In 8 years in Parliament, Yogi Adityanath's most recurring debate topic: Hindu affairs (15:06)
By Alison Saldanha
"It is unfortunate that some opponents, communalists are trying to portray him as a rabble-rouser and fringe personality. They should go through his parliamentary debates. Those reveal his seasoned thinking on various issues of governance," union Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu said on his Facebook page on March 19, 2017, referring to Uttar Pradesh (UP) Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
Not just 'Adarsh Bhartiya Nari', Sita was a warrior: Amish Tripathi (11:06)
New Delhi, March 24 (IANS) He is the author of the fastest-selling book series in Indian publishing history -- "The Shiva Trilogy" -- and his last book, "Scion of Ikshvaku", was the biggest literary blockbuster of 2015, all of which have together sold over 3.5 million copies.
Face recognition robots already making our lives a misery (The Funny Side) (10:48)
By Nury Vittachi
I ran at Olympic speed for a bus but missed it, so I had to pretend that I always go jogging in a business suit and I ended up a sweaty mess a kilometre from the transport hub.
A taste of uniqueness for gastronomes in extreme northeast (Foodie Trail-Basar/Arunachl Pradesh) (11:32)
By Milinda Ghosh
Basar (Arunachal Pradesh), March 23 (IANS) Starting with the locally-famous "achin pinam" (spiced rice) to smoked beef platters, or the "amin" made out of rice cake and chicken, every dish cooked in Arunachal Pradesh's Basar town gives out a flavour of the hills and wilderness that surrounds the place.
Why India needs more male health workers -- to tackle maternal-health crisis (16:34)
By Devanik Saha
Female health workers are the primary drivers of maternal health initiatives, but male health workers (MHWs) could complement their services significantly, according to a 2015 research study conducted in rural Odisha.
Indo-Kenyan Chef Kiran Jethwa takes TV viewers on spirited journey through India (11:12)
By Vishnu Makhijani
New Delhi, March 22 (IANS) He's quite a citizen of the world, what with being born in Kenya to an English mother and Indian father, whose roots are in Gujarat, and whose grandmother was from Daman and Diu. Just the right genes for Chef Kiran Jethwa to transport television viewers across the country with his "Spirited Traveller" show that highlights Indian culture through its local drinks and food.
Key to reviving Punjab lies in revitalising its once industrial cities (Column: Active Voice) (14:22)
By Amit Kapoor
The conversation around BJPs electoral win in UP has completely overshadowed the political scenario in the state of Punjab. Political commentators attribute this to Punjab's small electoral share compared to UP, but there is more to it than mere arithmetic.
Portrait of a Muslim home in shadow of rising BJP colossus (Comment) (16:40)
By Saeed Naqvi
It was a spectacular celebration. The beating of drums, sprinkling of colours, group songs, dancing continued well after dusk.
In Hong Kong, visit a park spread over two islands (Travelogue, with Images) (12:08)
By Aadil Mir
Hong Kong, March 20 (IANS) You want to feel spoilt for choices of sumptuous street food, shopping options and roller-coaster rides? This oceanarium, a park near the disputed South China Sea in Hong Kong, may just be the right place to visit.
Love jehad to sabka vikas: Can Modi tame Yogi? (Column: Political Circus) (13:40)
By Amulya Ganguli
Did the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) desist from naming its Chief Ministerial candidate for UP before the assembly polls because it wanted to spring a nasty, or pleasant, surprise - depending on one's point of view - on an unsuspecting public?
A mighty poet and playwright, Derek Walcott's death is a striking reality (Tribute) (17:38)
By Saket Suman
New Delhi, March 18 (IANS) The passing away of Nobel prize winning poet Derek Walcott, the best known writer from the Caribbean internationally, is a great loss to literature and more so to hundreds of thousands of readers from across the globe who were transported to the region as they devoured his works.
Modi is now more presidential than before (Column: Political Circus) (11:06)
By Amulya Ganguli
Narendra Modi's emergence as the most dominant politician in today's India, as the Congress's P. Chidambaram has said, means that he is now the master of all he surveys.
Void caused by sports journalist M.L. Kaul's demise hard to fill (Obituary) (19:54)
By Veturi Srivatsa
New Delhi, March 17 (IANS) Few knew his full name because he went by his by-line M.L. Kaul. Those were the days when it was difficult to fit in a full name in a single column.
