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18 Feb 2018

Just the beginning of the challenge

18 Feb 2018 | 1:30 AM

If you are reading this, chances are that you’re already familiar with the movie Padman. You may have even participated in the Padman challenge and if you are a man, you may have also felt good about yourself for supporting what many call a ‘ladies’ problem.

Dating app profile rules for 2018

18 Feb 2018 | 1:30 AM

What do you do to catch someone’s eye when they might be swiping through hundreds of men and/or women in a sitting? Here are some things that shouldn’t be in your dating app profile:

Pizza or something like it

18 Feb 2018 | 1:30 AM

TOMATO (MEDIUM SIZED: “When in Rome, do as Romans do,” goes an old saying.

Resort owners can’t spoil wedding dreams

18 Feb 2018 | 1:30 AM

I had booked a resort for my only daughter’s wedding. All the preparations had been made and even the invitation cards had been printed and dispatched.

11 Feb 2018

More than her ghunghat…

11 Feb 2018 | 12:54 AM

Picture a picture; of a Haryanvi woman from long ago, in a village in pre-Independence India — a woman in a buttoned-up full-sleeved blouse, daaman; a long, heavy ghagra (almost always black, or red, with a sliver of contrast); chunky silver anklets, kadi; around the neck a hasli or jhalara; even chunkier kadulay for the wrist; hair pulled up neatly in a chunda, to also hold in place the vaeel (veil), or ghunghat — a mild, but constant reminder of subjugation.

From streets of Benaras

11 Feb 2018 | 12:54 AM

Don’t be confused. Mattra has nothing to do with the tender sweet green peas that are stir fried with minimal spicing on a bed of pounded rice flakes and enjoyed in winters in the eastern part of Uttar Pradesh.

Don’t be tricked by fake sales

11 Feb 2018 | 12:54 AM

These days, every big brand in clothes is announcing discounts. Is there any way to determine the genuineness of the ‘sale’?

04 Feb 2018

Fire on the stage

04 Feb 2018 | 1:46 AM

Legendary theatreperson Habib Tanvir was physically attacked for his famous plays because he celebrated the secular folk traditions of the Indian countryside.

Ban gets brutal

04 Feb 2018 | 1:46 AM

There is a grotesque campaign underway, factually wrong as it is always when it comes to Hindutva luminaries and trolls, naming Muslim boys in what is a deadly and diabolical communal twist.

Flimsy excuses can’t bury genuine claim

04 Feb 2018 | 1:46 AM

During a vacation, my wife accidentally slipped on a banana peel and suffered serious fractures. Because of the severe pain, she had to be hospitalised there itself and the doctors prescribed surgery.

Khichdi fit for kings

04 Feb 2018 | 1:46 AM

Marriages, they say, are made in heaven. However, when it comes to marriage of flavours, no one can compete with the ingenuity of fusion artistes at the eateries at Cyber Hub in Gurgaon.

When the pot boils over

04 Feb 2018 | 1:46 AM

A chirpy young girl jumps off her school building in broad daylight. A 20-year-old doctor-to-be puts an end to his life. A youth walks into his principal’s office and shoots her at a point blank range.

Love story: New red flags

04 Feb 2018 | 1:46 AM

Any new relationship is full of challenges. It’s fun learning all there is to know about someone who used to be a stranger. But sometimes, there will be signs that you shouldn''t take things further.

Surviving cancer

04 Feb 2018 | 1:46 AM

Cancer is a dreaded word in anyone’s life. It is something which we wouldn’t wish to even our enemies. But wishes are usually wistful thinking, as this malignant, sometimes fatal disease, accounts for around 2.5 million patients in India with over seven lakh new cases every year.

28 Jan 2018

Down with covering up

28 Jan 2018 | 1:48 AM

We are a society that celebrates Breastfeeding Week and runs campaigns like Breast is Best. We have movies like Doodh ka Karz that have immortalised dialogues like: Maine maa ka doodh piya hai. Still, we have not yet been able to stop sexualising the body part. A mother feeding the baby in public is a rarity; rarer still are offices offering baby care facilities.

Groom wanted, not fake promises

28 Jan 2018 | 1:48 AM

I have a peculiar problem. As I do not have any parents or siblings and am a middle-aged divorcee, I contacted an online marriage bureau that claimed to specialise in matchmaking for people like me.

Meaty temptation for vegans

28 Jan 2018 | 1:48 AM

The good old jackfruit is a loyal ally of the vegetarians who can’t resist the temptation of meat. It is the backbone of arguably the best shakahari biryani/pulav and, to our mind, beats by more than a length any other veg shaami.

A moment in time

28 Jan 2018 | 1:48 AM

A photograph is a moral decision taken in one eighth of a second,” wrote Salman Rushdie in his book The Ground Beneath Her Feet.

Sound of silence in the Valley

28 Jan 2018 | 1:48 AM

The camera does not shy away from the conflict zone: the barbed wires on the streets and the olive green uniforms with tense fingers on the triggers, schoolgirls in uniforms, unarmed, fighting a pitched battle hurling stones at the armed forces, endless night streets of curfew, the internet and mobile phones disconnected, the snow falling and frozen in streams as a gun-battle rages at the line of control, dead bodies and mass funerals, girls and boys blinded by pellets, their faces swollen, saline waters streaming down their pink cheeks.

