuit, Shilpi Marwaha, had raised a finger at top theatre director Arvind Gaur.

Breaking stereotypes from within

20 Jan 2019 | 12:37 AM

Almost all Punjabis in the US have these things in common: they’ll probably be in the restaurant business (either as owners or chefs); they usually stick together and you can never take Punjab out of their heart. These typical traits of this inclusive community are bound to generate stereotypes about them.

Colours on the white canvas

20 Jan 2019 | 12:37 AM

When life gives you snow, make a snowman out of it — a Canadian squeeze to the lemon-lemonade phrase.

Reading the Ramayana, differently

20 Jan 2019 | 12:37 AM

Seeing those large and extensive series of paintings that used to be produced in India once — not in the north alone, like Rajasthan or the Hills, nor in known groups of styles, like Rajput or Mughal, for instance — one often wonders who constituted the ‘audience’ for those.

Ski in the neighbourhood

20 Jan 2019 | 12:37 AM

As one comes out of the Manali town and moves along the Manali-Rohtang highway, one gets to see countless tinsheds with snow-suits dangling above and gum boots neatly lined-up for several kilometers.

Wilting Sunflowers taken off wall

20 Jan 2019 | 12:37 AM

After a century of renown as one of the world’s most important paintings, it seems Vincent Van Gogh’s iconic Sunflowers may have finally started to wilt.

A dream debut

20 Jan 2019 | 12:37 AM

Debutant director Ridham Janve shot The Gold-Laden Sheep and the Sacred Mountain, which is headed to the Bright Future competition section of the upcoming International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR, January 23-February 3), with non-actors, local crew members and a shoestring budget in 2015.

Mirroring the landscape of Israel

20 Jan 2019 | 12:37 AM

It is a nation of just eight million people; its language is Hebrew, which till the late 19th century was one in which people only prayed.

Futuristic buildings of Valencia

20 Jan 2019 | 12:37 AM

Not always does one look for an eye on a dry river bed. Not just any human eye. But a gigantic eye on the remains of River Turia, which was deliberately diverted after a catastrophic flood in 1957.

Land of the ribald monk

20 Jan 2019 | 12:37 AM

Have you have ever heard of a monk who got away with, neigh, worshipped for celebration of carnal pleasures banned in most religions?

When myth clouds reason

20 Jan 2019 | 12:37 AM

The 106th Indian Science Congress (ISC) was the eighth such event in Punjab.

13 Jan 2019

A taste of royalty

13 Jan 2019 | 6:41 AM

Middle of January is an odd time for food lovers. Binging that begins with X-Mas continues unabated well beyond New Year and well-meaning resolutions about ‘eating light and eating right’ seem to effortlessly fade from memory.

‘Social justice and fair play were in his DNA’

13 Jan 2019 | 6:41 AM

I often read accounts of public personalities who are large hearted in public but are difficult in their private lives.

And the mountains echoed

13 Jan 2019 | 6:41 AM

A trip from Banff to Jasper in Canada’s Alberta is among the most scenic routes in the world.

The cottage that travelled from England to Australia

13 Jan 2019 | 6:41 AM

Where’s that house which was brought on a ship here all the way from Europe? This is one such question that gets fervently asked by several tourists at any of the visitor centres in Melbourne. Even on the streets, many are seen seeking directions towards it because they all know it’s worth visiting for not one but many reasons.

Banquets go bespoke

13 Jan 2019 | 6:41 AM

When Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone announced their wedding, one of the things that made news was that the couple had asked the chefs to sign a special bond to ensure that the exclusive dishes made for their wedding would not be replicated anywhere else.

Balconies can’t be death traps

13 Jan 2019 | 6:41 AM

Last year, a friend died under very tragic circumstances during a party hosted by him to celebrate the New Year.

An endearing rebel

13 Jan 2019 | 6:41 AM

The man who wrote these immortal lines, however, remains the same even today — an unstoppable lyrical force. As the world celebrates renowned poet-lyricist Kaifi Azmi’s birth centenary on January 14th, he and his poetry need no particular date to be celebrated. Every word he wrote is a celebration of life, of visionary zeal, a radical philosophy that defies time and its limited constraints.

A sea of harmony

13 Jan 2019 | 6:41 AM

Soulful strums of Bengali folk-fusion fused with modern Australian jazz followed by the resounding sound of a standing ovation.

A poetic illustration of unrest

13 Jan 2019 | 6:41 AM

Strap: A documentary that depicts angst through art, history and literary references on Kashmir

Victorious Youth to come home

13 Jan 2019 | 6:41 AM

The J Paul Getty Museum has been ordered to return a 2,000-year-old Greek statue to Italy, in the latest development in a long legal fight over the artwork.

Theatre at your doorstep

13 Jan 2019 | 6:41 AM

An increasing number of experimentations, permutations and combinations are on, in the space of contemporary arts- theatre isn’t untouched by it.

