In search of a suitable girl (June 20 is writer Vikram Seth's 66th Birthday) (15:51)
By Saket SumanIANS Photo Service
Hardly has any novel been awaited with as much curiosity and anticipation in recent times as Vikram Seths sequel to the monumental "A Suitable Boy" (1993). Five years on, since he was first expected to deliver the manuscript, the novel is still to see the light of the day. But what seems like a saga of missed deadlines can very well -- far from our eyes -- be a masterpiece in the making.

Rohtang tunnel to be open for traffic by 2020 (Lead, Correcting headline) (15:56)
By Vishal Gulati
Manali, June 17 (IANS) Construction of Rohtang tunnel, one of the world's most challenging motorable projects at 3,000 metres above sea level and which will provide an all-season connectivity to the landlocked Lahaul Valley from here in Himachal Pradesh, may be completed by 2020.

Rohtang tunnel to be open for traffic by 2020 (15:04)
By Vishal Gulati
Manali, June 17 (IANS) Construction of Rohtang tunnel, one of the world's most challenging motorable projects at 3,000 metres above sea level and which will provide an all-season connectivity to the landlocked Lahaul Valley from here in Himachal Pradesh, may be completed by 2020.

Rajasthani musicians epitomise India's syncretic culture, but are a struggling lot (IANS Special Series) (12:06)
By Archana SharmaIANS Photo Service
Jaipur, June 17 (IANS) They are Muslims, yet they sing Krishna "bhajans" (hymns) from Hindu lore. They have adopted a hybrid culture that is a mix of both religions and lifestyles. Many of their names too blend two religions, like Shankar Khan and Krishna Khan.

Bhutan's Mountain Echoes lit fest set to climb a notch higher (13:48)IANS Photo Service
Thimphu, June 14 (IANS) Bhutans annual literary gathering, the Mountain Echoes Literary Festival, and like no other thanks to its magnificent backdrop, will return this August for its ninth edition, featuring a diverse set of speakers who will participate in sessions ranging from spirituality and philosophy to films and environmental conservation.

Bespoke programme marks JLF's fifth year in London (13:54)
London, June 12 (IANS) India's popular Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) has completed five years of its presence here in what was a bespoke programme for UK audiences, featuring dialogues and debates from across the South Asian region.

Flavours of festivity in first Durga Puja-themed restaurant (Foodie Trail: Kolkata) (11:02)
By Milinda Ghosh Roy
Kolkata, June 12 (IANS) With food stalls lining the streets, devotees queuing up outside eateries and plates full of food passed among families and friends, the whole of Kolkata turns into a giant food court during Durga Puja. While the five-day festivities get over in the wink of an eye, the city now has its maiden Durga Puja-themed restaurant ready to serve gastronomes round the year.

Seema's story: Educating girls to negotiate life, become change agents (IANS Special Series) (12:10)
By Umer RashidIANS Photo Service
Hardoi (Uttar Pradesh), June 10 (IANS) Inside a dimly-lit classroom in this district, with its walls decorated with drawings and paintings made by children, Seema Yadav, 36, is teaching a group of 25 girls who are sitting in a circle in one corner. These are girls who were either never enrolled in school or had to drop out due to various reasons. They are now way behind academically compared to other students of their age.

ZEE JLF kicks off at London's The British Library (15:34)
London, June 9 (IANS) The London edition of Indias popular Jaipur Literature Festival "ZEE JLF at The British Library" has kicked off, filling the historic spaces of Londons iconic literary venue and welcoming over 100 eminent authors and thinkers from across the globe.

Bhutan gears up for unique inter-faith chanting event (13:54)
Thimphu, June 8 (IANS) The picturesque capital of arguably the worlds happiest country is all set to host a unique "Thuendrel: Inter-Faith Chanting" event on Saturday.

Today, parents need a range of skills -- such as lying and cheating (The Funny Side) (12:08)
By Nury Vittachi
The Chinese government recently decided that all spermatozoa donated to Beijing's main sperm bank must be loyal to the communist party.

A slice of Jaipur at the British Library over the weekend (11:24)IANS Photo Service
London, June 7 (IANS) South Asias literary heritage, oral traditions, performing arts, books and ideas will take centrestage here at the iconic British Library over the weekend as the London leg of the immensely popular Jaipur Literature Festival gets rolling.

Exhibition capturing the life of waste workers on display at Mandi House (14:02)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, June 5 (IANS) Forty-two photographs by six French lensemen that provide the onlookers an opportunity to delve into the role of waste workers across the world are currently on display at Mandi House Metro Station here.

