Scientists track microbes to monitor health of Sundarbans fisheries (Environmental Feature) (13:00)
By Sahana Ghosh
Kolkata, Sep 19 (IANS/Mongabay) They may be microscopic in size, but bacterioplankton steer major carbon cycling and food webs in aquatic ecosystems. Bacterioplankton are the bacterial component of plankton that live in water bodies, including oceans and lakes.

How India's sports stars overcame tough personal odds to achieve success (IANS Special Series) (16:36)
By Ajeyo BasuIANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Sep 16 (IANS) Ever since she was a kid, Hima Das woke up every morning before the crack of dawn and would go to the local grazing ground in a remote Assam village. With no proper gear or even a playground, she practiced running at this grazing ground, around 50 metres from her house, before the villagers let their cattle loose post sunrise.

Kashmir in its pristine glory as autumn arrives (Travel Feature) (14:30)
By Sheikh Qayoom
Srinagar, Sep 16 (IANS) As turtle doves and pigeons compete with each other to the accompaniment of cicada's flattering music to pick the fallen grain left behind in paddy fields after harvesting, the message is loud and clear - autumn, Kashmir's golden brown season of plenty, has arrived.

Drying Ganga could stall food security and prevent achieving SDGs (Environmental Feature) (12:38)
By Sahana GhoshIANS Photo Service
Kolkata, Sep 14 (IANS/Mongabay) Millions of people residing in the lower reaches of the Ganga basin in India may face food shortage in the next three decades if the much revered river continues to lose water due to factors that include unsustainable groundwater extraction, a study has claimed.

Mumbai-born Mahesh Bindra hopes for 2nd term in NZ parliament (Diaspora Feature) (11:50)
By Mayank ChhayaIANS Photo Service
Chicago, Sep 13 (IANS) With his first three-year term as a Member of Parliament in New Zealand behind him, Mumbai-born Mahesh Bindra is biding his time for the next phase of his engagement in his adopted country's public life.

Epic saga: How India's rowing-star Dattu overcame poverty to win gold (Sports Feature) (12:38)
By Tridib BaparnashIANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Sep 10 (IANS) From digging wells to selling onions to working in a petrol pump to representing India at the Rio Olympics while his mother was in a coma, India's rowing star Dattu Baban Bhokanal has overcome every obstacle in life before winning the gold medal as part of India's quadruple scull team at the recently-concluded Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia.

In Punjab's food capital, international chefs to showcase culinary art (Food Feature) (11:44)
By Jaideep Sarin
Chandigarh, Sep 10 (IANS) Amritsar has always been famous for its rich food, but when international-level chefs descend on this Sikh holy city next month to fill the city with the aroma of their food art, it will be a culinary treat of a different kind.

A hijab-wearing Muslim bodybuilder breaks stereotypes in India (IANS Special Series) (12:08)
By Sanu GeorgeIANS Photo Service
Vadakara (Kerala), Sep 9 (IANS) When 23-year-old Majiziya Bhanu took to the stage to compete in the women's segment of the Mr Kerala competition in Kochi earlier this year, all eyes were on her -- never before had a bodybuilder wearing a hijab (Muslim head scarf) participated in the event. Proving that hijab is no hurdle for her or any other woman, she went on to win the competition.

From dance music to a vehicle of happiness, different ways to look at jazz (Music Feature) (11:32)
By Mudita Girotra
Koktebel (Crimea), Sep 9 (IANS) Jazz -- a genre with the ability to embrace varied cultures -- has evolved exponentially in the past century-and-a-half and is today a major form of musical expression. But what is it that exactly gives a "jazzy characteristic" to a musical note?

10 novels of 'enormous diversity' vying for India's richest book prize (Lead) (18:20)IANS Photo Service
Mumbai, Sep 5 (IANS) Ten outstanding Indian novels in English along with translations from Indian languages by veterans as well as debut authors were longlisted on Wednesday for the Rs 25 lakh JCB Prize for Literature, with its literary director highlighting "enormous diversity" in the submissions.

Women writers come to fore in South Asia (12:06)
By Saket Suman
New Delhi, Sep 5 (IANS) South Asian countries may be in the late league of nations joining the bandwagon of literary prizes -- the likes of Booker and Pulitzer prizes are many decades old while the subcontinent's counterparts are just beginning to find a footing -- but the trends emerging from them show a staggering rise of women authors, writing on a multitude of themes, in diverse genres and languages.

'You've got to commune with your food, get your spirit into it' (Foodie Trail-Delhi) (12:08)
By Vishnu MakhijaniIANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Sep 4 (IANS) If the ultimate test of good cooking is how easily mutton comes off the bone, the tony Indian Accent here, set amongst waterbodies and immense greenery, is way ahead of the pack.

How Delhi schools are revolutionising education, one teacher at a time (IANS Special Series) (12:50)
By Nivedita SinghIANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Sep 2 (IANS) When Roshan Lal, a 40-year-old rickshawpuller, got his son Rakesh admitted to a government school in Delhi, all he wanted for him was to get a decent education. Since he could not afford to pay for a private school, all that was on his mind was that "government school mein kuch toh seekh hi lega" (at least, he would learn something there).