Story of a stolen generation

13 Jan 2019 | 6:41 AM

Based on a real-life incident, Australian filmmaker Phillip Noyce’s Rabbit Proof Fence is a tale of human tenacity

A gritty docudrama

13 Jan 2019 | 6:41 AM

Matthew Heineman’s biopic A Private War is an intense portrayal of a woman reporter uncovering the truth of war atrocities in various conflict zones

A grand-old celebration of music

13 Jan 2019 | 6:41 AM

The year was 1875. A congregation of saints led by scholar Baba Harivallabh gathered at the Devi Talao or Devi Talab to render soulful tributes to their recently deceased guru, Swami Tuljagiri. Baba Harivallabh, Tuljagiri’s chief disciple and the new mahant of the gaddi, hence laid the foundation of what is now known as the oldest, unbroken tradition of Hindustani Classical music in the world.

06 Jan 2019

Titans of art collection

06 Jan 2019 | 6:20 AM

When early last year it became public knowledge that the collection of David and Peggy Rockefeller — a collection they had assembled over long years — was going to be up for auction, now that both of them had passed on, the market was abuzz with excitement and speculation. What was the extent of the collection that was going to go up?

Painting a new beginning

06 Jan 2019 | 6:20 AM

Strap: A trip to Prague opened the doors of imagination for Delhi-based artist Reena Singh

The wonder chef

06 Jan 2019 | 6:20 AM

Strap: In times driven by meals-on-wheels, Mastanamma was the simplicity we all crave for at the end of the day

She’s got a fast car

06 Jan 2019 | 6:20 AM

Strap: Women racers in India are finally making their presence felt

One for the jungle

06 Jan 2019 | 6:20 AM

A PhD in tiger conservation, Latika Nath through her endeavours has often put theory into practice.

ATM card delivery is bank’s duty

06 Jan 2019 | 6:20 AM

Last month, I got a message on my mobile saying that Rs 25,000 had been withdrawn from my account at a particular ATM.

Port of call

06 Jan 2019 | 6:20 AM

From history buffs to Harry Potter fans to foodies, located on Douro river, Porto in Portugal offers something for every taste

San Gimignano: Tuscan’s medieval Manhattan

06 Jan 2019 | 6:20 AM

Nestling among high walls, the medieval hilltop town of San Gimignano is a traveller’s delight.

The everlasting youth of Mrinal Sen

06 Jan 2019 | 6:20 AM

The mention of these names that are now cornerstones of Indian cinema was made by Mrinal Sen, who passed away at the age of 95 earlier this week, after living a full life and perhaps a fuller cinematic career, miles ahead of that first bad script.

Backpack for a greener destination

06 Jan 2019 | 6:20 AM

‘Green’ travel is no longer a mere buzzword, it is a reality with both industry and tourists taking the right steps

Investments for a ‘Happy’ New Year

06 Jan 2019 | 6:20 AM

Now that New Year resolutions are old, let’s look at investments that can reap you rich dividends in 2019

23 Dec 2018

Don’t succumb to hospital-chemist nexus

23 Dec 2018 | 1:48 AM

Can hospitals insist on patients or their relatives buying the medicine only from the hospital’s in-house dispensary? I have often found their rates to be higher than the chemists outside, but they insist on buying from their own store on the ground that they are not sure of the quality of medicines from elsewhere.

Trails of taste

23 Dec 2018 | 1:48 AM

If you love food and travel, there is a way you can get the best of both these worlds.

Ila & Ibsen

23 Dec 2018 | 1:48 AM

Ila Arun’s tryst with Henrik Ibsen began when theatreperson Nissar Allana approached her to do an Ibsen play in Rajasthani.

The Lady who sketched from a Howdah

23 Dec 2018 | 1:48 AM

What is it about Charlotte, Lady Canning? Why should we be interested in a woman who died more 150 years ago, one who came from a privileged background that is hard to imagine today?Actually, for those of us who are lucky enough to have got to know her a little through her diaries, drawings and watercolours, particularly those of her time in India, which is the subject of this book, what we feel for her is more than just interest.

She rises, smashes the jinx

23 Dec 2018 | 1:48 AM

The relief of finally ending her barren run could be seen moments after PV Sindhu’s final win over Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara.

Roma, all over

23 Dec 2018 | 1:48 AM

A shortlist of entries for the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award was released earlier this week, with nine picked out of a field of 87 submissions.

Good tidings of taste

23 Dec 2018 | 1:48 AM

There are many festivals in India that are associated with celebratory foods.

In the name of remakes

23 Dec 2018 | 1:48 AM

A recent film attacking plagiarism in cinema looks at how ideas, concepts and scripts are mercilessly ‘stolen’ and used in the name of inspiration

That shy boy from Punjab

23 Dec 2018 | 1:48 AM

Tomorrow is the 94th birth anniversary of legendary singer Mohammad Rafi

Aki Kaurismaki’s cinema of hope

23 Dec 2018 | 1:48 AM

The Finnish filmmaker could perhaps be one of the most original voices present in world cinema today

Serendipity in Seville

23 Dec 2018 | 1:48 AM

This Spanish city brings with it unforgettable encounters with the past

Romancing old books

23 Dec 2018 | 1:48 AM

The bookshops on London’s Charing Crossroad offer endless exploration and a chance to discover some hidden, forgotten treasure troves

Bringing home what belongs here

23 Dec 2018 | 1:48 AM

Vijay Kumar, author of ‘The Idol Thief,’ helped expose Subhash Kapoor, the infamous smuggler.

Being positive in negative

23 Dec 2018 | 1:48 AM

Not all’s blue about Canada’s winter but you sure can’t beat the chill with Indian winter clothes.