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How Chennai-based Chai Kings grew from 4 to 40 outlets in 3 years

When Westerners, especially the British, sailed east to colonise India, they missed this drink so much that they destroyed forests, changed topographies and tamed natives only to be able to enjoy a cup in their newly colonised country. In Japan, the making of this drink is considered an art. Have you already guessed what were talking about? Yes, the amber coloured tea, that is sometimes aromatic with the addition of spices and herbs. While were in the mood for some chai, heres the story of Chai

16 Jan 2020 6:23 pm
An enigma called cancer: A doctor writes on why he chose oncology

At the University of Virginia, I continued to learn, with dreams of taking my learning back to India one day. I continued to absorb what I could. I was put on different rotations in the one year I spent there as a resident surgeon. Once I was posted in the ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) department. As I did the rounds of the wards, what I saw made me change my choice of speciality in medical studies. For long, I had set my heart on cardiology, because it had been my favourite subject in medical scho

15 Jan 2020 4:24 pm
Meet Hyd's bodybuilding champ Kiran Dembla, one of the few women in the field

At the age of 33, Kiran Dembla, a native of Hyderabad, was leading quite a nonchalant life. She was mother to two kids and her husband was working with a multinational company in the city. She thought she was leading the perfect life until one day she was diagnosed with a blood clot in her brain. I was shocked and so was my husband. Thats when I looked at the mirror and realised how much I had changed in the past decade. I weighed 75 kg then and looked like nothing from the time I was in college

4 Jan 2020 12:45 pm
Beyond Charminar: This podcast series by Suno India is a treasure trove of Hyd history

Biryani, Irani chai and Charminar - we all know there is much more to Hyderabad than just its scrumptious food and the Nizam era monuments. From Persian architecture to Turkish food, a great part of the Hyderabadi culture is borrowed from civilisations across the world, and there is very less documentation of this which is available in the public domain. Realising Hyderabad should not be just reduced to certain stereotypical motifs, Suno India, a multilingual podcast platform, is bringing to its

2 Jan 2020 1:46 pm
From Kamal Haasan to Oommen Chandy, this Kerala woman mimics 51 voices in 4 minutes

Every four seconds, her voice changed. From male to female, celebrity to celebrity. Akhila, a young woman with an extraordinary skill to mimic voices, stood on a stage and changed voice a whopping 51 times, in less than four minutes. The act, done as part of a reality show aired on Flowers TV, brought Akhila a lot of attention after the video went viral. Its not the first time, she says. Earlier, as part of the same show Comedy Utsavam, she had done an impression of actor Asif Ali in his pr

1 Jan 2020 4:51 pm
How Telangana govt school kids are finding simple solutions to daily problems with science

Sai Priya, studying in a government school in Hyderabads Malakpet, had a serious problem at hand. Her mother wasnt preparing her proper breakfast and Sai Priya often had to leave for school feeling hungry. She had a younger brother who was a toddler. Sai Priyas mother kept waking up at night to cradle the baby and her exhausted self couldnt manage to wake up on time every morning. Sai Priyas father also used to leave for work early in the morning. She was quite unhappy that her mother stopped ma

1 Jan 2020 11:58 am
Exploring the fascinating ruins of the historic town of Srirangapatna

Located in the sugarcane rich district of Mandya, Srirangapatna makes a fascinating day trip from the royal city of Mysore. Tales of valour come vividly alive for any tourist visiting this tiny, historic town located where the Cauvery river divides itself into two streams and curls around an island. The island fortress from which Tipu Sultan fought the British was once the capital of the kingdom of Hyder Ali and his son Tipu during the second half of the 18th century. It took us a day for a

29 Dec 2019 6:47 pm
Meet Karina Aggarwal, the Hyd-born beverage expert who made a career out of drinking

Hyderabad-born Karina Aggarwal is one of the most popular faces of the beverage industry. TNM caught up with her at the Toast and Tonic where she had come as a brand advocate for a company. She reminisced about the time when she used to be on the other side of the table; she had started out as a journalist herself. Karina is now an acclaimed beverage expert who has juried international beer competitions and authors the popular website on alcoholic beverages, Gigglewater411. She has also founded

29 Dec 2019 1:04 pm
This 125-yr-old tomb was built by a Britisher in Munnar to fulfil his wifes last wish

While people from all over the world come to visit the Taj Mahal, built by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, Munnar in Kerala also gets its share of tourists to visit a unique church and its cemetery wherein lies a tomb built in a lovers memory. Constructed 125 years ago, one of the Church of South Indias early cemeteries has an endearing tale to tell visitors, who come even from far-off England. Henry Mansfield Knight, who was the manager of the British tea plantati

29 Dec 2019 12:45 pm
This Hyderabad man gives self-defence classes to underprivileged kids free of cost

At the Health League playground in Hyderabads Koti, around 50 students, mostly girls, are warming up for their weekly karate lesson. While some are wearing the white karate robes, others are dressed in normal clothes. There is a lot of noise, and amid all the excitement, a young girl can be seen flaunting a gold medal that she recently won at a state-level karate competition. Soon, a man in his early 40s sporting a horseshoe moustache arrives. He assembles the kids and distributes snacks and tea

27 Dec 2019 10:46 am
This Christmas, go truly green: Five DIY, eco-friendly ideas for the festive season

The countdown to Christmas has begun and people are busy celebrating this wonderful time of the year. But this is also the time when huge amount of waste gets generated. How about making this festive season celebration a green one?   This year, let us celebrate Christmas by being socially responsible. There are plenty of inspiring, sustainable ideas, which could benefit both the ecosystem and the people. Here are five ways to rejoice a greener festive season. Make your own Christmas tr

22 Dec 2019 10:38 am
Meet Bengalurus vibrant community of birdwatchers

Sunday mornings at Bengalurus Lalbagh Botanical Garden are usually filled with fitness enthusiasts, yogis, fruit hawkers, and a group of inquisitive people staring up at trees with great enthusiasm. Some of these people have cameras as well, the shutters clicking non-stop. For many years now, Bengaluru has been host to a very healthy community of birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts, some of who have been in the field for decades and some who only saw turned up for their first session last week.

17 Dec 2019 7:22 pm