For this Buddhist monk, happiness is a sense of satisfaction within (IANS Interview) (12:04)
By Vishal Gulati
Thimphu (Bhutan), July 19 (IANS) He knows travel is the best teacher and when the destination is spirituality, the experience is more than just sightseeing. It helps you pack young and vibrant viewpoints in your intellectual bag of traditional Buddhist teachings.

Wanted to mess with distinction between fiction and nonfiction: Author Amitava Kumar (12:18)
By Saket Suman
New Delhi, July 16 (IANS) Fiction and nonfiction, the two conventional genres of literature, are distinct in their narratives, structure and style. But acclaimed writer Amitava Kumar has challenged this "fixed distinction" in his new novel, saying he wanted to "mess with" it.

More money for education in key states, but little progress in learning (13:30)
By Ojaswi Rao
Even though six of India's least developed states -- among eight high-focus states in government jargon -- spent more on education per elementary school student in 2014-2015 when compared to 2011-2012, learning outcomes of students did not improve, according to an IndiaSpend analysis of expenditure data and learning outcomes.

Busting four myths about olive oil (12:34)
By Rajneesh Bhasin
Olive oil is a gift of God, especially due to the numerous health benefits it offers. It is a gold standard when it comes to edible oil.

Economic case for ending child marriage, early birth (13:08)
By Devanik Saha
Over the next seven years, India could save $5 billion (Rs 33,500 crore) in healthcare and related costs if it eliminates child marriage and early childbirth, according to a new report by the World Bank and International Centre for Research on Women (ICRW), a global research institute.

Yesteryears glory: Bollywood diaries that never made it to bestseller list (With Images) (11:46)
By Saket Suman IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, July 12 (IANS) The literary space has seen a rising tide of Bollywood celebrities -- from Karan Johar to Rishi Kapoor -- turning towards memoirs and autobiographies in recent years, but books by their predecessors are striking in that they focussed on substance, rather than mere controversies.

Italian speleologist set to explore Meghalaya's caves (With Images) (12:56)
By Sahana Ghosh
Lindau (Germany), July 11 (IANS) Noted Italian geologist and cave explorer Francesco Sauro, who has led successful expeditions to one of the world's oldest cave systems in Venezuela's Tepui mountains, is gearing up to explore the "lost world" in India's Meghalaya, which harbours some of the longest and deepest cave systems in the world.

Rebuilding lives of Sundarbans' 'tiger widows' (Societal Feature) (12:32)
By Vishal Gulati IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, July 10 (IANS) Tragedy struck this widow twice in the Sundarbans, the world's largest mangrove forest. First, she watched her husband die of snakebite. Then, her young son was mauled to death by a Royal Bengal tiger.

Twitter helping Indian brands reach global stage: Country Director (IANS Interview) (With Images) (11:08)
By Nishant Arora
New Delhi, July 10 (IANS) There is more to Twitter than nasty exchanges and abusive trolls e it is steadily emerging as a key social media platform for Indian businesses, helping them establish themselves on the global map.

Of murders and unpredictable twists: Author Ravi Subramanian on thriller writing (12:08)
By Saket Suman
New Delhi, July 9 (IANS) A look at the top 10 highest-selling "Crime, Thriller and Mystery" writers on Amazon India introduces us to the likes of Agatha Christie, Dan Brown, Sidney Sheldon and James Patterson. The only two Indian writers in the list are Ashwin Sanghi and Ravi Subramanian.

A lake, forests, mountains...Pokhara has many delights (Travelogue) (12:16)
By Prashant Sood
Pokhara, July 8 (IANS) Standing by a lake, with forested hills on one side and snow-capped Himalayan peaks on the other, was an unforgettable moment for me in Pokhara, the picturesque Nepalese city that is arguably its tourism capital.

This monsoon, it's raining romances for readers of popular fiction (With Images) (11:44)
New Delhi, July 8 (IANS) Brutally sidelined by critics, made fun of by several headline authors and even rejected for its "average and below-average" standard of writing, the continued rise of popular fiction in India is a story of optimism against an elitist point of view.

