In changing times, women idol makers make their presence felt, battle hardship, (Societal Feature)

Kolkata |Friday, 2018 12:15:05 PM IST

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 th

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Emerging voices preferred over veterans in India's richest literary prize shortlist

New Delhi |Wednesday, 2018 3:15:04 PM IST

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, annou

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Babar Ali's inspiring story: How a nine-year-old's zeal brought education to Bengal's poor (IANS Special Series)

Murshidabad (West Bengal) |Sunday, 2018 12:45:04 PM IST

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 wer

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In India, we need education in culinary skills: Chef Manjit Gill (IANS Interview)

Chandigarh |Thursday, 2018 12:45:05 PM IST

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 "underst

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In former Maoist citadel, Jharkhand government instils hope (Development Feature)

Latehar (Jharkhand) |Thursday, 2018 1:15:04 PM IST

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

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Matka Man: From London to Delhi on a thirst-quenching mission (IANS Special Series)

New Delhi |Sunday, 2018 12:45:04 PM IST

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 li

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Four women in shortlist of six for Man Booker 2018

London |Thursday, 2018 3:45:05 PM IST

Anna Burns, Esi Edugyan, Daisy Johnson, Rachel Kushner, Richard Powers and Robin Robertson were announced on Thursday as the six authors shortlisted for the 2018 Man Booker Prize for Fiction.

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Kashmir in its pristine glory as autumn arrives (Travel Feature)

Srinagar |Sunday, 2018 3:15:04 PM IST

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 cle

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Mumbai-born Mahesh Bindra hopes for 2nd term in NZ parliament (Diaspora Feature)

Chicago |Thursday, 2018 12:15:04 PM IST

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 li

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From dance music to a vehicle of happiness, different ways to look at jazz (Music Feature)

Koktebel (Crimea) |Sunday, 2018 12:15:04 PM IST

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 giv

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A hijab-wearing Muslim bodybuilder breaks stereotypes in India (IANS Special Series)

Vadakara (Kerala) |Sunday, 2018 12:45:04 PM IST

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 wear

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How Delhi schools are revolutionising education, one teacher at a time (IANS Special Series)

New Delhi |Monday, 2018 11:50:53 AM IST

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

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