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A library run by industrial workers means world of change for children (IANS Special Series) (11:58)
By Jaideep Sarin IANS Photo Service
Ludhiana (Punjab), Oct 21 (IANS) At first look, it is just another small room with one wall almost crumbling. But this 25-square yard space means the world for children of factory workers and labourers in Punjab's industrial hub Ludhiana.

Savour a slice of Burma in Noida (Foodie Trail-Noida) (11:42)
By Parul Soni IANS Photo Service
Noida, Oct 18 (IANS) It's quite a task to convince one's tastebuds to try vegetarian food when you belong to the opposite world. The probability of liking the place in question drops significantly when it is also alcohol-free. Still, I dared to land in Burma Burma -- a completely vegetarian restaurant and tea room -- that is making waves in foodie circles for its authentic Burmese cuisine and enhanced tea experience.

Good food is good food, no matter where you eat it: Celebrity chef Sarah Todd (Foodie Trail-Gurugram) (11:04)
By Karishma S. Kalita IANS Photo Service
Gurugram, Oct 17 (IANS) "Good food is good food, no matter where you eat it -- as long as the flavours are right." These golden words were spoken by Australian celebrity chef Sarah Todd, and they perfectly describe the delicious spread available at The Wine Company.

From pain and penury to pinnacle of success: The winning tale of gritty Swapna Barman (IANS Special Series) (12:32)
By Debayan Mukherjee IANS Photo Service
Kolkata, Oct 14 (IANS) Until that evening in Jakarta when the country celebrated her success with much fanfare, everything about heptathlete Swapna Barman spelt hardship. From extreme poverty to physical deformity of the kind that threatened to time and again derail her ambition, Swapna pushed every odd to its limits on course to become the first Indian heptathlete to win an Asian Games gold.

Barcelos intensifies South African cock-fight (Foodie Trail-Chennai) (11:18)
By Venkatachari Jagannathan
Chennai, Oct 14 (IANS) Barcelos is a new South African flame-grilled chicken restaurant that opened its outlet here recently -- at a time when a competing brand has also stepped in, and another downed its shutters. It is also a time when many eateries are experiencing a sharp drop in footfalls as orders through delivery firms like Swiggy, Uber Eats and others are on the rise.

Of fitness, love in a cafe, and heartbreak (IANS Books This Weekend) (11:12)
New Delhi, Oct 12 (IANS) Read two paperback novels set in Delhi, one about what it takes to survive in a big city and the other, a gentle love story of a boy from Bihar and a momo-seller from the northeast; read how step-by-step processes reveal ways of overcoming obstacles on the path to fitness; and finally an unusual love story set in a cafe.

Puja 2018: Adding individual style elements, buying evergreen fashion pieces (Fashion Feature) (11:54)
By Binita Das
Kolkata, Oct 11 (IANS) Keeping the traditions of Durga Puja alive and yet making a fashion statement is every fashionista's goal. Donning bright festive hues, going experimental, stocking trendy accessories and yet not forgetting to add individual style elements is the current trend.

What a woman! She battled personal odds to become crusader against child marriages (IANS Special Series) (12:48)
By Archana Sharma IANS Photo Service
Jaipur, Oct 7 (IANS) Her struggle for survival began even before she was born. Her own family members wanted to kill her in her mother's womb after her father abandoned them. Rajasthan-based Kriti Bharti had been fighting ever since -- which eventually led her to battle for those who are are let down by their families and forced to get married as children.

In changing times, women idol makers make their presence felt, battle hardship, (Societal Feature) (11:54)
By Binita Das IANS Photo Service
Kolkata, Oct 5 (IANS) Walking cautiously along the narrow lanes of Kumartuli, the traditional sculpting hub and potters' lane in north Kolkata, one can easily locate the few women idol makers who have carved a niche for themselves in a world hitherto dominated by men.

Crime writer Sophie Hannah on Agatha Christie, Hercule Poirot and her new novel (11:48)
By Saket Suman IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Oct 5 (IANS) International bestselling author of crime fiction Sophie Hannah, published in 49 languages and over 50 countries, is out with "The Mystery of Three Quarters". A die-hard fan of Agatha Christie, she brings alive one of the world's most beloved detectives, Hercule Poirot -- the legendary star of Christie's "Murder on the Orient Express" -- in her latest novel that has just arrived at Indian bookstores.

Tigers and cover-ups: Exposing scandals hidden in forests (Book Review) (11:18)
By Kushagra Dixit IANS Photo Service
Book: The Rise and Fall of the Emerald Tigers: Ten Years of Research in Panna National Park; Author: Raghu Chundawat; Pages:356; Price: Rs.899

Emerging voices preferred over veterans in India's richest literary prize shortlist (14:54) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Oct 3 (IANS) Veteran writers, including Nayantara Sahgal, Kiran Nagarkar and Jeet Thayil have been overlooked by the jury of the inaugural edition of the Rs 25 lakh JCB Prize for Literature, whose shortlist, announced Wednesday, features novels by five writers who the jury felt will be read by decades to come.

'Vaishnav Jan To': Song that fuses spirits of Gandhi and Narsinh Mehta (10:58)
By Mayank Chhaya IANS Photo Service
Born over four centuries and 300 kilometres apart, a single song fused the spirits of Narsinh Mehta and Mohandas Gandhi.