Human imagination has been trapped in rooms of our own creation: Novelist Shubhangi Swarup (12:40)
By Saket SumanIANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Sep 2 (IANS) As a child, Shubhangi Swarup, who has set off a whisper in the contemporary fiction space with her debut novel "Latitudes of Longing", was fascinated by the history of landscapes. Her mother, a poet herself, would often tell her that the mountains and seas are more connected than they seem, and to stand in the snow desert of Ladakh -- in the presence of marine fossils -- could spur anyone's imagination. But despite all the scientific evidence, she felt disbelief.

Adventurous chefs, yummy food, four-hands tandem massage - bliss at Sheraton Grand (Foodie Trail-Chennai) (11:38)
By Venkatachari Jagannathan
Chennai, Sep 2 (IANS) Star hotel chefs are of two kinds -- one who turns adventurous at the request of a guest who says he is game for new dishes, and the other who does not like to veer away from the restaurant's menu card. At the newly opened Sheraton Grand Chennai Resort & Spa near here, one encounters chefs of the former kind.

Of kickass parenting, courtroom drama and dare dreamers (IANS Books This Weekend) (13:48)
New Delhi, Aug 31 (IANS) Read about the war that moms fight in raising their kids; know the secret dramas that unfold inside the courtroom in a crime thriller; and finally get an insight into a fictional start-up of superheroes with a mission of saving lives.

Is normal delivery possible after caesarean? Yes, say doctors (Health Feature) (11:20)
By Somrita Ghosh
New Delhi, Aug 31 (IANS) It is said that "once a cesarean, always a cesarean". It is commonly believed that a woman who has undergone a c-section delivery will have to opt for the same method while giving birth to her next child. But medical experts are trying to dispel this myth.

'Unsung Recipes of India' weave a nostalgic tale at Kiyan (Foodie Trail-Delhi) (11:02)
By Vishnu MakhijaniIANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Aug 30 (IANS) At first glance, it looked like an oversized brown puff bloated at the centre. Then, Executive Chef Simran Singh Thapar gently sliced away at the edges and lifted the lid to reveal a gently steaming spring chicken, the aroma taking one back to its origin, Kot Kapura in Punjab.

La Brezza's got what it takes but could do with some tweaking (Foodie Trail-Greater Noida) (11:08)
By Shreya DasIANS Photo Service
Greater Noida (UP), Aug 29 (IANS) The mere mention of Italian cuisine brings to mind the aroma of fresh herbs, savoury soft cheese, homemade pasta and Margherita pizza accompanied with some quality wine.

Smart City or Heritage City? That seems to be Agra's dilemma (12:08)
By Brij KhandelwalIANS Photo Service
Agra, Aug 28 (IANS) In the race for a Smart City tag, heritage structures in Agra are under threat, stakeholders say. The haphazard growth of urban clusters encroaching on the free space around monuments and the alarming rise in pollution levels have compelled rethinking whether becoming a Smart City was the answer to Agras problems.

This smart village empowers differently-abled to stand on their own (IANS Special Series) (12:00)
By Archana SharmaIANS Photo Service
Udaipur, Aug 26 (IANS) In a small village near this famous lake city in Rajasthan, thousands of physically challenged people are given a fresh lease of life. Not only do they receive corrective surgeries free of cost but, during the course of their treatment, they are also imparted training to repair computers and mobiles or learn the art of stitching to ensure they become self-reliant.

Concept of co-working spaces catching on in India (Business Feature) (13:04)
By Rituraj Baruah
New Delhi, Aug 24 (IANS) For India's commercial real estate, which is reviving after around four years of downturn, the concept of co-working spaces, popular across many countries, is attracting businesses and is growing in demand.

Of travels, mysterious connections, life beyond 40s and supercharged brains (IANS Books This Weekend) (11:36)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Aug 24 (IANS) Read a travel book about treks and trips across the Himalayas; know the story of two strangers who never meet but are connected through a series of handwritten letters -- written by one and discovered by the other; learn how to live life through your 40s, 50s, 60s and beyond; and train yourself to supercharge your brain and improve your memory drastically and immediately.

Noteworthy: Journey of a nation weaved through melodious narrative (Book Review) (11:36)
By Siddhi jain
Book: Note by Note: The India Story 1947-2017; Authors: Ankur Bhardwaj, Seema Chishti and Sushant Singh; Publisher: HarperCollins; Pages: 327; Price: Rs 499

The only person who can make you feel judged is you, says stripper in her memoir (12:42)
By Saket SumanIANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Aug 21 (IANS) Born in San Francisco in 1970, life was anything but planned for Sita Kaylin, who started working as a stripper during her college days to earn money. Fifteen years on and she penned a tell-all memoir that sums up her journey so far -- "Anything But a Wasted Life".

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