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Swapna Raghu Sanand

Articles By Swapna Raghu Sanand

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The Yudhishthira Trilogy! Exploring the King in Yudhishtira took over five years, says Semanti Chakraborty

This festive season, readers who enjoy mythological fiction are in for a real treat - yes, the first book in the Yudhishthira Trilogy is out!

Your next hotel stay set to change! Gear up for digital menus, robot services, boxed meals and more

Your next leisurely stay at a hotel is set for a big change right from the time you check in till your final check out.

How floods devastate lives! This tragic story of Kolleru demonstrates a village’s travails

What happens during a devastating flood? Not headlines that scream for attention! Empty bellies and starvation in homes that dot many villages remains the stark reality.

GI tag for Basmati rice: It’s Madhya Pradesh vs APEDA over Madras High Court order

GI tag for Basmati rice: 'Basmati' and Madhya Pradesh's basmati farmers are now in the legal spotlight! On Monday, the Supreme Court has issued a notice on a plea by the state of Madhya Pradesh and its Basmati farmers.

This debut author brings Kerala’s ancient serpent groves into spotlight

With the festive season starting in October, mythological fiction and mystery novels are increasingly gaining popularity with Indian readers.

Jaipur, Goa and Kochi to become India’s top leisure destinations this year; check OYO’s travel forecast

As September 2020 wraps up with World Tourism Day being celebrated virtually across the country and globally, OYO has come out with its forecast covering ‘India’s Next Destinations’ on its official website blog.

World Heart Day: Read Dil Se! Pick these books for a heart-healthy life

The world around us is undergoing a revolutionary churn that urges each and every individual to take care of their food choices and lifestyle habits.

Ashutosh Kumar, co-founder, Testbook.com, said, “We are trying to create a productively employable workforce for the country.”

Worried about safety and hygiene in hotels? Here’s how premium hotels step up focus on these seven safety protocols

The Coronavirus pandemic has transformed the way hotels and restaurants now serve their guests.

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By choosing to tell Mohini’s story, I opted to go past the known narratives: Anuja Chandramouli

Best selling author Anuja Chandramouli’s latest book ‘Mohini’ has been published this year. Known for her mastery in retelling the finest nuances from mythological fiction, several of the protagonists she ha

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Love chocolates? Take this delectable virtual tour as Lindt opens world’s largest chocolate museum in Zurich

To choose one best chocolate brand would be a herculean task for even ace food connoisseurs.

Chocolate is a part of the Swiss national identity

COVID-19 impact on dining out: From meal boxes to quarantine greenhouses, Dutch make eating out more fun!

Amsterdam catapulted into the spotlight in May 2020 following reports of a restaurant opening with 'quarantine greenhouses' with individual pods for diners.

Australia is also supporting the reopening of their restaurants.

COVID-19 effect: Dining out or not? Delhi-NCR eating out places and restaurants are now open

COVID-19 impact: Fancy dining out or ordering a takeaway? Delhi’s much loved eating out places are now open! Foodies, check out which places you want to place your orders to enjoy your favourite restaurant meals! Noida

Travel to Vietnam virtually! Sustainable tourism portal launched with exciting offers for travellers

Vietnam's newly launched official portal states that the last dynasty reigning Vietnam, namely the Nguyen Kings, made Hue the capital city.

To boost local culture and local businesses, travellers are also encouraged to select from a diverse range of souvenirs that celebrate Vietnamese culture. (IMAGE CREDIT: Vietnam Tourism website)

COVID-19: Tourism in Kerala’s Kumarakom set to revive! Hotels step up with holistic safety norms like ‘sun gazing’

A report in Manorama indicates that Kumarakom houseboats and Kumarakom hotels are finally opening to travellers and visitors.

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Love to read short stories? Why it’s worth reading The Solitary Sprout: Selected Stories of R.Chudamani

At a time like this, a rare book becomes a rare treasure, especially if it is one that travels through the hearts of women who have crossed the realm of youth and navigate the turbulence past their middle age.

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Want to go abroad? This travel writer shares big changes in international travel; how to plan your next trip

As Alex Garland's famous words in 'The Beach' spring to mind, "Tourists went on holidays, while travelers did something else. They traveled."

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Making bedrolls out of PPE scrap! After ‘Chekutty dolls’, Kerala social entrepreneur Lakshmi Menon embarks on new mission

A small unit of women employees in Kochi are making bedrolls and mattresses for COVID-19 patients from scrap!

Bedrolls from PPE scrap

Kerala Onam festival 2020: Want to eat this Onam sadya? Wait, it’s a cake made in South Africa!

The Malayali identity is celebrated through the medium of cakes, showcasing the much loved Kerala Onam sadya.

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Are giraffes going extinct? Stepping up conservation efforts, Africa is at the forefront; is it enough?

Undoubtedly, the giraffe remains one of the most underrated yet beautiful beasts, tall, stately and poised despite its awkward height, that is striking like eye-popping jungle graffiti.

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COVID-19: Kerala’s Onam festival shopping muted this year as people turn cautious

Onam 2020: It is as though the festival sales is losing its sheen at a time when it is required most, particularly for traders who are waiting for festive occasions such as Onam.

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Scripting history! Kerala University becomes the country’s first varsity with its own digital garden

Commendable effort has gone into covering over 250 species of trees spanning both Palayam Senate House and Karyavattom campus.

University of Kerala showcases digital garden

Boost for Chendamangalam weavers! Ahead of Onam, hues of naturally dyed handwoven textiles in spotlight  

Hear the word 'Chendamangalam' and it echoes with the hues of handloom weaves, traditions and culture. 

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COVID-19 impact: Soaring high! Khadi masks set to go global

Once known as the 'fabric of freedom', the Khadi, a part of India's freedom struggle legacy, has undergone remarkable transitions into mainstream society, becoming not only a sustainable fashion statement but also a conscious

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COVID-19 impact: No more paper menus! Your favourite hotels are ready to enable contactless safety measures

While people didn't stop sharing their special moments, all the culinary experiments started brewing in many Indian homes like never before!

Vedic Food and Spices of India: Two chefs unravel ancient culinary wisdom and its secrets

Watching the Tourism Ministry's webinar on Vedic food offers valuable insights from ancient Vedic literature on food, in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

Chef Gautam delved into the Vedic wisdom underlying different kinds of cooking vessels.

Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra mandatory essential practice; safety measures in place, says Puri temple authorities

According to the Shree Jagannath temple authorities, the Rath Yatra is an essential, mandatory and integral religions practice with scriptural sanction dating back to the Skanda Purana and is protected by the Constitution of

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COVID-19 impact on menstrual hygiene: How cloth pads made a comeback during lockdown

With Menstrual Hygiene Day being observed on May 28, 2020, it is essential to bring greater awareness about access to safe and hygienic menstrual hygiene products.

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