Hunger has no religion: Azhar Maqsusi's mission is manna for Hyderabad homeless (IANS special series) (13:44)
By Mohammed ShafeeqIANS Photo Service
Hyderabad, May 20 (IANS) Homeless beggars, ragpickers and labourers sitting with plates on a mat are waiting under a flyover. As the clock strikes 12.30 pm, a slim man appears on the scene and starts serving hot rice and dal.

Why Facebook is suddenly bullish on Indian smartphone consumers (Tech Trend) (10:48)
By Nishant AroraIANS Photo Service
Gurugram (Haryana), May 19 (IANS) When we talk about advertising potential on Facebook, the fact is that 2.2 billion global users -- almost a quarter of the world's population -- constitute the largest marketplace on Earth that can be explored better with intelligent communication and targeted, age-specific outreach.

The ultimate Dad Jokes list -- and the reason why fathers tell them (The Funny Side) (12:16)
By Nury Vittachi
Fathers, please note: Whenever your child says "I'm ready" it is a legal requirement that you say: "Hello, Ready, I'm Dad!"

Pulga: Of unmatched beauty and Israeli food up in the Himalayas (Travelogue) (12:12)
By Somrita GhoshIANS Photo Service
Pulga (Himachal Pradesh), May 18 (IANS) Picture this: Seated inside a dimly lit eatery in a remote village of Himachal Pradesh and gorging on falafel and shakshuka, traditional Israeli dishes. That's Pulga for you - a 24-hour bus ride from the national capital followed by a 40-minute hike.

My stories belong as much to my readers as they belong to me: Ruskin Bond (May 19 is Bond's 84 birthday) (12:12)
By Saket SumanIANS Photo Service
Landour (Uttarakhand, May 18 (IANS) Up above the hills, where a forest of nodding flowers and an endless valley of Himalayan mountains paint the sky, lives one of India's most-loved writers -- Ruskin Bond.

Selected offerings to celebrate all things Bengali (12:56)
By Saket Suman
New Delhi, May 14 (IANS) Of all the states in India, West Bengal stands apart as a rich and vibrant land of people with shared customs and tastes. If history stands testimony to the everlasting sea of stories, music and art that have evolved in Bengal and made a mark not only in India but globally, the very streets of the state resonate with a shared love for its cultural heritage.

Does anyone care? A plethora of diseases near 'Mount Everest' of garbage (Environmental Feature) (13:04)
By Sandeep Manohar
New Delhi, May 13 (IANS) A stray dog ilies dead, its eyeballs popping out. Buzzing flies enter its open rib cage and vultures above a mountain of garbage fly away with bites of its rotten flesh. Welcome to an east Delhi neighbourhood where the perpetural acrid smell could make most visitors nauseous.

Cabbie who could not save sister builds hospital to treat the poor (IANS Special Series) (12:24)
By Milinda Ghosh RoyIANS Photo Service
Kolkata, May 13 (IANS) With no cutting-edge medical equipment, air-conditioning or critical care unit in place, the under-construction building in West Bengal's South 24 Parganas district hardly matches the popular notion of a modern medical care facility. Yet, the hospital has become a national landmark as it tells the story of a grieving brother turning his droplets of tears into an ocean of determination that helped establish it.

Danseuse Rekha Mehra spreads societal awareness through Kathak (Arts Feature) (11:44)
By Mamta AggarwalIANS Photo Service
New Delhi, May 13 (IANS) She's a trained Kathak dancer who has performed around the world, runs an institute that's training 300 underprivileged children in the arts and passionately believes the dance form is a powerful tool to raise societal awareness about burning issues of the day.

How to cheat your step-counter in creative way and stay healthy (The Funny Side) (11:08)
By Nury Vittachi
Many folk stupidly spend their lives trying to impress other people, when what they should really be doing, of course, is trying to impress their step-counters.

This CA doesn't cook books, but tasty Tamil dishes (Foodie Trail-Chennai) (12:12)
By Venkatachari JagannathanIANS Photo Service
Chennai, May 10 (IANS) Forty-four-year-old Sridevi Balasubramanian -- popularly known as Shri Bala in the hospitality circuit -- juggles effortlessly between the worlds of numbers and commercial kitchens.

The future of liberal arts in the digital world (Book Review) (11:02)
By Saket Suman
Book: The Fuzzy and the Techie; Author: Scott Hartley; Publisher: Penguin; Price: Rs 599; Pages: 301

As state steps back, culture gets private sector leg up (Shifting Sands of Culture series) (11:52)
By Ashok Vajpeyi
More than 25 years ago, the Indian government decided to put together a National Policy of Culture in keeping with more than a hundred countries that had such policies. In fact, there was, at that time, a special division in Unesco which had already organised two world conferences on the matter. Here too a national colloquium on culture policy was organised in 1992 in Delhi in which nearly a hundred writers, artists, performers, intellectuals and experts debated a white paper, which, as the Joint Secretary of the Deptartment of Culture, I had prepared.