Marching to a patriotic beat

28 Jan 2018 | 1:48 AM

THe sombre and yet flamboyant performances by the bands of the three wings of the defence forces, the Army, the Navy and the Air Force, and pipe bands from the Army, (and since 2016, a massed formation of bands of the Central Armed Police Forces and the Delhi Police), bring to an end the four-day-long Republic Day celebrations on January 29.

Put a period to taboos

28 Jan 2018 | 1:48 AM

The colour is red. Not blue. Not the one shown in the ads of sanitary pads. The discomfort is real; as real as the cramps and a mood swing — far more distressing than just the odd sleeping positions, often the selling point of sanitary products.

21 Jan 2018

Finding Austen across the border

21 Jan 2018 | 1:39 AM

One does not usually expect Pakistani women to dress up in Regency style and have tea parties, discussing, not just Jane Austen, but how her themes are still so relevant and prevalent in present-day Pakistan.

Railways can’t take you for a ride

21 Jan 2018 | 1:39 AM

After charging for an air conditioned coach, if the Railways fail to provide proper air conditioning or provide an AC coach, can the passengers seek compensation from the Railways for the deficient service and also for the agony caused to the passengers? My family and I suffered as a result of such deficient service last summer and I want compensation for one of the worst train journeys that we undertook as a result.

Where there’s smoke, there’s flavour

21 Jan 2018 | 1:39 AM

Many of us live under the illusion that ‘smoked’ stuff is part of foreign culinary culture and we have always been happy with fried, roasted or boiled food.

The dawn of spring

21 Jan 2018 | 1:39 AM

There was a time when Kashmir was green and beautiful. There was a time when tall pine trees, gushing streams, splendid houseboats and films stars romancing on shikaras made up for strokes on Kashmir’s canvas.

Warming up to winter games

21 Jan 2018 | 1:39 AM

The battery of my phone has died five times since this morning. I’ve never spoken so much on the phone,” says Roshan Thakur. He sounds tired but the joy and excitement coursing through his veins do not let him stop.

Going strong on a downhill track

21 Jan 2018 | 1:39 AM

He is a six-time Olympian. India’s only regular representative at six Winter Games. Yet, in a country bereft of global sporting heroes, he occupies our mind space only once every four years. Shiva Keshavan, the luger, is once again set for a journey he has traversed all by himself since 1997.

14 Jan 2018

Deserting ship of the desert

14 Jan 2018 | 1:43 AM

Watching rows of camel herds in the bush country of Rajasthan and herdsmen following them lazily, but with watchful eyes, is a fascinating experience. However, under the romance lies the harsh truth of the fast dwindling number of camels.

Pack a veggie punch

14 Jan 2018 | 1:43 AM

After the rich fare that one has treated oneself to during the festive season, more than the palate or heart, it is the stomach that begins to pine for something light.

Insurance cos can’t hold you to ransom

14 Jan 2018 | 1:43 AM

Some months ago, my tractor got stolen while it was parked outside our house. Even though investigation by the police has proved that it has been stolen, the insurance company is refusing to indemnify my loss on the ground that I reported the theft five days after the incident took place.

Sturdy, and not so slow

14 Jan 2018 | 1:43 AM

South American sloths are really slow: they’re probably the slowest mammals on earth. Our sloth bears are not, as we discovered in Karnataka’s Daroji Sanctuary.

Those who tend to the forest

14 Jan 2018 | 1:43 AM

Ram Prasad pushes his spade into the soil digging around two hands deep. After a few minutes, he fishes out a clean, white tuber sans the hair usually attached to underground food.

Meet less for love

14 Jan 2018 | 1:43 AM

Couples who have just started dating should reduce the amount of time they spend together, experts have claimed. In the early stages of a relationship, the excitement of seeing someone new can make you want to spend as much time with them as possible. However, this may not be advisable.

Playing by the new roles

14 Jan 2018 | 1:43 AM

Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus. Nothing could be far from the truth in contemporary brand marketing communication, once ruled by the mantra which this famous book suggested. Advertisers and marketers are increasingly realising the futility of ‘for men’ and ‘for women’ theme in their communication.

07 Jan 2018

Yes! you can

07 Jan 2018 | 1:34 AM

New Year is usually the time when we all take stock of what we have achieved in the year gone by, and what we wish to be in the next 12 months. Indeed, resolutions are made and uttered with conviction.

Forever can be fleeting

07 Jan 2018 | 1:34 AM

O ne’ shares a video on Facebook. ‘Someone’ else shares it as well. That ‘Someone’ supports the same social cause on social media that ‘One’ stands for.

Voice your right to clean, free water

07 Jan 2018 | 1:34 AM

I was extremely disappointed to read about the Supreme Court judgement allowing hotels and restaurants to charge more than the Maximum Retail Price (MRP) on bottled water. Can you please explain the significance of this judgement to consumers?

Stories on the loop

07 Jan 2018 | 1:34 AM

Who has the time for a story, you ask. Well, there are those who still believe that stories open the minds and let the imagination soar.

At the heart of it, it’s still love

07 Jan 2018 | 1:34 AM

Ten years back, about this time of the year, warmly tucked in my blanket, I was writing my first novel. Those were my initial few weeks in the beautiful city of Chandigarh.

Compatibility in your texts

07 Jan 2018 | 1:34 AM

While relationships were once born out of thoughtful love letters, red roses, today romance blossoms via witty observations and phallic emojis.

Chicken in green garb

07 Jan 2018 | 1:34 AM

Murg Kalimirch is a minor classic and is usually served in creamy gravy. Hariyali murg too isn’t a stranger to chicken lovers.