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  • Chikankari: A Lucknawi Tradition- Review

    Name of the book: Chikankari: A Lucknawi Tradition Author: Paola Manfredi Publisher: Niyogi Books Price: Rs 2495 Pages: 252 In the words of Amita Walia, “The magic of Chikankari or the white-on-white embroidery of Lucknow reflects the splendor of Indian craft as pure moonlight resplendent in all its beauty.” Spread over 252 pages, this illustrated…

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  • A Hundered Journeys: Stories of My Fatherland- Review

    Name of the book: A Hundred Journeys (Stories of My Fatherland) Name of the author: Omar Zafarullah Publisher: Rupa Publications Price: Rs.295 Pages: 211 ISBN: 9788129147394 Also available as an e-book Two words that escaped my mouth after I completed reading the book, ‘astonishingly pleased’, summarise how I felt after reading A Hundred Journeys – Stories of my…

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  • Here’s how teachers are learning the art of de-stressing

    It’s not just students who fret over everything academics. Divya Nambiar delves into our nation builders’, aka teachers’, world to find out how they fight anxiety “You can’t stop a teacher when they want to do something. They just do it.”  ― J.D. Salinger Classes, syllabus, marks, performance… If you thought only students are affected…

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  • Make the most of the holy basil

    If one visits rural households, one is sure to find a tulsi plant (Basil or Ocimum tenuiflorum) growing in front of people’s homes. Even in congested cities, wherever there is a little place, most Indians have the tendency to plant Tulsi in front of their homes or in flower pots. Some even light lamps infront…

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  • Lemongrass

    Grab some lemongrass this Diwali

    Ever felt like having lemon- flavored tea but just could not digest the fact that your mouth would twitch and so would your eyes at that tingly taste? Ever wanted to experiment with your morning cuppa but never felt confident enough to experiment and spoil the taste? Well then, here’s something to your rescue- lemongrass!…

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  • Marigold- the bright healing agent

    Traditional Indian weddings are colourful and they are about friendly get-togethers dipped in floral hues; where people come together to celebrate the happy union of two souls. And not just in wedding decorations but many religious rituals, especially amongst the Hindus, Marigold has an important role. I myself have grown up watching my grandmother and…

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    Reasons to introduce chamomile tea to your daily routine

    So you have read that beverages may aggravate skin ageing even though it refreshes you. While you are still tossing around with the idea of reaching out for yet another cup of tea, here’s our advice to you: opt for chamomile tea, just this once. Why, you ask? Isn’t anti-ageing treatment served in the form…

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    Fenugreek aka Methi: The multipurpose wonder!

    So you just secretly tossed the methi paranthas that your mom prepared so lovingly, just because you didn’t like it much or because it looked too green for your preference? Well then, we give you reasons to incorporate fenugreek (Trigonella foenum graecum) in your diet. With strong aroma and flavor, and a storehouse of folic acid,…

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  • Your guide to maintain health with Coriander (Cilantro)

    Indian households usually have a stock of coriander or Cilantro in their refrigerators to be used for garnishing many dishes. Though it undoubtedly makes food look more inviting and rich with that rich hue of green, it does have more to it than what meets our eyes! What could these little leaves probably help in…

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    Flattering Flax seeds: Health benefits of the wonder seed

    The other day, I saw something new in my kitchen- brownish, flat seeds. I had not seen it before. On enquiry, I was told they were roasted flax seeds, something that one of my mom’s friends had suggested that she consume it every day in order to reduce joint pains. Wow! Another home remedy; I…

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  • Keep yourself healthy and glowing, even while fasting

    Navratri is back and there couldn’t be any better proof of it than the colour coordinated brigade that descends upon the streets, offices, college classrooms and where not? You often get a glimpse of the ‘colour for the day’ in some or the other way on many while some others make an effort to stand…

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  • Spice up with sweet-spicy cinnamon

    If you are an Indian, then the chances of you seeing cinnamon would be high, thanks to the generous amounts of it used in Biryanis and pulavs and many other elaborately prepared dishes, especially during festive occasions. Even if you are not an Indian, and if not seen, at least you would surely have heard…

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