TV-time in class? Textbooks come alive in Gujarat's schools (Educational Feature)(12:34) By Azera Parveen Rahman Bhuj (Gujarat), Feb 15 (IANS) In a small school near Bhuj in Gujarat, a group of class five students sit attentively in class, their eyes glued to an LCD screen. The opened science books on their laps have come alive on the screen before them, as an animated character explains the nuances of the chapter in their native language, Gujarati. Efficient learning, experts say, happens when students enjoy the experience, and in hundreds of schools across Gujarat, digitised school textbooks are opening up children's minds like never before.
Kolkata takes on Jaipur in literary face-off(11:38) By Saket Suman New Delhi, Feb 13 (IANS) For five days every January the Pink City of Jaipur becomes the centre of attraction as literary stalwarts from India and abroad assemble in huge numbers -- spanning languages, genres and themes -- to participate in the Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF). This has been happening for over a decade.
One hour a day can change your life: Robin Sharma (IANS Interview)(11:26) By Saket Suman New Delhi, Feb 12 (IANS) Private lessons that leadership and elite performance expert Robin Sharma has been imparting to billionaires and celebrities have now found their way into his new book "The 5 AM Club", which the globally renowned author of "The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari", says can change the life of its readers.
Ganga synonymous with threshold of afterlife, says new book(12:16) By Saket Suman New Delhi, Feb 10 (IANS) As millions of devotees continue to gather in the Kumbh nagri to take a holy dip at the confluence of the Ganga, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati rivers, a timely book throws light on the "divine purity" of the Ganga, with its findings suggesting that the pious river has been synonymous with the "threshold of the afterlife" since time immemorial.
Sample West Coast cuisine in heart of Delhi (Foodie Trail-Delhi)(14:50) By Vishnu Makhijani New Delhi, Feb 8 (IANS) Be it Nandu Puttu (crab), Attirachi Kurumelagu (lamb pepper masala) or Pomfret Kalwan (Goan pomfret curry), there is much that eateries along NH-66, the 1,622 km long national highway that connects Kanyakumari to Panvel in Maharashtra, have to tickle your taste buds. All this and more is on offer at the Best of West Coast food festival underway at the Shangri-La Eros hotel in the heart of the national capital.
How five days a year transformed Jaipur's cultural landscape over the past decade(12:32) By Archana Sharma Jaipur, Jan 13 (IANS) With winter in full bloom, Rajasthan's historic capital city is all set to embrace the festive feel as the much anticipated Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) draws near. Having already hosted nearly 2,000 speakers and over a million book lovers at its 11 previous editions, the "Pink City" bears testimony to the strong cultural impact the festival has had on its self-image and social consciousness.
Vaduvoor: A tiny village luring and feeding global birds (Feature)(11:32) By Vasudevan Sridharan Chennai, Jan 11 (IANS/Mongabay) "When some visitors ask, 'How do the birds know this lake is full?', I simply tell them that I telephone the migratory birds and inform them," said Ramesh mockingly as he sits at the tip of a lake in south India.
Swimming camels, mangrove islands of Kutch face mounting challenges (Feature)(12:06) By Azera Parveen Rahman Bhuj (Gujarat), Jan 10 (IANS) In the land of contrasts that Kutch is, winter is the lean feeding season for its unique breed of Kharai camels. These camels, unlike the kind most of us are familiar with, are typically dependent on the mangroves for their food, and during monsoons, they swim to the mangrove islands in hordes and stay there for days altogether.
Eat, drink and make merry at pocket-friendly House Of Commons (Foodie Trail - Delhi)(12:40) By Parul Soni New Delhi, Jan 9 (IANS) Youngsters who are looking for an easy-on-the-pocket place to eat, drink and groove can have it all at House of Commons (HOC), a British-inspired gastropub that offers a vast menu comprising Continental, Mediterranean and Indian cuisines, coupled with rejuvenating drinks and live music -- ideal for a fun evening.
Here's a 'politician' with a difference(12:06) By Sanu George Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 7 (IANS) At a time when politicians are seen to increase their personal wealth when in public life, a Congressman in Kerala, currently on a sabbatical from politics, is seeking to build a self-sustainable housing facility for the homeless in his home town in Kollam district, about 70 km from the state capital.
Woman acid attack survivor turns saviour for burn victims (IANS Special Series)(14:58) By Bhavana Akella Bengaluru, Jan 6 (IANS) Even 12 years after she survived an acid attack by a jilted lover during a train journey to Delhi from her hometown Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh in April 2006, Pragya Singh remains a beacon of hope for scores of such burn victims. The 35-year-old gritty Pragya has helped about 200 women victims of acid attacks undergo 300 surgeries for free and gave them not just legal and financial aid but also a job to rebuild their lives.
Border museum provides a rare insight into pre-Partition media (Feature)(12:36) By Jaideep Sarin Attari (Punjab), Jan 6 (IANS) The important role played by the vernacular media in the country's freedom struggle, which contributed to the end of the British rule in August 1947, has found a new platform right near the international border between India and Pakistan.
How an all-women driving school is giving wings to women (IANS Special Series)(10:18) By Brij Khandelwal Mathura/Agra, Dec 30 (IANS) On any busy traffic crossing in the historic Mughal city of Agra, one would be surprised to see the number of women on two-wheelers. Not only young girls, but more and more middle-aged women, including housewives, are now seen enjoying their new-found freedom of mobility, a stark contrast from a few years ago.
Sakura re-emerges in a heightened pan-Asian avatar (Foodie Trail-Delhi)(11:00) By Vishnu Makhijani New Delhi, Dec 27 (IANS) Some years ago, at a South Delhi eatery that grandly announced it served "Chinese, Japanese, Mughlai" cuisine, I came upon a young Oriental couple and their two small children with the man muttering and gesticulating at the order-taker, who too was doing the same. Sensing help was needed, I walked up to him and asked if I could be of assistance.
Televising theatre may be the next big step in entertainment (Arts Feature)(12:44) By Nivedita New Delhi, Dec 25 (IANS) Theatre has been so much a part of Indian culture that it's where some of the renowned Bollywood names have cut their teeth. However, it is struggling to keep its identity alive in the present-day, tech-driven frenzy, prompting some of the veterans to suggest it be given a cinematic and digital feel to make it more relatable and reachable to the young.
Made In India: A regal feast with Delhi 6 'tadka' (Foodie Trail - Noida)(11:00) By Parul Soni Noida, Dec 25 (IANS) Have you been yearning to visit Purani Dilli to gorge on authentic kebabs, nihari, phirni and the like -- but the fear of large crowds and congested areas is holding you back? Then head to Radisson Blu's "Made In India" fine-dining restaurant, which, besides excelling in Avadhi and Lucknowi cuisines, has now added Delhi 6 "tadka" to its menu to entice and appease the palate of its patrons.