Monday, May 29, 2017

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28 May 2017

The best from Bengal

28 May 2017 | 1:24 AM

The Bengali sweets prepared with chhena have pushed off stage many other delectable mithais that Bengalis are inheritors to.

Raise a stink, bring a change

28 May 2017 | 1:24 AM

The municipal corporation is supposed to clear garbage everyday and we even pay a monthly fee to the person who collects it from our houses.

When summer comes calling

28 May 2017 | 1:24 AM

The summer vacations are here again. Now, ours being a commercial world, there comes a barrage of typical offers for activities and events to engage kids in.

21 May 2017

Bliss in the tang

21 May 2017 | 12:25 AM

An old saying goes: “Ghar ki murgi daal barabar.

Mourning no more

21 May 2017 | 12:25 AM

Celebration, the word itself, seems so much out of sync at a prayer meeting organised in remembrance of a dear departed one. Yet, when someone utters the words ‘We are here to celebrate the life of Mrs...’, the one liner sums up far more than the long-winding sermons that the pandits deliver and we listen to (and forget as quickly) at such sombre occasions.

Is your gym in the pink of health?

21 May 2017 | 12:25 AM

Recently, my friend suffered a serious injury when the treadmill on which she was exercising at a gymnasium suddenly gathered speed and threw her out. Are such incidents common? I am now worried about exercising on a treadmill.

14 May 2017

New mom makes the world new

14 May 2017 | 2:23 AM

Cinderella; Snow White; Hansel and Gretel — what is common among all of them? Other than the fact that they are fairy-tale characters, their stories bring out the evils of a step mom.

Mango punch in your dessert

14 May 2017 | 2:23 AM

The first mangoes of the season have made their appearance, tempting us from the roadside pushcarts and grocery store shelves.

Strictly at customer’s discretion

14 May 2017 | 2:23 AM

Last week I took my family to a restaurant to celebrate my daughter’s birthday. I was aghast to see a board at the entrance that mentioned that the restaurant levies a service charge of 10 per cent and only those willing to pay it can enter.

07 May 2017

Safety is bank’s liability

07 May 2017 | 2:15 AM

Whenever I read about thefts of bank lockers, I get worried. On my query, the bank in which I have a locker told me that in case of a robbery, banks are not expected to compensate the consumer for any loss of valuables inside the locker.

Curry from Bengal

07 May 2017 | 2:15 AM

Who says Bengalis live by maach alone? They have such mouth-watering recipes for mutton and chicken in their repertoire that put in shade myriad pretentious korma and kaliya recipes considered signature dishes in Hyderabad and Lucknow.

When school comes home

07 May 2017 | 2:15 AM

Parenting in today’s times has become doubly harder, what with the pressures of keeping up with the Joneses in everything, including schooling options.

30 Apr 2017

Bengal special: Poor man’s biryani

30 Apr 2017 | 12:56 AM

Those addicted to the classic dum ki Hyderabadi biryani may throw a fit and purists may frown at the lack of colour or seductive aromas. But who cares? For us, in this scorching summer, Kolkata biryani is a comfort food par excellence.

Generic drugs: Medicines for all

30 Apr 2017 | 12:56 AM

Recently, Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised to bring in a legal framework to ensure that doctors prescribe generic medicines. How much will such a move help consumers?

Illness love and labour

30 Apr 2017 | 12:56 AM

Their entire lives changed just in the flash of a second. As machines beeped and monitors buzzed, the whole household turned into a medical care unit.

23 Apr 2017

Indian-ness unlimited

23 Apr 2017 | 12:29 AM

Travel stories about India are aplenty and so are the writers writing them. But it probably takes one with a different kind of a heart to look beyond the superficialities of travel and delve deep into the lives of people who are as much a part of the travel experience as the various landscapes. One such writer is Elisabeth J Singh, who has authored 23 books till date, many of which are about her experiences in India. And she has no plans of stopping anytime soon.

Berry-berry refreshing

23 Apr 2017 | 12:29 AM

There is something magical about strawberries and cream, traditional fare at the Wimbledon. It is a magical duet that we can never have enough of.

Cinnamon vs cassia, & why

23 Apr 2017 | 12:29 AM

I use cinnamon quite extensively and buy a packet every alternate month along with my grocery. Last month, however, I could not find my favourite organic brand and when I made enquiries, I was given a packet that said ‘cassia’ and the person at the store swore that this indeed was cinnamon, renamed as cassia. He could not explain why it was renamed.

16 Apr 2017

‘False & frivolous’ or pure harassment?

16 Apr 2017 | 12:07 AM

Some years ago, I bought a refrigerator that turned out to be defective. When neither the dealer nor the manufacturer bothered to replace the defective piece, I approached the consumer court.

It’s in the marinade

16 Apr 2017 | 12:07 AM

They say “What is in a name?” A rose is a rose is a rose and so on. You could extend it to a chicken is a chicken and so on.

Open the door to alternative narrative

16 Apr 2017 | 12:07 AM

It seems like whistling in the dark, but you can hear its sweet symphony from a distance. In the contemporary times of one-dimensional discourse and chest-thumping pseudo nationalism in India, surely, the music of alternative narratives is replete with a certain magic, full of the possibilities of hope.

09 Apr 2017

Bite into nature’s plentiful bounty

09 Apr 2017 | 2:22 AM

The ‘lotus eaters’ are seen as dreamy-eyed idlers, who are best kept at a distance lest they infect all who come in their contact. But we shouldn’t forget that there are many of us who love to feed on flowers of different hues and fragrances.

A discounted piece shouldn’t fleece

09 Apr 2017 | 2:22 AM

Recently, at a ‘sale’ meant to get rid of winter clothes, I chose a jacket priced at Rs 8,000, inclusive of all taxes. The shopkeeper was offering varying percentages of discounts and on this particular jacket, the discount offered was 50 per cent.

When grannies get going

09 Apr 2017 | 2:22 AM

There is an unmistakable glee in the voices of Neeru Gandhi (61), Monicka Chanana (51) and Pratibha Sabharwal (60). The three homemakers from Delhi have just returned from their 25-day road trip from Delhi to Somnath, covering 4,444.8 km to be precise.

Revealed: The age adults are at their happiest

09 Apr 2017 | 2:22 AM

A new study may have found the age at which we are most content with life. Many would probably assume that it has got to be during your carefree childhood or perhaps your beer-swilling twenties, right?