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Husna Rahaman has recently come up with Spice Sorcery, yet another cookbook of her community but written in an engaging personalised storybook format.
New Delhi, September 14, 2014

Family and food

Following in her grandmother’s footsteps, whose Hajra’s Recipes of Life for Life, published in 2010, perhaps became the first book in English on Kutchi Memon cooking, Husna Rahaman has recen... »
The panel stressed that 16-year-olds, who come from poverty stricken families, cannot be administered the same quantum of punishment as adults.
New Delhi, September 14, 2014

Justice for Juveniles

With the Juvenile Justice Bill set to be discussed threadbare in Parliament, socially-conscious individuals from different professions articulated their views on why juvenile criminals need to be t... »
New Delhi, September 14, 2014
Down Memory Lane

Vignettes from war days

World War II days often come to mind and don’t seem so distant after all for old-timers. There was Uncle James, Chunu Chacha to the kids, who would go up the narrow staircase of his 1869 house and... »
Delicacies at Jaypee Siddharth’s Paatra restaurant
New Delhi, September 14, 2014

Rich aromas and a whiff of memory

A few years ago, I waited for an actor friend at her residence in New Delhi. She, however, was held up at a function at Jaypee Siddharth where she had gone to light the ceremonial lamp. A couple of... »
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
New Delhi, September 14, 2014

Destination in Arab Spring

The Arab spring has swept across West Asia and North Africa, leaving behind change of governments, disturbed economy and society. Mercifully some places continue to be peaceful and can still be acc... »
Women boxer Mary Kom (left) and L.Sarita Devi (right) during training camp for the upcoming Incheon Asian games at South Korea. Photo: Sandeep Saxena
New Delhi, September 12, 2014

After the break

Former World Champion, four-time Asian champion and current Commonwealth Games silver medallist L. Sarita Devi is one of the most decorated woman boxers in the country. Like M.C. Mary Kom, Sarita w... »
Anita Agnihotri’s short stories, originally written in Bengali, evoke real, almost raw images – of poverty, injustice and human suffering.
September 12, 2014

From the other side

Translated by Arunava Sinha, Anita Agnihotri’s short stories, originally written in Bengali, evoke real, almost raw images – of poverty, injustice and human suffering. The details she works with m... »
The chef at the restaurant – Noah Barnes – is extremely creative. He had conjured up a real feast
New Delhi, September 12, 2014
Food Spot

Such a lovely place!

Every now and then I have a meal that really makes me happy. Last week, I had one such meal at Hungry Monkey. I had heard about the restaurant but given it a miss because I usually avoid south Del... »
The cast of
New Delhi, September 12, 2014

Bridging the divide

Separated in 1947 the liking, tastes and preferences of the people of the two divided nations, Pakistan and India, are similar in more than one ways. Cashing on this is Zindagi channel, airing Paki... »
NO FEAR Bipasha Basu in
September 12, 2014

Creature: It’s toothless

When Vikram Bhatt broke away from the happily ever after tropes of Bollywood to carve the horror terrain, it was a novelty. 12 years later his “Raaz” has become ridiculously simplistic…a kind of k... »
Syed Zafar Mahmood. Photo: K. Murali Kumar
New Delhi, September 14, 2014

Hope floats

A protest against lethargic response to Kashmir floods was organised by Zakat Foundation of India in Jantar Mantar this past week. The participants talked about how thousands of people are still tr... »
Manit Rastogi next to the Green Park nullah Photo: Meeta Ahlawat. Photo: Meeta Ahlawat
New Delhi, September 14, 2014
Metro matrix

Canals can

After a spell of rain, the walk down a few feet from the concrete road becomes a tad tricky. Mud and wet blades of grass are easy to negotiate compared to the stink raised by puddles of human dropp... »
Chief Justice of India, K.G. Balakrishnan seen at an exhibition ''Trail of Bhagat Singh'' at Supreme Court Museum. Photo: S. Subramanium
New Delhi, September 14, 2014
Museum Musings

Regal and supreme

As I near the conclusion of this series, I am beginning to realise that there is no dearth of museums in this country. In Delhi at least there are many more museums than one can imagine. The public... »
Chef Shams Parwez is one of the very few chefs with strong roots in Mughlai cuisine
New Delhi, September 14, 2014

Flattered by a platter

A starter that often becomes the main course whenever served to a carnivore like me, the kabab family has fascinated me since childhood. The aroma of well cooked kababs — best enjoyed right off th... »
Women boxer Mary Kom during training camp for the upcoming Incheon Asian games at South Korea. Photo: Sandeep Saxena
New Delhi, September 12, 2014

Ring of fortune

After trading punches, perfecting footwork, working on speed and endurance for two hours, five-time World champion and London Olympics bronze medallist M.C. Mary Kom was lying on the canvas. Comple... »
Women boxing coach Anoop Kumar. Photo: Sandeep Saxena
New Delhi, September 12, 2014

Pulling no punches

There is hope amidst despair for women’s chief national coach Anoop Kumar as he oversees a camp of 40 talented boxers at the Indira Gandhi Stadium in Delhi. Saddled high atop a cushion joining two... »
A still from the film
September 12, 2014

The vanishing Parsis

When Divya Cowasji arrived in Mumbai in 2008, it felt like a happy homecoming. A lonely Parsi who grew up in small towns, Divya felt excited to be in the city that 2/3rds of the Parsi population... »
A tangy spicy dish that is part of most South Indian festivals
September 12, 2014
Chef’s Corner

Mixed flavours

A tangy spicy dish that is part of most South Indian festivals. The dish can be made in no time if you have tamarind paste ready. Tamarind Rice Ingredients: ... »
New Delhi, September 12, 2014
Write Angle

Medicine for melancholy

To me, as a little boy growing up in the ’70s, S.D. Burman was just R.D. Burman’s father. Yes, R.D. who sang “Mehbooba mehbooba” in the epochal Sholay and preceded it with Yaadon ki Bara... »
LOVE STORIES A scene from
September 12, 2014

Finding fanny: Lost and found

How far will you go to find love? After a Bollywood “Cocktail”, Director Homi Adajania drinks neat and manages to capture the quirks of love and longing with lust playing hide and seek. On the sur... »

Devaraja Mudali Street in George Town packs in a vast variety of merchandise, and some unusual history to boot »

The moment your foot touches the accelerator it goes from 0 to 100 in less than 8 seconds »

Incorporate greens into your diet with these recipes »

Designer Gaurang Shah, known for his exquisitely woven saris, opens a store in the city »