HindustanTimes Wed,26 Nov 2014


Urban legends to make your Halloween spookier

Science has advanced to a point where almost everything can be quanitifed, broken down into simple, easy facts and figures. But even with all our fancy gadgets and toys, there's something to be said for certain myths and urban legends.

Come party with the Bhootnaths

We asked Dilliwaalas how they will celebrate Halloween tonight. Here are the creepiest of responses. And if you are still looking for a scare this Halloween, go haunt the following spots in Delhi.

A view of a land and a people: We have indeed come a long way

I was curious about why it was the lady of the house who had presided over Dipavali Puja, while the Goverdhan Puja was done only by men. The blunt answer jolted me out of my urban complacency, evolved in my case over generations in the tightly governed Madras Presidency.

Things I didn’t miss this Diwali

There’s something inexplicable about the feeling one gets when a big festival gets over. It’s a strange mixture of depression over the end of festivities, and relief over the whole jingbang getting over.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: A world of freebies

Freecycling is catching on in India, as people comb through clutter to pass on unused goods, and take from others items such as smartphones, laptops and music systems- at no cost.

Move over cupcakes and chocolates, the good old Indian mithai is back!

In the past few years, we have made everything including marzipan and macaroons a part of our Diwali celebrations. Artisanal offerings and gourmet delights are changing the traditional festive sweet platter- the good old Indian mithai is back!

Weekend fix for the soul: The power of gratitude

THANK YOU. These two simple, unassuming words carry so much of weight and have the capacity to create profound changes in our lives.

This Diwali try these innovative snacks

For most of us, festivals are as much about food as they are about celebrating traditions and spending time with friends and family. This Diwali (October 23) give your food spread a festive face-lift: try Dal Chawal Arancini, Multi-Grain Baked Samosa and Beetroot Ki Tikki.

This Diwali, Katrina has competition from Kirsten Dunst

Diwali is almost here, and while female Bollywood stars have always ruled the roost when it comes to being the face of firecracker covers, this year, it’s divas from the West and superheroes who are giving desi stars a run for their money.

A sizzling web affair: 7 smart tips to shop online this Diwali

Getting carried away with attractive offers and jubilant spirit of the festive season is easy, but a smart shopper needs to be on the guard.  Before you press the Buy Now tab, follow these simple tips and become a smart e-shopper:

Swachh Bharat: C'mon, it's time to come clean

Everyone, especially the Gen-X seemed ultra-kicked about the idea of a clean India. People seemed to be motivating each other about cleaning up our country. If litter bugs bug the hell out of you too, it's time to act, and not crib.

Weekend fix for the soul: God is in the words

Who is God? What is God? There are so many explanations and debates and confusions. However, the explanation that resonates is the one by Wayne Dyer, who says, "God is the highest place within each and every one of us. It is our divine self."

Fusion of flavours: Indian recipes get a modern makeover

A modernist approach to cooking based on experimental fusion, molecular gastronomy and precision techniques seems to be the new epicurean buzzword. As classic recipes get a modern makeover in Indian kitchens it's time for a cross-cultural culinary cook out.

Flower Power: Now, cook with roses, lavender and marigolds

There's a lot more you can do with flowers than just garnish your dishes and dress up your salad.

Flavours of Bengal: Lip-smacking Bengali delicacies for you this season!

It's that time of the year again when the sounds of dhaak awakens your spirit. Move over your kebabs and butter chickens for once people and try something new! We bring you a list of places across metros that you should definitely visit this Durga Puja.
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