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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

A host of cuisines on offer at Etisalat Beach Canteen (Foodie Trail-Dubai) (11:38)
By Saket Suman
Dubai, March 11 (IANS) Why does one go to a beach? To relax or to check out water sports, perhaps. But this beach in Dubai has transformed into a dining and entertainment hot-spot with a line-up that includes celebrity chefs, home-grown restaurant concepts and fantastic family-friendly activities.

Headline writer with marital problem advised not to pun-ic (The Funny Side) (10:58)
By Nury Vittachi
My journalist colleague was horrified after his spouse accused him of always speaking like newspaper headlines. "Wife slams shocked scribe," he told me. "Turn to page 5."

Illiterate, married at 11, mother at 12: Panchayat president now changes fates (15:02)
By Bhanupriya Rao
Padiganalam (Tamil Nadu): Married against her wishes at 11 to her dead sisters husband, Sidhamallamma Kanchappa gave birth to her first child at home when she was 12. It was 1998, the child nearly died, and the doctors at the hospital chided her for marrying so young.

Empowerment eludes Bihar women despite economic contribution to households (March 8 is International Women's Day) (18:04)
By Imran Khan
Patna, March 8 IANS) Tetri Devi and her co-villager Sugia Devi in a flood-prone village in impoverished Koshi region of Bihar have been working and earning as farm labourer to fulfil the needs of their family, like millions of other women across the state. But, they are yet to feel empowered.

Kiosk serving Lebanese specials tops list of Dubai's 'hidden gems'  (14:42)
By Saket Suman
Dubai, March 8 (IANS) Among all things culinary at the ongoing Dubai Food Festival, which has brought tastes from across the globe here, one of the most appealing is the "Hidden Gems of Dubai" in which about 3,500 voters selected the undiscovered culinary treasures of the city. This list is surprisingly topped by a small kiosk.

Giving girls their due: A sarpanch shows the way (Comment: Special to IANS)(March 8 is International Women's Day) (11:46)
By Rajat Arora
It was during one of my recent visits to a village in East Delhi that I realised how a Sarpanch can help bring about changes in the mindset of the residents -- even with regard to the deep-seated bias against girl children in India. My work in a medical camp took me to the village.

Through crowd-funding, British mother offers reward for leads to daughter's killers (11:42)
By Mayabhushan Nagvenkar
Panaji, March 8 (IANS) A British mother, in pursuit of justice in India for her slain teenaged daughter for the last nine years, has now resorted to crowd-funding to track down key witnesses and offer a reward for information that could help nail the attackers.

Robotic surgery a better solution for gynae problems (March 8 is International Women's Day) (Lead, updating figures in para 16,17,18) (13:26)
By Rachel V. Thomas
New Delhi, March 7 (IANS) With a surge in gynaecological issues, robotic surgery done through a minimally invasive method can offer women a better outcome to various problems -- from fibroids to cancer -- than traditional methods, experts suggest.

How robotic surgery can better treat gynae problems (March 8 is International Women's Day) (12:06)
By Rachel V. Thomas
New Delhi, March 7 (IANS) At a time when gynaecological issues are on the rise, robotic surgery done through a minimally invasive method can offer women a better outcome to various problems -- from fibroids to cancer -- than traditional methods, experts suggest.

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