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  • This Mother’s Day, cook for your mom!

    She’s the go-to-person when your tummy rumbles; it maybe midnight or daybreak, mommy wouldn’t let you go hungry out of the house; wherever you live, maa ke hath ka khana tops the list of your favourite food, but why not this Mother’s Day you cook something for her? Preeja Aravind asks Chef Tilak Vel of…

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    Mother’s Day 2018: Surprise your Mom with at-home vacation!

    Don’t want to battle the heat and step out to celebrate your mom’s special day? No worries. Pamper her at home with a customized day in, Preeja Aravind tells you how Another Mother’s Day is here and all you can think of is … how hot is it outside! You want to give your mom…

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  • World Laughter Day 2018: Why laughter is indeed the best medicine

    On World Laughter Day, Preeja Aravind lists why everyone should laugh more often With all the pesticides and whatnot in it, apple a day doesn’t have much sway — it’s laughter that has more capacity to keep the doctor away. Turns out there is actual science behind why laughter is indeed the best medicine. We…

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  • The Cows by Dawn O’Porter: Review

    Title: The Cows Author: Dawn O’Porter Publisher: Harper Collins Pages: 440; Price: Rs 599   Three women, three lives, several intersections. At one point or the other, they have equated themselves, or been equated by others, with the bovine animal, cow. We are then methodically introduced to the three protagonists: Tara, Stella and Cam. Tara…

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  • The Trickster by Vinaya Bhagat: Review

    Book: Trickster Author: Vinaya Bhagat Pages: 338 Price: 399 Publisher: Harper Black “It lurks in the shadows. It lives in your worst nightmares. It feeds on your deepest fears. It’s the master trickster, and it’s coming to get you.” This is how the book blurb to Vinaya Bhagat’s first novel Trickster begins. You read the title,…

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  • Balancing career and family: How much have things changed for women?

    Despite contrarian statistics, women in Corporate India tell Preeja Aravind that they are doing their bit for bringing other women back into the work-fold This past year was quite memorable for women across the globe: It was the year Saudi Arabia allowed women to drive; it was the year that women banded together against sexual…

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  • Why egg freezing is finding more takers among women

    Egg freezing is finding more takers as women do not want to take an unscheduled pitstop in their career path. Preeja Aravind tries to find why ova preservation is becoming a trend. Recently, ex-Miss World India Diana Hayden made news with her second pregnancy. It was news because the 44-year-old former model became pregnant with…

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  • The Thirst by Jo Nesbo: Review

    Book title: The Thirst Author: Jo Nesbo (translated from the Norwegian by Neil Smith) Pages: 538 Price: 699 Publisher: Harvill Secker Scandinavian noir readers will love ‘The Thirst’—the eleventh in the Harry Hole series—by best-selling Norwegian crime writer Jo Nesbo. Those who haven’t heard of Harry Hole (pronounced as ho-lay) should know that he is…

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  • As children are ‘booked’ to reading, publishers can’t be happier

    Children’s authors across India are a happy lot. Since the Harry Potter phenomenon exploded across the globe, these writers now have a more receptive audience, and medium, finds Preeja Aravind If publishing industry was a parent, then children’s book publishing in India would be the unloved, unappreciated step-child. This has been a long-standing reality for…

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  • The national anthem debate that is dividing the country

    A year on, Supreme Court ruling on National Anthem has the country on opposing sides of the judgment. Preeja Aravind tries to figure out why The latest video making the internet round is that of a few students in a Jammu & Kashmir institution being disrespectful of Indian national anthem at a ceremony. “Jana Gana…

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