HindustanTimes Fri,24 Oct 2014

Battle of the fitness bands

A fitness band is about its ecosystem, the app and software, as much as it is about the band. Tech brands are waging war - and your wrist is the battleground, says Rajiv Makhni. Which fitness tracker should you buy?

Why Indian food has the English lining up

The Chinese run the best hotels in London and Indian food, cooked the way it should be, has the Brits lining up for more. Who would have thought it? This truly is turning out to be the Asian century, writes Vir Sanghvi.

The big deal about 'Gone Girl'

Nobody thinks that the cheating, lying Nick Dunne in Gone Girl is representative of all mankind. But Amy Dunne is seen as a reflection of all womankind. Does writing about an anti-heroine make an author anti-feminist? Seema Goswami finds out.

How to curb hunger pangs?

Are you perennially hungry? There are plenty of apetite suppressants in the market but natural ways to control your hunger are better, writes Shikha Sharma. Eggs, almonds or hot soups for instance.

Secret behind the perfect fried egg

Be it the Indonesian nasi goreng, the Bengali poach or the US style steak and eggs; the Asians, Europeans and Americans all love it. Because when an egg is perfectly fried, the possibilities are endless, writes Vir Sanghvi.

"How do I love thee? Let me count the ways."

Love may be a universal emotion, but all of us express it differently and in ways big and small. Keep yourself open to it in whatever form it may come and be grateful for the love we have in our lives, writes Seema Goswami.

Better late than never: The best of IFA, 2014

From the waterproof Kobo Aura H2O, to the thinner than Macbook Air, Asus Zenbook UX305, one look at this photo essay of the products of IFA 2014 and you will know that only the best of the best have made it to this list, writes Rajiv Makhni.

The truth behind hunger pangs

Do you need food or is it just a desire to eat? Telling them apart can be very hard. Can you tell if your body is simply in need of fuel, or whether it’s craving food like a drug? Find out in this two-part series by Shikha Sharma.

What does it take for a hotel restaurant to survive?

The standalone restaurant sector is exploding. But how are hotel restaurants coping with this shift? Vir Sanghvi checks out restaurants at The Lalit, The Grand, Ashoka and Vasant Continental to see how they are managing.

Agatha Christie, Jane Austen: Old classics, new authors

Hercule Poirot is being brought back to life by British writer Sophie Hannah. But can she bring alive the spirit of Agatha Cristie and the personality of Poirot once again on paper? She manages quite well indeed, says Seema Goswami.

Truth about natural sugar unveiled

Chocolates, ice creams and mithais. Be it Diwali or getting over a break-up, they have been our companion during celebrations and comforter in times of sorrow. Sure it's delicious, but does natural sugar love us back? Shikha Sharma finds out.

Google's Android One: The one to beat

Google has stunned everyone with its launch of Android One. More so because Micromax, Spice and Karbonn (all Indian) have been chosen to release the phone. But is it worth it? Rajiv Makhni finds out.

The extraordinary lightness of being in Luxembourg

The European Duchy promises the best of German and French hospitality. And nothing exemplifies it more than the Franco-German luxury house of Villeroy and Boch, writes Vir Sanghvi.

Have smartphones; will take pictures - the mad race to capture!

Photos are vignettes of our past which unlock memories we had thought were lost. But if we photograph every moment as being 'special', then soon there will be no 'special moments' at all, writes Seema Goswami.

Is the Apple Watch worth your time?

Apart from iPhone 6, the Apple Watch was also launched. Its chunky, comes with sapphire glass and has a heart-rate sensor. But is it worth replacing your credit card and wallet, finds out Rajiv Makhni.
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