Ariyalur’s Ramsar wetland Karaivetti Bird Sanctuary attracts nature’s ‘transit passengers’ from all over the world

Herons, egrets and ibises have queued up on the parapet, watching life go by as small waves lap on the embankment wall of the lake at Karaivetti Bird Sanctuary, located in Ariyalur district, 50 kilometres from Tiruchi. They do not seem to mind the photographer preparing to shoot them on camera. Across the narrow road […]

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Ariyalur’s Ramsar wetland Karaivetti Bird Sanctuary attracts nature’s ‘transit passengers’ from all over the world

Herons, egrets and ibises have queued up on the parapet, watching life go by as small waves lap on the embankment wall of the lake at Karaivetti Bird Sanctuary, located in Ariyalur district, 50 kilometres from Tiruchi. They do not seem to mind the photographer preparing to shoot them on camera. Across the narrow road […]

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This exhibit in Delhi gives a peep into Tarun Thakral’s vintage print-advertisement posters

(Left to right) Posters of Vinolia soap by Ravi Varma, Goodyear tyres and Eveready Battery Company, Inc. | Photo Credit: Special arrangement The print ad of the Scottish shipping company Anchor Line  | Photo Credit: Special arrangement At a time when it is unexpected to even imagine the flags of India and Pakistan in one […]

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This is why India loves gobi manchurian

No matter which side of the gobi manchurian debate you took after Mapusa in Goa recently banned the dish, which features batter-fried cauliflower coated with a hot and sour sauce, you have to accept that Indo-Chinese cuisine has permeated the nation’s culinary profile as unobtrusively as its legendary flavour enhancer monosodium glutamate (MSG). Using Indian […]

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Indian single malt Longitude 77 from Pernod Ricard India, launched globally in Dubai

Executives from the House of Pernod Ricard India, along with whisky connoisseur Zoran B and host Kubra Sait, at the global launch of Longitude 77.  | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement The Palazzo Versace in Dubai is an opulent mirage. At the hotel’s lobby, is a spectrum of guests from different nations walking out after a […]

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Ikat’s Indian journey | Inside the Patta-Bandha exhibition at New Delhi’s National Crafts Museum

As a collector of ikat saris, I have a defining memory of the weave. An exquisite cotton ikat sari woven by Pitabas Meher, whose father Mohan Meher received the National Award for the design. In shades of deep red and indigo, it was inspired by a board game and replicated the motifs of the dice with script and numbers. […]

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Day trips to Kashmir’s border towns, Gurez and Keran

Kashmir was once known for its spirituality — and not for Pakistani militants and infiltrators as in the 90s. It was fertile ground for spiritual movements, be it the Buddhist, Shaivite and Sufi Islamic traditions, during the medieval ages. They knitted the secular culture called Kashmiriyat that preached brotherhood and peace, and which was lost […]

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Where is Bengaluru ranked in global luxury home market

A representational photo of a luxury home. | Photo Credit: SHASHI ASHIWAL Bengaluru ranks 59 in the top 100 luxury residential markets in the world, according to Knight Frank Wealth Report 2024, which was released on February 28. Bengaluru climbed four positions on the Prime International Residential Index (PIRI 100) from 63rd rank in 2022 […]

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Society to Save Rocks in Hyderabad: A rollercoaster ride

On a Sunday morning, a motley group of people — geologists, trekkers, professionals, students, parents with little children — gather in Hyderabad. Wearing caps, well-fitting shoes and carrying water bottles, they head out excitedly to meet their old friends, the rocks of Hyderabad. The Society to Save Rocks (www.saverocks.org) has been organising these rock walks […]

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