Pioneering exhibition on Indian civilisation on display at National Museum (14:38)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, May 7 (IANS) A wide swath of the millennia-old Indian civilization came alive through a cluster of artefacts of astonishing brilliance as the National Museum opened a nearly two-month transcontinental exhibition that takes the viewers on an intriguing and exhilarating trip of the countrys spectacular past and its links with the outside world since antiquity.

How art found me and the upsurge in opportunities (Shifting Sands of Culture series) (12:10)
By Anubhav Nath
Since childhood, I have had a keen interest in the arts -- coming from a family with a strong tradition in arts and crafts, this was not surprising. Growing up, I visited museums and emporiums on customary school trips and saw a lot of it in my home and family-run stores.

Wearing salwar-suits, Indian mother takes to international WWE ring (IANS Special Series) (12:16)
By Jaideep SarinIANS Photo Service
Jalandhar (Punjab), May 6 (IANS) WWE fights may be flashy, hard and violent at times but the first Indian woman to get into that ring at the international level has beaten bigger odds at home to reach there.

Creating international platforms for Indian arts (Shifting Sands of Culture series) (12:04)
By Sanjoy K Roy
In 1999, as part of a British Council showcase programme, I travelled to the Edinburgh Festival and that set in motion the idea of creating platforms for Indian contemporary and classical art forms across the world.

Under The Banyan Tree On A Full Moon Night, in the rain (13:22)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, May 5 (IANS) A new monthly series of concerts has opened here aiming to seamlessly blend music and craft in a beautiful setting. The inaugural edition of this new entertainment adda was all things musical, until unexpected rain played spoilsport -- not so much, thanks to the organisers who ensured that the concert reached its rightful culmination indoors.

Why is modern life so incredibly annoying? (The Funny Side) (11:08)
By Nury Vittachi
A man raised by wolves in a forest says he misses his old life. Living as a wolf cub in a Spanish wilderness was much less stressful than modern life, Marcos Rodríguez Pantoja told the BBC recently.

A culture revolution is sweeping through urban India (Curtain Raiser - Shifting Sands of Culture series) (12:12)
By Saket Suman
New Delhi, May 3 (IANS) There has been, in recent times, a great churning in what can be called India's "cultural space". Public institutions, hitherto custodians of all things "cultural", have been eclipsed by the rise of new-age festivals and events. Indeed, the involvement of the state in promoting culture is fast diminishing, with private event management companies stepping in to organise cultural events -- at home and abroad -- on a scale never known before.

For the corpse burners of Varanasi, untouchability is still a reality (Social Feature) (12:46)
By Somrita GhoshIANS Photo Service
Varanasi, May 2 (IANS) It was past 10 in the night. Four pyres were aflame at Manikarnika Ghat on the banks of the Ganga here. Gagan Choudhary, a corpse burner, was shifting from one pyre to another as the air reeked of burning flesh and wood -- tinged with alcohol, tobacco and cannabis.

How renewables are powering, empowering Germany's rural economy (Energy Feature) (12:36)
By Vishal Gulati
Mainz, April 30 (IANS) Tobias Huster is a young grape cultivator and winemaker in Ingelheim in the countryside of this town who wants to expand his family business beyond 200,000 wine bottles annually.

Exciting, varied fare in store for foodies in 2018 (Food Trends) (11:42)
By Vishnu Makhijani
New Delhi, April 30 (IANS) From a surge in community dining experiences to increasing use of seasonal and indigenous produce, Buddha bowls to floral flavours in food and drinks, to an exponential increase in the organic food trend, there are exciting times ahead in 2018 for food aficionados, experts say.

Daring to dream: How football changed the life of a poor Dalit girl (IANS Special Series) (12:00)
By Mudita GirotraIANS Photo Service
Alakhpura (Haryana), April 29 (IANS) About four years ago, 15-year-old Anyabai won Rs 54,000 when she led her school team to victory in a state-level football match. The prize money was more than what her mother earned in an entire year.

Sunday brunch goes artistic and memorable at Paprika (Foodie Trail-Chennai) (12:08)
By Venkatachari JagannathanIANS Photo Service
Chennai, April 27 (IANS) Black buns, bamboo biryani, chocolate bombs and the novelty of popping in a liquid nitrogen-cured pill-sized macaroon that would make one's mouth literally spew white vapour are some of the novelties that Paprika restaurant at Courtyard by Marriott here offers as part of its Sunday brunch.

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