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    Stalin Dayanand Column: Decoding Aarey

    The longest battle to save an urban forest is ongoing in Mumbai since the past five years. For a city known for its indifference towards nature, the chalta hai attitude, this comes as a surprise. Let us take a look at what this fight is all about. Aarey Milk Colony, a dense jungle land in the 1950s was earmarked and allocated for dairy development activities.

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    Puneet Issar presents a refreshing view of Duryodhan in his retelling of the Mahabharat on stage

    Revisiting the Mahabharata was not such a surprise, after all. The Mahabharata and the Ramayana are two epics that are timeless and close to the hearts of every Indian. I realised its potential to be presented on stage in a magnum opus form was immense. And that's when I decided to make it.The conventional narrative undergoes a vast change when...

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    'The Himalaya are full of stories', says Stephen Alter about his latest book Wild Himalaya

    Stephen Alter Mountains fascinate and none more than the grand Himalayas. The great mountain range has been attracting people since time immemorial. However, not everyone has knowledge of its vastness and wealth. This is something award-winning author Stephen Alter has rectified with his book Wild Himalaya: A Natural History of the Greatest Mountain Range...

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    'I've given the Mahabharata a futuristic touch', says Virat Vilas Pawar, author of Heroes of War

    Virat Vilas Pawar Science fiction and mythology as independent genres have garnered a lot of attention in literature. But a combination of both the genres had remained largely unexplored so far. Now, it is slowly grabbing the attention of young authors who are keen to offer their readers something new and original.

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    Sex and the city: I want to give my ex another chance, even though she hasn't changed

    Representative image I had a painful breakup as my ex was insensitive and self-obsessed. Recently she proposed meeting up again as she had not got a closure. Some of my well-wishers who saw my pain are warning me against meeting her. Other friends are saying that I should give her another chance as she may have changed for the better by realising her errors in...

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    Agony Aunt: I have severe acne and feel ugly without makeup

    Representative image Tired of fights My father and I have started fighting constantly, and it has become an almost everyday occurrence. I have never been on great terms with my dad, but we had managed to maintain our peace until recently. Ever since he quit his job, he's become very moody and irrational, resulting in us arguing for hours every day.

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    Meet Master sculptor Ankit Patel, who expresses poetry in bronze

    Ankit Patel Ankit Patel was best described by late writer and connoisseur of art, Mulkraj Anand as a dynamic sculptor who makes solid matter into curvaceous movement. The curves seek to suggest that solid is liquid. His forms create human rhythms of bodies, which suggest an elasticity of the human body where flesh is breathing.

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    The humble yet powerful turmeric is the 'Best Natural Antioxidant of the Year'

    Representative image Turmeric or Curcuma Longa is a perennial herb and member of Zingiberaceae (Ginger) family and is cultivated extensively in Asian countries. The rhizome, the portion of the plant is used medically as yellow powder which is used as a flavouring in many cuisines. Abstract turmeric (Curcuma Longa linn.) is extensively used as a spice and grown widely...

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    Yuvraaj Parashar wants to lay himself in Bappa's glory with his single Atharva

    The dhol, the lezhim, the gulaal has flooded the street as devotees of Lord Ganesha seek his blessings, but looks like blessed because his single Atharva is already winning hearts...What does religion mean to you, in today's day and age?As a human being; I believe in all religions because I believe there is only one energy, we can call that energy as Allah,...

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    Know the ancient traditions of Japanese drink 'sake'

    Walking into the Consulate-General of Japan situated at Cumbala Hill, one is easily mesmerised by the sheer beauty of the space, and it perfectly complemented the event being organised here. The consulate arranged for a talk on sake followed by a tasting and food pairing session. We pulled out our choko (small ceramic cup in which sake is served) from our collectible cabinet and headed over.

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