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Vidya Balan, Irfan Pathan, Mary Kom and more share memories of food in new book

Food Author Sudha Menons new book Recipes for Life, features over 30 essays from well-known celebrities and personalities with food memories and meaningful recipes. Nikhita Venugopal Sudha Menon Within the first few pages of Sudha Menons new book, Recipes for Life, she describes finding a bottle in her kitchen with the words aais khichdi masala written across the front. Aai refers to Sudhas mother-in-law Usha Vadgaonkar, an exceptional cook in the family who would often create fresh, homemade sp

19 Sep 2021 12:33 pm
Kerala mans Dress Bank gives free wedding outfits for brides from poor families

Human Interest Until last week, 155 women from different parts of Kerala have worn the wedding outfits from Nasars Dress Bank in Thootha town, on the Malappuram-Palakkad border. Nijeesh Narayanan A 44-year-old man living in a remote village called Thootha on the Malappuram-Palakkad border of Kerala is following a new model for charity Dress Bank. Like concepts such as food banks and book banks, Nasar Thootha offers clothes through his Dress Bank initiative. However, these are not ordinary cloth

17 Sep 2021 5:22 pm
The ups and downs of working from home

WFH While the work from home model comes with problems such as internet connectivity, increased working hours, disconnectedness with fellow employees and burnout, for some, it has its perks. Aditi Kumar Image for representation | Its no secret that the pandemic has turned the working experience on its head, as the work-from-home model became the new norm for legions of workers around the world. While some set up home offices in bedrooms and on dining tables, others packed up and m

17 Sep 2021 4:04 pm
Valandapalem to English Palem, history behind place names in Machilipatnam

History Machilipatnam was a major port for international trade in the 17th century. Rajeswari Parasa ImageCredit_NitinB Machilipatnam in Andhra Pradesh is one of the oldest seaports in the world. By the 17th century, it was a major port for international trade and people from many countries entering India went through this sea route. Though hundreds of years have passed since then, the places of names in this town still bear testimony to this history.There were Dutch, French, English and Portuge

14 Sep 2021 5:50 pm
Prince Rama Varma: Regaling audiences during lockdown with videos on Carnatic music

Music A multi-talented Carnatic musician, Prince Rama Varmas lockdown videos on tips for music students, on his gurus, and related subjects are amusing as well as enlightening, writes the author. YouTube screenshot | Musiquebox By SD The performing arts industry, among many others, has suffered unprecedented disruptions since the pandemic. Although several artistes have started exploring alternatives such as digital platforms, many others are far from seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. A

12 Sep 2021 12:02 pm
Educative and emotive, Malayalam podcast Dilli Dali is hugely popular

Podcast S Gopalakrishnan, a Malayali living in Delhi with many years of experience in radio, hosts the show. Cris S Gopalakrishnan In a dilapidated old printing press in Old Delhis Chandni Chowk, Gopalakrishnan heard an old mans cough from the next room. He looked around and saw an old photo of two young men on the wall. Who are they, he asked the middle-aged owner of the shop. One was his father, Madan Yadav, the owner said, and the other was Zadruddin uncle. The photo was taken in 1949, a litt

10 Sep 2021 2:52 pm