Farmer termites bury invaders alive to protect fungus farms (16:24)
By Sahana Ghosh
Kolkata, Oct 1 (Mongabay/IANS) Termites are often a nightmare in human habitats, devouring wooden structures and ravaging crops and trees. But within their own homes, some of these farmer termites have sneaky tricks for pest control. The pests in question are an unwelcome variety of fungi that infiltrate the termite nest mounds.

Babar Ali's inspiring story: How a nine-year-old's zeal brought education to Bengal's poor (IANS Special Series) (12:14)
By Bhavana Akella IANS Photo Service
Murshidabad (West Bengal), Sep 30 (IANS) Walking home from school in a small town in West Bengal, a nine-year-old boy saw some of his friends work as rag-pickers. The thought that his companions were unable to study like him because they were poor so agonised the young Babar Ali that he decided to do something about it and bring school to those who could not afford it.

Five books to look forward to in October 2018 (11:06)
By Saket Suman
New Delhi, Sep 30 (IANS) International titles by acclaimed authors will once again rule the roost in October, along with a biography of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and a splendid story for children, woven around the life of late President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.

You can't stop Pakistani women from thinking, dreaming: Author Taha Kehar (11:00)
By Saket Suman IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Sep 29 (IANS) Meet Tanya, the protagonist of a new quick-read from Pakistan, who has "got a pretty good life, working for a Karachi newspaper and smoking-drinking-flirting her way through minor romantic escapades". The author, Taha Kehar, says that her character is his attempt to cultivate a narrative about what it means to be a woman in Karachi. But are there really many "politically opinionated, liberal, urban women that are both feisty and fearless", as Tanya is, in Pakistan today?

In former Maoist citadel, Jharkhand government instils hope (Development Feature) (12:40)
By Brajendra Nath Singh
Latehar (Jharkhand), Sep 27 (IANS) Located in the hilly and forested terrains of Jhumra Pahar, Sarju village in Garu Tehsil of this district was, till a few years ago, known as a "Maoist citadel". Now it is development that is talk of the area.

In India, we need education in culinary skills: Chef Manjit Gill (IANS Interview) (12:20)
By Jaideep Sarin
Chandigarh, Sep 27 (IANS) Going to the extent of suggesting that children should be allowed to mess with the cooking and connect emotionally with the food they eat, well-known Chef Manjit Gill feels it is important to "understand our food".

Weren't there those who would rather go to India than to Paris? (Book Extract) (Exclusive to IANS) (18:54)
By Paulo Coelho IANS Photo Service
(Attn Editors: Drawing on the rich experience of his own life, bestselling author Paulo Coelho's "Hippie", dedicated to Kabir, Rumi and Tagore, among others, will hit the bookstores in India on Thursday. Presented below is an exclusive extract from the book)

Beating malnutrition; health awareness seeps into interiors of Bengal (Social Feature) (12:58)
By Binita Das
Purulia, Sep 25 (IANS) Shruti Roy, a chubby seven-month-old baby of Loharsole village in this West Bengal district bordering Jharkhand, is a far cry from all-too-familiar pictures of malnourished children. And as awareness grows among the shy and conservative pregnant women and lactating mothers of this region, more and more infants now resemble Shruti.

ChaoBella: Where Chinese, Italian cuisines collide (Foodie Trail-Delhi) (11:40)
By Karishma Saurabh Kalita
New Delhi, Sep 25 (IANS) Ever since I moved to this city, I have observed that the people here are largely accustomed to two cuisines -- Chinese and Italian. Be it a plate of the cheesiest pasta or a bowl of hot and sour chicken soup, Delhiites' love for these two cuisines has given birth to inumerable eateries across the National Capital Region. But ChaoBella claims to have the best of both the worlds. True or not, let's find out.

Jokers: Make merry with bold cocktails, scrumptious appetizers (Foodie Trail - Noida) (12:30)
By Parul Soni
Noida, Sep 23 (IANS) Just like old times, when jokers or jesters would perform to entertain royalty, Jokers -- an attractive lounge with a quirky set-up -- promises to delight its patrons by offering a "royal dining" experience. But does it live up to its theme? Lets find out.

Matka Man: From London to Delhi on a thirst-quenching mission (IANS Special Series) (12:08)
By Nivedita Singh IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Sep 23 (IANS) On a scorching summer day, the likes of which are plentiful in Delhi, what one needs most is a glass of water to quench one's thirst, more so for those who toil in the unbearable heat to earn their livelihoods. The hundreds of civic workers, rickshaw pullers, street vendors and road sweepers cannot afford to buy water several times a day from vending kiosks. To their rescue come the "matkas", or traditional earthen pitchers, installed at different parts of the city which seem to get magically filled up with water every single day.

Brave girls of West Bengal's Purulia lead by example, fight child marriage (Social Feature) (12:18)
By Binita Das
Purulia (West Bengal), Sep 21 (IANS) As a 15-year-old, she convinced her parents not to marry her off so she could fulfill a childhood dream of becoming a doctor and treating the poor. Now, two years later, Priyanka Bauri strives to make other girls and their parents conscious of the perils of child marriage.

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