To be famous today, make sure you are bad or stupid (The Funny Side) (11:16)
By Nury Vittachi
I told a friend that if he scrolled down to the very first Facebook post ever written he would win a prize from Mark Zuckerberg and hes been scrolling for three-and-a-half days now.
Assam's Devadasi dance experiences a slow revival (13:58)
By Azera Parveen Rahman
Guwahati, March 16 (IANS) In a small town called Pathsala, about 60 km from this principal town of Assam, a mission has been underway for more than half a century. The task at hand is not easy -- revival of the Nati dance of India's outlawed Devadasi tradition.
Basar: A beguiling getaway from urban monotony (12:04)
By Milinda Ghosh Roy
Basar (Arunachal Pradesh), March 16 (IANS) The quaint hill destination of Basar at the centre of Arunachal Pradesh is a place that one often dreams about travelling to, but seldom does it find its way into your itinerary.
Royal nostalgia: Reminiscences of hunting expeditions (11:06)
By Saket Suman
Jaipur, March 16 (IANS) At a time when hotels are largely adopting a modern outlook in terms of their decor and ambience, these two historic lodges in Rajasthan stand tall as reminders of an era gone by, of Maharajas and their hunting expeditions and of solitude, synonymous with countryside.
This Ramlila presents an enduring tapestry of communal harmony (16:20)
New Delhi, March 15 (IANS) Nestled in Uttar Pradeshs glass-factory district of Firozabad is Kheriya, a small village which for over 50 years now has been enacting the hugely popular Ramlila with pomp and fervour. What makes it distinct is that Muslims form the majority of its cast, presenting an enduring and spectacular tapestry of communal harmony.
Budget shopping a rewarding, memorable experience in HK (Travelogue) (11:36)
By Prashant Sood
Hong Kong, March 15 (IANS) It is easy to remember Hong Kong for its enormous variety of food and leisure, and the way these can be relished in quick time. But for me, Hong Kong is also about neatness, planning, seamless transport and the no-fuss attitude of its street vendors who make budget shopping a memorable experience.
Protests, ink attacks and trolls have become lethal weapons against writers, intellectuals (Comment) (11:26)
By Saket Suman
New Delhi, March 15 (IANS) A day after the BJPs thumping victory in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday, a little-known progressive Kannada writer became the victim of an ink attack in Davangere town by a group of suspected right-wing activists. In gross defiance of the law and freedom of expression, his face was smeared with black ink in broad daylight. An isolated incident or the new order?
Post assembly elections, time for bold reforms (Column: Active Voice) (18:16)
By Amit Kapoor
The just-concluded assembly elections and the unparalleled performance of the BJP have been the highlight of the weekend. The elections, happening mid-way of the partys term at the Centre and coming immediately post-demonetisation, were practically a referendum on Prime Minister Narendra Modis leadership.
Steeped in luxury, Dubai will awe you in more ways than you can think of (Travelogue) (12:52)
By Saket Suman
Dubai, March 13 (IANS) Board an Emirates flight and all the complaints that one is accustomed to in most budget airlines are instantly sidelined. Comfort and luxury set in as you prepare to take off. You land at a spectacular airport, drenched in glitz and pomp. This is Dubai, the city that literally spells luxury.
Savour sub-continental food at Hilton Chennai (Foodie Trail-Chennai) (12:36)
By Venkatachari Jagannathan
Chennai, March 13 (IANS) After India's frontiers got realigned during partition in 1947, the cuisine of the countries beyond our borders got confined within their own boundaries. To overcome that, the Hilton Chennai's Ayna restaurant is hosting an "India-Beyond Borders" food festival with vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes of Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
This 'secret' bookstore in Daryaganj is a bibliophile's paradise (11:58)
By Somrita Ghosh
New Delhi, March 13 (IANS) For those interested in literature, it is a trip down memory lane -- Shakespeare, Shelly, Keats and Dickens -- at this pristine book agency on the famed Daryaganj road in the national capital, which gets transformed into a book lane on Sunday mornings.
From gratified desire to social-climbing skills: The course of a Greek myth (Column: Bookends) (10:32)
By Vikas Datta
Does only economic status determine social class, or do other determinants -- speech patterns, apparel, mannerisms and the like -- play a part? And if so, will changing them mean upward -- and irreversible -- social mobility for all (across gender)? These questions have been much debated, but never so entertainingly as in this play, named after a mythological Greek character, and its numerous adaptations.