Wednesday, April 26, 2017

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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?

02 Apr 2017

Either deliver or refund

02 Apr 2017 | 1:03 AM

I recently bought for my wedding, six expensive chiffon sarees from a reputed shop and was assured that these were of pure, natural chiffon. However, a friend, who is a textile technologist, told me that these were all made of synthetic fibre.

Health wrapped in fun

02 Apr 2017 | 1:03 AM

Who doesn’t love spring rolls? They are ideal as starters or cocktail snacks and can be pressed into service to satisfy hungry kids in a jiffy. The stuff may be deep fried, but the filling is packed with nutrition.

On the unseen road

02 Apr 2017 | 1:03 AM

Mandvi was in Class X when she started to lose her vision. The doctors said she had a genetic disease called retinitis pigmentosa, a condition in which the eyesight degenerates gradually.

26 Mar 2017

Panjab University: Journey and evolution

26 Mar 2017 | 2:17 AM

The University of Punjab at Lahore was set up on October 14, 1882. It was the fourth university of India although it was the first university that expanded its scope from being an examining university to teaching and examining both.

Single child, multiple issues

26 Mar 2017 | 2:17 AM

A game of street cricket breaks out into a fight; something every kid in the game knew was bound to happen sooner or later for they were playing with Rahul. The kids refuse every time he wants to play with them.

Judging my grief? Move on...

26 Mar 2017 | 2:17 AM

Oh, she is fine. She is moving on in life already,” the thinly veiled ''judgment'' pierced through my ears as I heard someone at work talk about a friend''s widow handling her recent bereavement.

Morsels of delight

26 Mar 2017 | 2:17 AM

Awadh is believed to be the home to most refined mouth-watering and finger-licking delicacies.

To their discredit

26 Mar 2017 | 2:17 AM

During a visit to a mall, an agent of a credit card company offered me a credit card free of charge. I accepted it and filled the form, but when the card arrived, I noticed that they were charging me an annual fee.

19 Mar 2017

Weigh before you buy

19 Mar 2017 | 12:57 AM

Yesterday, I bought two packets of tea at a retail store near my house.

Move over Tex-Mex, hail desi

19 Mar 2017 | 12:57 AM

One lives and learns.

12 Mar 2017

The man who loved books

12 Mar 2017 | 2:31 AM

In the 1940s, an event in Punjabi publishing went unnoticed.

Notes of concern

12 Mar 2017 | 2:31 AM

The recent reports of fake notes of Rs 2,000 coming out of some bank ATMs have really got me worried.

Crescent-full of taste

12 Mar 2017 | 2:31 AM

Holi is not only a festival of colours and frolicking with gay abandon but also a day for guilt-free gorging on sweets n savouries — not to forget gulping down tumblers full of that sublimely intoxicating cold drink called thandai.

05 Mar 2017

Sona is not scared

05 Mar 2017 | 1:04 AM

In the selfie-obsessed world, where every celebration and mourning occupies some kilobyte of space in the phone’s memory, you seldom come across a picture that says something more than nothing. We came across one.

From the mother’s treasure trove

05 Mar 2017 | 1:04 AM

Musallam is a quintessentially celebratory dish. While murgh musallam is the commonest avatar, camel musallam is stuff fantasies that are made of. In between falls the now rarely encountered baqra musallam.

Not just TV, buy promise of after-sale service too

05 Mar 2017 | 1:04 AM

My new television set suddenly stopped working last month and I have ever since had a lot of problems in dealing with the company’s service centre and am really disgusted with their unprofessional attitude.