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Book Review: Eating Wasps by Anita Nair

She is among the handful of contemporary Indian writers to bring out the best in her female characters. Anita Nair knows what her women want and how they are going to get it.

Book Review: Eating Wasps by Anita Nair

Camel milk is gaining popularity. Could it be an alternative for dairy market?

From camelccino to camel milk chocolate, there’s no dearth of delicacies on offer.

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With many literary awards in the offing, a reality check on how much purpose they serve

With several new literary prizes being announced in India this year, the time has never been so bright for a writer. Or is it so? A look into what these prizes have on offer and what it means for the publishing world...

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Compensation matters: What is it about the West that compensation amounts to million-dollar suits, while in India, patients are left with a pittance?

Pharma giant Johnson & Johnson recently agreed to pay Rs 20 lakh as compensation to patients in India who suffered due to its faulty hip implants. In the US, however, the company agreed to pay an estimated $2.5 billion to 8,0

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We want the youth to be owners of their own ventures: Pawan Chamling, Chief Minister, Sikkim

Pawan Chamling, the CM of Sikkim, spoke to Smitha Verma in an email interview about his flagship scheme for promoting startups in the state, the need for youngsters to become entrepreneurs and how Sikkim has become a model st

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Forget government jobs! Sikkim’s younger generation is betting on startups, thanks to new scheme

Unknown to many, Sikkim has been witnessing an upsurge in startups, marking a definitive shift in the mindset of the younger generation, which till now only coveted government jobs.

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Spotlight: India has more regional language users than English; Startups try to bridge gap

A slew of start-ups are looking to bridge this divide by providing platforms for regional language content, be it novels or poetry.

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Book Review – Karno’s Daughter: The Lives of An Indian Maid

The story of the invisible people who work hard to keep our homes running like clockwork.

Lifestyle News

In pursuit of happiness: Why is it important to be happy?

Personal happiness has become big business today. From ‘happiness curriculums’ in schools to ‘happiness departments’ in state governments, there’s a huge thrust on the emotion and its attainment. But why are we chas

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Flying on nostalgia: Here’s Vistara’s special tribute to JRD Tata

Vistara pays a tribute to JRD Tata with a special flight.

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Nutraceutical in India: How big is the market? Are they really beneficial?

Lack of medical aid, a general scepticism about allopathic medicines and food fads make nutraceuticals extremely popular. No wonder the market is booming, with new products launched everyday. But do we really need them?

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‘Claims regulations are in the final stage and will be announced in a few weeks’, says Pawan Kumar Agarwal

Pawan Kumar Agarwal is the chief executive officer of food regulator Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), which brought out new regulations in 2016, covering nutraceuticals, foods for special dietary and medi

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Digital web: Real and unsettling dangers of digital dependency

With the proliferation of social media sites, the desire to stay connected online has become permanent. But this digital addiction is now beginning to take its toll on people’s happiness. As technology becomes omnipresent,

Digital web, digital media, gadget, smartphone, digital gadget News

Acid: A psychedelic rollercoaster

A disturbing narrative of a romance that struggles to survive within the confines of a relationship.

Lifestyle News

Creative or crass? Viewer sole censor of web entertainment

On OTT platforms, as of now, there is no censorship, except for prohibition on pornography. Earlier this year there was talk of TRAI developing a consultation paper to regulate OTT platforms.

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How life coaches are helping their clients successfully navigate maze of everyday issues and challenges

Around 89% people in India are aware of life coaching and around 59% have partnered with a life coach at some time, with 97% being satisfied with the experience, revealed the 2017 ICF Global Consumer Awareness Study, which wa

life coach, career, relationship, challenges of life, lifestyle News

Stephen King’s Outsider unfolds an unknown reality

Outsider carries forward the ever-popular character of Holly Gibney—the private detective of the Hodges trilogy—who, with her unparalleled imagination and superlative sense of the paranormal world, helps in bringing the s

Lifestyle News

How Tiffin start-ups helping working parents for whom first challenge of the day is figuring out children’s tiffin boxes

Help is at hand for harried parents for whom the first challenge of the day is figuring out children’s tiffin boxes. Thanks to a slew of start-ups, which deliver tiffins to schools, their kids can now get interesting and he

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How popular culture is changing to bring women’s desires to the forefront

As a film on friendship starts drawing room discussions about female sexuality, a look into how popular culture is changing to bring women’s desires to the forefront and what comes with this change

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We are living in an unjust world full of misogyny and hate: Saeed Akhtar Mirza

The book starts with his multicultural upbringing at Fonseca Mansion in Mumbai, moves on to the impact of the Vietnam War in his world views, the myths created by western nations and how contemporary events like the Charlie H

Lifestyle News

The significant south: History of south India; how region has influenced country’s culture

A formidable book details the history of south India and how the region has influenced the country’s culture.

Lifestyle News

Electronic waste equal environmental hazard as plastic; here’s what India should be doing

Only 20% was recycled through appropriate channels. If we talk about India—the fifth-largest producer of e-waste in the world—around 1.8 million mt of e-waste was generated in the country in 2016.

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From rollercoasters to flying theatres; theme parks go all out to woo Indians

Theme parks are different from amusement parks, as they not only have rides, but also retail stores, restaurants, etc, unified by a central theme.

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FSSAI CEO: People hear adulteration, and think milk is mixed with detergent, urea. That’s not the case

"We have set safety standards for milk to be followed that have been given out to states. Every state has food safety commissioners who are supposed to keep a check on the quality of milk," says Pawan Kumar Agarwal, chief exe

"‘Adulterants’ is a broad category and even water in milk will be called an adulterant, but that doesn’t mean it is unsafe milk," says FSSAI CEO. News

Milk Shaken Up: Organic, adulterant-free, dairy-free is the rage

Organic, adulterant-free milk is all the rage, dairy-free milks have flooded the market, the polypack industry is working on quality assurance after surveys fail samples. We capture the churn in the milk market.

iOrganics has a herd size of 350 cows on a 100-acre farm in Sonipat, Haryana. News

Can I fake your order?

From branded footwear, apparel and personal care products to watches, fragrances and alcohol, fakes exist in almost all categories.

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Water wars: Many varieties of water are available in the market, but do we really need them?

The packaged drinking water (still) market in India was valued at Rs 177.3 billion in 2017, with a sales volume of 13 billion litres.

There are so many different kinds of water available in the market today that the difference between packaged drinking water and mineral water is lost on most consumers. News
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