Being a change agent through education (IANS Special Series) (11:58)
By Mudita Girotra
New Delhi/Udaipur, Sep 20 (IANS) From the time of her birth, Antimbala was told she was unwanted and a burden to her family. She was convinced she was blighted by destiny and couldn't succeed in life.

Kolkata eateries line up mouth-watering dishes this Durga Puja (Foodie Trail-Kolkata)  (12:14)
By Debayan Mukherjee
Kolkata, Sep 19 (IANS) From traditional local delicacies like fresh river prawns cooked in coconut cream and hilsa in pineapple gravy to international dishes such as Caribbean chicken steak or fish in hoisin sauce, city eateries are gearing up to woo revellers during Bengal's biggest carnival, the Durga Puja.

Chasing coffee: This little known museum is a 'must-visit' hotspot in Dubai  (14:00)
By Saket Suman
Dubai, Sep 18 (IANS) A popular beverage in most parts of the world, coffee is much more than just a drink in the Middle East. It is an integral part of the region's heritage, a celebration of its culture and a dedicated coffee museum in Dubai -- the first of its kind in the Middle East -- stands as testimony to the region's longstanding tryst with the drink.

Kashmir's nomadic goatherds: Saga of survival and endurance (Societal Feature) (12:28)
By Sheikh Qayoom
Srinagar, Sep 17 (IANS) For the hardy goatherds of Jammu and Kashmir, called "Bakarwals", it is time to say goodbye to the mountain pastures of the Valley as autumn sets in.

Cruise through Bahubali's Mahismati, test-tube babies and Kumartuli this Durga Puja (Societal Feature)  (11:38)
By Sahana Ghosh
Kolkata, Sep 17 (IANS) Let your Durga Puja travelogue be a medley of cinema, sensitisation and emotion this year.

Inspiration for a new superhero or maybe not (The Funny Side) (11:02)
By Nury Vittachi
As humanity teeters on the edge of annihilation, take comfort that some people are staying focused on the really important questions of life, such as: What Superhero Would You Be?

Tales of communal harmony this Durga Puja  (14:56)
By Sahana Ghosh
Kolkata, Sep 14 (IANS) For over 200 years, the Nandi family in West Bengal's Hooghly has been feeding Muslim fakirs during the Hindu festival of Durga Puja. To the Nandis, this annual ritual has its roots in a family legend that is testimony to the generosity of the local Muslim community.

Smartphones are addictive, can be injurious to kids' mental health: Experts (12:14)
By Vivek Singh Chauhan IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Sep 14 (IANS) Although invented with the aim of making life easier and convenient, the increasing use of smartphones and the internet by schoolgoing children and teenagers is slowly exposing them to less important and more addictive things like cyber bullying and online pornography, mental health experts have warned.

Tales of hope, resilience from the less explored Pamban Island (Travelogue)  (11:34)
By Bhavana Akella
Rameswaram (Tamil Nadu), Sep 14 (IANS) Off the eastern coast of Tamil Nadu, some 500 km south of Chennai, lies Pamban Island. Seemingly a stone's throw from neighbouring Sri Lanka, this is an island steeped in historical significance, and with some of the most resilient people alive.

Harry S. Banga: From Chandigarh to among richest in Hong Kong (14:26)
By Jaideep Sarin
Hong Kong, Sep 10 (IANS) He grew up in Chandigarh and never thought he would be a billionaire and one of the richest people in Hong Kong. But Harry S. Banga has done that successfully in the fields of commodities, ship management and asset management.

Bridging the gap: E-commerce platforms pave way for SMEs to sell products (14:14)
By Porisma P. Gogoi
New Delhi, Sep 10 (IANS) Aiming to ease hurdles faced by small sellers to showcase products online, many e-commerce platforms are offering incentives to bridge the gap by removing intermediaries and delivering products from the small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to consumers.

Tiny Himachal hamlet is a perfect getaway from city life (Travelogue)  (09:48)
By Somrita Ghosh
Jibhi (Himachal Pradesh), Sep 10 (IANS) If you are looking for an escape from the cacophony of maddening city life, head to this tiny village located in the lap of Banjar Valley in Kullu district. Pristine and undisturbed, serenity and calmness linger in the air of Jibhi, a lesser known destination in Himachal Pradesh.

