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The Irresistible Allure Of A Paithani
<strong>There is something exceptional about Madhuri Dixit when she is dressed typically like a Maharashtrian woman. Her shimmery silk sari in bold hues of pink or green, draped in a style typical to the Maharashtrian ladies and teamed with the tantalising Kolhapuri nath (nose pin) and necklace, always presents a distinctive image of her. And thereafter, all her latkas- jhatkas on the Marathi tunes add vibrancy to the overall look. Well, it is difficult to copy Dixit&rsquo;s style...
'I Have Learnt To Take Life Easy'
<strong>Actor and reality show host Akul Balaji, who recently won Bigg Boss Kannada Season 2, says the win feels like a dream come true. &ldquo;It feels extremely good to have won. A lot of hard work went into it and when I came back to reality, it felt like a dream come true.</strong><br /><br />The actor has hosted more than a dozen reality shows himself, so how did it feel to become a contestant? &ldquo;I was surprised when they called me for the first...
Stars Set For Food 'N' Frolic
<strong>The tinsel town is all set to celebrate Deepavali in style. Actors are waiting to take a break from their hectic schedules and spend quality time with their family. For them, Deepavali is all about lights, sweets and homemade delicacies &mdash; which they often miss out on when they are away shooting. Though bursting crackers is not high on their list, they say that they will certainly light up their homes with diyas. </strong><br /><br /><strong>Hema...
The Spice Route To The Past
<strong>While Punjabis are known for their delicious chole bhature and South India is popular for its sambar, the Sindhi community has a number of dishes that are unexplored and rarely made by the members of other communities. One such dish of ours is the Sindhi Curry, which is an extremely popular dish in our community yet not available in many places. Though it&rsquo;s a long recipe, it comes out well when the instructions are followed step by step. <br...
Soaking In The Spirit
<strong>Over 300 students of 34 different nationalities celebrated Deepavali at Stonehill International School. An Embassy Group&rsquo;s initiative, the international school hosted a unique mela which was attended by nearly 300&nbsp; students and their parents including teachers.&nbsp; This was the first of its kind festival celebration and was aimed at promoting unity in diversity.<br /></strong><br />&#8200;It was also in line with the...
Spectrum

Jain Heritage At Kanakagiri
<strong>Nestled amidst green pastures and sandalwood trees, sitting atop the Kanakagiri Hill is an ancient Jain temple. The temple, dedicated to Bhagwan Parshwanatha was built by the kings of the Ganga Dynasty in the 5th or 6th century. Kings of later dynasties such as the Hoysala, Vijayanagara and Wodeyar also patronised this temple. It is believed that one king worshipped Bhagwan Parshwanatha here before proceeding to a war in which he was victorious and hence he named the deity,...
Guardian Of The Voiceless
<strong>When someone tells you that he or she is an animal activist, the story most of the time, is about cats and dogs. Those furry feline creatures or cute dogs with melting eyes and wagging tails. But what about pigs, bulls or buffaloes? They may not conform to your typical archetype, but isn&rsquo;t their welfare and well-being just as important?</strong><br /><br />Sandesh Raju, Bangalore&rsquo;s one-man army, is a crusader for the welfare of the working...
A Valiant Warrior Goddess
<strong>Amongst all the female deities enumerated in Hindu texts, perhaps no other goddess occupies a position as impressive and formidable as that of Durga. Texts like Durga Mahatmya, Durga Saptasati, Kalika Purana and several others extol her innumerable virtues through a well articulated theology as a role model for other female principles.<br /></strong><br />The name Durga was conferred upon the goddess when she killed a demon called Durga or Durgama for the...
A Chalukyan Legacy
<strong>Bijapur is world-famous for its Adilshahi monuments. The remote villages of Bijapur has many ancient Hindu monuments which are not yet exposed to the travellers. Ruled by many Hindu rulers like Kalyani Chalukyas and Senaru, there many wonderful temples devoted to Hindu gods. Chattaraki is one among them. Referred to in inscriptions as Agrahara Chatturage, Chattaraki is an ancient place and is at a distance of 40 km from Bijapur. This temple is under the care of ASI...
Cherishing A Tulu Legend
<strong>There may be very few people from coastal Karnataka who wouldn&rsquo;t have heard about Koti-Chennayya, the legendary twin heroes, who lived in the district of Dakshina Kannada about 450 years ago (said to be between 1556 AD and 1591 AD). Owing to their heroic deeds, they are worshipped even today in more than 230 garadis, mainly by Billavas. Their Adi Garadi exists in Enmur of Sullia taluk in Dakshina Kannada district.</strong><br /><br />Though lakhs of...
Science & Technology