Peru takes the culinary route to entice Indian travellers (15:02)
By Vishnu MakhijaniIANS Photo Service
New Delhi, June 4 (IANS) With intrepid Indian travellers heading for Peru -- 7,000 in 2017 and up 36.9 per cent in the first two months of this year -- should it be a surprise that the South American nation has released four cookbooks "to bring to India our internationally-acclaimed gastronomy" and hopefuly entice more tourists.

For Goa's senior citizens, sea water is a health spa in summer (14:16)
By Mayabhushan NagvenkarIANS Photo Service
Panaji, June 4 (IANS) As the rains approach the Western coast, Goa's beaches see a beeline of senior citizens heading for their annual swim in the salty water of the Arabian sea, a ritual which they say keeps illness and vagaries at bay.

Down the memory lane: Jatin Das exhibits diverse pankha collection (13:14)
By Siddhi JainIANS Photo Service
New Delhi, June 4 (IANS) What began as a gift from a friend 40 years ago has now snowballed into an extensive collection of over 5,000 pankhas (handheld fans) for eminent Indian artist Jatin Das. A carefully-curated part of this staggering collection, along with numerous prints, photographs, documentaries and paintings is currently open for public viewing at Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) here.

Quality over Quantity: How a 'man of books' is changing publishing's 80-20 rule (13:02)
By Saket SumanIANS Photo Service
New Delhi, June 3 (IANS) Ever wondered why so many books that seem of little value and are never sold or reviewed get published in the first place? That's because most publishers worldwide follow the old 80-20 rule, in which just about 20 per cent of the books pay for the 80 per cent that fail.

Girls can do anything, proves Indian teen who climbed Everest (IANS Special Series) (12:06)
By Mudita GirotraIANS Photo Service
Hisar (Haryana), June 3 (IANS) On May 15 this year, a teenaged girl from Haryana embarked on the very challenging task of climbing Mount Everest from the Nepal side. But having dropped her radio transceiver during the trek, she couldn't inform anyone about her whereabouts.

Bill Clinton, James Patterson team up in new thriller novel (13:58)IANS Photo Service
Washington, June 1 (IANS) In what is going to mark the debut of former US President Bill Clinton as a fiction writer, he has teamed up with James Patterson and their thriller, rich in "information that only a former Commander-in-Chief could know" will be released globally on Monday (June 4).

Journey into marriage is about 'we', away from it is about 'me': Writer Devdutt Pattanaik (IANS Interview) (12:08)
By Saket SumanIANS Photo Service
New Delhi, June 1 (IANS) A marriage is not just about the bride and the groom, asserts mythologist Devdutt Pattanaik who has done considerable work on ancient Indian scriptures. In fact, according to him, it has always had a much larger connotation than what is normally perceived of it.

The shortest marriages in history (The Funny Side) (11:36)
By Nury Vittachi
I have been alive for several decades now but STILL don't know whether I like broccoli. Not my fault! Guys have "commitment issues".

Future of books brighter in India than most parts of world: Publisher David Davidar (IANS Interview) (12:30)
By Saket SumanIANS Photo Service
New Delhi, May 30 (IANS) After an unprecedented boom in India's publishing industry during the past two decades, many insiders are fearful that it has now reached its saturation point. But the boom is not over, according to David Davidar, who maintains that India is "one of the most exciting book markets in the world" and its future is one of hopes.

Decoded: Microsoft's war room taking on global cyber crimes (Tech Trend) (12:20)
By Nishant AroraIANS Photo Service
New Delhi, May 29 (IANS) As cybercrime becomes the new battlefield, Microsoft at its headquarters in Redmond, Washington, is working round-the-clock to intercept, analyse and mitigate threats -- creating a road-map for various industry stakeholders to plan relevant actions.

Despite tragic history, mosque and gurdwara stand tall in harmony (IANS Special Series) (13:06)
By Jaideep SarinIANS Photo Service
Fatehgarh Sahib (Punjab), May 27 (IANS) This town of sacred pilgrimage in Punjab has been witness to one of the most tragic, painful and violent chapters of Sikh-Mughal history going back three centuries. Despite that, a 350-year-old mosque not only stands in complete harmony with a recently completed gurdwara but is looked after by the Sikh priest.

Nipah scare: No need to panic; adopt good hygiene practices (10:24)
By Rachel V. ThomasIANS Photo Service
New Delhi, May 26 (IANS) Simple good hygiene practices such as frequent hand washing and cooking food properly before consuming can help you avoid contracting the brain-damaging Nipah virus which has claimed 12 lives in Kerala till now and led to quarantining of at least 40 others, health experts suggest.

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