Camaraderie between Rahul, Akhilesh enthuses workers (18:26)
By Sandeep Pauranik
Jhansi, Feb 20 (IANS) Once political rivals, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi and Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Akhilesh Yadav seem to be sharing great camaraderie in Uttar Pradesh assembly polls for which their parties have stitched an alliance.

Landscapes, Solitaire and Graffiti: This exhibition takes a classic look at Paris  (14:14)
By Saket Suman
New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) Have you seen the pictures of the iconic Eiffel Tower on the Champ de Mars in Paris? A large ethereal photograph of the 19th century architectural marvel welcomes one to "La Vie A Paris," an exhibition of photographs by Rupin Thomas. The photograph of Eiffel Tower, like most others on display, brings a different perspective to the much known tourist site.

Luxury aficionados turn into Alchemists, create a multi-sensorial experience (12:54)
By Saket Suman
New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) An evening full of fun, frolic and anticipation of what lay ahead was seen here as five luxury aficionados collaborated together to play host to Capital's discerning elite at a multi-sensorial experience -- from exhilarating smells to a decked up bar -- that enthralled all attendees.

Holier than thou? These Indian women shattered prevailing notions long before Western women's emancipation (Book Review) (12:38)
By Saket Suman
Title: Heroines -- Powerful Indian Women of Myth and History; Author: Ira Mukhoty; Publisher: Aleph; Price: Rs 499; Pages: 211

IAF to flag-off 51st edition of India's oldest vintage car rally (14:06)
New Delhi, Feb 18 (IANS) Some of the rarest beauties of yesteryears are all set to roll out on the roads during the 51st edition of The Statesman Vintage and Classic Car Rally, which will be flagged off by Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa, on February 26.

Actors tap their rap talent (10:38)
By Durga Chakravarty
New Delhi, Feb 18 (IANS) From crooning romantic lyrics to hip-swaying numbers, Bollywood celebrities lending their voice for films and even singles has become common. But now Hindi film stars are taking a step further by keeping up with times and rapping verses for movies and advertisements too.

Smartphone apps give you a super-power you can use for good or evil (The Funny Side) (11:06)
By Nury Vittachi
Dads of the world need a smartphone app that detects whenever a family member is reaching out to buy something in a store and then speaks out loud in a Dad Voice: "Come on, do you really need that?"

Celebrated Bangladeshi war hero to exhibit select works at Rashtrapati Bhavan  (15:28)
New Delhi, Feb 15 (IANS) He fought in the 1971 Bangladesh liberation war at the age of only 21 and later rose to critical acclaim as an artist, exhibiting his works around the globe. This master artist -- a national pride for the people of Bangladesh -- is soon to present his works at Rashtrapati Bhavan here.

More women delivering in hospitals, but many still dying in childbirth (14:04)
By Devanik Saha
Surujmuni Marandi, 24, decided to deliver her baby at the district hospital in Godda, Jharkhand. Like many, she was drawn to the idea of free medical assistance, medicines, nutrition and postnatal care for poor, pregnant women promised by Janani Suraksha Yojana (JSY), the government programme aimed at reducing Indias high maternal mortality rate (MMR).

Jhumpa Lahiri's reflections on book covers leave many questions unanswered (Book Review) (10:32)
By Saket Suman
Book: The Clothing of Books; Author: Jhumpa Lahiri; Publisher: Penguin; Price: 199; Pages: 71

Assam hamlet aspires to be India's cleanest (12:32)
By Aditya Baruah
Shikdamakha (Assam), Feb 14 (IANS) It's a movement that began during Christmas in 2012 with a competition to select the "cleanest" family in this village. The festival-specific contest in the village, located about 80 km from Assam's largest city Guwahati, has now morphed into the ambition to win the "Cleanest Village in Asia" title once held by Mawlynnong in neighbouring Meghalaya.

Music in blood: Rajasthan's Langhas don't marry into other communities (12:02)
By Sahana Ghosh
Amaravati (Andhra Pradesh), Feb 14 (IANS) As distinctive as their full-throated voices, the Langhas, a Muslim community of folk musicians from Rajasthan, have evolved a rather unique way to preserve their identity for centuries. It's a strict no-no for them to marry into other communities.