Bhopal's bike sharing sets a new trend (11:34)
By Sarika Panda Bhatt, Chandramuli Shukla, Amit Bhatt
Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh's capital city recently launched India's first fully-automated bicycle-sharing system as part of its second anniversary of the Smart Cities programme. This development comes just three weeks after Mysuru, Karnataka launched the country's first city-level bicycle-sharing project.

Why Mumbai is losing the battle against child malnutrition (13:12)
By Swagata Yadavar
Mumbais Colaba is well known for its art deco buildings, the Gateway of India, swish pubs and restaurants, and the pleasant promenade of Marine Drive. It houses the state assembly, the Vidhan Bhavan, and the state secretariat, Mantralaya.

What matters more: Writer or manuscript? (15:26)
By Saket Suman
New Delhi, July 5 (IANS) Keen observers of contemporary Indian literature would agree that most recent books have depended heavily on promotions and marketing. But if publicity rules the roost, does the manuscript get its due?

Art goes public in the capital (Feature) (With Images) (11:12)
By Somrita Ghosh
New Delhi, July 5 (IANS) Suddenly, dull residential areas in the centre of the capital, with their typical box-shaped, whitewashed government housing, have come to life. The area around Lodhi Road, which has one of the capital's oldest markets, has now come to be known as perhaps the country's first public-art area.

Celebrity kids: Growing up in glare of shutterbugs (Entertainment Feature) (11:56)
By Radhika Bhirani
New Delhi, July 4 (IANS) In a video gone viral, she looks helpless and uncomfortable as she tries to hide her face and turns around to escape shutterbugs who go clickety-click while she waits for the doors of an elevator to open at a theatre's basement.

Why 581 mn Indians endure the country's worst healthcare (11:22)
By Ojaswi Rao IANS Photo Service
Nine of India's poorest states -- home to 581 million or 48 per cent of the population -- account for 70 per cent of the country's infant deaths, 75 per cent of under-five deaths and 62 per cent of maternal deaths, but do not spend even the money they have set aside for healthcare, according to an IndiaSpend analysis of 2017 Reserve Bank of India data on state budgets.

Five books to look forward to in July 2017 (10:30)
By Saket Suman
New Delhi, June 30 (IANS) The current trend in Indian publishing space, as also globally, shows a phenomenal rise of nonfiction while the number of fiction titles have dipped significantly over the past couple of years.

The hard lives of irony sufferers (The Funny Side) (10:26)
By Nury Vittachi
Traffic police stopped a friend of mine and asked: "Is this your car, sir?" The driver, a cheery man suffering from advanced irony, replied: "No, I stole it!"

Of sorrow and penance: Short story writer examines facets of melancholy (09:24)
By Nivedita Giri
New Delhi, June 29 (IANS) What is the best way to relive an unforgettable past? Perhaps, cherishing the old memories. And this recent collection of short stories is an apt reminder of the impact that memories tend to have on our lives.

People of all ages, shades came together to 'lynch' communal hatred (01:08)
New Delhi, June 29 (IANS) "Everyone, please stand up for one-minute silence for the people who died due to lynching" came an announcement from the stage and almost a thousand people stood up in silence, but one person didn't -- wheelchair-seated 82-year-old Mrs Kapoor Shukla.

Catch 'em young: The new 'mantra' to revitalise public libraries (With Images) (12:40)
By Saket Suman
New Delhi, June 24 (IANS) Once a favourite spot for learners and scholars, most of the 70,000 plus public libraries in India have now turned into haunted houses with few visitors to grace their premises.

We prudes feel assailed, but we'll win in the end (The Funny Side) (11:00)
By Nury Vittachi
These days people are willing to stand up for every subset of sexual identities -- except for one group.

How the author saved herself with ten-minute yoga routine (Book Review) (June 21 is International Yoga Day) (With Images) (10:44)
By Saket Suman
New Delhi, June 21 (IANS) With Prime Minister Narendra Modi pushing yoga on the global stage, the ages-old vedic practice is now gaining international recognition. However, there are many who want to practice yoga but aren't sure how to go about it.

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