Kutch in the monsoon: A must-visit destination (Environmental Feature)  (11:54)
By Azera Parveen Rahman
Bhuj, Sep 8 (IANS) White, fluffy clouds hanging low over green hills, little pools of still water teeming with migratory birds and an omnipresent cool breeze -- the semi-arid region of Kutch in Gujarat transforms into a completely different avatar during the monsoon.

'Democracy in crisis, we need to listen to those we dislike' (IANS Interview)  (11:08)
By Saket Suman
New Delhi, Sep 4 (IANS) Former Planning Commission member Arun Maira contends that "physical violence" in the real world and "verbal violence" on social media against people whom "we do not approve of" are increasing today. With such trends on the rise, the very idea of democracy finds itself in a crisis.

Perfection in Kuchipudi needs complete dedication: Dancer Bhavana Reddy  (12:30)
By Somrita Ghosh
New Delhi, Sep 3 (IANS) Perfection in the classical dance form of Kuchipudi can only be attained if one is dedicated and disciplined, believes Bhavana Reddy, the daughter of well-known Kuchipudi exponents and Padma Bhushan recipients Raja and Radha Reddy.

E-cigarette ban wipes out less harmful alternative for smokers: Experts (13:02)
By Rachel V. Thomas
New Delhi, Sep 2 (IANS) Banning e-cigarettes may deprive Indian smokers of a substantially less harmful alternative, which can be against public health and can result in adverse consequences, experts have warned.

Finance to Freedom: A businesswoman finds salvation in Buddhism  (11:34)
By Saket Suman
Thimphu (Bhutan), Sep 1 (IANS) Twenty years ago she was a chartered financial accountant in a fund management company in Hong Kong -- and before that in New York and London -- smoking cigarettes and dressing fancy. Today she wears maroon monastic clothes, her head shaven, asking people to buy her book, whose royalties go to the welfare of disabled children in Bhutan.

In public interest: Bollywood pushes the content envelope (11:32)
By Radhika Bhirani
New Delhi, Sep 1 (IANS) A biscuit dunked in tea drops. That's Bollywood's metaphor for erectile dysfunction for you.

Of Sikh riots, optimism and history (IANS Books This Weekend) (11:04)
New Delhi, Sep 1 (IANS) Read an intensely human and deeply political account of the Sikh riots; learn to value life from an autistic man; relive the extraordinary life story of emperor Ashoka; and know about the horrors of partition from people who inhabit the land through which these lines run.

Fiction has to be constructed carefully, without urgency: Arundhati Roy (IANS Interview) (11:46)
By Saket Suman IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Aug 30 (IANS) Just when the credentials of Booker winning author Arundhati Roy as a fiction writer were being questioned in literary circles, the acclaimed novelist, after a hiatus of two decades, returned with her second novel and, boom -- it is again long-listed for the much-coveted award.

Five books to look forward to in September 2017  (11:34)
By Saket Suman
New Delhi, Aug 30 (IANS) The literary scene has been quiet for some time now, but as the heat of summer gradually recedes, quite a few literary festivals and gatherings are on the cards. With such crowd-pulling platforms for publicity and launch of new books scheduled in the coming months, many works of interest by headline authors will soon hit the stores.

Offshore wind farms proposed to meet energy demand (Environmental Feature) (12:30)
By K.S. Jayaraman
Bengaluru, Aug 27 (IANS) Offshore wind -- plentiful along the coast of southern India -- can be a potential source to meet the increasing energy demand in this region, scientists at the National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT) in Chennai report.

'Regionality' sets Indian food apart: Chef Gary Mehigan  (12:16)
By Bhavana Akella
Bengaluru, Aug 27 (IANS) Globally renowned English-Australian chef, television show host and restaurateur Gary Mehigan says he believes that "regionality is what sets Indian food apart" from the cuisines across the world.

Cheaper hotels, lower rush lure travellers to monsoon vacations (11:46)
By Porisma P. Gogoi
New Delhi, Aug 27 (IANS) With most airlines and hotels lowering prices to attract customers during what is known as the "off-period" for travel, a vacation during the monsoon season is slowly catching the fancy of travellers in India.

Microsoft ready to take 50mn SMBs on 'intelligent' Cloud: Anant Maheshwari (IANS Interview) (12:00)
By Nishant Arora IANS Photo Service
Gurugram (Haryana), Aug 26 (IANS) As over 50 million Small and Medium Businesses (SMBs) in India look to move to a secure Cloud, Microsoft -- with its end-to-end offerings with New-Age capabilities -- is set to help them evolve and adopt an "intelligent" Cloud, says Microsoft India President Anant Maheshwari.

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