'India's public libraries undergoing revolutionary change' (11:10)
By Saket Suman
New Delhi, Feb 14 (IANS) Images of ill-maintained public libraries -- laden with dust and poor-infrastructure, barely prompting a second visit -- is undergoing a complete makeover thanks to the government's ambitious National Mission on Libraries.

Majuli aims to be India's first carbon-neutral district (Environmental Feature)  (15:58)
By Azera Parveen Rahman
Majuli (Assam), Feb 12 (IANS) It's the world's biggest river island and the first such in India to be declared a district. Now plans are afoot to declare it the country's first carbon-neutral district by 2020.

Too many lit fests but few takers (19:20)
By Saket Suman
New Delhi, Feb 11 (IANS) The last few years have seen a sudden rise of literary festivals across India as well as the rest of South Asia but apart from a handful of them, most struggle not only to draw audience but also to survive. The ongoing Delhi Literature Festival here is no different.

It's all about crafts, cuisine at Hunar Haat  (18:50)
New Delhi, Feb 11 (IANS) An array of delicacies has been spread out along with a huge collection of handicraft items from sarees, shawls to paintings and home decor accessories at the second edition of the "Hunar Haat" which began here on Saturday.

Vintage car rally season kicks off February 17 (18:54)
New Delhi, Feb 10 (IANS) A royal rendezvous with hand-picked Vintage and Classic cars and motorcycles is all set to take us down the memory lane as the the seventh edition of the 21 Gun Salute Vintage Car Rally and Concours Show returns to the Capital later this month.

Fitness should be fun, not difficult: Cult crossFit trainer (16:02)
By Gokul Bhagabati
New Delhi, Feb 10 (IANS) If the thought of staying fit makes you lose sleep, especially over the hours in a gym or the food you will miss, you could not be further detached from reality, says Rishabh Telang, fitness expert and level-2 crossFit trainer with Cult fitness centres.

Some folk are legally printing fake money, but don't try it at home (The Funny Side) (10:58)
By Nury Vittachi
My son's high school economics textbook had an interesting homework question: "Why can't you just print as much money as you like?"

Prohibition impractical, won't work: Sula Vineyards CEO (Lead, correcting designation) (18:30)
By Nirmal Anshu Ranjan
Nashik (Maharashtra), Feb 9 (IANS) At a time when there is talk of introducing prohibition across the country, a top Indian wine-maker says the concept has never worked and never will. Rather, efforts should be made to promote wine and beer to wean the people away from hard liquor.

Indulge in heavenly exploration of kebabs at The Ancient Barbeque  (17:18)
By Somrita Ghosh
Gurugram, Feb 7 (IANS) Ever wondered how a dish named drunken fish or wine-glazed mushroom would taste? Head for the ongoing Grills on Fire -- a fiery feast at The Ancient Barbeque (TAB) in this suburb of the national capital where an array of 24 kebabs -- vegan and non-vegan -- await the opportunity to tickle your tummy.

Art as rebellion: A pictorial journey into the Bengal famine  (15:14)
By Saket Suman
New Delhi, Feb 3 (IANS) Of Bengals 60.3 million population at the time, estimates are that between 1.5 and 4 million people died of starvation, malnutrition and disease during the famine of 1943.

The Internet is full of idiots, which is why I love it so much (The Funny Side) (11:10)
By Nury Vittachi
"Thank you for writing hysterical angry abuse under my Facebook post! It persuaded me to bring my political views in line with yours!"

Curtain rises on India Art Fair, major focus on South Asia  (19:20)
New Delhi, Feb 2 (IANS) The ninth edition of the India Art Fair that began here on Thursday exhibits a rare mix of colours, grandeur and, with its continued focus in nurturing global interest in South Asian arts, showcases works of emerging as well as established artists from the region.

In a first, greater flamingoes spotted in Himachal's Pong wetlands (14:42)
By Vishal Gulati
Pong Dam (Himachal Pradesh), Feb 1 (IANS) More than 125,000 birds of 93 species have been spotted in Himachal Pradesh's Pong Dam wetlands. Among them, greater flamingoes, a common migratory species in India's coastal areas, have been recorded for the first time here, an official said.

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