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    Three cheers for perfect pizza

    It was love at first slice. While Italy may be 'persona non grata' for many of us in the light of the coronavirus pan(dem)ic, that beautiful country's biggest legacy is thankfully not. We stepped into Pizza Express Powai, and were reassured by the cleanliness of the cheerful and characteristic black-and-white interiors with the brightly-lit open kitchen displaying the dough-tossing drama.

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    Right on track: Riding lessons at the Top Gun India Riding Academy

    The year was 2015. I was still in college and riding the shiny new RS200 that my parents had recently gotten me. Whatever I lacked in experience, I thought I made up in enthusiasm as I chased my far more skilled friends down Lavassa's twisties. While I wasn't rash, I definitely was punching way above my weight.

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    'The possibilities of working with textiles are limitless and magical' says Blue Bicycle Design founder Arrti Mansinghka

    The best thing about visiting lifestyle stores like Sarita Handa at Arrti Mahalakshmi in Mumbai, is discovering fresh talent in design, art and craft - apart from their exquisite seasonal collections. I was intrigued by the landscapes, seascapes and human portraits displayed on the walls. They looked like paintings rendered...

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    Chasing the Vibe: Nikita Chawla chalks a 24 hour itinerary through Lucknow

    I was invited to give a keynote session at Lucknow University after which I extended my stay by exactly 24 hours. My self-imposed mission had three parts to it. First was to visit the Bada Imambara, the second was to enjoy a leisurely meal and third was to procure a nauka keel from the Gomti river for astrological purposes - all in a day's work. Read on to see how I...

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    Hooked by the movies: Recalling films and the joys of watching them in a movie hall

    Malls closed, cinema halls slammed shut! It is one of the lesser banes of the coronavirus, but for movie buffs, including me, it is time to twiddle thumbs. Though home entertainment does take the edge off, there is nothing to duplicate the immersive experience of watching the big screen in a darkened movie hall. My love for watching movies in cinema houses began...

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    Scourge of superstitions: The lengths people go to in order to appease the gods

    A recent crime show on TV portrayed the reality of prevailing superstitions in our country. It laid bare a ghastly episode of child sacrifice, perpetrated for appeasing gods and receiving their bountiful blessings. What can be a bigger paradox than the brutal fact that some retrograde people still cling to the view that gods and goddess, if irate, can be propitiated...

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    Book Review: Dara Shukoh's sad story

    Much is not known about Dara Shukoh in India and the sub-continent. We know much about Aurangzeb, but not much about his brother Dara. Dara was the eldest son of Shah Jahan, the fifth Mughal emperor. Dara was a scholar, sufi, author and translator. He translated Upnishads into Persian. Dara was confirmed as his heir by Shah Jahan but Dara was defeated by his brother Aurangzeb in a war of succession.

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    In the real: What the coronavirus outbreak in India means for Bollywood

    This is such an insane time and all of our lives have been completely turned upside down. It feels like something out of a movie but it is not..." Many are identifying with this honest confession of Priyanka Chopra, in a video in which she adds, "It just feels crazy." As all shootings stand cancelled and theatres shut amidst the coronavirus outbreak, it is...

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    Book Review: An insider's account of running a business

    The full name of the book is 'Back From The Brink: Turning Escorts Around'. One of the author Sharad Gupta is Chief Communication Officer, Corporate Marketing &Brand Strategy, and VP & Head, Technology Innovation at Escorts. So, it is an insiders account who is still with the organization.

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    Cut the debate, show the prep: How India's TV industry is tackling the coronavirus

    This week, the Indian TV industry will be passing through the worst phase ever since the advent of private TV channels in India. In the wake of the corona pandemic, there will be no shooting for TV shows till March 31. "Good riddance! At least the audience will be saved from all those horrible soaps," says a young entertainment buff who loves a more...

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