HindustanTimes Sat,12 Jul 2014

The happening world of Delhi restaurants

The Delhi restaurant scene keeps changing. New places open. Old places get new management. Celebrated restaurateurs leave their groups and start their own places. Vir Sanghvi checks out this exciting world.

How herbal tea can help keep common ailments at bay

Not just tea leaves, but flowers, tree bark, herbs or spices - all have herbal properties. It makes sense to switch to them instead of chai, says Shikha Sharma. Here's how.

Summer reading: here's what to read while on a holiday

It doesn't matter where you go: frenetic cities, sun-bleached beaches or mountain getaways. But no matter where you end up, a good book is always a boon companion, says Seema Goswami.

How to keep a cool head in oppressing heat

Come summer and it is quite natural to get affected by the sun. Headaches, usually triggered by hormones (particularly with women) or stress, are often set off by the sun as well. Tips on tackling headaches.

Tech rumours that might just come true

Rajiv Makhni tells us what his sources have told him about some of the most anticipated gadgets of 2014. Here are a few tech rumours doing the rounds and what they mean.

Getting to know Australian wine

We've heard of the great wine regions of France, of course. But ask Indian wine-drinkers anything about the Adelaide Hills or the Yarra Valley and all you will get are blank looks, writes Vir Sanghvi.

The substance of style: wearing what suits you

Style is not about wearing designer clothes. Nor is it about being a slave to the seasonal diktats of high fashion. Rather it is the ability to ignore fashion when it is doing you no favours, writes Seema Goswami.

Sweet Corn Soup vs Tom Yum: the differences

These two are among the most popular soups Indians order. It would help if Indians knew that sweet corn soup is not really a Chinese soup while Tom Yum we order isn’t vegetarian either, writes Vir Sanghvi.

Sceptre of smartphone and work-life balance

Could you bear to switch off that smartphone; or are you too scared of missing out on that important work email? Let's admit it - staying away from smartphone, even for a couple of hours, makes us panic just a little, writes Seema Goswami.

Hong Kong and its romance with good food

In the last few years, Hong Kong seems to have become sedate. Less flashy than Shanghai, not so designer-label conscious, it even has a vaguely tasteful, old-money air about it, writes Vir Sanghvi.

Can Samsung shrug off its 'cheap plastic' tag with Galaxy S5?

A one- year-old Chinese brand is competing with Samsung. Launched around the same time, Gionee's S5.5 gives stiff competition to Samsung's Galaxy S5. In part II of the smartphone series, Rajiv Makhni compares the two phones.

Basmati: an explosion of fragrance

Basmati is India's great contribution to the world of gastronomy. It is as delicious as truffles, foie gras or any of the so-called luxury ingredients you pay a bomb for, writes Vir Sanghvi.

Sexist underbelly of Indian politics

There's no dearth of incidents involving women candidates being subjected to sexist attacks. What's worrying is when not just men, but even women pull down other women, writes Seema Goswami.

Did you know intestines are also called the second brain?

Your intestines play a key role in your overall health, and not just the digestive process, writes Shikha Sharma.s

Chronicling two of Delhi’s most iconic hotels

Taj Mahal Hotel can be either the beating heart of New Delhi or a railway station while The Oberoi is a perfumed oasis of cool luxury. Which hotel you prefer says more about you than it does about them, says Vir Sanghvi.
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