HindustanTimes Fri,24 Oct 2014

From Alice in Wonderland to Dastan Alice ki

You must have read Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. But heard about Mahmood Farooqui's Dastan Alice Ki? Story telling for children as an art form has seen a revival in recent times.

Ashish Nehra's credo: Never say never

A lion-heart who has defied injury and age to bounce back from oblivion, the Delhi pace bowler is making headlines with his fiery spell of pace bowling against the Kolkata Knight Riders in last week's Champions League T20.

The big Bong dictionary

Ghyam lagche? Chaap nio na! Understand much? Its time you should, given that Durga Pujo is just round the corner. And if you are going around town, these words may help you butt into an animated Bengali conversation.

Margarita, with a Straw is an intensely personal tale fictionalised for film

The Shonali Bose film had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. But for Bose, its more than just mature handling of the theme of bisexuality.

Goodbye Autocorrect, hello QuickType!

We write a heartfelt obituary to Autocorrect using QuickType. As word followed word, we went along and let it form insanely funny sentences. Here is what should have been a solemn goodbye.

On the Brunch radar

Brunch loves Emma Watson's speech at UN Women and shoves people who emulate the way Mindy Kaling talks. We bring you a pop-culture round-up of the week, and things that happened.

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.

Charity begins next week: Daan Utsav

Here's a week-long reminder: October 2-8 is the Daan Utsav or the Joy of Giving Week, an opportunity to spread love, kindness and happiness among those who are less fortunate than us. Best part is, there are no rules!

Where Mahatma Gandhi's Satyagraha movement was born

Thrown off a train for occupying a 'whites only' first class seat, the man who would become the Mahatma, orchestrated a powerful campaign of non-violent resistance in South Africa. We visit the Gandhi trail in Mandela country.

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.

I wanted to be a tap dancer: Ruskin Bond

That the 80-year-old is a favourite childrens' author is a fact universally known. But did you know that Bond is not too fond of pets; that his grandma was a strict Victorian, or that he wishes he had at least one or two love affairs?

Around the world in 90 days

The year's almost drawing to a close and suddenly you realise that you are yet to fulfil your resolution to go out and explore the world. But where's the time to decide on the location, you wonder. We have done the job for you. Here's a compilation of international events/festivities to help you plan your holiday around. Take your pick!

Heart diseases are preventable: Just make smart choices

Heart disease kills in huge numbers. By now, you probably know what you need to do: lower cholesterol, cut stress, quit smoking and get active. But new research is being done every day, making it easier to make smart heart choices. And we’ve made it easier still – just follow the numbers!

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.
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