LIFESTYLE & LEISURE


Yogesh Sapkale Yogesh Sapkale 30 December 2009
In the ‘Trek Study’, willing backpackers who develop travellers' diarrhoea will be paid to attend a clinic and also injected with a new agent to see how they react Wanted: 1,800 volunteers for free holiday packages to Mexico and Guatemala. All inclusive. Also on the cards: Free vacation in...

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The heavily-armed Somali pirates roaming the waters in the Horn of Africa have made tens of millions of dollars from ransoms. The deployment by foreign navies in the Indian Ocean and the strategic Gulf of Aden has only driven the attackers to hunt further from the shores. Now the gangs have...

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The website, www.thereformedbroker.com, claims to be an irreverent and insightful blog on Wall Street. Recently, it posted its own definitions of various financial terms. Here’s a sample: Bonus: A form of extortion whereby employees of a company extract either shareholder or taxpayer money for...

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It is 20 years since the Berlin Wall collapsed, ending State socialism whose most visible outcomes were the tyranny of the State, the secret police, food shortages and continuously declining living standards. It also looked like a crushing victory for capitalism. Well, it all depends on the...

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After the disappointment on low returns, unit holders are now facing a delay in getting their money back from the fancied Osian Art Fund. Unit holders are unlikely to get the money anywhere before December 2009 due to Osian's inability to sell its art inventories.   As per the Osian Art Fund...

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This is a great time for the hospitality industry. The foreign tourist is spending more in India as compared to the previous year. According to government data, in September, foreign tourist arrivals dipped by 4.1 % to 3.17 lakh but average spending has increased by 28.8% to Rs1,19,810. The...

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This is a normal regular question: What is the only food that does not spoil? Answer: honey. It has been found unspoilt after nearly 4,000 years, next to mummies in the pyramids and other tombs of the Egyptian Pharaohs. Ancient Indians believed that honey was a food for the gods and had magical...

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When the great poet Allama Iqbal waxed eloquent in his famous poem, “Saare Jahan Se Achcha Hindustan Hamara”, he had in mind something in our national psyche that no invader was able to erase or decimate. For instance, our myriad traditions. Indian traditions are deep-rooted like the mangroves...

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Imagine this in sepia tones: A middle-class Maharashtrian family huddles together for a meal and everybody is in raptures over the mother’s garlic chutney. Every time the garlic chutney was served, it drew “oohs” and “aahs” from the extended family and friends. The enterprising son, Vijay...

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It is hot. It is red. It is burning. With 400 known varieties around the world, chilli is the dominant spice in any Indian’s daily diet, thanks to Vasco da Gama.   Everyone who remembers elementary school history knows that Vasco da Gama discovered the spice route to India. It is never...

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Reza Mohammed does not fit your normal idea of a banker wearing a pin-striped, buttoned-down shirt, spewing financial jargon at you. He does not have a 9-to-5 job, nor a stunning wife who drives a class ‘C’ Mercedes. But he lends money like a banker. And he does it at 30%, inflation or no...

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The word ‘salt’ conjures up innumerable images for each one of us. Primarily, it reminds us of food. As one delves into the source and origins of salt, it can safely be concluded that few condiments have played as multi-dimensional a role as this wonderful seasoning. Mark Kurlansky, in his...

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Sometime back, there was a strange ad in the Mumbai edition of Tamil Times. It said: “Lane worth 250 kilos per day of idli atta for sale.” What on earth could that mean? A Tamil journalist, who had spotted the ad, was asked to find out. After pleasant, customary greetings, things burst into...

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Every day, at about 3am, as Mumbai’s mad traffic reduces to a trickle, Vinod races his pick-up to reach the Mumbai International Airport’s cargo complex to collect a consignment of fresh sweet-water fish from Bangladesh. Having done so, he moves to Sassoon Docks in south Mumbai where his entire...

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When the World’s Worst Holiday-maker poll surveyed more than 1,000 tourists who holidayed in Spain, France, Cyprus, Malta, Italy, Turkey, Greece and Portugal, it was the Russians who were voted the worst. They got one-third of the votes. Voters felt that Russians were “tracksuit-wearing, greedy,...

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The chair on which JK Rowling sat to write The Philosopher’s Stone and Chamber of Secrets, the first two books in the Harry Potter series, is up for grabs on eBay. She was, of course, an impoverished single mother at that time, living in her Scottish Council flat surviving on benefits and...

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If you were given a choice, where you would choose to live? A survey conducted by International Living Magazine across 194 countries has tried to find out the best places for living. Countries were judged on nine parameters - cost of living, culture & leisure, economy, environment, freedom,...

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Sugar indulgence is becoming a common health issue in urban societies, thanks to easy access to sugary foods in the form of soft drinks, caramels, chocolates, artificial sweets and canned desserts. Often, people, who wish to give up sugar, do nothing more than hope ‘to do something about it’ and...

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There are ways to eat your way to happiness, suggests Tanushree Kar Actor Hema Malini radiates a form of beauty that seems to be ethereal. The radiance and happiness seems to come from deep within. Often, she has been asked by journalists about her diet and her answer has been that she likes...

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Children carry eating habits and attitudes towards foods into adulthood. Tanushree Kar stresses the importance of children’s diet training Henry Truman once said "A nation is only as healthy as the children." One of the primary causes of overweight problems in children is poor eating habits....

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