Jokes apart...

English stand-up comedy has come of age in a country where censorship is rife and people are easily offended.
  • The Sunday Interview: ‘My life is one big prayer’

    Rekha on how her private and personal life could not be more different.
  • As the waters rose...

    When the floods came raging in Srinagar, the Kashmiris were only too ready to help.
  • Rise of the food blogs

    As the Internet explodes with self-styled critics, food has become an unexpected battlefield.
  • The sari is her canvas

    Rajini Sarma Balachandran on how her Jari: The Sari Studio aims to link fine arts and the Kanjivaram sari.
Chef Vijayan Parakkal
October 18, 2014

Chef Speak: Books that inspire culinary artists

“This is an excellent book for beginners as well as professionals, as it conveys the importance of the basics in cooking and how to strengthen them. It gives the finest tips about cooking, paying... »
October 18, 2014

The Hindu Crossword No. 2813

Across1 One regarded with contempt in back of Swiss taxi (4)4 Clergyman, one in important church (8)10 Slow turtle can, surprisingly (9)11 Article on daily crime (5)... »
Lead paint in playgrounds can harm the children. Photo: C.V. Subrahmanyam
October 18, 2014

Spotlight: Unlead yourself

At the petrol bunk, the signboard ‘unleaded petrol’ means the fuel is devoid of the metal lead (Pb), which is different from the graphite we see in pencils.Lead is a naturally available heav... »
Tracing the not-so-new political trend of stop-gap chief ministers. Illustration: Deepak Harichandan
October 11, 2014

The chair persons

In a pocket cartoon drawn by the inimitable R.K. Laxman in 1982, a line of Congressmen stand respectfully as an imperious Indira Gandhi, holding an umbrella aloft, walks past, only to halt before o... »
Absence of sanitation facilities for women during disasters enhances their vulnerability. Photo: AP
October 11, 2014

The other half: Out in the open

Last month, while our attention was diverted by what our politicians were doing on foreign shores and at home, tragedies on a massive scale were being played out in many parts of the country. <... »
Atul Gawande. Photo: Tim Llewellyn
October 11, 2014

The Sunday Interview: Managing mortality

In today’s world, medical advances have given us an arsenal of tools to combat death, but this often comes at the cost of the quality of life. In his latest book, Being Mortal, surgeon and w... »
What if the concept of Sports League is applied to other Indian problems?
October 11, 2014

A league apart

While visiting Mumbai recently, my friend Rakesh Joshi called me. “I have to tell you about the revolution taking place in Indian sports!” he gushed over the phone. We agreed to meet that ev... »
Deadlifts, when performed correctly, are excellent for stabilising the core and the lower body.
October 11, 2014

Deadlifts and squats

Squats are an advance level of exercise that uses the hamstring, quadriceps, gluteus and trunk muscles. The right posture, technique and breathing play a major role in this workout. Squats use prac... »
Imbalances in mental health can only be corrected by timely identification and treatment with medicines which today are safe and target specific neuro chemicals that give rise to certain thinking, behavioural and emotional patterns. Photo: K.K. Mustafah
October 11, 2014

Understanding mental illness

When it comes to health, most people think only in terms of physical, not mental, well being. The WHO defines mental health as a state of well being in which “every individual realises his or her... »
Illustration: Sreejith R. Kumar
October 4, 2014

Ringing in the dough

Seventeen-year-old Yash Mehta knew the Chinese Xiaomi Mi3 smartphone was a winner, as soon as he read the product specifications and the price. “It’s worth Rs.30,000 and they are giving it for Rs.1... »

Fading hope

Drama king

Love thy enema

Winter wonderland

The Hindu Crossword No. 2811


Yoga for hair loss

Listen to your heart

Oven-roasted vegetables.
October 18, 2014

Gourmet Files: The heat is on

Now that winter’s almost upon us and fresh new vegetables are here, I decided to take the plunge and try roasting them. I usually grill them in a ridged stovetop pan that gives nice brown stripes,... »
The Ariyalur bridge where the Rockfort Express was blown up.
October 18, 2014

Now it can be told: Exposures and an explosion

Mid-March 1987: I was packing my bags, as I had to go to Pune to cover a badminton tournament when I got a call from the office informing me about a train accident at Ariyalur near Tiruchi. It was... »
October 18, 2014

Barefoot: It’s in the mind

The death penalty is abhorrent on both moral and legal grounds. Judges can and do make mistakes. Global evidence has established that capital punishment does not deter crimes. The majority of those... »
Alone... Photo: Thulasi Kakkat
October 11, 2014

Cast off by outer and inner worlds

A nation is truly inclusive, rights and capabilities promotive, and embedded in a culture that values justice and equity when it respects and cares for its most vulnerable. Despite progress in scie... »
Quick fix. Photo: K. Murali Kumar
October 11, 2014

As I see it: Addicts to sensation

It was like any other day. I sat with my eyes moving from my gmail inbox to an English news channel, which drew me, need I clarify, towards the United Nations, with our Prime Minister emphatically... »
The first social networking site downed shutters recently.
October 11, 2014

Goodbye, Orkut

“Did you see the scrap posted by that senior who left school last year on the community? He’s blasted the teachers and the principal!” exclaimed a classmate. “Where, where?” I asked frantic... »
October 11, 2014

The Hindu Crossword No. 2812

Across 1 Bridge player engrossed by word games causes quarrel (5,6) 9 Harps on about children like Annie? (7) 10 Treading the boards, using one leg after another... »
If any redness, burning, excessive tearing or irritation occurs, remove the lenses immediately and do not wear them until you see the doctor.
October 11, 2014

How to care for contact lenses

Even the slightest bit of carelessness can adversely affect your eye when it comes to lens care. Follow these tips to look after your contact lenses.Before handling the lens, wash your hands... »
Shadows in the sun; Gayathri Ramprasad, Random House India, Rs.399.
October 11, 2014

Wellness Reads

Shadows in the Sun; Gayathri Ramprasad, Random House India, Rs.399.This memoir traces the author’s battle with the depression that consumed her from adolescence through marriage and a... »
A still from the film.
October 4, 2014

To live and to let go

Aruna Shanbaug is a name that has hovered on the edge of our subconscious for 40 years now. It blurs over and then sharpens when an anniversary date comes up and images of nurses cutting cakes intr... »

A fight for dignity

Acts of life

Visiting Wodehouse

Amber, coral, ivory, ebony...

Cambridge Letter: Referendum repercussions

The Hindu Crossword No. 2810

World Heart Day: Heal the heart chakra

Amandeep Sandhu, Manjul Bajaj, Manu Joseph and Sonora Jha read from their novels that were shortlisted for The Hindu Prize for Fiction 2013. Ziya Us Salam introduces them and moderates the session. <... »