Nepalese chef R.B. serves up delectable fare at Ni Hao(11:40) By Vishnu Makhijani Noida, March 24 (IANS) If proof were required of an Indian homily that translates into "there's magic in his hands" it is to be found in Nepalese master chef R.B., who weaves magic with his pan-Asian creations at the Ni Hao fine diner at the Radisson here.
Moroccan Food Festival gets underway in Delhi(19:34) By Biswajit Choudhury New Delhi, March 22 (IANS) India's love affair with Morocco is nearly 700 years old, from much before the country's cuisine gained international repute, if one considers that a North African nobleman named Ibn Batuta's account of life in the Delhi Sultanate is a primary source of information for studying the culture and customs of that period. This Moroccan scholar and judge came to Delhi to join the Sultan's service and lived in India from 1334 to 1341.
Manipuri dancer explores human cost of war(19:06) By Siddhi Jain New Delhi, March 20 (IANS) The plight of refugees and their constant state of movement and instability became the central theme of "1 Sq Ft", a contemporary dance act by Manipuri choreographer Surjit Nongmeikapam, who was first inspired by the horrors of the World World II wreckage in Manipur.
Budding talent: Filmmaking gives freedom, confidence to young girls (IANS Special Series)(10:16) By Siddhi Jain New Delhi, March 17 (IANS) In a packed auditorium, a short film begins with the opening scene of a young woman worried about attending a meeting with her injured foot. Her friend cautions her that if she does not wear high heels she wont be able to make a good impression. The woman heeds the advice but even before she can make it to the meeting, she stumbles and her heels fall off.
Chef Hermann Grossbichler's 25-year romance with India (Societal Feature)(12:02) By Vishnu Makhijani New Delhi, Feb 25 (IANS) He was born and trained in Austria, spent time in Switzerland where he developed a likeness for Italian cuisine, travelled the world in a cruise liner and eventually began a 25-year-romance with India that continues to this day. For Chef Hermann Grossbichler, the learning never ends and each day is a new beginning.
No substitute for great storytelling: Debutant novelist(15:50) New Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) Publishing one's first novel is often more complicated than what the process may seem but Neel Mullick, whose "Dark Blossom" -- endorsed by veteran writer Ruskin Bond -- has just hit the stands, says that there is "no substitute for great storytelling".
How art is reforming prisoners, giving them second chance at life (IANS Special Series)(10:08) By Siddhi Jain New Delhi, Feb 17 (IANS) One often thinks of Indian prisons as dingy, cramped cells with their mean and often dehumanised inmates waiting for redemption. So it comes as a surprise when a group of prisoners takes to stage and gets applauded for performing a play written by Rabindranath Tagore or when paintings made by inmates are appreciated by art connoisseurs and get sold at art exhibitions for thousands of rupees.
TV-time in class? Textbooks come alive in Gujarat's schools (Educational Feature)(12:34) By Azera Parveen Rahman Bhuj (Gujarat), Feb 15 (IANS) In a small school near Bhuj in Gujarat, a group of class five students sit attentively in class, their eyes glued to an LCD screen. The opened science books on their laps have come alive on the screen before them, as an animated character explains the nuances of the chapter in their native language, Gujarati. Efficient learning, experts say, happens when students enjoy the experience, and in hundreds of schools across Gujarat, digitised school textbooks are opening up children's minds like never before.
Kolkata takes on Jaipur in literary face-off(11:38) By Saket Suman New Delhi, Feb 13 (IANS) For five days every January the Pink City of Jaipur becomes the centre of attraction as literary stalwarts from India and abroad assemble in huge numbers -- spanning languages, genres and themes -- to participate in the Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF). This has been happening for over a decade.
One hour a day can change your life: Robin Sharma (IANS Interview)(11:26) By Saket Suman New Delhi, Feb 12 (IANS) Private lessons that leadership and elite performance expert Robin Sharma has been imparting to billionaires and celebrities have now found their way into his new book "The 5 AM Club", which the globally renowned author of "The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari", says can change the life of its readers.
Ganga synonymous with threshold of afterlife, says new book(12:16) By Saket Suman New Delhi, Feb 10 (IANS) As millions of devotees continue to gather in the Kumbh nagri to take a holy dip at the confluence of the Ganga, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati rivers, a timely book throws light on the "divine purity" of the Ganga, with its findings suggesting that the pious river has been synonymous with the "threshold of the afterlife" since time immemorial.
Sample West Coast cuisine in heart of Delhi (Foodie Trail-Delhi)(14:50) By Vishnu Makhijani New Delhi, Feb 8 (IANS) Be it Nandu Puttu (crab), Attirachi Kurumelagu (lamb pepper masala) or Pomfret Kalwan (Goan pomfret curry), there is much that eateries along NH-66, the 1,622 km long national highway that connects Kanyakumari to Panvel in Maharashtra, have to tickle your taste buds. All this and more is on offer at the Best of West Coast food festival underway at the Shangri-La Eros hotel in the heart of the national capital.