HindustanTimes Thu,02 Oct 2014

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.

Fight disease naturally

We've read all about anti-oxidants, but do you really know much about them? They not only protect your DNA from breaking down and mutating, but also prevent arthritis, heart diseases and cancers. Here's a primer by Dr Shikha Sharma.

Give your brain a workout

It is the most important organ in your body. If you don't use it, you will lose it. You’ll need a strong brain to tackle life as much as you need a fit body to tackle disease. Start with these tips, writes Dr Shikha Sharma.

Heroines take centre stage as Bollywood grows up

Is Bollywood showing signs of maturity? Well, may be it is with a clutch of movies such as Mary Kom, Mardaani, Queen and English Vinglish. Of course it all began with Dirty Picture, writes Seema Goswami.

The best of IFA 2014

Samsung Note Edge, Xperia Z3, G3 Stylus and many more. In the first part of a two-part series, Rajiv Makhni gives a sneak peek into some fantastic new products that might get your pulse racing in the next couple of months.

Nine food myths busted

Is frozen food bad for you? Will exercise help you lose weight? Does your microwave make your food toxic? It's time we got to know the truth behind some common food myths. Vir Sanghvi does a reality check.

Sex, lies and the threat of 'rape'

It can't be ‘sex’ when you think he will marry you; and turn into 'rape' when he doesn't. Crying rape when no rape has occurred is a slap in the face of every survivor of sexual violence, writes Seema Goswami.

Why you must try these Delhi restaurants

Delhi has three new restaurants - Town Hall, Depot 29 and Farzi Café - only a couple of months old, yet a generation ahead of the competition. Can Bombay top that, wonders Vir Sanghvi.

How packaged food might be doing more harm than good

High Fructose Corn Syrup, sodium nitrate, palm oil - watch out for these chemicals on food labels when at the grocery store, writes Dr Shikha Sharma.
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