Town Built For Driverless Cars To Ease Driving Experience
<strong>A&nbsp; mocked-up set of busy streets in Ann Arbor, Michigan, will provide the sternest test yet for self-driving cars. Complex intersections, confusing lane markings, and busy construction crews will be used to gauge the aptitude of the latest automotive sensors and driving algorithms; mechanical pedestrians will even leap into the road from between parked cars so researchers can see if they trip up onboard safety systems.</strong><br /><br />The urban...
Getting Under The Skin Of The Solar Enigma
<strong>Last month, the Borexino experiment with a large detector located deep underground at the Gran Sasso laboratory in Italy reported spectral observations of so-called pp neutrinos, demonstrating that 99 percent of the power emitted by the Sun is generated by the proton-proton nuclear fusion reactions at the solar core. </strong><br /><br />It was just 75 years ago, when Hans Bethe, Von Weizsacker and others, in 1939, showed by calculation of nuclear reaction...
It'S All In The Mind
<strong>Most of us know that lack of sleep causes a number of problems: Your concentration flags, your reaction time slows, you remember less, your reasoning skills are impaired. What our research shows is that if you&rsquo;ve had average or high-quality sleep but are led to believe it was poor, you might see the same negative effects. </strong><br /><br />&ldquo;Experiments using fake alcohol have generated similar results: When people think they&rsquo;re...
Environment

Indonesian Cave Paintings Redraw Pictures Of Earliest Art
<strong>A hand painted in an Indonesian cave dating back to at least 39,900 years ago has been discovered, making it among the oldest such images in the world. The discovery on the island of Sulawesi vastly expands the geography of the first cave artists, who were long thought to have appeared in prehistoric Europe around that time. <br /></strong><br />Reported in the journal Nature, the cave art includes stencils of hands and a painting of a babirusa, or...
Disappearing Seabird Colonies
<strong>&ldquo;Kria,&rdquo; shrieked the terns, calling summer up from the slumbering ground. Black cliffs were transformed into snowbanks of white kittiwakes. Puffins whirred between land and sea. Murres plied the shoreline; fulmars patrolled the skies. Everywhere sounded their vibrant chorus. These days, a few stubborn holdovers streak the sky and paddle the bay, but the legions are gone. The chicks have perished, and their bereft parents have returned to the sea.<br...
Chasing The Bees
<strong>Foodies aren&rsquo;t the only ones swarming cities in search of the best eats. Even bees are going urban to satisfy their taste for diverse, high-quality food - especially as wild habitat becomes more scarce, new research reveals. Gordon Frankie, an urban entomologist at the University of California, Berkeley, has been studying the foraging habits of native bees in the Guanacaste Province of Costa Rica to find out just how much the pollinating insects are visiting and...
Movie Guide

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In this Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014 photo, a Kashmiri woman blocks a road during a protest demanding...

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the 42nd Convocation of the All India Institute of Medical...

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Devendra Fadnavis hugs his mother Savita after his victory during the Assembly election in...

Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry, Nirmala Sitaraman launching the Online Export...

Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry, Nirmala Sitaraman launching the Online Export...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with BJP President Amit Shah after the party's parliamentary...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with BJP President Amit Shah after the party's parliamentary...

In this Oct. 17, 2014 photo, a thick blanket of smoke is seen against the setting sun as...

In this Oct. 17, 2014 photo, a thick blanket of smoke is seen against the setting sun as...

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In this Monday, Oct. 13, 2014 photo, an Indian woman uses her hand to put sawdust in an...

(L-R) Asha Bhat, Miss Diva Universe 2014 2nd runner up, Noyonita Lodh, Miss Diva Universe 2014...

(L-R) Asha Bhat, Miss Diva Universe 2014 2nd runner up, Noyonita Lodh, Miss Diva Universe 2014...

An Indian man teaches yoga postures to schoolchildren at Delhi Public School in Hyderabad...

An Indian man teaches yoga postures to schoolchildren at Delhi Public School in Hyderabad...

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