Friday, July 21, 2017

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16 Jul 2017

Caring for the uncared

16 Jul 2017 | 1:26 AM

They were the brightest of students from India’s most prestigious medical institutions. Fresh on Hippocratic Oath, they wanted to provide affordable medical care to poorest of the poor in remote villages of the country.

From monsoon’s basket

16 Jul 2017 | 1:26 AM

Monsoon has a magic of its own.

Make chemist pay for selling expired drugs

16 Jul 2017 | 1:26 AM

Last week I bought some antibiotics from a neighbourhood chemist. When even after five days of taking the medicine, I did not feel any relief, my doctor asked to me to show him the medicine.

09 Jul 2017

Doodling a living, and how!

09 Jul 2017 | 2:35 AM

A goofy sketch of the teacher, a drawing of the favourite cartoon character, a funny portrait of that classmate... we’ve all doodled on the back page of textbooks during those boring lectures in school and college.

The credit card you can’t forgo

09 Jul 2017 | 2:35 AM

I own a credit card, but applied for another one from another bank some six months ago. This bank had promised that it would not charge me any annual fee for it.

A sweet game of squash

09 Jul 2017 | 2:35 AM

Our good friend Chef Devinder Kumar has magic in his fingers.

02 Jul 2017

Take this rice with a grain of salt

02 Jul 2017 | 2:07 AM

Sometime ago, a friend sent a message on Whatsapp about plastic rice being sold in the markets and served at restaurants.

Selling through social change

02 Jul 2017 | 2:07 AM

Remember the television advertisements from the beginning of this century? Cadbury’s “Pappu pass ho gaya”, the promise of Dermi Cool powder at the beginning of every summer season, Amul guaranteeing you the real “Taste of India”...

Time for tempura

02 Jul 2017 | 2:07 AM

Come monsoon and our hungry thoughts turn towards hot, crispy pakoras — palak, pyaaz, aaloo and baingan, not to forget gobhi and paneer and the plump green chilly.

25 Jun 2017

Warm Valley’s dry delight

25 Jun 2017 | 1:28 AM

Lotus eaters don’t confine themselves to the multi-hued blossoms rich in mystic and spiritual symbolism. They love lotus puffs and can’t resist the stems either.

In memory of the beloved

25 Jun 2017 | 1:28 AM

Life ends, but pursuit of love doesn’t. When British Major George Oswald Weston lost his pregnant wife, he decided to keep her and their unborn child’s memories alive by erecting a grave with a sculpture in Dagshai cemetery. Once the British left India, the grave lay neglected. But today, it has been restored to its old glory by a local couple.

Be careful with daycare centres

25 Jun 2017 | 1:28 AM

Reports about serious injuries caused to children at daycare centres in different cities-Mumbai and Gurugram for example- have got me worried, because I leave my child in a daycare centre when I go to work. What kind of precautions should I take to ensure the safety of my child?

18 Jun 2017

Because Black Lives Matter

18 Jun 2017 | 2:51 AM

These images don’t celebrate the fear, humiliation or violence that stalks the Africans across byways, vegetable markets and shopping malls. Instead, they depict poise and elegance, resilience and deep solitude...

Two-in-one Kashmir special

18 Jun 2017 | 2:51 AM

In Kashmir, they prepare a delectable dum ki lauki, redolent with saunf and pleasantly pungent with saunth. They add a hint of hing and cook it in mustard oil.

Unpacked edible oil makes a slippery turf

18 Jun 2017 | 2:51 AM

I am told that there is now a law against the sale of edible oil that is not pre-packed. Is this true? However, I find many oil retailers selling unpacked edible oil. If there is a law, why is it not being enforced?

11 Jun 2017

High time ‘best before’ date expires

11 Jun 2017 | 12:21 AM

What exactly does a ‘best before’ date mean on a food package? Is it different from the ‘use by’ or ‘expiry date’? Can food be used even after the ‘best before’ date. If so, for how long can it be used?

Desi hippies

11 Jun 2017 | 12:21 AM

The first thing that all newlyweds do is to jet off to an exotic destination for honeymoon. Having travelled for a couple of weeks, they return to their normal lives replete with jobs, bills and mortgages. A few are daring to challenge the status quo and make sure the honeymoon never ends.

Southern tadka for bored pumpkin eaters

11 Jun 2017 | 12:21 AM

Poor pumpkin aka kaddu is a butt of jokes. ‘Khao toh kaddu se, na khao toh kaddu se!’ Almost everyone takes a swipe and squashes squash, the vegetable.

04 Jun 2017

An Indian treat from Bangkok

04 Jun 2017 | 2:10 AM

Our vegetarian friends keep complaining about how they are shortchanged when it comes to kebab. Either a hara bhara is plonked on the platter or worse they have to put up with a tikki pretending to be something else.

Fleeced at filling station? Make noise

04 Jun 2017 | 2:10 AM

I have been suspecting for some time that the petrol pump from which I buy petrol is not dispensing the accurate amount.

One with nature, deep in the jungle of Dangs

04 Jun 2017 | 2:10 AM

Amit of the Konkana tribe in Dangs is showing indigenously made bamboo traps for catching fish and crabs. He attributes the mechanical device to the innovative streak of his uncle Soniaji, who lives next door and keeps experimenting with bamboo.

Into the tiger’s mouth

04 Jun 2017 | 2:10 AM

An attack by a wild cat last year could not shake Sanjay’s grit to work towards creating a better habitat for tigers. And this year, electrical engineer-turned-wildlife activist Sanjay Gubbi has become the recipient of the prestigious Whitley Award, popularly known as the Green Oscars.

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.